This summer, we did a total room makeover for my 13 year old daughter. I’ll be sharing parts of the room over the next couple of months. Everyone who comes over loves all the pieces that make up this new “teen” room. One of the first things people notice is the Teen Girls Room Wall Organizer that we updated for the new look!
Three years ago, my daughter, Delaney, was 10. She was just at the stage where she was wanting to change her bedroom from little girl to more of a “tween” style. So, out went the happy, yellow, floral Pottery Barn bedding she’d had ever since moving into her twin bed. Also, gone was the AMAZING red Pottery Barn rug! (I stole the rug for my craft studio and I still love it as much as I did when I found it on clearance for $99 when I was pregnant with my girl.) Delaney wanted to move into more blues and purples in her room, along with some fun Bohemeian prints.
She also loved the wall organizers that covered the pages of the Pottery Barn Teen catalog at the time. These organizers were made up of 12×12 frames, some magndata:text/mce-internal,etic, some cork and some calendars. After I added up the different options Delaney was interested in, I was shocked to see that our options totaled about $200. I consider $200 WAY too expensive, so this wall organizer idea stayed in my mind, until I found just what we were looking for at a MUCH BETTER price.
I was shopping at Craft Warehouse. I’m a papercrafter, so this store has always been one of my favorites. It’s also great for trendy home decor items at amazing prices. I can’t remember exactly how much I paid back in 2011. But I know that I spent way less than $100 for a set I created on my own. I purchased four 12×12 white frames, a 12×12 chalkboard insert, two 12×12 metal (magnetic) squares and a 12×12 calendar printed on thick acetate.
Once at home, I replaced the glass in one frame with the chalkboard square. Then I opened two of the frames and inserted pieces of scrapbook paper (We used some fun American Girl paper in colors that coordinated with Delaney’s room). After inserting the paper, I put in the metal squares to make these frames magnetic. My husband hung them on the wall and Delaney covered them with all sorts of very important photos, cards and other memorabilia.
Now, three years later, as we did our Teen Room Makeover, Delaney wanted to keep the pieces of the wall organizer. She did have one request, she wanted a new acetate calendar, since there was an accident a while back with some permanent markers instead of the dry erase kind!
So, I ran down to Craft Warehouse and grabbed a fresh, clean calendar and some new, coordinating scrapbook papers: Turquoise Stripe from Bo Bunny (we used the back side, which is a super cool hexagon pattern) and Aqua Chevron from Pebbles.
We used the papers to give the wall organizer an update to match the new ombre paint treatment that Delaney created. (Yes, I’ll be sharing the details on the paint treatment including photos and instructions soon.) The only change to the wall organizer is that Delaney said that most magnets weren’t strong enough to stick to the magnetic squares when the glass was between the magnet and the scrapbook paper. So I removed the glass on one square and put it in the frame behind the scrapbook paper and voila, the magnets stick just fine now. Delaney is thinking of getting a square piece of cork on our next Craft Warehouse run and making one of the squares into a cork board. (Maybe we’ll even paint the cork to match or stamp a coordinating design onto the cork.)
We love the look of the “new” Teen Girls Room Wall Organizer! I hope you grab the pieces the next time you’re at Craft Warehouse and create your own organizer to match your decor! If you do, I’d love to see it!