Cottage Makeover of Room #1 :: Pre-teen 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!

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...
here are the befores, some durings and the afters of the makeover
of 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!)

So, from all of us to all of you...a sweet girl's new room!



I am at Amanda's place for her Weekend Bloggy Reading Party.
Also, I have joined Kate for her Flaunt It Friday Link Up.


  1. Aww, so sweet that the girl got a newly decorated room! You guys did a fantastic job!

  2. You ladies did an amazing job. Love it.

  3. Leslie, the room is gorgeous. Her face tells the story. Love the bedding and all those very fun fun colors. KUDOS~

  4. I LOVE it! Your choice of colors were perfect! The wall behind the bed is adorable too. You did a fantastic job on this room..definitely a room a girl can be proud of!!

  5. Fabulous job, Leslie! I wouldn't have expected anything less from such talented ladies! That headboard is a fantastic idea.

  6. This is a really sweet room!

  7. You got some great pictures! I love seeing her face....I am so glad you took those! You did a great job! Lisa~

  8. So cool, so cool, so cool! I know y'all had a marvelous time together. Wasn't it brilliant of Gina to think of inviting several bloggers to come together to work and play? I'm so glad you got to go! :)

  9. The colors in the room are so pretty, and the look on Hannah's face is priceless!

  10. You guys did a great job. Love all the bright colors. I agree, those curtain panels are amazing! Looks like the room was a big hit!

  11. Leslie, this is OUTSTANDING! I love the look behind the bed the best, but really it's all just wonderful. What a lucky little doodlebug.

  12. So pretty! Sounds like you had a blast....get some rest and come do some sewing at my house :)

  13. It really came out great! You guys did awesome!

  14. Leslie!! That is absolutely incredible! What an amazing space for a young lady to play and dream and create. You guys did a fantastic job and the rolling dollhouse is genius!

  15. Very cute room redo. I'm especially loving the dollhouse shelf....brilliant, and that owl cute. Take Care, Carrie

  16. What a wonderful room...the headboard is so creative...I love ever single thing in that room...where were you when I was young!!!

  17. this room!!! That wall treatment is sooooo cute. I love those window treatments too!!!

  18. Lindo. Que gra├ža o rostinho dela com a beleza do quarto!!


  19. I'm so glad they listened to me, and picked you! ;o) What fun, and what a lovely finished product, the color scheme is so adorable!

  20. Oh my goodness, that is just amazing. I bet she's loving it.

  21. Wonderful redesign! Everything looks great! Visiting from Serenity Now link party.

  22. i like the ideas on your blog. so i signed in.
    Groeten vanuit Nederland

  23. Oh my stars, it turned out so great!!!! I really think I am going to borrow that molding behind the bed idea for my 14 year old's room. Thanks so much for sharing.

  24. how lovely is that .. you did a great job.. the new room is so girly type .. haha .. love it ..

  25. haha- The curtains being 'modeled' reminded me of Sleeping Beauty!

    great job ladies!

  26. I LOVE the headboard! What a great room it looks amazing.

  27. Great site and a great topic as well i really get amazed to read this.I be taught one thing tougher on different blogs every day.

  28. Do you instructions on how to make drapes?

  29. Good job! I love it !!! Thank you..

  30. Could you please tell me where the comforter is from?


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