It’s Reveal Day for One Room Challenge – Spring 2019. I’m excited to share my project with you: The Tween Room Makeover. Watching everything come together has been amazing. Though getting it all done in 6 weeks (technically 5) was a challenge, I am grateful for the learning and growth I experienced over the past few weeks.
By way of a quick recap, the One Room Challenge is a six-week design sprint where participants makeover a room of their choice. Participants check in each week to showcase progress and discuss plans for the following week. Week six is the big reveal.
If you are new to my blog and/or need to get caught up on the progress, you can do so here:
I chose my tween daughter’s room as my project. We moved into our home about a year and a half ago and have slowly been working on several projects. Giving our daughter a space she could enjoy for years to come was important to us. She is a sweet kid and avid reader (she can spend hours on end reading and typically likes a quiet space). I wanted to incorporate elements that would provide comfort and serenity.
Planning started months ago and we looked at different color palettes and styles. I then put together a mood board with some of the accessories we came across during the process. She approved it all :).
What follows is an overview of key elements in her brand-new room!
Windows: I chose drapes with black and white stripes that match the overall theme of the room. I was nervous about finding the right length but once I started searching in earnest, I was able to get exactly what I envisioned. I always like to hang my drapes close to the ceiling as it draws your eye up and makes the room feel bigger. The curtain rod is one of my favorite pieces in the room and ties in well with the overall theme.
Light fixture: We originally picked out a chandelier for her fixture but as I made progress, I felt we needed to go in a different direction. So, we sat down and looked at different options and ended up choosing this Sputnik light. It looks amazing and ties in so well with the overall design.
Dresser: If you recall from the before picture (which can be found here), she had a black dresser from the IKEA Malm collection. I knew I wanted to upgrade her furniture but didn’t want to blow the budget. Giving her current dresser an update was the best option. Primer, paint and some cool brass knobs later, here is the finished project.
I partnered with a company called My Overlays to give it the look I was going for. The company is amazing and they have so many cool design kits to choose from for your IKEA furniture upgrades aka hacks. They also do custom orders for just about any other project. I chose the Pippa Kit. This is such a transformation from the plain dresser it once was.
Night Stand: I purchased an IKEA Kullen Dresser which is only offered in the black-brown color. Following the same concept as her dresser, I painted and used the same kit specifically tailored to the Kullen dressers. Here is the finished project. I’ll discuss the accessories used further down.
It’s incredible how a little bit of paint can transform a piece of furniture.
Seating: I created two seating areas. First, a bench with storage. It is right off her closet and provides an area for her to get dressed in the morning etc.
Second, I put a mid mod rocker on the opposite side of her bed from the night stand.
I love this chair because it sits low to the ground and provides more of a lounge-like area for her to sit and read a book or ponder about life :). She absolutely loves it too.
Mirror: I went with a DIY Sunburst mirror. I didn’t want to spend an exorbitant amount on a similar styled mirror but also loved the look, so I set out to create one. Here it is!!!
I have to admit that toward the end of putting it together, I wasn’t sure if it will tie in with the rest of the decor but boy was I wrong! The room came together beautifully. I brought in the mirror and placed it on the bed and in that moment, I knew it was perfection! I was able to complete the project for about $50 and some sweat equity. Watch out for a DIY post on this soon. Here is another look.
Accessories: I curated accessories from a few different places and added in several other pieces I already owned.
The artwork was very important to me. As a tween going on teenager, I wanted to ensure she sees messages that reinforce the positive and provide encouragement on a daily basis. When choosing artwork, I usually like paintings and drawings but this is an exception and I love it. Here are some close ups:
Here is a close up of her night stand. Everything on here were items I already owned except for the lamp.
I also love this little arrow hanger with hooks. It’s a perfect place for her to hang her pjs in the day instead of leaving them on her bed ;).
She’s also been asking for a new guitar and it was the perfect opportunity to gift her one. She was absolutely over the moon.
(And, last but not least) Bed: Here is the terrible before picture to remind you of where we started. I was in the thick of tax season and could not get a good picture in enough time to meet the posting deadline for the 1st week. So we are settling with this.
And here are some after pictures:
The One Room Challenge has been such an amazing experience for me but I could not have done it all on my own. I would like to thank Linda of One Room Challenge and Better Homes and Gardens for giving us a great platform to create and appreciate the beautiful work of the designers and guest participants. I would also like to thank the following people for helping me along the way:
- My Overlays — for partnering with me on the dresser and nightstand transformation
- NathanElle Photography — for the great reveal pictures. Love you girl!
- My sis — for her unique capabilities in editing. You are a rock star.
- My sweet daughter — for her input and allowing me kick her out of her room multiple nights in a row to get this design process complete.
- (Last but not least) My darling hubby — for allowing me to follow my dreams no matter how crazy they are. I love you.
I hope you like the room as much as my daughter and I do! Don’t forget to stop by the One Room Challenge Page to take in designs from other guest participants who worked tirelessly to bring their visions to life. Thank you for stopping by.