Christina has been complaining for MONTHS that she hates her bedroom, despite the fact that she picked out the color and curtains, etc less than two years ago. We'd been telling her that unless she could take care of her room (keep it neat, put things away like clothes, not be destructive), she would not have it redone. She could not do that - even at one point tried convincing us that she couldn't keep her room neat because it was ugly. Nice try.
Anyway, as a surprise for her birthday, I added accessories, new curtains, pillows, bedding and painted. She'll be shocked when she comes back from her mom's on Wednesday!
Below are the before and after pictures!
BEFORE - a nice light blue (she picked) and black and white curtains. Note how the room looks like a disaster with clothes and other crap all over the place.
AFTER: Various colors and sizes of polka dots are now painted on the walls, the curtains are made from scraps of material I'd had, and they are reversible. All the same colors that are in the polka dots, and the bedding.
I finally finished her bookshelf - it'd been sitting out in our carport for over a year (I'm so embarrassed). Had painted it black when we moved here to go in her room, but added polka dots to it now. Christina also inherited my old stereo - three disk CD player, remote control and has a sleep function so I don't have to get up and turn her radio off in the middle of the night anymore.
If she can't keep her room up, that stereo will be first to be removed. Followed by the orange paper lantern over her bed, the cool new sheets and comforter cover, and curtains. If she likes this stuff, she needs to take care of it, that way, I won't feel like we caved on our original position on a room re-do.