Saturday, 21 May 2011

Tiffany blue, black and white bedroom

When my daughter became 13 last month, I asked her if she would like me to redecorate her bedroom. Sure she said, with a tiny wee bit of enthusiasm; she doesn’t excite easily :)

I will forewarn you that this is a long post with lots of pictures.


I searched for a day bed for a while, then remembered that she had a daybed before and it kind of reminded me of a crib, so nix that idea.  While searching Craigslist I found this king size headboard; hey, that will work. I dashed off to another city to pick it up for $50. I absolutely love the shape. The colour, not so much but I had plans.

I had to do some McGyvering to get it to attach to the bed frame so that it didn’t rest on the wall and smoosh (that’s a word, right?) the curtains. The headboard is about 3 inches wider than the length of her single bed, so I attached some 2 x 4’s to the frame legs and drilled into the 2 x 4’s to attach it to the bed frame. Just in case you decide to do this, be forewarned.


Then I priced out damask wall paper and at $40 a roll, that was out of the question. I created a stencil and went to work. It took some time and some patience :)


Next up were the stripes. I measured to have 3 of each colour, coming out at 16” each.

I picked up a small vanity from Kijiji. It will do for now and serves as a night stand.  I’m thinking down the line I would like to get a long and narrow parsons table. MY BF had the little chair already and I sprayed it with silver and covered the seat with a tshirt that I got at the GW.


Rather than have a bazillion pillows/cushions on her bed, that I knew would only end up on the floor, I opted for one large bolster. I bought this table runner at Home Sense. I stuffed it and tied the ends in ribbon.


Let me show you a little piece of her room before


Let me take you on a tour of her newly decorated room


Headboard painted in Tiffany blue. Bolster created out of a table runner.


Matelasse bedspread and pillow shams from the thrift store, picked up over time.

I removed the ugly sliding closet doors and hung up the drapes that I made, using swing arms. Ribbon from the dollar store was added to the edges using iron on tape. The memo board was a couple of dollars from the thrift store and the butterfly art was made for her a while ago.


The mirror has lived in every room of my house in grey, but now it looks pretty in blue. I moved the swing arm lamp from the back wall and added ribbon to the shade.

This little Ikea table also received a quick update by adding ribbon.


Here is a close up of the damask pattern I stencilled on.

I can’t wait for her to see how the room has come together. The last things to do are paint her book case and return it to her room , paint her chandelier or get a new fixture, and make a floor cloth.

Please weigh in on your thoughts for the floor cloth. I was thinking of doing this zebra pattern.


Black and white may be a little too busy for this space so what do you think of doing it in the Tiffany blue?  Or should I do something totally different?
Cost breakdown:
funky 70’s headboard - $50
Vanity - $25
quart of black paint - $17
Ribbon - $5
Spray paint - $12
tshirt to cover chair - $2.50
Total: $110.50
Everything else I already had.

I just loved doing this room. Growing up, my shared bedroom was quite utilitarian, so it’s nice to make one that is pretty.

Update: Here is the completed floor cloth.  I don’t know why I doubted myself, it turned out wonderfully.  You can read about the process here


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  1. WOW what a great job, congratulations. I love the idea of using a king headboard ... much better than a day bed. Gosh the zebra rug ... I think either color would be terrific, I just can't pick one over the other. Can't wait to see the finish. Happy Birthday to DD.

  2. I really love it! I also just redid my 14 y.o. daughter's room, in deep purple--her request! It also has the b/w accents and some turquoise. I LOVE the mirror, and the vanity area is perfect. HOW on earth did you do the gorgeous stencil?? I love it, great use of a smaller space.

  3. What an awesome bedroom! I love the black and white with the blue. Amazing work!

  4. What an incredible bedroom! I was wishing I could do that in my room, but I don't think my husband would go for it. You did a fantastic job!

    Deviantly Domesticated

  5. Beautiful job! The zebra floor cloth will look awesome too. I hope she loves it!

  6. The bedroom is beautiful!! I can't believe you stenciled the damask print on....great job!! I love the blue with the black and white. I know your daughter is gonna love her new room.

  7. that looks amazing! the colors and patterns are awesome! great job, mel!

  8. Fantastic job! I dunno about the zebra. I love it on its own, but not sure how well it would mix with the damask. I think I'd try it in the blue.

  9. This looks awesome Mel! Fantastic job on the stenciled wall, it's amazing :) I love that headboard, what a great find!

  10. I love her new bedroom Mel!! You did a great job! Nut thats not really a surprise. ;)

    I think zebra in turqoise would probably be great.

  11. LOL!! NOT surprising....not "nut". :)

  12. You did such a great job here! So much patience with the stencil.. I like it much more than the inspiration room, Mel. I love the idea of a table runner for a bolster - I once used silk napkins for small ones! You are a creative wonder... xx

  13. You did such an amazing job! Your thriftiness is totally inspiring. I would love to hear more about your stencil-making.

  14. Great job on this room!! The stenciled wall is such a neat look and I love the wall lamp!

  15. looks great! very chic. a zebra pattern floor cloth in the turquoise and white stripes would add soo much to the room! think it might look heavy with the black. just sayin. pop over sometime and say hi andiejaye@crayonfreckles

  16. love the way this turned out! very pretty :) found you over at dittle dattle, come by for a visit sometime :)


  17. Great job! I really like those strips and headboard :)

  18. That came out amazing! I can't wait to show this to Miss Savannah tonight! My favorite things are the headboard and damask wall. Just stunning!

  19. clap, clap clappity clap clap...Bravo!!!

  20. Beautiful transformation! I love all of the details you have added to her room, I know she is ecstatic.

  21. There is so much about this room that I like! Great colors and love the headboard. My favorite is the stencil. You did such a fantastic job on it! It's very detailed and the perfect size. (Did you create the design yourself?)

  22. What a cute room! I love the colors!

  23. this room is beautiful! glad i found your blog :) xox

  24. Thanks for linking up to Flaunt it Friday... I love this room makeover and how you were able to do it so cheaply. I am featuring it on my new blog The Besties, please stop by to grab an "I was featured" button if you'd like.

  25. Great Junk! The Tiffany's blue accents really pop! Visiting from the Besties =)

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting