Tween Room Makeover – The Design

Room Makeover Design Process

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Time lapsed video of the room makeover here.

Tasked with this room makeover, here’s the process our team went through to upgrade this big girl room to a great tween hangout with big city style and the potential for simple upgrades through the teen years to come. We started by taking a good look at what was already in the room and making an assessment of what was working and what wasn’t. Then we looked at what the tween (in this case, our own Lizzie K) presented as her dream for the room.

Panorama shot of the tween room before the makeover.

Here’s a panorama shot taken before we started.

We sifted through ideas: “I want all the walls to be black.” “I want one red wall.” I want four pieces of pop art (think Andy Warhol).” We started to see a pattern emerging, something clean and graphic was coming through loud and clear.

Next, we took a long hard look at what was already in the room, the hardscaping, so to speak – the location of doors and windows, the white shutters – the mural of a star filled night sky on the ceiling – these things were not being changed and needed to be considered in our final design.

Snap of the still wrapped poster from Ikea.

Here is a snap of the poster that inspired the palate and feel of the new room design.

We went around a bit trying to nail down a good basis for the design. With the changing tastes of a twelve year old to consider, we finally ended up purchasing the piece of wall art pictured above from Ikea. That piece became the foundation of the new design. Requests for black walls were handled gingerly and allowed to shake out through a series of conversations and trial art boards with ways to incorporate black without turning the room into a cave.

Polyvore screenshot of the EncinoMom Design Inspiration Board for the Tween Room Makeover.

One of our inspiration boards for the tween room makeover.

Given that the major pieces of furniture in the room were white, we knew that a black and white palate would give us a fresh new look that would be bold and modern. This eliminated the need to completely refurnish the room. We focused on textiles, paint and wall art to do the heavy lifting in this design.

Design Detail from the EncinoMom Tween Room Makeover.

Black Chalkboard paint helps pull the design together when updating these all white book shelves,

Once the room had a fresh coat of white paint (Clark & Kennsington’s Swiss Coffee available at ACE Hardware), we painted the back of the open shelving with the black Chalkboard paint to pull these all white storage units into the more modern feel of the new room design.

We also painted the main cross bar on the bunk bed in the chalk board paint. This was a key move to keep the new desk area looking designed rather than makeshift.

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Chalkboard paint on the cross bar of the bed keeps the design clean and adds a magnetic strip to the new Chalkboard wall behind the desk.

We knew we were going to make a template for the wall above the couch allowing us to pull the wall art together and add a framing effect that would last even when new art was in order a few years from now. We moved the furniture into place, painted the chalk board area under the bed/behind the desk and measured the area on the wall above the couch.

Template for wall graphic.

Click to open our downloadable template.

The space we were designing for was almost square and we had three pieces to hang that were very different in size. We took inspiration from ornate, antique mirror frames, but we also wanted to highlight the fact that we were using chalk board paint and the overall effect needed to be graphic and modern. We think the thought bubble cloud was a perfect solution!

You can download our template here: wallgraphic

Once the template was projected and painted on the wall, we brought in the textiles, art and decor items to complete our design.

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Want more? We’re sharing our Step by Step process, detailed how to for updating old magazine organizers, plus details of the products used to make this design pop! Special thanks to ACE Hardware for the paint, supplies and the perfect solution to the ongoing parental complaint, “Turn off the light when you leave the room!” Thanks to the innovative switch (they’ve been using these kinds of auto-off light restrictors in Europe forever), there’s more peace in the house!

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Click the picture for our detailed how to on recovering your old magazine organizers!

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The Process. Step by Step.

Memory Board make over how to.

Memory Board Makeover.

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The Details.

This episode of EncinoMom.tv made possible by Ace Hardware.

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  3. You want to decorate in a way that the kids will like the room but not like it so much that they want to live there into their 30’s.

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