Update your tween’s room

TWEENAGE DREAM: Upcycling furniture with paint and stencils is a smart way to transform your child's room into a tween retreat. This tropical theme is a classic idea that won't go out of style before their next birthday.
TWEENAGE DREAM: Upcycling furniture with paint and stencils is a smart way to transform your child's room into a tween retreat. This tropical theme is a classic idea that won't go out of style before their next birthday.

The transition to tween years heralds a significant personal style overhaul. During this time of rapid personality growth, the bedroom is just as important for expressing newfound tastes as the clothes they wear. With a combination of creativity, clever ideas and White Knight’s craft and decorative paint, renovation expert Cherie Barber proves it’s possible to restyle your child’s bedroom into an ideal tween space.

Cherie recommends upcycling as much furniture as possible. “The regeneration of old with new is the key to the creative vision of an eclectic and practical room.” Here is her step-by-step makeover guide to achieving the ultimate makeover.

1. From single to double Kicking off the bedroom overhaul was the all-important move from a single to a double bed. After finding an old metal bed frame at a local garage sale, Cherie used White Knight’s multi-benefit spray paint Squirts in Gloss Fuschia to inject colour.

2. Adding the tropical wow factor To add interest and introduce the tropical theme, Cherie used White Knight Squirts in Lemon Yellow, converting what was a once an old piece of furniture into a refreshed one, and creating a cool addition to a relaxation area.

As an easy way to transform wardrobe doors, Cherie used White Knight Strokes to create a flamingo shape using stencils printed from an online website. “White Knight Strokes is also an oil-based enamel, making it super hard-wearing for those areas which often take some wear and tear,” Cherie says, “and the pretty pink tone is ideal to further integrate the tropical theme.”

DIY TIME: Spray away.

DIY TIME: Spray away.

3. Get scribing on your personal message board To help with the busy schooling and social lives that teenagers lead, they need somewhere to scribble notes. White Knight’s Chalkboard paint provides a hard-wearing finish that transforms surfaces into a fun and functional chalkboard. To do this, Cherie bought a piece of melamine and painted it with a coat of chalkboard paint in black, creating the ideal message and doodling board.

4. Bringing the room together – the final touch By using the pieces that are already owned, Cherie managed to stick to a budget yet create a completely new space fit for any teenager. With the addition of a range of tropical-themed décor such as bedsheets, wall pictures and the all-important pineapple cushion, Cherie’s stylish and affordable bedroom upgrade is complete for under $500.