Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Room for Improvement: Teenage Bedroom Makeover
It's a transition that's often tough for parents and children. Going from tyke to teen can be strenuous on the whole family. But if your young adult is demanding a little more space, we know just the man to do it. Here's Martin Amado with "Room for Improvement."
WSVN -- A teenager decides to redecorate her bedroom to reflect a more grown-up style. The problem is she's not quite there with the modern look she desires. We're here to help; she just doesn't know it yet. It's another surprise makeover on today's Room for Improvement!
Martin: "Room for improvement."
Nicole's mother: "Hi Martin Welcome."
Martin: "So this is Nicole's bedroom. Lots of Red, lots of red. Matches your shirt. Did you approve this?"
Nicole's mother: "Yes, actually we did it together."
Martin: "What style does Nicole like?"
Nicole's mother: "Now she's a teenager in high school, so she wants something more modern and I guess more grown up. More grown up space."
Martin: "We're using the red color in the room already. But, we're bringing in accessories in black and silver to play up the modern look 100 percent."
Martin: "First up is tackling the bed, which screams country with so much white and the bead board detail, but I think we can make it work."
So what I'm going to do is actually use the foot board as the headboard. To make it feel more modern I'm taking a piece of plywood and putting some batting on top. I'm taking my piece of vinyl to give it that faux leather look; pretty cool and modern. And, then I'm just stapling it in place.
Martin: "Just attach some self adhesive Velcro on the back. Remove the strips, pop em in place and you have a modern headboard."
Martin: "As you can see, teenagers love taking photographs. It's like they're documenting their lives. But you know what I think I'm going to come up with a better solution than this."
Buy a metal sheet. Very industrial, very modern. And, all you have to do is attach magnetic strips to the back of the photos and it looks great.
Martin: "To display more books and photographs, these leaning bookshelves are perfect. I like the clean lines. So it goes great with the modern feel we're going for."
Martin: "Nicole was heading in the right direction with her bold choice of color, but her bedroom was lacking a defined sense of style. It needed more modern touches and elements to pull the entire look together and I think we accomplished that for her with a budget of less than $1,000.
Martin: Open Open. Come in Nicole. Come in.
Nicole: "This is a surprise."
Martin: "What do you think? One day makeover courtesy of your mom. What do you think.
Nicole: "Mom Mom."
Nicole's mom: "She's just a great girl, and I just love her very much. I just like to surprise my kids."
Something tells me this is the only time a teenager would be OK with somebody invading their personal space while they're away. I just hope Nicole enjoys her bedroom through her college years as well. Until next week when we knock on yet another door.
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