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7 Upcycled DIY Ideas to Decorate a Tween or Teen Girl's Bedroom

Updated on April 8, 2014

Easy Upcycled DIY Décor Ideas for a Tween or Teen Girl's Bedroom

Has your tween or teen daughter been pining for a bedroom makeover but you felt it was just not in your budget? Discover 7 easy upcycled DIY ideas to decorate her bedroom on a shoestring. Learn how to transform inexpensive, easily available items into creative DIY lighting, window treatments, wall art and more.

Use the information found in this article to encourage you and your family to look at everything with an appraising eye toward upcycling, re-imagining and re-purposing. Be green, save some green!

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Consider Using Milk Paint for Your Upcycled Project - Available in plenty of colors

Milk paint is non-toxic, so it is safe to use on furniture, including your children's bedroom furniture.

Natural Crackle
Natural Crackle

Add instant age with this crackle finish

 
Soapstone Sealer and Wood Wax-8 oz.
Soapstone Sealer and Wood Wax-8 oz.

Protect your paint job with a waxed finish

 

Great Tutorials Featuring Milk Paint and Chalk Paint - Both types of paint are non-toxic and safe for furniture in children's rooms

Do You Upcycle or DIY?

Have You Ever Upcycled Anything? - How about a DIY project?

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Where have you done your upcycling or DIY project?

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#1- DIY Upcycled Headboard Idea - Easy way to add storage and display treasured items

No need to buy a custom headboard when you can make one yourself! Scour craigslist and eBay for hutches or bookcases, then paint them to coordinate with your color scheme. Make it shabby chic with a little distressing via a sander or use a dry-brush technique to add instant age.

Simply set it on a bench, box or table to achieve the right height. It is not necessary that they match - it's all part of the charm!

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Upcycled DIY Book I Turn to Again and Again!

Quick and Easy Paint Transformations: 50 step-by-step projects for walls, floors, stairs & furniture
Quick and Easy Paint Transformations: 50 step-by-step projects for walls, floors, stairs & furniture

I absolutely love this book about DIY painted furniture by Annie Sloan for its inspirational ideas, great photography and outstanding painted effects.

Annie Sloan shows great how-to ideas that most everyone can successfully accomplish, which makes the book more than worth its price. Add in all the different projects covered in this book and just about every room in one's home can be improved with the addition of a painted piece of furniture.

It is so great to see how items that would otherwise be tossed out to end up in a landfill can be reclaimed, repurposed and reused, the ultimate trifecta!

Love, love, love this book! It has an honored place in my library!

 

#2- DIY 'Cornice Board' Window Treatment - Wood + Yarn = A simple, inexpensive DIY window treatment

Talk about a simple idea for a striking window treatment; this faux 'cornice' is made with 1X8 lumber and wrapped with varigated yarn.

Measure the outside width of the window and add 2 inches to the total. This allows room for the mounting hardware. Cut the boards to the desired length, either with your own saw or at a home-improvement center, making sure the board spanning the window is the full measured width.

To prevent splitting the wood, drill 3 pilot holes 3/8" from each edge of the long board in a vertical pattern. Line up the short board for the treatment's 'return', then attach it to the wide board with 1-1/2" drywall screws. Repeat for the other short board. If your window is extra wide, you might consider using an 'L' bracket in each inside corner for extra stability.

Install a narrow 'L' bracket to the open side of each 'return' board, taking care to ensure your drill can reach each hole that will have a screw driven into the wall. These brackets are your mounting hardware for your new window treatment.

Once your 'cornices' are made, just wrap the boards with varigated yarn in colors compatible with the room's palette. Secure the starting and finishing ends of the yarn with a staple gun on the inside face of the window treatment.

Mount your 'cornices' by screwing more drywall screws into the exposed holes of the 'L' brackets on the 'return' boards.

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#3- Upcycled DIY Vintage Window Screen Artwork - Use what you have, when you can!

Use any leftover yarn from your window treatment project, above, to do a great upcycled, DIY artwork piece.

Start with one (or more, depending on the space available) old screen window, various sizes of embroidery hoops, painted to coordinate with the room's color scheme, and whatever favorite pictures or magazine clippings you want.

Attach the hoops through the screeing with a thin-gauge wire or, if their sizes permit, simply squeeze a couple of hoops into place, using the tension of their fit to hold them in place.

'Draw' designs or 'write' a message with the yarn. Use your imagination and creativity to make this artwork reflect your personality!

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#4- Framed & Mirrored Accent Wall

Turn an awkward wall, like the one shown here, into a feature wall using shag fabric, rugs or blankets, along with a collage composed of vintage picture frames, cuckoo clocks, and old mirrors, all painted in palette-friendly colors.

Attach the fabric, rugs or blankets to the wall with double-stick carpet tape. Paint your collage pieces using high-gloss spray paint to coordinate with your room's color scheme.

Do a dry fit before hanging them to ensure proper balance and scale. Hang with short drywall screws or gallery-quality picture hangers.

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#5- Upcycled DIY Dresser with Display and Bulletin Board - Use paint to marry different pieces

This colorful dresser was made from dfferent pieces, not originally found together. The hutch came from atop an old china cabinet, but who would know after it was painted to coordinate with the dresser?

Use your imagination when looking for storage and display pieces for your tween or teen's bedroom. Paint is the great equalizer when putting disparate pieces together. Use paint to reinforce a room's color palette, using different colors for drawers and/or doors.

The hutch top has been undercoated with magnetic paint, allowing the use of decorative magnets. Paint on the magnetic paint according to directions; often multiple coats are needed for stronger magnetic adhesion. Once magnetic paint is dry, apply the finish color coat to the piece.

Make the most of every opportunity to add bling and some reflective elements. See the photo gallery, below, for more details.

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Turn to Amazon for Many Magnetic Paint Options for Your Upcycled DIY Projects

Dowling Magnets Magic Wall Magnetic Paint, 1-Pint
Dowling Magnets Magic Wall Magnetic Paint, 1-Pint

Small container of magnetic paint for small magnetic projects

 
Dowling Magnets Liquid Magic Wall Magnetic Paint - Quart
Dowling Magnets Liquid Magic Wall Magnetic Paint - Quart

Larger container of magnetic paint for larger magnetic projects

 

Detailed Pictures of Upcycled DIY Dresser with Display with Bulletin Board Features - All images by KateHon

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Upcycled DIY Dresser Drawer Detail - Drawers painted in colors to reinforce room's palette.Close-up Detail of Dresser Drawer Knob - Round mirror pieces are added around knob for floral effect.Close-up Detail of Dresser Leg Detail - Dresser legs sprayed with same paint as drawer knobs, then embellished with square mirror tiles for added bling.Close-up of Mirror Detail on Dresser Top - 12" mirror tiles used for reflective impact.  Coordinated votives used to reinforce room's color palette.Close-up of Bulletin Board Detail - Cork board is covered with wrapping paper coordinating with room's color scheme and reinforces the floral motif.Overall picture of Dresser with Display and Bulletin Board
Upcycled DIY Dresser Drawer Detail - Drawers painted in colors to reinforce room's palette.
Upcycled DIY Dresser Drawer Detail - Drawers painted in colors to reinforce room's palette.
Close-up Detail of Dresser Drawer Knob - Round mirror pieces are added around knob for floral effect.
Close-up Detail of Dresser Drawer Knob - Round mirror pieces are added around knob for floral effect.
Close-up Detail of Dresser Leg Detail - Dresser legs sprayed with same paint as drawer knobs, then embellished with square mirror tiles for added bling.
Close-up Detail of Dresser Leg Detail - Dresser legs sprayed with same paint as drawer knobs, then embellished with square mirror tiles for added bling.
Close-up of Mirror Detail on Dresser Top - 12" mirror tiles used for reflective impact.  Coordinated votives used to reinforce room's color palette.
Close-up of Mirror Detail on Dresser Top - 12" mirror tiles used for reflective impact. Coordinated votives used to reinforce room's color palette.
Close-up of Bulletin Board Detail - Cork board is covered with wrapping paper coordinating with room's color scheme and reinforces the floral motif.
Close-up of Bulletin Board Detail - Cork board is covered with wrapping paper coordinating with room's color scheme and reinforces the floral motif.
Overall picture of Dresser with Display and Bulletin Board
Overall picture of Dresser with Display and Bulletin Board

#6- Upcycled Clear Fillable Holiday Ornaments as Calendar Wall Art - Fill the ornaments with whatever you please!

Who can resist yummy edible art?

The backdrop for this art piece is a round piece of plywood, easily available at home improvement centers or salvage the top from an inexpensive three-legged round table that you are no longer using. Paint it to work with your room's décor and allow it to dry.

Use ready-made stencils to fashion the month's name and use repositionable spray adhesive to adhere each letter to the wood, allowing for easy change month to month.

Use clear holiday ornaments filled with whatever you choose, colored candies in this case, and mount them to the board with finishing nails topped with color-coordinated 'gems'.

Attach one long length of ribbon (wired ribbon or otherwise) to the circumference of the wood circle, stapling or gluing it securely in place. Tie the ends into a generous bow and hang your new upcycled DIY holiday artwork from a decorative hook.

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Detail of Upcycled DIY Holiday Ornament Wall Art

Use self adhesive decorative numbers to note special days in each month.

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Make Your Own Upcycled DIY Holiday Ornament Wall Art

#7- Upcycled DIY Chandelier - Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle

This chandelier is made from deconstructed plastic water bottles! Simply cut them in strips and color them with markers to fit with your room's color palette.

Wire the strips to a round cooling rack, then hang the rack from wires strung through cup hooks screwed into the ceiling.

Practice safety first! Be sure to keep the plastic strips well away from the light bulb.

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Full View of Upcycled DIY Chandelier - Love the shadow effect!

To camouflage the wire rack, tuck colored tissue paper from the top of the rack into the spaces within the rack. Use tissue in a color to coordinate with the room's décor. For safety's sake, double check to make certain the tissue paper and plastic strips are not close to the light bulb.

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A Few More Upcycled DIY Projects to Decorate a Tween or Teen Girl's Bedroom - All images by KateHon

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Stitch a single row of rick rack trim onto plain sheets and pillowcase to take them to the next level!Embellish a white lampshade with rows of colored tissue paper cut into fringed lengths.  Layer the tissue paper to achieve a petticoat effect.Bring in the Christmas spirit with a tinsel tree set into an upcycled DIY painted hose reel used as a tree base.
Stitch a single row of rick rack trim onto plain sheets and pillowcase to take them to the next level!
Stitch a single row of rick rack trim onto plain sheets and pillowcase to take them to the next level!
Embellish a white lampshade with rows of colored tissue paper cut into fringed lengths.  Layer the tissue paper to achieve a petticoat effect.
Embellish a white lampshade with rows of colored tissue paper cut into fringed lengths. Layer the tissue paper to achieve a petticoat effect.
Bring in the Christmas spirit with a tinsel tree set into an upcycled DIY painted hose reel used as a tree base.
Bring in the Christmas spirit with a tinsel tree set into an upcycled DIY painted hose reel used as a tree base.

Source of Photos for This Article

All the photos for this article were taken by KateHon at the Bachman's 2012 Holiday Ideas House in Minneapolis, MN.

Please share your thoughts, ideas and comments here!

Which Upcycled DIY Decor Idea for a Tween or Teen Girl's Bedroom Inspired You Most?

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      ashleydpenn 3 years ago

      Very good lens.

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      Kay 3 years ago

      Cute ideas!

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      mistyriver 3 years ago

      This is a great lens! I love the headboard idea!

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      Scindhia 3 years ago from Chennai

      Cool ideas. The headboard looks great!

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      Wedge Antilles 3 years ago from Mount Vernon, WA

      All of your ideas have inspired me but I will be taking a few liberties and use more masculine decore and items as well as changing some things to make it more age and gender appropriate. My roommate and I will also be using many of your ideas to use in decorating both of our bedrooms, living room and kitchen. Since we cannot repaint our walls but can decorate our walls with things that can be removed (we cannot leave any 'notable' holes, etc. in/on our walls), your suggestions for repurposing yard/garage/estate/antique sales finds will work great for us. I especially like your idea for a headboard as I am an avid reader and have a large collection of books, I have wanted a bookcase type of headboard for some time: I also, think that the headboard idea can be adapted for use in our small kitchen to hold pots and pans, display some of our more 'formal' glassware and/or cookbooks.

      Thank you for all of your great tips and ideas.

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      tracey-lentz 3 years ago

      Awesome job

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      katiesnow 3 years ago

      love the drawer handles...great ideas!

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      jerrybarndorf 3 years ago

      These are cool ideas! Thanks for putting this together. I'm putting up a small inn and would love to furnish it with upcycled items.

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      rondajohnson 3 years ago

      I love the headboard. What a great idea! Very unique.

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      thegembank 3 years ago

      very creative

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      teelover 3 years ago

      Fillable Holiday Ornaments ;)

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      All, great DIY Décor ideas, KateHon!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      I hadn't heard of milk paint and am interested in learning more about it and why it might be a good choice for a child's room. Lots of fun and intensely colorful ideas here. Thank you for sharing them.

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      Teri Hansen 3 years ago

      cute, cute, cute and did I say cute....I can see why this page earned a purple star!

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      ShortStuffsSecr 3 years ago

      I liked the chandelier idea best :)

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      CrochetLady1 3 years ago

      Cute!

      I am a teen! Ya! Ya me!

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      Alyssa DeBoer 3 years ago

      wow really cool ideas. i wish i was a teen so i could do this room! lol i don't think my boyfriend would appreciate having a room like this though.

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      NicoleRM 3 years ago

      Cute room, nice lens

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      Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Great ideas. And I love the last quiz question -- I laughed out loud!

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      AnonymousC831 3 years ago from Kentucky

      Great Lens.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      You have done a great job of up-cycling and sharing it with us. It's amazing once you get started how nice it looks, it encourages you to do more.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Great Lens, enjoyed the read. I would love to have ago at upcyling, I do get some of my things of freecycle but at the minute I am so busy I just have no time to start a new project. However, when I do, I will be having ago at this. Would love to upcycle my own place!

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      nightbear lm 3 years ago

      Very nice looking page and a lot of great decorating ideas. Any young person would love these ideas.

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      The_Kelster 3 years ago

      Really cool ideas and really cool lens!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 3 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I love the headboard idea! I've upcycled several items in our home over the years and have several more I would like to give a makeover. :)

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      Madelight75 3 years ago

      Nicely presented DIY tips for a lovely décor. It is a way to get a decent décor whilst operating a low budget.

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      Lee Hansen 3 years ago from Vermont

      Creative and practically free - my kinda decorating in the shabby style. My granddaughter would love this room (but would she keep it neat?).

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      Mikarazgriz LM 3 years ago

      Love the mirror wall idea! Great lens. :)

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      buttercake 3 years ago

      The lamp is pretty cute!

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      penny-richens 3 years ago

      I am always looking for DIY ideas. I troll Pinterest like it's my second job, lol. I just have to say, this room is one of the best I've seen. Perfect for a tween girl, but not tacky or cheap looking at all. You nailed it! I'm filing away your great ideas for my nieces.

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      Jen 3 years ago from Canada

      I like the upcycled dresser and hutch combo. I like the use of magnet paint to create a place to hang notes.

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      Phoebs78 3 years ago

      Great lens, thanks for sharing! You're very talented :)

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      wiseriverman 3 years ago

      These are some wonderfully creative ideas for changing the look of a space on a shoestring. I'm coming back here and checking out your website for more inspiration. Well done!

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      noner 3 years ago

      Great ideas. I love the fuzzy accent wall.

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      Lynda Makara 3 years ago from California

      I think the chandelier is my favorite.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I loved the idea for the headboard, very creative lens, Nice job Thanks for all of the ideas

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      winter aconite 3 years ago

      great ideas!!!!!

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      So beautiful and creative!

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      chrisilouwho 3 years ago

      the bookshelf/dresser/display area

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Love the bookcase 'headboard!' Very clever ideas and very interesting lens. Thanks for sharing!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Lots of ideas for a teen room make-over. Plenty of things to allow their creative side to show.

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      Jennifer Lawyer 4 years ago

      Too bad my teen girl will be off to college in a few short months...lots of inspiration here! :)

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      mcstacy 4 years ago

      Very creative and colorful.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What clever and creative ideas you have and i was just reminded of a cute idea for ole tires I saw that was really beautiful. The can be hung up with a study hook on a building wall or a tree I suppose and filld with some dirt in the bottom with drainage holes and make cute planters. :)

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      lindarose92 4 years ago

      GREAT lens! I love your chandelier so much and I love upcycling too! Please check out my "Make Your Own Lamp" lens and let me know what you think! :)