Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Bedroom Fit for a "Tween"

Yay! It's finally done!

Joy's bedroom fits her personality so well! I'm so glad we accomplished that....and I'm glad it's finally complete!

She picked the bedding out herself and it was one of her bigger Christmas gifts, so she's had it for awhile waiting for us to get to the bedroom redo. The bedding was the inspiration for the all colors. She is not-so-much a pink girl (anymore). She wanted to bring out the aqua. The color on the wall is called Pool House.

The full size bed used to be mine growing up. I received it as a birthday gift on my 12th birthday. Jason painted it white for Joy. It does have a matching dresser, but she preferred to use her old dresser. I think she liked the shape of it better. However, Colt said he would like to use the dresser in his room (minus the mirror) because it's bigger than his old one, and Luke will get his old one (the one that was used for Colt & Joy as babies/toddlers).

Joy's old dresser was already painted white, but we wanted to give it a new look. Here scroll down a ways and you can see it behind the desk/chair as it was before. Here it is now:

Joy painted the drawer pulls pink. I painted the decorative indentions with the accent colors from her room.

Remember the old armoire from here?

What a difference the white paint made on it! It looks so fresh and crisp now! Joy is using it for all her dance clothes and gear. She loves this piece of furniture. (Maybe there's hope for one of my kids loving antiques yet)...

On top is a "Grandma's Flower Garden" quilt (quilted by Jason's grandma), and Joy's trophies. The stitchery was stiched by my friend, Betty. It's in a Goodwill makoever frame.

Jason made this desk and bulletin board for Joy awhile back. If you've read my blog for very long, you probably remember when he made this.

We added the gerber daisies and the little sign (that Joy loves by the way)..."Anything boys can do, girls can do better". (Gerber daisies and sign were both 50% off at Hobby Lobby).

However, it got a new coat of paint too. The white we used on all the trim and furniture in the room is called Mocha Cream. She's already loaded up the bulletin board with pictures.

One feature we knew we wanted for her room was a ballet barre and mirror. She's wanted this for awhile. She dances constantly! We bought a large dowel rod (4 ft.long) and painted it white and Jason mounted it. We had a mirror cut to fit and added the vinyl quote above, by Joy's request.

It would be very hard to pick a favorite thing in her room because I find myself going into her room and just standing there taking it all in, but the chandelier would definitely be among my favorites. I can't take the credit for the idea of this. Joy wanted to use her old chandelier, but it was very "girly" as in pink and minty green with rosettes on it. (I have a picture of it somewhere but I have looked and looked and can't locate it right now). I was thinking of brown ribbon tied around new white shades, or even different color ribbons tied around them. However, Colt's girlfriend, Amber (who is very creative), suggested painting each one of the shades on the chandelier one of the accent colors in her room. Joy loved the idea, so we went for it. I painted each shade with craft paint....one aqua, one pink, and one lime green.....then trimmed the top and bottom of each one with brown ribbon. And wow....I loved it....we all loved it!

We positioned Joy's bed on an angle, sort of in a corner. This allowed for better furniture placement in the room. It was fun decorating that corner behind the bed too.

Speaking of Amber, she's very talented with painting designs and she said she would paint Joy's letters for us. If you can't remember what they looked like before, you can see them here. And now they are perfect for her room! I just gave Amber a picture that came from the front of her bedding for inspiration and told her to do whatever she wanted to them that would coordinate. I knew whatever she did would be perfect, and it was! Thank you, Amber!!

The vinyl tree, flower, heart, and peace decorative stickers came with the bedding set (along with a canopy that we didn't use). Joy arranged those the way she wanted them. The tree reminds us of the tree down the road from our house that Colt named when he was little....Max PJ. I did a post on that once if you'd like to read it.....here.

Then that brought the inspiration for the next touch. After the letters and the tree vinyl stickers were up, the corner behind the back lacked something. It was really bugging me and that's one of the reasons I hadn't posted the pictures yet. I did a little brainstorming, thinking of adding some type of decorative stemmed twigs or something. I couldn't really find anything we liked, and definitely not at a price I liked. So in the end, Joy and I went out to the wooded area of my mom and dad's house next door and picked up twigs. We asked Jason to spray them with a coat of the same paint that was used on her furniture. That's just what it needed for that corner! I think a light shining on it from behind the bed would be great too....we're working on that.

The lime rag style rug came from Hobby Lobby - 50% off.

The lamp came from Gordman's - 20% off. That picture frame was a birthday gift to Joy from her friend, Molly Grace, at her last birthday party. That's her very first ballet picture in the frame. And the feathers and beads in the vase behind the picture frame were also purchased from Hobby Lobby at 50% off.

The table it's all on has been a little of everywhere in my house. You may remember seeing it most recently in my living room with the pump lamp on it. Jason gave it a coat of white paint too.

Over here between the dresser and the desk, there's a blank wall. Joy says it's the perfect spot for a flat screen TV. And I said, "Well you better get to saving your money." :) In the meanwhile, we're thinking of possibly putting up a framed poster, either dance related or maybe a guitar chord poster (that way she can sit on her bed and learn her guitar chords)!

The curtains are sheer panels purchased off of ebay. It seemed to need a pop of color over there, so I purchased ribbon by the roll from Hobby Lobby (also 50% off) and added streams of pink and lime ribbon to the curtains.

Joy and I came to an agreement....She can use her closet door for one poster at a time. My thinking was that she had her bulletin board, but I remember what is was like to want posters in my room growing up too.

We added a few flowers to the aqua bottle vase hanging on the doorknob of her closet.

We had lots of doors to paint in there! Besides the closet door, there were two more doors. One leads out of her room and the other is the attic/furnace room door.

I love Joy's new bedroom! I would have loved to have a bedroom like this at 11 years old! But now what I love even more is that we really repurposed lots of things in this room and didn't spend alot of money.

I've always enjoyed watching budget minded decorating shows the best, where they were given a budget and redid a room within that budget. So I decided to figure up what we did spend on her room. Here's the breakdown:

Bedding - $99 (this was a Christmas gift to Joy though, but I included it).
Paint & Primer - $96 (Walls,Furniture and Trim)
Mirror - $54
Ballet Barre & Hardware to Hang it - Can't remember but I think around $15
Vinyl Quote - $14
Curtains - $14
Rug - $12.50
Ribbon - $10
Lamp - $11
Craft Paint - $6
Flowers/Feathers/Beads/Mini Sign - $13.00

That's a total of $344.50 (and actually $99 of that was a Christmas gift). I think it's more gratifying (and challenging) to decorate a room with a conservative budget....and see what I can do with it. Actually I wouldn't know what it was like to spend whatever I wanted because I've never done that! I can't imagine some of these budgets I see on HGTV for rooms! Wow!

Two more last pics for you....just because I took so many! :)

Now it is on to Luke's room.....We've already picked out the color. I've removed the border and cleaned walls, and Jason took out the trim. Jason also repaired and sanded the walls (wow....lots of nail holes it there), applied the primer, and we just finished putting a coat of paint on it. We're hoping it might only take one coat! We have some busy weekends ahead and I'm feeling like we need to hurry and get this room ready, after all we received our LOA this weekend and God is really moving and opening doors to bring us to Luke quickly. I want to leave the few weeks before travel open to thinking clearly about packing and everything we will need to take with us. With that time frame, it is definitely motivation to finish his room!

Thanks for hanging with me and being interested in seeing the finished bedroom project and for waiting so long....hope you en"joy" the pictures of the new bedroom fit for our "tween"! :)


vwestermeyer said...

what a great room for your tween! My youngest daughter has her walls about the same color.

At Home With Amy said...

I think you guys did an awesome job on Joys room. I bet she was delighted when it was all done. Your colors are so vibrant and alive. This is a room she can grow in for many years to come. You made some really smart choices in her decorations. Her ballet barre is just perfect. It is so her.
Enjoy doing Lukes room next. Can't wait to see pics of it.

Mandy in Mayberry said...

Perfect, Tammy!

I can't let Leah Kate see this or she'll be begging to redo hers - we've lived here less than 2years and we did her room when we moved in.

She's only 8 so I'm going to try to keep her room pink for a couple more years!

Kelli said...

What a terrific room! :) I've been the same way with Perri's room since we redecorated it...going in there and just taking it all in from time to time. I think we can have a little piece of our own childhoods back through our daughters. :)

carolyn@primitive~devotion said...

Oh Tammy! What an awesome room for Joy! I would have LOVED a room like this growing up! What a fabulous job you all did! And even better that you did it on a budget. I know that must be so gratifying.
I know Luke's room will be just as darling.
Have a great week!

Robyn said...

That must be the favorite color of girls that age. My daughter had those colors at that age. She just turned 17 and we redid her room "more grown up" as she put it. She went with a Paris Fashion theme. Thanks for sharing your bedroom journey, it's so much fun!

The Farmers Oldest Daughter said...

What a great room for a "tween". I am like the rest of the commentors, I would like to have had a room like that. I know she will enjoy it. Great job on a budget. They seem to be more fun to do.


priminitupjen said...

Wow! Your daughter's room is so beautiful. You should put it on rate my space on the HGTV website. You would definitely get a 5 star rating!!


Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

What a sweet room Tammy, I love the chandeliar, Colt's girlfriend sure is creative!!


Colleen/And Baby Makes Five said...

What a bright and happy space, Tammy! I have no doubt that Joy is going to adore it.

And I love seeing what others can do on a budget as well, since that's the only way we do things as well.

Great job!

Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

What a delightful room. I love all the peronal touches and family pieces. And I do remember when Jason made the desk. It has transitioned nicely into this room too. But as the mom of a life long dancer, I love the ballet bar! What a lucky girl to have her own!! Shh- don't tell Jen!!

Wendi said...

Joy's room turned out great! I really like the wall color. Very cheerful!

I haven't been around much lately. Congrats on your LOA!

Anonymous said...

Love Love Love the bedroom. I don't dare show it to my daughter or we will have to redo her bedroom too!

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

Oh Tammy her room turned out fabulous!!! I need to get her little items done as I see just a touch of wall space that they would be purfect on...I would put twinkle lights on her "twig" tree so she can have that mood lighting so when all the lights are off they are the only ones on..it would look great..just a thought..:)

Nancy M. said...

Wow! That is so gorgeous! Joy is one lucky young lady! That is a bedroom anyone would love to have! Y'all did a great job and I can't believe it didn't cost very much! Can't wait to see Luke's room!

Laura said...

What a sweet and great room, Tammy!!
I've never been a "pink girl" and find this room FANTASTIC!!!!!

terrypi said...

I absolutely love Joy's room. What a great color. And the bedspread is so colorful. I bet she loves being in there. I am so excited about Luke coming soon. He has a great home to come to.

Donna~One Simple Country Girl said...

What an awesome room! I'm usually not a big fan of really bright colors, but I really do love how this all turned out! Everything looks like it was made with this room in mind! Y'all did an awesome job and I love the paint treatment you did on her dresser. Nice work!

Twin Creek Primitives said...

Oh my gosh! How BEAUTIFUL it is! What a wonderful job you did! It looks absolutely AMAZING! Thanks for sharing!

Kath ~★The Olde Weeping Cedar ★~ said...

WOW! I love it! :) It's perfect, so colorful a HAPPY, I love Joy's dance mirror and bar, thats so neat, how special to incorporate that into her room! She's a very lucky girl, her room ROCKS! *wink*

Have a wonderful week...and a very Happy Easter, Tammy!

Peace out!!!!!!!!! ;)

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

I know all of my granddaughters would love this room. Great job, Tammy and Joy!!!

Blessed Beyond said...

Oh Tammy, Joy's room is so awesome! I love it! And the color is perfect! We have something similar in our bathroom! I can't wait to see Luke's room!
Hugs and Blessings,

ghomeschool said...

Love it. You did a great job. Love the pool blue walls. Makes me want to go swimming.

Shelley said...

This is such a gorgeous room! Joy must be delighted! I love that mirror w/ the saying over it - so sweet. You really should submit these photos to a home decor magazine - it's so exquisite with what you did w/ this room! Wow!!!

Tanya said...

How absolutely adorable....We have 3 daughters and I think we honestly have been through every color in swatch cards painting their room. It is so fun to change and add their personality into it. You put such special touches in her room. I love Hobby Lobby as well..I call it my "therapy" store!! Good job!!!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Looks beautiful! I love the colors and love what you did with the dresser!

The Finicky Frog said...

What a great room! That blue is really popular with my girls too. I love all the thrifty finds.

I'm hosting a Giveaway over at my blog, and I wanted to invite you to stop in!

God Bless,

Karen Sue said...

Lovin' this room! My daughter found a couple of colors in the Lowe's OOPS! cart and brought them home along with some chalkboard paint. She painted the top half of one wall with the chalkboard paint and she and her friends write on it and it looks pretty cool! I was afraid it would be way too dark, but it's really not and all her friends this it is cool too!!

Blessed Mom of Four, Now Five said...

What an absolutely beautiful room. I just don't seem to have that touch. I may need to have you help me out sometime. ;)
And, praise the LORD for your LOA, our how I remember that happy, happy day!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

The room looks great and you kept the price so reasonable too, which is wonderful. It reminds me of my growing up days too. Can't wait to see Luke's room.
Have a glorious Easter!

Paula said...

It is fantastic! It is the perfect Tween room and I am sure she is over-JOYED!


the primitive country bug said...

Hi Tammy,
What a sweet room for such a sweet young lady! I love the color combination and everything is so well coordinated. I tried to pick my favorite and it was hard because there are so many wonderful elements that I love. But silly as this may sound, one of my favorite things was the little blue bud vase hanging in the closet door knob and the chandelier with the different colored shades. That's so creative! Joy must love spending time in her little oasis of pre-teen heaven.

Congratulations on getting your LOA as well! I hope everything else continues to move along quickly for all of you. I can't wait to see your first "together" family picture.
Thanks for always being so thoughtful and leaving such sweet comments on my blog.
Hugs~ Birgit

Allison said...

Your daughter's room looks great!

Farmchick said...

Very very cute!! It's perfect!

Just stopping by to wish you a very Happy Easter. Hope you can stop by my farm for a visit soon!

Melissa said...

WOW! It is gorgeous!!!