Since we moved in to the new house two years ago, both girls have been living in the decorating shadows of the former owners. Their bedrooms were nowhere near their preferred colors. When I gave them a choice for the holidays to either have a ton of presents under the tree of have their room redone, they both opted for the room redo. Today, I’m sharing how we managed to give our tween a bedroom makeover without breaking the bank.
Her room before we started was a Tennessee orange with pink accents, and I think we had done a lot to make it cozy and fun without painting. Because this makeover didn’t start out intending to be blog post material, I didn’t take a before picture. The closest thing I have is a picture from when we closed on the house – before we moved in. It gives you a sense of the paint color at least:
She declared that she would like a beach getaway, and selected Sherwin Williams paint in “Spa” as her primary color.
I was not making any furniture purchases this time around, and instead was working with what was in her room. I needed to do something with the $5 clearance lawn and garden chair that she was using at her desk that was BRIGHT ORANGE. After consulting with my spray painting guru, Kari from a Grace Full Life, I decided to give it a try.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I must have text Kari about twelve times that day to make sure I wasn’t screwing up or going to poison myself with the spray paint inside a closed space. And the cost? ZERO – the previous owners had left me a ton of spray paint and this happened to be one of the colors.
Once I saw that the chair worked pretty well, I went a little bananas with the spray paint. The existing dresser lamp that was pink and orange flip-flops was my next target, and I was still using left-behind spray paint! Still on a high from my earlier spray-painting success (or not ventilating the garage / basement properly), I attempted to spray paint the very pink garbage can. I know a garbage can is relatively cheap, but then I would a) have a random pink garbage can lying around the house or b) it would be one more thing to throw away or donate. Half way through the can of spray paint died. Like there was still paint left in the can but nothing would come out.
Moving on . . . . . .
Once I was able to finish, here’s what they looked like:
A mirror for above her desk / vanity from a Hobby Lobby that was 50% off the already marked clearance price brought this bad boy down from $120 to $30. Her desk, by the way, I purchased at a second-hand store last year for $30 and decorated it with contact paper to make it like new again. I’ll share in a future post (it’s similar to using removable wallpaper on the dresser pictured below.)
Lastly, she wanted a place for her pictures. While she loved the french picture board that I make for her (swapping out the fabric every year for something new), she decided that she was ready for a change. We found these magnetic, dry erase boards at Office Max. They are a component system, so you can have as many or as few as you like. Cost $40
- Painters & paint: $265
- Redo of desk chair: $0
- Redo of lamp: $0
- Redo of garbage can: $3 (extra can of spray paint)
- Nightstand: $0
- Bedside Lamp: $10
- Vanity Mirror: $30
- Dresser facelift: $6
- Sheets, blankets, pillows: $100
- Picture boards: $40
The biggest item that threw me over budget was the artwork. I purchased a picture from my friend and fantastic photographer, Will Byington, in a 20 x 24 size for her room, and had it matted and framed during a 1/2 off sale at Hobby Lobby. It was a splurge between the matte, frame and picture, but I love it and it really makes her room (cost: $190). While I hadn’t intended to spend that much, it’s totally worth it. She loves it, comments about it every day, and I’m thrilled to know that I supported a local artist and friend. So I’ve let myself off the hook for it.
She’s a pretty happy kid and absolutely LOVES her room. I love how, depending on the angle and how much light is coming from where, it can look aqua, blue or even green. Plus this tween bedroom makeover is in keeping with my 2017 word of the year “Shift“; we repurposed existing furniture already in her room or elsewhere in the home, I stuck with not bringing any more clutter in to the house, and with Santa bringing new bedding for her room, we are taking the other bedding to a local children’s consignment sale to pass on to another family. All in all, I feel that it was a very successful makeover – and I can’t wait to show you the next one!