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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  1. 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!!!!!

  2. 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.

  3. It’s beautiful! We are in the midst of working on my 11 year old daughter’s room… she picked turquoise and purple! One thing we struggle with is all her toys. Where are you keeping all your daughter’s toys? Thanks!