We decided to give Kennedy’s room a little update this year for her birthday. We’re not quite done yet, but here’s a look at our teen girl room update so far!
Before all of this craziness unfolded, I got the idea that it might be nice to give Kennedy’s room a little update for her birthday this year. She obviously spends a lot of time in there and it was looking a little tired and worn out since it had been about five years since we renovated her room. Once we got the news that schools were closing and we all needed to stay home, I knew that this room update would be very much needed. With all of our time being spent at home, it’s important to try to make the spaces we’re staring at all day as uplifting as possible.
Of course, the challenge I was faced with was trying to get the supplies I’d need to bring her ideas to life. Luckily, I had her pick out a paint color before stores closed down, so we had that already in the house.
Our Plans for the Room Update
Kennedy said her vision involved light blue, grey, wood, and lots of plants. It was actually a lot of fun to order all of the supplies we needed to bring this to life, hide them in the garage and then put the room together all in one day. Usually when we work on a room, I ad different elements one at a time as I get them. It was so refreshing to do it all (mostly) in one day.
Here’s how her room looked a few years ago when we first updated it. It was fun, but the paint was starting to get marked up and that thick rug was definitely not what I would call clean anymore after years of pets and kids using it constantly.
We also had upgraded her to a larger bed a few years ago and it just didn’t look right the way we had it in the space.
Isn’t that built-in desk and shelf unit that Chris built for her amazing? I’m still so jealous. Ha!
We left the main wall color throughout the room and just repainted the one accent wall for a quick refresh. Here’s the color we went with.
I had an old CIL paint deck in my cupboard, so that’s what we used to pick the color rather than go out to a store and touch a whole bunch of paint chips. This blue is quite a bit less green than what we had before, but it looks pretty darn close to the old color at night. Oops! Oh well, the wall looks a lot less marked up now.
Here’s a look at our plans we had for the rest of the room:
That chair was a big part of the plan. It was a non-negotiable for her. I actually love it too now that I’ve seen it in person. 🙂
I should note that our IKEA order took about two weeks to get here, which isn’t bad. All the Amazon orders that I’ve placed have said initially that they would take 6 weeks to arrive, but they’ve all arrived in about 7 days. So keep that in mind if you go to place an order!
So far we’ve painted the wall, moved some furniture around, brought in the new chair, lamp, rug, and shelf, and spray painted some existing hardware black to match the shelf brackets. Oh, and we did a whole lot of decluttering! It’s so nice and bright in there now! Definitely a much happier space for hanging out, and doing school work, and eating snacks, and basically being in 95% of the time.
We shared a quick shot of the shelf installed the other day. We actually ended up using the last little bit of IKEA counter that we had leftover from when we did the wood counters in the kitchen and the buffet makeover. That countertop just keeps going on and going! I think it looks great as a shelf too though, don’t you?
We’re still waiting on the bedding to arrive as well as the grid wall organizer for her desk. Once we those things in place we should be ready for the big reveal! 🙂
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.