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‘Upcycling’ made my blah bedroom beautiful

Kidsday reporter Sarah Reiley in her renovated room.

Kidsday reporter Sarah Reiley in her renovated room. Photo Credit: Susan Reiley

As the youngest of five kids, I never had my own bedroom. When the last of my older brothers moved out to go to college last August, I was finally able to claim an unoccupied bedroom for my own.

When I brought up the idea to my parents, they were very happy and supportive. Except there was one problem. My parents already loved the arrangement of furniture in the previous rooms and thought they would all be perfect as guest bedrooms, and they wanted to redo my room on a budget, so no new furniture.

At first I was angry. They expected me to inherit my brother’s old, ugly and dull light brown furniture. But then an idea popped into my head. Why not redecorate and paint that old furniture and turn it into something better and original that you can’t find at retail stores like Pottery Barn or Ikea?

The process of upcycling, turning unwanted products into something new and original, seemed like an excellent idea. No one would have the same desk, dresser and shelves as I. And I knew that with the fresh paint, new drawer pulls and hard work, my new upcycled furniture would look beautiful.

I wanted more than one color, so I decided I would come up with a color scheme for the entire room. I chose Sea Foam Green, Tropicana Cabana and White from Benjamin Moore. I decided to paint the doors the dark turquoise color, Tropicana Cabana, and paint all the walls white except for one wall, which would be painted Sea Foam Green.

One Saturday morning my mom, dad and I dismantled my brother’s furniture and brought it to a tarp on the front lawn. I expected the process to take forever, but it actually took only two hours.

Each piece of furniture received two coats of white paint. Then we spray-painted the old drawer pulls turquoise for my dresser and applied the new drawer pulls we bought from Kohl’s to my desk. The biggest challenge was waiting until everything dried so we could put it in my new room.

My new bedroom walls had already been painted, and the glossy white furniture against the bright Caribbean colors looked fantastic. My parents surprised me with a full-sized gel bed and let me pick the comforter as well as some wall decorations. My brother’s girlfriend gave me a huge tapestry, which matched the colors of my room perfectly. My new bedroom is beautiful but still a work in progress.

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