Middle School Bedroom Makeover: Before & After

I received our Ameriwood furniture for free, in exchange for my honest review. As always all opinions are my own. 

Starting middle school is a huge chapter for any “tween” girl. Mackenzie asked me to completely make over her room and I figured it was a perfect time to do it now that she has finished elementary school and entering 6th grade in two months.

First, let’s take a step back to what it looked like before. Very pink and white. Bunk beds and everything seemed very “little girlish” as Kenzie would say.

I knew the little girl look that the room was before had to go. I wanted something she appreciated now (at age 11) and all the way through high school. We wanted to give it a fresh, more mature vibe.

So without further ado, I can’t wait any longer to share!

Mackenzie has more of an opinion about her room now and her own individual style, it was time for a change. For her, a bedroom is a place that reflects her status as “not a baby anymore.” But a middle schooler has a different view of a bedroom than little girls, it’s beyond a place to sleep, it’s where she can escape from the world of demands and rules.

Kenzie has watched me makeover other rooms in our home and she always enjoyed the final results. She was so excited to help me with this and I was happy we could work together on this project. Our goal was to create a feminine look that would grow with her.

I realized fast that being girly doesn’t have to look like princess parties and Barbie doll houses. Being girly can be simple. Less is more.

To start off, we basically, scrapped the entire room and started from scratch, furnishings and all. So let’s start with that.

We picked out the Ameriwood Home Vintage White Dresser and Ameriwood Home Platform Bed in Vintage White. The lighter color furniture really brightened up the whole room.

Every middle schooler needs a desk to do her homework in peace and quiet, so we got a simple white parsons desk from Ameriwood Home to coordinate with the bed and dresser. Mackenzie bought the chair from her desk with her own birthday money from Amazon.com. I love the look of it, especially the gold legs!

She fell in love with this Serena Comforter Set from Lush Decor. This bedding is perfect for her room. It’s so fun and girly! I love it when one simple change totally freshens up a space! We based the color palate for the room off of the pink blush color of the bedding. Pink blush is her favorite color right now, so deciding on this bedding was super easy.

I found the cutest Gold Pineapple Sheets from Target that went along with the gold theme in the room.

One of her ‘must have items’ was the Gold BloChair from PoolCandy. She loves reading and she wanted a fun spot to sit in other than her bed. It’s actually really comfy and fits perfect in the corner beside her window! I have already caught her sitting in it on multiple occasions!

The lamp is another amazing Target find and it was the most perfect lamp for this room! The blush lamp shade is so soft and the gold base coordinate perfectly with the theme in the room.

On the walls, I used Sherwin Williams Repose Gray as the overall color. For the accent wall, we chose Devine Color by Valspar Paint in Pirouette from Target. The rest of her room has accents of pink blush, gray and gold.

One of my favorite accessories we added to the room was this Gold Round Shelf from Target. It is big enough to hold all of her Tsum Tsum’s plus some other things.

What little girl doesn’t love to hang up pictures of their friends? This wall was all Mackenzie’s idea and I think she did an amazing job! Her cousin gave her a Polaroid camera for her birthday and she hung up pictures of all her friends on this fun string of lights with clips to hang pictures or anything else you would want to hang up.

The most important thing is that my pickiest, most indecisive client, my daughter, LOVES her new room. What do you think about it?


  1. Shannon Kornek says:

    It looks absolutely beautiful!! I always enjoy reading your blog!!

    1. Jamie says:

      Thank you!! I appreciate it!

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