Splurge on quality furniture for teen’s room
Dear Debbie: We are decorating our daughter’s bedroom with input from her. The challenge is that Tracy changes her mind about every six months. She is 11 and we would like to come up with a look that can keep up with her imaginative spirit. Please help. Right now she is asking for girly but definitely not frilly.
— Monica Dear Monica: Children Tracy’s age are at that stage when appearing older and more grown up is hugely important. But they also don’t want to let go of some of their little kid pleasures. Together you can design a room that will support her personal passions and be a fun and welcoming place to bring friends. This may be the time to splurge on quality furniture that will last through the teen years. One option I like is a daybed. They are available in many styles, and some offer a pop-up trundle, which is great for sleepovers. The character or theme of your daughter’s room can be easily switched from pretty to sophisticated to funky with the choice of comforter and pillows.
Paint the walls a girly shade of mauve, and then ask Tracy to pick a few posters. Artwork, bulletin boards, and a rack to display and store her books and magazines can be constantly updated as her hobbies and preferences shift and grow. A neutral carpet design and simple curtains will balance the other features. Dear Debbie: I am a high school librarian and we are desperately trying to add colour and interest to our library. Our goal is to create a welcoming space where teenagers want to be — a “cool” space to read, study and hang out. We have bought colourful, comfy chairs, pillows and rugs. Any suggestions for painting the walls would be greatly appreciated.
— Andrea Dear Andrea: In your photo I see that you have painted a light blue on the upper walls. Most of the lower wall space is covered by bookshelves, but you could introduce a bright tangerine orange as a fresh and energetic backdrop. I like your idea of making your library an inviting place for teens to hang out. Why not create several message centres for them to leave notes or photos and make contact with each other? On spare wall space, paint blocks of colour with chalkboard paint and surround with empty frames. You can either buy inexpensive frames or make them with moulding. (If you have a carpentry workshop on site, this would be a good project.) The students will enjoy the opportunity to fill the chalkboard spaces with graffiti and cartoons. Fill other frames with cork board for pinning up messages and photos. Let me know how this works for you, and thanks for your great question. Dear Debbie: We live right on the Minas Basin, which is part of the Bay of Fundy, in a frame house that is seven years old. We have already had it painted twice, but still the knot holes bleed through and the paint wears away from them. Is there a solution?
Cathy Dear Cathy; The knot holes in wood will bleed through paint and even some primers unless they are properly sealed. Shellac is the best; sand or scrape away any loose or peeling paint and then apply a coat of shellac over the knots. Let dry thoroughly, then paint with a quality exterior paint.
A daybed is a versatile choice for a young lady’s bedroom, doubling as a place to play and sleep.