You can see all the changes here.
She loved it!
I loved it!
Then piece by piece, the room started to implode.
Oh, a mirror here, a piece of artwork there.
Slowly and one by one, I would find random pieces sitting outside her door over the past nine months.
Me- Why is this mirror sitting out in the hallway looking all sad like?
A- Because I don't really like it in my room anymore.
Me- It has only been in there for a month.
A- Yeah. Not feelin' it anymore.
TWO MONTHS LATER.
Me- why is your bedding sitting in the hallway all forlorn?
A- Well, I am going another way in the bedding department.
Me- Are you making your own bedding??
A- Well see, that's where YOU come in......
I call the above "hormonal room changes".
I get it.
She is 13.
She is exploring who she is.
It's a time of change, zits and massive emotional implosions.
And quite frankly, if THIS is the worst of puberty?
SIGN ME THE CRAP UP.
The one thing that won't change?
Her room color.
We have painted this room four times.
I don't care how much she isn't "feeling" the room color, it stays.
It actually started with new bedding.
So the old bedding was apparently becoming too little girl or "soooo last year".
To which I replied, " you sleep in here. Unless you have a trust fund and a bff named Bunny, we are not changing bedding styles every single year."
That is until a week later.
We were at Meijer and we found her new bedding for 25 bucks.
Which included EVERYTHING.
Sheets, comforter, pillow shams.
Bunny's mother would be so proud.
Then I was at Goodwill two weeks ago and found some cool pieces.
This cool metal thingamabob.
Another cool thingamabob that I didn't have to do anything to (except clean ) and is now the home to all the bows for Ellie.
Both items under a dollar.
I knew I wanted that metal plant holder thingamabob in Anna's room to "hold things".
Because on most days this is her storage "situation":
Piles on the floor.
So I knew any extra storage I could get for her would be needed.
Then I was at Lowe's looking for lamps for our family room and I saw this:
A go anywhere pendant light!
On clearance for 10 bucks!!!
I bought the only two they had left because I knew I would regret it if I didn't.
I knew exactly where one was going:
In "hormonal hall".
Because it gives her light from above which is important for all the homework-doing and makeup-applying going on in there.
Also, it looks so cool!!!
Points for mom!
And trust me, you will be DESPERATE for points when they hit this age.
Some parents will tell you that validation doesn't matter.
They are LYING.
Deep down it feels real good to know your 13 year old thinks you are hip.
I also painted her once highlighter marker yellow chair.
At her request.
I see you eying my garage/workspace/kids dumping ground.
Don't be jealous.
You too can have this for yourself.
This is half way done.
I mean, I know my standards are low, but come on.
So add in all of the above and you go from this:
The black lamps that flank the bed we found at Target in their college section for 15 dollars each.
The cord you see is for the pendant lamp.
It is supposed to be there.
But when you are 13, things like this don't drive them nuts.
Hello One Direction.
Don't think this door gives me nightmares.
And don't think I haven't flicked their heads when no one is watching.
The newly painted chair has become a table to hold her CD player.
There is my Goodwill find holding all her "stuff".
Looks so much better than where I found this "stuff".
All over the floor, on the bottom of the bed and on top of the dresser.
Its a wonder she even comes out looking as good as she does each morning.
I ended up spray painting it a bronze color.
It was a bronze-ish color before.
This just gave it some more shine and a cleaner look.
I already had the spray paint from a project last Christmas, so no money spent.
The cool nail polish rack was a gift from Mamie and Papa last Christmas.
She loves to paint her nails.
And I love how her polish becomes part of the décor.
The table was my Gramma's from her farmhouse.
The A was also a Goodwill find, 50 cents.
So total money spent to update her room into something that she can "feel": $65.00.
Not having to listen to her say "that was so last year" once more?