Before & After - Teenage Bedroom
Two soon-to-be-teenage girls needed a very different space to the one they inherited from the lovely old lady we bought the house from. And so, mission workspace nooks began!
While we were planning their room the girls asked to chose a colour each so we could incorporated them into the room, but all our other plans were kept secret so we could hopefully surprise them with their new room. They went on holiday with their Mum and Grandparents for a fortnight so it was all systems go - we had two weekends to complete the makeover!
First thing first, as with every room - the woodchip had to go! We had no funds to get the walls and ceiling skimmed so filled them in ourselves and then masked up and got a mini hand sander out to create the smoothest surfaces we could. They turned out really well but the whole house was covered in a fine white dust afterwards!
The big thing we wanted to create were two workspaces so the girls could have a place for homework and drawing, somewhere for their art materials and books. Being twins all things need to be equal but we hoped they would be able to personalise their booth too.
Although not mega special we kept the cupboard doors (you never know) and then planned out how we'd baton up and encase the space to create the two work nooks. My Dad's advice of 'measure twice, cut once' was of course invaluable as we took delivery of MDF sheets, dug out the workbench and retrieved the jigsaw from the back of the shed.
We kept the central upright to act as a divider and keeping it also provided stability. A couple of desk tops from good old Ikea fit perfectly into the spaces either side - love it when things work out like that! We kept the top cupboards for that all important storage space, just sanded down, repainted and bought nice new handles.
Eagle-eyed readers will have noticed that we started to strip the woodchip off the back wall and then had the joyous realisation that we didn't need to as the MDF would hide it all! We wrote a little message on the wall too so anyone that decides to update the space in the future will have a nice surprise!
Final stages were to build the bunkbeds (!) get the carpet ordered, paint the rest of the walls and pick out new bedding and decor finishing touches. We found the chairs on eBay - they're really heavy and stable, we loved the mid-century vibe of them and the girls love them too!
Here are the completed nooks and another room ticked off the list! We did a big reveal with the girls where we went into the room and then called them in - the look on their faces was priceless. They thought we were just painting over the wood chip with the paint colours they'd chosen!