Are you looking for tween bedroom ideas? These easy, inexpensive decor ideas make for a one of a kind space any tween girl will love. We used a super simple plan to create a feminine and sweet retreat for Elsa.
Tween Bedroom Ideas – Elsa’s Bedroom Makeover
For those of you patiently waiting for Elsa’s full bedroom makeover, this ones for you! Its taken longer than expected, but my nine year old daughter’s bedroom makeover is finally complete. You can see the mood board I made for it weeks ago here,
First, let’s look at how far we’ve come.
Here’s the Before.
Here’s the After.
We worked hard for the last several weeks and now we have an after my sweet girl loves.
Crystal Flush Lighting
This flush light fixture is one of Elsa’s favorite editions. New ceiling lighting definitely was a splurge. I had to talk Jeremy into it, but it was a shockingly great deal. You can read more about it here in this blog post, and you can purchase it here.
The art was bought fifteen years ago and used in our oldest bedroom when she was little. I love, love, love passing on treasures like this to her sisters. After I had bought this print the kids and I were bringing our cats to the vet and I met an artist painting a mural there. It turns out he was the artist of the print I bought, and a lovely man. I painted the silver frame fold to pull into the other warm golds in the room around it.
Several furniture flips came together finishing this room, and the storage chest is one of my favorites. As always I learned a few things while this room was coming together. For instance, did you know vinyl can and should be sanded prior to painting? You can see how we transformed this chest in this post here.
One of the biggest ways we saved money on this room makeover was by painting the walls instead of adding wallpaper. We had so much fun creating this floral wallpaper look with paint. Read more about the process here.
Thrifted finds are at the center of Elsa’s room design. I’ve collected items over the last several months that I knew I might like to use in her space. This vintage lucite wastebasket is one of them. If you want to add character and originality to a space include unique finds whether they’re vintage or not isn’t important to me. If they have a great look I love, they’re in and part of the room design. Here’s a list of other thrift finds in her room.
Vintage and Found Objects Used
- Bed skirt
- Small containers
Every space could use a gallery wall. I really enjoy the whole process of collecting the pieces and then curating that collection and figuring out what goes where.
The abstract art was painted several years ago by me. The large vintage mirror was given to me by my Grandma because she knew how much I loved it. The small vintage mirrors I found while thrifting. Elsa has commented on how much she appreciates the light in her room so I thought I’d try and add even more with mirrors.
Elsa’s headboard is a great DIY that makes a big impact for very little effort. I show you step by step how we made it here.
As a creative and designer it’s my job to find solutions to interior design problems in my home, at least I’ve decided it is. No one knows your home better than you. I knew that the layout in Elsa’s room made it challenging to place the bed. If it went next to the large window a portion of any headboard always overlapped the window. We tried putting the bed there anyways, but the look of the window being somewhat blocked by the bed annoyed me. Like for years people, it annoyed me for years.
I finally decided I did know best and came up with an idea to center the bed under the small window and frame the windows with drapes. Best decision ever!
Not only do the drapes add a soft, plush feel the her bedroom, but they also hide the fact the windows have no case molding. They do this as well as emphasize the headboard by drawing your eye to that area and upward.
We painted this marble pedestal white and it makes the perfect little nightstand.
You can shop it along with the lamp here.
This room turned out better than I imagined. All the time and effort is worth it to see Elsa so happy in her space. At night when I tuck her in we still look around and say how much we love it in here. Priceless! Although, with all the DIY, furniture flips, thrifting and bargain hunting I did to create this space, it didn’t cost much at all.
DIY Projects Complete
- Painted both the night stand and the pedestal we’re using as a nightstand.
- DIY Upholstered Headboard
- DIY Curtain rods
- Painted wallpaper/mural
- Painted the metal bookshelf gold
- Painted the large prints frame gold
- DIY Window Mullions (Go here to see a similar project where I did this project)
- Painted the vinyl storage cabinet
- Pillow made from my art
Until next time, I’ll be working on our basement family room in the hopes I can pull it together in the next two weeks. I’ll be sure to share my progress on Wednesday.