We spent six weeks updating a room with paint, floors, furniture, and more. It’s time for our teen bedroom makeover reveal.
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After six weeks of blood, sweat, and tears it is time to show you how our teen bedroom makeover turned out.
To be honest, this was one of the most challenging remodeling projects we have done. Most of the big projects at my house end up taking more than six weeks. There are always things that don’t go as planned, but when you’re working on a deadline, that can really throw a monkey wrench in things.
Teen bedroom makeover recap
Overall, the whole bedroom looks much calmer and tidy. Of course, we could’ve decluttered and organized without spending anything at all.
We started this project by carrying everything out of the room. Most of it ended up in boxes in the garage and there are still a few out there waiting to be organized.
The hardest part of this (and every) project is the budget. Going into the holiday season, I set our budget pretty low. That means we hit our limit before my Ikea trip, so new bookcases will have to wait until the spring.
Teen bedroom tour
The biggest changes in the room were replacing the carpet with wood laminate flooring and repainting the walls. My teenager was adamant about painting a space mural on one wall, so we made sure to do that near the beginning.
The bedding is a mixture of things we already had, like the turquoise sheets, and new items like this super-soft gray throw blanket from At Home.
Texture played a big role in our designing process, so the blanket and the rug are both crazy-soft and cozy. The rest of the room has a calm, clean feel to it that adds to the relaxing atmosphere.
The most time-consuming part of this teen bedroom was refinishing the furniture. If you remember from earlier posts, we inherited a vintage Drexel bedroom set that grandma painted green.
Altogether, it has taken about 30 hours of scraping and sanding over several weekends.
Right now, the dresser and the bookcase headboard are holding books and dolls. Once we’ve added bookcases, those things will probably move and we can reorganize.
It’s a bit difficult to see the color and texture of the furniture, but it turned out nice. It has a golden honey color that’s close to the original. There are plenty of nicks and a few places you can see hints of green.
The refinished vintage furniture looks much better… and it all matches!
Overall, I feel like the room is a balanced mix of childhood and adulthood. The definition of being a teenager, right? And with this new look, it will be easy to transition from high school to college in a few years.
Our house was built in 1961, so there aren’t a lot of windows in any room. This teen bedroom has one, so I took advantage of it as a light source. On sunny days, it’s plenty bright.
The curtains are silk from At Home.
Teen bedroom workspace
The focal point of the room is actually the workspace. We refinished the vintage vanity, which doubles as a desk. The corkboard displays artwork and the rainbow rolling cart holds all kinds of art supplies.
My teen attends a STEM academy that tends to give a generous amount of schoolwork, as well as a personal love for art, comics, and creativity. It was important to me that there is plenty of room to work on projects for school and fun.
The center section of the vanity/desk flips up and has space for storage.
There are two cabinets on either side of the desk with space for vertical storage, two shelves, and a drawer. It’s small but lends itself to organizing.
Teen bedroom closet
We haven’t updated the closet much itself. We replace the floor along with the rest of the room.
I have an Ikea closet organizer planned, but for now, we have modular wire shelving on one side and the original clothes rod on the other.
While I’m disappointed that we didn’t get everything finished the way I imagined it done, I’m also pretty happy with how it turned out. One of the things I’ve learned in the past five years of remodeling our vintage house is that nothing ever goes exactly as you plan.
If you’re planning a teen bedroom makeover, here are a few quick tips:
- Set big goals, but remember that even if you don’t reach them, you’ve made great progress.
- Stick to your budget. You can always do more later.
- Have fun! Your home is your haven, so make sure you are making it a place you love, even if it isn’t what the “experts” say is best.
Follow along on our teen bedroom makeover!
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