Nautical-Inspired Bedroom

July 19, 2010


I’ve been having so much fun working on this little boy room for the past few months! You’ll have to excuse the pics – the room doesn’t get much natural light and my camera isn’t exactly professional!

I made a very conscious effort to re-do this room as inexpensively as possible. Most everything is second-hand or made by me.

Oh, how I love the Ikea light that we hung in place of an old, outdated ceiling fan! It is perfection. And cheap, I might add!

Here is the tired old fan that used to be there…


Much better!

I sewed the curtains using a heavy striped fabric from a fabric outlet, then used rope trim to tie them up. Couldn’t be easier!


Like I said in a previous post, I made the sailboat that’s hanging on the wall behind the headboard. I cut up some canvas drop cloth and used branches, twine, and small nails to put it together.

I added the “J09” lettering using my usual method of printing out the lettering on paper, copying it onto the canvas with carbon paper, then painting it with craft paint.



The pillow shams and sheets are from HomeGoods. LOVE that store! The simple white comforter is from Ikea.

I found the old bed at a barn sale for – get this – $15!! And I didn’t even paint it! Can you believe it??

I painted the side table red and distressed it. It was originally bright blue and when I sanded the edges, some of the blue comes through, which is perfect.

The stainless steel light came from Goodwill for just $2.97! It looks brand new. I found the boat shelf at a yard sale for a few dollars. The hanging baskets came from Ikea, and I added the lettering with some paint.


This sweet little white chair came from Goodwill.


Here is what it looked like before I painted it white. Quite orange, dontcha think?

Here is the other side of the room. I made the flag banner using leftover fabric and a piece of rope. I just cut holes in the flags and stuck the rope through. Very easy!


I painted the “Sailing Club” sign using some wood we had laying around in the basement (aka. dungeon).

It’s called free artwork! My favorite kind!



My dad gave me this metal crab trap that was stored in his shed at my parents’ beach house. I hung it from a small hook that I put in the ceiling.


Remember this bookcase/dresser? I found it along the side of the road for free and moved it up to this room.

I found the wooden milk box with rope handle at the Walnut Creek Antique Mall in Ohio last weekend and just couldn’t resist picking it up! I had found the old fan at the same place a few years ago.



And here is the chalkboard wall that I painted.


It’s the perfect little corner for toys and looking at books at the child-size table I found at a yard sale.


The red book holder came from Goodwill and the metal shelf is from Ikea.

I wrote on this post about how I painted the floor in the diamond pattern. So much work, but totally worth it!

I’m still doing some tweaking in the room (it never ends!), but overall, I really like how it turned out. Jack will be moving into this room when the new baby comes in November, and until then, it’ll be a spare room.

Oh, yes, I wanted to give you paint colors, so here you go. They are all from Lowes.

Floor: Valspar Ghost Ship (lighter color)/ Valspar Evening Eclipse (darker color)
Walls: Valspar Seashore Fog (isn’t that the perfect name for this room??)

“Man cannot discover new oceansLink until he has courage to lose sight of the shore.”
-Andre Gide

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