Bedroom Makeovers for Pre-Teens

Rachel Pereira of Shades of Blue Interiors had the opportunity to help out others and transform two rooms for a local family with the help of The Home Depot. Read how she did it below!

A few months ago, I embarked on a project for a deserving local family who had recently adopted three siblings. With some help from The Home Depot, I was able to complete two room makeovers in only six weeks.

The basic builder’s grade girls’ bedroom now features built-in bookcases, a window seat and statement wallpaper. The boys’ shared room features shelves with a desk, a trundle bed under a bunk bed, and a reading nook. Their rooms hardly look the same anymore and it now suits the children’s interests and storage needs much better.

The Girls’ Room Before

The girls’ room started out with two-tone turquoise walls, a window only covered by blinds, two beds covered with stuffed animals, a small bookcase at the end of one bed, and a small dresser.

Bedroom Makeovers for Pre-Teens

Bedroom Makeovers for Pre-Teens

Bedroom Makeovers for Pre-Teens

Bedroom Makeovers for Pre-Teens

The Design Plan

After speaking with their mom, the goal for the girls’ room was to create a space where they could read, relax, and sleep. We also wanted the space to provide storage for books, stuffed animals, and clothes.

Bedroom Makeovers for Pre-Teens

With a limited budget, I needed to be strategic on what I would buy, what I could make, and what we could use that they already had. For the girls room, I created a design board that would keep the beds they had, and keep the chandelier. The new room would feature colorful, woodland wallpaper, woodland animal art, a beautiful dark teal rug, and a rustic, natural wood-tone dresser. I would also be building a set of bookcases and a window seat around the window.

The Built-Ins and Window Seat

I started by creating the feature wall, which was the built-in bookcases and window seat. I knew this addition would add so much storage and character to the room, as well as provide a special spot for the girls’ to read. I built the bookcases and window seat out of MDF, attached them to the studs in the wall, then finished them by using pine trim on the edges, and painting everything with white semi-gloss paint.

Bedroom Makeovers for Pre-Teens

I added crown moulding to finish off those bookcases, which had to be continued around the room of course!

Bedroom Makeovers for Pre-Teens

The Wallpaper

The wallpaper is whimsical and full of color and was applied to both walls adjacent to the bookcases to create a symmetrical look. This wallpaper was the glue-on type which was quite easy to install. I rolled on the wallpaper adhesive over the section of the wall where the first vertical ‘row’ of wallpaper would go. After making sure the wallpaper was level, I smoothed it over starting from the top, working down. I cut it with a utility knife where it met the baseboard (I used a putty spatula to guide my cuts). The next ‘row’, I made sure to line up the pattern and just cut each piece as I went.

Bedroom Makeovers for Pre-Teens

Bedroom Makeovers for Pre-Teens

Additional Storage

To provide additional, practical storage, we incorporated this beautiful, natural wood, long dresser. This also allows art to be displayed above it and a lamp for some ambient lighting besides the overhead chandelier.

Bedroom Makeovers for Pre-Teens

Bedroom Makeovers for Pre-Teens

The last key component to bringing in the turquoise blue that both girls loved, was the addition of this traditional rug. The colors in the rug are vibrant and coordinate with the wallpaper, but are still versatile to grow with them as their style evolves.

Bedroom Makeovers for Pre-Teens

The Boys’ Room Before

The boys’ shared room started out with light blue walls, a navy blue accent wall, and dark blue curtains.

Bedroom Makeovers for Pre-Teens

Bedroom Makeovers for Pre-Teens

Bedroom Makeovers for Pre-Teens

The Design Plan

All three boys that share this room love super heroes, so that was the obvious choice for the theme. However, I wanted to create something that would also resonate with them as they grow older.

I wanted to maximize floor space, so I knew I would be adding a trundle bed below the bunk bed. I needed to create an accessible place to hold books, and have a comfortable place to read.

Bedroom Makeovers for Pre-Teens

The design plan I came up with included a graphic wall mural, an industrial bunk bed that would fit in with the theme of the mural, a large rustic modern dresser, shelves on the wall to hold books, a large modern blue rug, a new ceiling fan and lots of bold color brought in by super hero framed art, bedding and shelf decor.

The Super Hero Theme Boy’s Room

We started out by putting up the wall mural, then we installed this matte-black ceiling fan. Besides offering two different types of light (one near the base that is a more diffused light, and one by the blades for more direct light), it also eliminated the need for the portable fans they had previously in this room.

Bedroom Makeovers for Pre-Teens

The Trundle Bed

We swapped their bunk bed for this industrial, metal one with wood accents. I love how sturdy it is. The wood veneer footboards match the other stained wood elements in the room.

You can see we built the trundle bed (using plywood and 1x8s, and caster wheels) , which I painted black to match the bed.

Bedroom Makeovers for Pre-Teens

The Reading Nook

I put a comfortable armchair by the window with a floor lamp so they could have a place to read. There is also ample space between the bunk bed and this chair so they could later add some floor cushions if they want some additional cozy places to read.

Bedroom Makeovers for Pre-Teens

The window got new black-out curtains that we hung higher and wider which help the windows appear larger and the ceiling taller.

Bedroom Makeovers for Pre-Teens

A Place to Create

My favorite part in the boys’ room is this little shelf and desk area. I stained a few boards, attached spray painted brackets and screwed them into the wall studs. I love how this displays books, a few toys, art, and some frames.

Bedroom Makeovers for Pre-Teens

The kids love having this little place to create complete with crayons, markets, glue sticks, and scissors at an easily accessible place.

Bedroom Makeovers for Pre-Teens

I put these three metal stools in primary colors below the desk and they are the perfect size!

Bedroom Makeovers for Pre-Teens

Additional Storage

On this last wall, I placed this beautiful, wood veneer dresser which has a rustic modern design. This long, low dresser gives them nice deep drawers and wide surface to place a lamp (thrifted and spray painted yellow) or decor. It also provides wall space above to put up pictures of their favorite superheroes.

Bedroom Makeovers for Pre-Teens

Finally, we brought back into the room that bold deep blue they love with this navy moroccan patterned rug. This area rug really grounds the space and connects all the furniture. The rugs aren’t very thick so they don’t interfere with ease of vacuuming or furniture height, butthey are substantial enough to not curl up or get wrinkled.

Bedroom Makeovers for Pre-Teens

I hope you loved the result of this makeover as much as I did! With the help of family and friends, we were able to give this deserving family two beautiful rooms for their adopted additions that they will hopefully enjoy for years to come!

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A Smart and Modern Entryway Renovation

When moving into a new home, you want to make a great first impression for your guests. With a little help from The Home Depot, Jacki Quinones was able to make this front entryway feel like home to her.

When we moved into our home a few months back, we knew a new front door was in our near future. The one in place was original to the home and not in the best condition at all, besides being extremely underwhelming to look at.

Once we completed our entire kitchen renovation, we started the planning process of creating a smart and modern entryway with the help of our home away from home, The Home Depot.

The Before

As you can see in the before photo, the door lacks interest. When you take in the view of the entire front of our home, the doors seem to blend right in. We wanted our entryway to be warm and inviting while allowing plenty of light inside.

For every space we’ve renovated in this house thus far, it’s been extremely helpful to create a design board and really narrow down the feel, colors and texture.

Since the exterior of the house is white and we wanted the front door to pop, we selected a rich chestnut color double front door. The color is gorgeous and matches our farmhouse style we have indoors.

For those that aren’t comfortable DIY’ing an exterior door replacement, The Home Depot provides an installation service along with a free in-store consultation. They can send someone to your home to take measurements and place you in contact with a local licensed company for installation.

The After

Once installation was complete, the fun began! We selected a smart keyless entry lock that was compatible with our smart home assistant. We chose the Schlage Connect because it features a built-in alarm technology that will alert you of any activity, tampering or forced entry along with featuring a fingerprint-resistant touchscreen for added safety.

Entryway Decor

Once the doors and new smart lock was installed properly, I had some fun decorating. We chose large black planters to go on either side of the double doors, filled with faux floral stems.

A can of matte black spray paint updated the original doorbell button for a fraction of the cost of replacing it. Large faux green wreaths were hung on each of the double doors.

I love the look of layered rugs and buffalo check mats are a signature farmhouse style.

We are overall thrilled with the transformation of our front entryway and the quality of the Krosswood Doors we selected. Our existing doors were replaced with a stylish yet safe entryway for our family. Thank you to The Home Depot for another successful home project!

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Casual Modern Playroom Decor

Gbeke Omosebi of Simplicity For Designs renovated her children’s playroom with the help of The Home Depot. These simple and inexpensive touches added a great sense of personality to the room for her kids.

The reveal of our kids’ playroom is here! Completing this playroom has been on our to-do list for awhile. Our kids are growing and we knew it was time to work on this project and have it functional for them.

Transforming the Playroom

I’m excited to share this transformation with home decor products from HomeDepot.com. Not only does our kids’ playroom feels casual, comfy and modern, but there is so much functionality. Best of all, it’s become our kids’ favorite hanging out space!

Casual Modern Playroom Decor

The playroom is located on the second floor in our home. It’s a pretty large area and I knew I wanted to do something unique with it. On the walls, we added shiplap planks vertically and painted it white for a timeless, airy and modern feel to the space.

Casual Modern Playroom Decor

Creating a Space for Multiple Uses

We wanted our kids’ playroom to be relaxing yet beautifully styled. The playroom is a space where they should feel safe to play and be creative. We can also use it for family movie nights and for playdates with friends.

Casual Modern Playroom Decor

We looked for a sofa that was family-friendly, durable and modern. I found this gray upholstered fabric sofa that consists of straight modern lines, and we chose a shade of grey that is perfect for hiding stains. The cushion covers are also removable and machine washable, a must-have feature for a family with little ones.

Casual Modern Playroom Decor

Picking the Perfect Color Palette

Sticking with a neutral palette, this white kids’ play chair is a great find on HomeDepot.com. They are sturdy and easily wipeable.

Finding the perfect rug for the playroom was a tough one because there were so many attractive options on HomeDepot.com. We also had to have this navy blue striped rug to round out the space. We love the simplicity of the pattern and the bold color won us over.

Casual Modern Playroom Decor

Casual Modern Playroom Decor

Finding the Perfect Decor Accents

Friends! Are you like me and love a good set of pillows? We found a great selection of accent pillows at HomeDepot.com. Some of my favorites include this white and black striped pillow, off-white and grey accent tassel pillow and grey squared with tassels pillow.

Casual Modern Playroom Decor

Every room needs cozy and comfortable throws, and I found this textured throw at HomeDepot.com, too. I love to drape throws on the arm of the sofa for easy accessibility.

Casual Modern Playroom Decor

To add warm tones into an all-white playroom, I knew I wanted brass light fixtures. This mid-modern brass light fixture was a perfect find at HomeDepot.com. I like the frosted globe to prevent the kids from accessing the hot bulb.

Storage and Organization

In a playroom, the goal is to have adequate surfaces to keep things organized. I installed this floating shelf to organize the children’s stationery.

Casual Modern Playroom Decor

We all know that a must-have in a kids’ space is adequate toy storage. I found this huge storage basket which was the perfect storage solution. They are durable and flexible so they can accommodate a lot of toys.

Casual Modern Playroom Decor

Our kids have a lot of artwork that we wanted to display. I found these simple matted frames at HomeDepot.com. I like to mix different colored frames and textures when putting together a gallery wall. Here, I mixed wood frames with white frames and black frames for contrast and in different heights for interest on the walls. Instead of hanging the frames on the shiplap wall, I used this picture ledge shelf (available in multiple lengths) to group and display their artwork.

Casual Modern Playroom Decor

The ceiling fan was also updated in the playroom to this modern, streamlined and wifi-enabled smart ceiling fan found at HomeDepot.com. We love that it’s simple yet easily controllable by smart devices and the instructions to install it were straight forward but always consult an electrician if you’re unsure of the wiring steps.

Our Playroom

Casual Modern Playroom Decor

We love how our kids’ playroom turned out, with every corner furnished and styled with home décor pieces that fit our style. The space is still kid-friendly, casual and functional. We’re truly excited that our kids can express their creativity in a space they love.

I hope our kids’ playroom inspires you to create a functional and comfortable space for your kids. You can shop all these home decor products on HomeDepot.com.

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