Cottage Makeover of a Preteen Girl’s Bedroom

Last week at Gina’s place was long, interesting, tiring, inspiring, hot, educational, sweaty, productive. I have never experienced anything like it before, nor will I ever again, I suppose! I mean, the cottage makeover of a preteen girl’s bedroom gives me hilarious yet memorable moments.

To have 6 creative blogging women in one space, well, let’s just say that there was a lot of estrogen and there were a lot of ideas and paint brushes flying. But what a great gaggle to hang out with! I learned a few things while I was there and will share them with you, too, soon!

The first two days were spent prepping the rooms and creating the goodies to go in the rooms.

The third day ended sooner than we thought, since everything just fell into place the last few hours. Then, there was still enough daylight to take decent pictures. Some are still a tad fuzzy. Sorry! If you squint ever-so-slightly, they look great!

So, without further ado‚Ķ here are the before, some during, and the afters of the makeover of a preteen girl’s bedroom, a 12-year-old Hannah’s (aka Doodlebug) room.

When we got there, Gina and her hubby had already finished the walls and flooring, thankfully.

The full-sized bed and the desk are the only two pieces of furniture that stayed.

More moulding was added behind the bed.

Designing Pillows with Polly.

ChaCha and Hannah make rosettes.

Lisa painted the desk with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
Color? Paris Grey.

Polly and I did a lot of this.

To bring you THIS:

Lisa, who designed this grid for the headboard wall,
and had help from Angie and Gina, my hostess, to complete it,
talks more about it HERE.

This curtain is uh-may-zing.
Made by my new friend, ChaCha.
She shares her tutorial on how to sew your own in THIS post.

She couldn’t decide if she wanted to wear it or hang it.

The sides of the desk got sawed off so the built-in shelves could be added and the edges of the desk would be flush with the sides of the shelving units.

Closeups of a pennant pillow and trivets made by Gina and sold in her etsy shop.

What is so extraordinary about these built-ins is, they were made to to house (pun intended) Hannah’s dollhouse.

The base under it was put on casters and rolls out so it can be turned around and played with!!
When it is pushed back in, it looks like part of the shelving.

What’s really precious, the whole reason I wanted to go, and the reason I wrote THIS post, is the look on Hannah’s face when she saw her room after it was done!

So cute. And sweet.

I pray I was a blessing to you, Doodlebug, and that you love sleeping and playing and dreaming
here for a long, long time!

(I really enjoyed Hannah. She was my baking buddy. On Thursday night, we made lemon scones together. She is one mean baker!)

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