Turquoise & Hot Pink Tween Room

Hi friends! Today’s post is a little detour from my usual food posts, but as much as I love food & recipes, I also love my home!  So I wanted to share with you one of our latest on-going projects:  my daughter’s tween room!

We are always working on something in our home, as it’s reached that age where it’s not brand new anymore, and it’s starting to need some upkeep.  Plus the kids are growing up so things are changing around here.  One of the rooms that really needed an update was our daughter’s room.  She’s 11 now, and her tastes have changed so it was time to update her bedroom.  We’re not done yet, but I wanted to show you how it’s all progressing so far.

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Let’s start with the inspiration for this room: The Chandelier!

Turquoise & Hot Pink Tween Room {A Pretty Life}

This chandelier was a gift from my mother in law!  She saw this light fixture and immediately thought of my daughter, and sent it our way as a gift!  (Thank you Steph!)  I can’t even begin to tell you how much this chandy suits my daughter.  It’s SO her.  Isn’t it fab?! Because it’s so unique and colourful, we kept the rest of the room simple with complimentary colours.

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So from there our colour palette was born:  Turquoise, Hot Pink and White

Turquoise & Hot Pink Tween Room {A Pretty Life}

The first thing we did was repaint her room.  Originally it was lavender, then it was beige when she was sharing a room with her brother, now it’s turquoise.  When my daughter first picked the wall colour I have to admit that I panicked a little.  I was worried it was going to be too dark and too hard to match with stuff.  But boy was I wrong.  I’m in love with the colour and it matches everything!

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The Bedding

Turquoise & Hot Pink Tween Room {A Pretty Life}

My daughter really, really, really wanted a hot pink bed spread.  So when Target moved into Canada we hit the stores ASAP in search of the perfect bed spread.  As soon as she saw this one, my daughter knew it was the one!  It’s soft like minky fabric and is just the right amount of grown up!

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The Headboard:  A Crib Repurpose

How to turn a crib into a headboard

One of the biggest hurdles we had with her room was her bed.  We had a double mattress but no headboard.  What to do, what to do?  We looked at a number of different options, but everything was either really ugly, really expensive or wouldn’t ship to Canada.  Then one day while I was down in the basement I saw our old crib and the wheels started spinning…I could see it as a headboard!  So that’s what we made it, and we all really love how it turned out!

Make a Headboard out of a Crib:

  • We used both of end pieces of the crib, butted them up side by side and screwed them together.
  • You could screw the headboard to the bed frame, but we didn’t – we actually just leaned it against the wall and it’s fine.  Eventually we will screw it to the bed.

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Solving an eyesore dilemma with white buttons!

How to turn a crib into a headboard

I loved how the headboard turned out, but there were a few little things that bothered me about it…the giant holes where the screws were for fastening the crib together.  But I had an idea!  I hit the fabric store (yes the fabric store) and bought white circle buttons.  They are the perfect fit!  I just glued them in with the hot glue gun and done.  No more holes.  You can’t even tell that the buttons don’t belong there.

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Room Decorations

Turquoise & Hot Pink Tween Room {A Pretty Life}

The room is sloooowly coming together.  Now we’re just keeping our eyes open for little finishing touches like these frames.  We found them at Michaels and just added some colourful complimentary papers.  Simple.

Earrings Holder {A Pretty Life}

Then we added an old card holder and turned it into an earring holder instead.  Super cute!

Turquoise & Hot Pink Tween Room {A Pretty Life}

Things are coming together quite nicely in this room.

We still have a few things we want to do:

  • Possibly paint the white dresser and side table hot pink.
  • Buy some new bed sheets.
  • Add some pictures behind her bed.
  • Add new curtains.

But for now my daughter is happy with her room!  Actually, she LOVES it!  It’s just the right amount of girly and just the right amount of grown up!

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Putting together this room was a life lesson for me.  I really had to keep reminding myself that this was NOT my room.  This was my daughter’s room. She has her own style.  It’s her room.  It’s her self expression.  She’s got good taste!

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Now in keeping it real, 10 minutes after I took these photos this room turned into an actual 11 year old girls room.  Up when the One Direction posters, out came the piles of barbies, clothes on the floor and books & iPod station on the night stand.  Just the way my daughter likes it.  😉

Have an inspired day!

Room Details:

  • Bed Spread:  Target
  • Chandelier:  Bethel International
  • Wall colour:  Behr Premium Plus Ultra in Eggshell:  Colour:  Bali Hai
  • Headboard:  repurposed crib
  • Hot pink picture frames:  Michaels
  • Little hot pink light:  Superstore
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  • Reply Elaine - Visual Meringue July 8, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    So cute! I love your home decor posts so great to see one! 🙂

    • Reply Jo-Anna July 11, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      Thanks Elaine! It felt nice to do one too!

  • Reply Lori at Frugal Edmonton Mama July 8, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Those dressers are fun to customize yet awful to paint! We did tack paper to the drawers and GLUED knobs to create a custom look from a $50 dresser!

    • Reply Jo-Anna July 11, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      Great idea Lori! I’ve wondered about painting them, and kind of thought it might be tough…but I LOVE the idea of using tack paper!

  • Reply Anja July 8, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    What a cool room! Love the bright colors. I bet her girlfriends are really jealous!

    • Reply Jo-Anna July 11, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      Thank you Anja! She’s loving her room and showing it off too! 🙂

  • Reply Buckle4up July 8, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    I totally love it when one thing leads to the inspiration of the whole room. Great job!

  • Reply Barb July 8, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    It’s absolutely stunning!

  • Reply Ali July 8, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    SO pretty and perfect for a tween. It will transition well to her teen years too. great job. btw – that chandy is GORGEOUS!!!!

    • Reply Jo-Anna July 11, 2013 at 9:32 PM

      Thanks Ali! Isn’t that chandy the best?!!

  • Reply Stephanie July 8, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Gorgeous room!! My daughter would LOVE to have a room like this!

    • Reply Jo-Anna July 11, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      Thank you Stephanie!

  • Reply Jessica@HomewithBaxter July 8, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Adorable!! I love the pink and turquoise combo and that chandelier is awesome!!

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    I absolutely love your home tour posts, but this one really makes me smile. We Moms always wants to “decorate” our kids rooms. You are so right about it being an impression of “their style, not ours!” The chandelier says it all in that room. It’s girly, funky, classy, beautiful and fun all in one. It’s as versatile as us girls are!!! 🙂 🙂

    • Reply Jo-Anna July 11, 2013 at 9:36 PM

      Thank you Felicia! It was really good for me to just take a step back and let her decorate her room the way she wanted it! And she loves it that much more!

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    Love it Jo! Way to let T be T!!!!! TFS

  • Reply Jill Flory July 11, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    I love this! Where did you MIL purchase that light? I want one for my girls room!

    • Reply Jo-Anna July 11, 2013 at 9:38 PM

      Thank you Jill! She ordered it off the internet from a company called Bethel International!

  • Reply lisa July 11, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Amazing room and FANTASTIC chandelier! I’ve pinned it.

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    My goodness Jo-Annai, what an amazing chandelier! and the hot pink colors on the accents and bedding! I want to move in into that room!
    Love it, have a great weekend,

  • Reply Tammy July 12, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Love the colors in that chandelier! What a dream for a teen age girl.

    • Reply Jo-Anna July 17, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      Thank you! She’s loving her new room!

  • Reply Kelsy July 12, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Your daughter is one lucky girl. Her room is amazing. That chandelier is gorgeous!

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    Your daughter is one lucky girl. Her room is amazing. That chandelier is gorgeous!

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    That chandelier is FANTASTIC! I really like the colors in the room as well. I’m pinning this for reference as I’m redoing my dds’ room!

  • Reply Dannielle July 13, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Love the chandelier!!!!

  • Reply Julie July 14, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    I am having a hard time finding your daughters awesome chandelier from the web-site your mother ordered it from. Would it be possible to give me an order number or name of the light? I have never seen a light that is so very unique like that one!!!!!

  • Reply Nicole July 15, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    I love the chandelier and cant wait for the reveal. I’m saying from Happy Hour!

    • Reply Jo-Anna July 17, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      Thanks Nicole! That chandelier has been such a great source of inspiration!

  • Reply Kathy Pine September 11, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Love the chandelier and all the colors! I have been looking for something similar for my daughter’s room – kept finding “candle” chandeliers which did me no good :-). Thank you so much for sharing your photos and providing inspiration.

    • Reply Jo-Anna September 11, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      Thank you Kathy! We really enjoyed putting this room together for her! She’s still loving it so much!

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