Interestingly, when she started 6th grade we began to notice huge changes in her room. She took everything she didn't care for anymore and placed it in her closet with a huge sign draped across that said "Pre-6th grade". I didn't have permission to throw anything away so it all stayed there.
I avoided her room and I waited. I waited the whole school year until the middle of the summer.
We spent 2 weeks this month sorting through all those MANY items. We sorted into keep, throw away, put away and give to my younger sisters.
Then she left for camp and the real work began. I worked on the painting and accessory purchasing for several days and then called in my good friend Kayla to help me arrange the furniture and hang things on the wall. This is the friend whom my daughter has asked to call Aunt Kayla because she loves her so much - so her helping was very touching for my girl.
Here is her room before the big changes but after some decluttering. She decorated the wall and I think she did a great job, it just needed some updating and sophistication. In this room, the color was very dark (we didn't choose it) and the bed was impossibly big for her smallish room.
And here is the before of the closet side of the room. Cluttered, full of things she wants but can't really get to.
And TADA! This room now truly represents her and allows her creative freedom as well. She wanted a black and white themed room so I did my best, while still leaving room for her to add colors here and there.
Did I mention I only had 4 days to get this room done? I visited Goodwill several days in a row - plus about 3 other thrift stores in town. My budget was VERY small.
Here is a closeup of the front of her desk. The two vases and small pitcher were from Goodwill. The mirrored tray with jewelry was also from there. The mirror on the wall I already had. The lamp was white, I taped off a couple stripes and painted it glossy black.
The desk was originally really ugly, so I updated it. I spray painted the top with chalkboard paint so she can write all over it. When I asked her what her favorite part of the room was, she said the desk! I'll share next week about how I did it.
The framed photos came out so awesome. She loves shoes and has been wearing women's sizes for a few years now. So these are just a great fit with her personality. Of course, I won't actually be buying her any of these shoes. I found the photos online and framed them with some thrift store frames.
I even worked on her closet in the last 30 minutes before she came home. Organizing is my gift so I figured I'd better use it! I was able to hang a special shelf from her Grandma and put several other special or necessary items that just didn't work in her room now.
We are currently using her bookshelf for her clothes. Perhaps someday we'll find her a dresser that works, but for now this is just easier.
And one last photo - here is the difference between one coat of Valspar High Hiding Primer (on the right) and Kilz2 Primer (on the left). It took me an extra few hours to double coat 2 walls with the Kilz since I had run out of the Valspar. I was pretty surprised at the big difference. But, using primer was worth it - I only had to put one coat of paint in the room.
Notes: Curtains are from Lowes - with light blocking panels behind. Paint color is also from Lowes - Valspar. I found the exact color referenced in a Q&A about black and white rooms so I just bought it without even testing it. It's a very mature color and has quite a bit of blue in it. The duvet cover was found at Amazon. I wanted a cover that would work with the room, be comfortable and not cost a fortune.