I’m so excited to share my oldest daughter’s tween room makeover! She has shared a room with one or both of her sisters since she was 4 years old. Now that she is going into middle school, she has moved into her own room and couldn’t be more excited. We had an almost nonexistent budget for this bedroom, so most of the elements in this room were DIY projects and repurposed furniture that we already had.
If you want to create a tween girl bedroom on a budget, the best places to find furniture and decor are at thrift stores, Facebook marketplace and shopping your own home. You can also create easy and inexpensive DIY wall art to create a beautiful room your tween will love!
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How To Create A Tween Room On A Budget
The first step in our tween room makeover process was having our daughter make a Pinterest board. I wanted this room to be something that she will love for a long time. So, instead of making it in my own eclectic, mid-century style (which was very tempting to do!), I had her pin anything she liked on her own Pinterest board. It was so interesting to see what she chose and that she clearly had a specific style that she liked. I tried to make the room feel like her board and we even DIY-ed some of the things that she pinned.
The screenshot above is from her Pinterest board. I haven’t looked at it since I started her room. It’s fun to see it now notice all the similarities between her board and how the actual room turned out!
How To Make DIY Art For A Tween Room
The second element to creating this room was making DIY wall art. The 3 things that my daughter really wanted were: A giant letter above her bed, black and white horse photos and paper flowers. So, I got to work and brain stormed how to DIY each of those elements since we didn’t have much of a budget to purchase them.
For the horse prints, I made giant engineering prints and mounted them on foam core, then we made a simple wood frame for them. I have the entire process and tutorial laid out in this post.
The entire cost of each framed print ended up being less than $10!
The next element that I had to figure out how to DIY was a giant letter for her bed. I ended up making one out of a pool noodle and yarn. This is probably my favorite project in the room. It’s so simple and perfect for above her bed. I have a video and blog post for the whole process so that you can make your own!
And the third element that we made ourselves were the paper flowers. I have seen tutorials on paper flowers, but I wanted to make some out of book pages and decided to create a wall of flowers instead of just a few. This project was so fun and my daughter helped with it too! I have a video and blog post all about the book page wall flowers as well.
The last DIY project for this space, was a big round chalkboard made out of a hula hoop. I have a blog post and video dedicated to this process as well!
Where To Find Decor Items For A Tween Room On A Budget
All of the other elements in the tween room were either things that I already had on hand and repurposed, or items found second hand. We found the rug on FB Marketplace and the bed was in her old room and we just spray painted it black. The table next to her bed was a $8 thrift store purchase that we painted white. The mirror and desk are vintage, from my Grandmother. The bookshelf was an antique store find from my mom.
It’s discouraging to me when I find beautiful rooms on Pinterest and Instagram, only to find out that each element was expensive. I wanted to see how I could make a beautiful room, inspired by Pinterest on an incredibly low budget. Don’t use money as an excuse not to make a room or home that you love. You can do it on absolutely any budget!
My favorite places to find furniture and home decor on a budget are:
- Thrift Stores
- Antique Stores
- Garage Sales
- Facebook Marketplace
- Hand Me Downs
- Shopping My Own Home
Resources For Tween Girl Room Makeover
Here are all of the resources for the room:
- Paint Color: Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams
- Duvet Cover
- Desk (hand me down)
- Bed (hand me down)
- Side Table (thrifted)
- Chalkboard (DIY)
- Letter “L” (DIY)
- Paper Flowers (DIY)
- Rug (FB Marketplace)
- Horse Prints (DIY)
- Clear Chair (old, from World Market)
- Yellow Cart
- Mirror (vintage)