My Daughter’s New Bedroom

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Aqua girls room | 11 Magnolia Lane
I’m back to show you my daughter’s new room, now that it’s (mostly) finished and decorated, and tell you how painting it was a snap–cathedral ceilings and all–with the HomeRight PaintStick.  And since this is a sponsored post by HomeRight, stick around, because there’s a giveaway at the end!

The good news is that I’m making progress in almost every room of our new house. The bad news is that I’m making progress in all of them at once, so none of them are really “finished.” But Annabelle’s room is the closest to being done!

If you read this post a few weeks ago, you saw all of the before shots and my plan for decorating her room.  To refresh your memory, here’s what we started with:


and this:


It’s a great space with a beautiful cathedral ceiling and an oversized chandelier.  However, there’s only one window and I felt like the warm paint color (“Rabbit” by Pittsburgh Paints) was making the room overly dark.  Plus, if you’ve seen my daughter’s bedroom in our previous houses, you know that she’s a light and bright kind of girl.

My awesome landlady, Camie, actually came to help me paint.  She cut in the edges for me while I pulled out my HomeRight PaintStick and got to work.


The PaintStick is the bomb for big rooms like this; you don’t have to climb up and down the ladder a hundred times to reload your roller with paint.  You just suck the paint up into the barrel of the PaintStick and continue to push the paint out of the handle and into the roller as you need more.


I also feel like the PaintStick gives me better coverage than a traditional roller; I only used one coat of Sherwin Williams Sea Salt to cover the darker Rabbit color.  Usually it takes me two coats for a job like this.


When the handle is full of paint, it also serves as a great extension rod for rolling all the way up to the top of the wall–perfect for rooms with high or cathedral ceilings!

Clean up when you’re done is easy enough; just use soap and water to rinse it clean of paint.  I will admit that I toss the rollers instead of washing them–I do that with regular rollers, too.  Since replacements are only a few dollars, it’s worth it to save the time.

So, here’s how it looks now:

Aqua girls room | 11 Magnolia Lane

We switched her old bed for the queen we had in our guest room.  She has friends sleep over all the time and this just seemed easier.  So now we have a guest room/craft room with a twin bed in it, and our “real” guest room has another queen in it.

As usual, most of the accessories in Annabelle’s room are ballet-related.  She’s actually away for two weeks at a ballet intensive (aka camp) as I type. Some of her usual throw pillows are missing since she took them with her!

We decided not to put a ballet barre in her room (or elsewhere in the house) this time.  She spends 20+ hours a week at the studio so I figure she doesn’t have time to dance at home!

Gold greek key IKEA dresser and vintage mirror | 11 Magnolia Lane

Her nightstand usually isn’t this neat, either. I’d rather have it messy and have her home.

Aqua girls room | 11 Magnolia Lane

If you have a preteen then you probably know that room décor can be a delicate negotiation.  We both love the aqua with pops of pink and coral, but we still have to balance Annabelle’s love of trinkets and stuffed animals with the fact that too many of them just look cluttered.  Fortunately, she’s got lots of closet space to store her treasures and she has a great eye!

Aqua girls room | 11 Magnolia Lane

Her desk is waiting for another makeover so that’s why it’s not ready for a closeup yet…she’s hoping I’ll replace it with a more modern one and that time may be close.

Preteen girl desk area | 11 Magnolia Lane


Preteen girl desk area | 11 Magnolia Lane

Like I said, it’s almost done…her loveseat is still being cleaned and repaired from our move damage so that’s why it’s not in the room.  And we’re still working on her bookcase (it was also damaged in the move) and the wall to the right of the door.  But in the meantime, she’s so happy to have “her” nest decorated and ready to enjoy in our new home.

And now, as promised, here’s your chance to win a HomeRight Paint Stick for your summer DIY projects.  Good luck!

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PaintStick and replacement covers: Amazon

Duvet Cover:  Annabel by Serena & Lily (a little pricey but SO worth it–great quality!)

Paint:  Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt

Sheets:  Target (Threshold Blue Global pattern)

White ruffled bedskirt:  Amazon

White coverlet, aqua pillows, white ruffle pillow, apothecary jar, aqua jewelry box, mirrored tray table, lattice front cabinet, quatrefoil lamps:  HomeGoods

Balloon valance:  Target’s Shabby Chic line years ago; I had it monogrammed. It’s similar to this one although mine is cotton.

Headboard and footboard:  Amazon

Dresser:  IKEA ( I added the gold Greek key overlay; the tutorial is here)

Gold mirror, desk, chair, aqua and white plates on wall:  vintage

Desk chair:  IKEA

Small crystal chandelier over desk:  Hobby Lobby


PS The other posts on this house are {here} if you want to see more.  And my other PaintStick room redos are here, here, and here.

Thanks for stopping by–


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  1. Beautiful job again Christy!! I can’t wait to see it in person!

  2. Stephanie says

    AB will be SO excited to come home; looking forward to an evening with you tomorrow.

  3. Looks beautiful! The paint color looks so light and airy and goes so well with her decor. Love the window valance…don’t recall having seen it before. I hope she enjoys the new space!

    Also hope that you and Amy are enjoying the Haven conference.


  4. Omgoodness I loveeee her new bedroom,Christy!! I’m partial to this color anyway, but with the angle of the room & the cute little girly accessories it looks like a princesses castle !! Happy weekend!!!


  5. Donna Marie says

    What a great job you have done!!!

  6. The new color is perfect! Love all the details, perfect for your daughter!

  7. Christy- everything looks beautiful! The niche where the desk is is perfect for a floating piece of wood or marble on two night stands.
    Keep making the world prettier!

  8. Christy…your daughter’s room is so beautiful….I am sure she loves spending time in it….you did such an amazing job! As always!

  9. Christy, just checked out your wteisbe. How cool! This is the crazy lady you sat next to on the plane to San Diego about a week ago. Got my marine home safe and sound and didn’t freak out too bad on the flight home. Went on a trolley on the Old Town tour. Great fun. Just wanted to thank you for distracting me from the plane ride. It was great meeting you. Hope you have a bountiful harvest this year. Can’t wait for spring. Darcy

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