Beautiful DIY Tween Girls Room Remodel/Renovation

4 Materials
$1250
2 Weeks
Medium

Due to COVID, we had to cancel our Disneyworld vacation that we had planned to celebrate my daughter's entry into the double digit tween years, and Spring Break, which all happened to fall on the same week this year. To make up for our lost week of fun with Mickey and friends, we told my daughter we would remodel her bedroom and she could pick out the new colors and decor as a consolation prize for having to miss Disney for her birthday. Her room went from boring and drab to bright and fab!

If you have seen any of my previous posts, you'll notice we are remodeling our house room by room. The last room we finished was our home office. Here are the abbreviated instructions for how we completed the renovation of my daughter's room. For full details and picture, visit the blog post here.


Before I get started with the tutorial, here are some before pics of her bedroom:

First step was to remove all the furniture from the room. This involved disassembling the bed, removing the drawers from the dressers so they were light enough to carry, and removing anything attached to the walls. Next, we removed the baseboards and any nails that were left in the wall once the baseboard was gone. After the baseboards were gone, we pulled up the carpet and the padding, cutting them into thin strips and rolling them up to keep the discarded pieces manageable.

We then removed all the trim boards around the doors and the windows. This was done using a prybar and hammer to pull the boards away from the wall, and then pliers to remove any remaining nails.

As with our home office remodel, we had very squeaky floors, so we again decided to cut a hole in the floor boards and strengthen up the beams under our house. I explained how we did this in my office remodel post, so I'm going to skip it in this post. But once we finished strengthening up the floor, we replaced the subfloor and floor boards.

We let my daughter choose the color scheme of her room and she decided to go with a beautiful and bright teal color for her walls. She and I used rollers to paint the walls of her room. We didn't paint all the way up to the ceiling as we planned on adding crown molding.

We used the same flooring in my daughter's bedroom as we did in the office, a grey laminate flooring. This is the same flooring we'll install in the rest of the house as well. We used a flooring install kit made by the manufacture of the flooring for the install and used a portable saw specific to cutting floor boards for any cuts we needed to make.

I used my electric paint gun to paint all the trim boards, the baseboards, and the crown molding white. I also painted the closet and bedroom door. Painting with a spray gun helps to ensure a smooth finish with zero streaks.


Once the trim boards were dry, we cut them to size and installed them, using a nail gun with 2 1/2" brad nails to adhere the boards to the wall (making sure to shoot the nails into the studs in the wall). Here is the baseboard and crown molding installed:

We again used the nail gun and brad nails to add the trim around the closet doors and around the entry door. We also installed the new entry door we had purchased to replace the plain, flat brown hollow doors that were there originally.

Before adding the window trim, we had to replace the windows. The original windows were decent, but the original owners had painted the vinyl, so they were difficult to open. In addition, we like the style of windows with the grid pattern, so we pulled out the old windows and replaced them with new windows that we had ordered from Home Depot.

Next, we added the trim around the windows and I repainted the built-in window seat that I had built a few years ago to match the same shade of white that we painted the window trim. I also installed new cabinet and drawer hardware.

Lastly, we added the furniture back in, along with some new rugs and decor and here are some final pics of her beautiful new room!

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  • Chad Phillips
    on Sep 13, 2020

    What amazing transformation of your tween daughters room. She’s gonna love it for a very long time.

  • Flipturn
    on Sep 24, 2020

    I'm sure you saved a great deal on doing the labour yourself, plus you will always have the reward of creating a pretty room with your own hard work.


    What portion of the $1250 cost for the project included the upgraded windows?

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