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My Daughter’s Bedroom Makeover


When we moved into The Manse, my daughter’s room didn’t need much work.  There was no carpet to lift and we could live with the wallpaper temporarily. The 184 year old floors were good enough to leave alone until we pulled the big trigger. 


While the closet was quite large, the opening to it was more like that of a walk-in.  You know how this goes:  You keep adding to the list of “Wouldn’t it be nice if…”  We decided to add a double door opening out (I’m not a fan of sliders on closets).  The wallpaper came off (along with a fair amount of the original plaster walls!).  By the time I got to taking it down in this room, I had already hit FOUR rooms.  A whole lot of old wallpaper in this here house.


My daughter Alex is a college student and lives on campus a few hours away, so the plan was to use most of what she had with a few “refreshes”.  In the process of moving out, we lost parts to her bed, so oops, time for a new bed.  

The other change was the removal of the radiators.  Long story short, we needed a new boiler and the cost of adding radiators to the new parts of the house was going to be more than just going with forced air for heat.  I love radiant heat, but since we were putting in central air, it just wasn’t in the budget to keep them.  The good news is it freed up some wall space.


Have I mentioned how much I love spray paint?  This table from Pottery Barn had been in one of the kid’s rooms forever, and before that was one of our master bedroom side tables.  It used to be black.  A little bit of sanding, some antique white, and finding this cute knob and bam!  Perfect size for her room. 


The new closet doors made a HUGE difference.  We added an LED tube light inside. I promise to IG 📸 a pict of the inside when it’s all nice n tidy. For right now, don’t look behind those doors. The bedspread was a must have according to the kid.  

We also added crown molding. I just love molding.  Just makes a room feel more finished, with clean lines.


New additions to the room include the upholstered headboard, the shag rug, bedspread and make-up table. We re-purposed her dresser, the bookshelves, the side table and the comfy chair.  

Ikea Curtains & An adorable make-up area

How adorable is this make-up stool– ahem, I mean, how sophisticated (dear daughter in case you’re reading this…it’s very adult)!  Big tip for this:  The table was VERY inexpensive, so we splurged for this glass top which you can get at any shower glass fabricator. I like the shower glass because it’s tempered, so if it ever breaks, no one gets hurt.  

For window treatments, it’s Ikea to the rescue. I bought these white panels and did a simple hem job with the iron on adhesive tape provided-so easy!  

The make-up mirror used to be brown (another find in my mother-in-law’s garage). I sprayed it satin black.  


I added this hand painted lamp we’ve had forever.  This room just pops with touches of green.  I’m learning the whole decor thing as I go (better late than never:)  

See those little black shoes?  Those were her very first pair. They just make me smile.


Here’s the other “daughter”.  Ellie loves to hop on any bed I’m making.  I don’t know who misses my kid more…me or Ellie.  Ok, ME. 😪

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Paint Colors:  
Wall:  Sherwin Williams Silver Strand
Trim & Ceiling:  Hi-Reflective White


Shag Rug – White



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