A Purple Bedroom Fit for a Tween

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Name: 8-year-old girl
Location: near Sacramento, California

My daughter is not quite a tween yet, but she has declared the end of pink and frilly things. Somehow we've gotten to the point where Barbies are out, and jewelry and clothing are in.

To celebrate her 8th birthday and her departure from little girlhood, I painted her room the hue of grape she selected for her walls. Well, I painted two of them purple. The others I convinced her to let me paint gray to balance it out, and to hopefully prevent her from hating the intense color in 3 years.

I picked up some furniture and accessories from Goodwill to fill out her new space. I decided to paint her existing desk to go with the new color scheme, as well as a stool that was left behind by the previous owners. I purchased a desk chair at Goodwill as well as some fabric, to cover the seat of the chair and the stool. The plaid cloth on the stool is a former skirt.

I also snagged a large picture from Goodwill, dismantled it, spray painted the mat white, and put in a picture of my daughter that I had printed at Costco.

Goodwill was good to me! I found the perfect book shelf there too, as well as the purple and gray blanket for the window seat that just happens to match the room perfectly. The curtains are from Goodwill as well.

Shopping at the second hand store worked well for this room, and helped it have a collected feel. The key to my Goodwill success was going to a store that had a large furniture section, and going back to the store often — with an open min

Thanks, Katie! Readers, see more of this room, including the "before" on Katie's blog, Fire Wife Katie.

(Images: Fire Wife Katie)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.