Friday, July 2, 2010

DIY Teen Style

Our darling daughter begs us every year to "re-do" her room. Her room has been 're-done' twice in her long 14 years. 'Re-doing' any room is synonymous with 'spending lots of money we shouldn't'. Since I am a Dave Ramsey convert, and since delayed gratification is EXREMEMLY important to teens/early adults, I challenged her to save up her allowance and 're-do' the princess's chamber. So, 7 months later....

We saved money with sweat equity, the wall unit was a collaboration between teen and both parents. Darling daughter learned some valuable skills along the way such as sanding, using a drill and driving a screw. Daughter and daddy spending quality time, priceless!

She was eager to get this project underway and there was no eye-rolling on this project.

She poured over the IKEA catalogue for MONTHS, dreaming of her finished masterpiece. IKEA, the venerable cheap way to decorate, but with Swedish style, both country and contemporary. The white boxes were cheap at IKEA and a way for her to hide a million doo-dads that have some significant meaning even if they never see the light of day again. The photo frame to the left of her desk on the wall is adorable and she can change out the pics at will. right now she filled them with endangered animal pics she downloaded from the internet.

One of her 3 murals is still a work-in-progress.

We switched the sleigh bed for the captains bed so we can get rid of her dresser. Two of her throw pillows and the blanket are from IKEA.

The top of her bookshelf is home to her make-up and jewelry.

While painting at her desk, she knew I was about to take a picture so she whipped her head around and stuck out her tongue faster than the shutter speed for this remarkable pic. "OUCH!" If I tried that, I would be out of work for a month:p


Julie said...

Awesome job Mom! A good way to teach her she has to live with the results of her work, also.

Arctic-mermaid said...

Great job on the reno. Can you come and do my office??

Craftiness said...

Yes Julie, this is her 3rd renovation that I can remember in her loooonnng 14 yrs! Arctic-mermaid, I have a feeling your office includes polar bears and killer whales, maybe out of our league;p BTW, why don't polar bears eat penguins?