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Andrew's Nautical Boy's Room- Reveal!

It's finished!

Well, it's not really finished. I doubt I'll ever truly stop tweaking any room in my house! But now,  Andrew's big boy room is complete, and I have checked off all my design goals for this space. Come check it out!
Cute, bright boy's room, nautical theme! #nautical #boys_room

Here's a blast from the past. I confessed my egregius Decor Deprivation Abuse of this room a few months ago, lol. There's a lot more before pics there too. This is how it looked before.
Cute, bright boy's room "after", nautical theme! #nautical #boys_room

That is including the navy rug I bought and fish mobile hanging by the window! I sized up this space and made a list of the design issues I wanted to tackle. Here's the list I made:

  • Curtains (bought $20 of fabric from Wal Mart)
  • Fish mobile (made, and regretted haha)
  • New crib sheets and crib skirt (bought new sheets, but Andrew outgrew his crib!)
  • Rug ($70 from walmart.com)
  • Paint the changing table or buy a new one (added some colorful fabric instead)
  • Fabric storage boxes
  • Treasure Chest toy box- got Grandpa on this one! :)
  • Art for over the dresser (thrifted and free oars)
  • Some kind of treatment for the closet doors, vinyl decals? (still working on this one)
  • Art over the crib (paper bunting)

Andrew's room is pretty small, just 10 x 10. That was a big design challenge. Trying to fit just the basics as far as furniture in here was tough! But I got it all in here, bed (well, sort of, keep reading), dresser, changing table, and toy chest, and that's it!
Cute, bright boy's room, nautical theme! #nautical #boys_room #life_preserver

The life preserver is a prop from Andrew's nautical first birthday last year. I painted it bright orange for a real pop in this space. The two oars on the wall were happy accidents. I found one for $3 at a thrift store, the other was free, from my parent's garage! :) The gray zig zag frame is a Nate Berkus find from Good Will. Score!
Cute, bright boy's room, nautical theme! #nautical #boys_room #life_preserver

Let's recall- not too much going on before:
Cute, bright boy's room, nautical theme!See the after pics  #nautical #boys_room #life_preserver

Nautical Boy's room reveal, tour #ocean #chevron

Here is the view of the closet from before, complete with blurry active toddler:
Nautical Boy's room reveal, tour #ocean #chevron

And now: 
Nautical Boy's room reveal, tour #ocean #chevron #fabric_box

I give this the most improved view award! :) I'd love to see bold stripes on the white closet doors. But since we're renting, I'm not sure it would be worth it to paint and then paint it back again in a short while... Maybe a vinyl treatment or easy to remove wall paper? The jury is still out!

Nautical boy's room tour! colorful fish cut out of scrapbook paper

Nautical boy's room tour! colorful fish cut out of scrapbook paper
Fish net also leftover from Andrew's party. For the fish I cut out a few different shapes from scrap book paper. Cheap and easy art!
Nautical boy's room tour! no-sew fabric storage bins

The changing table has gone through a thorough transformation. You can see how I spray painted over laminate, and how I made these no-sew fabric storage boxes for free!
Nautical boy's room tour! no-sew fabric storage bins

Window view before:
Nautical boy's room tour! toy storage solution #treasure_chest

Can you hear that picture shouting, "give me curtains already!"?

My paper fish mobile hangs in the center of the window. 
Nautical boy's room tour! paper fish mobile diy

Nautical boy's room tour! paper fish mobile diy

You can read more about how I don't recommend DIYing a mobile here. The curtains are discount material from Wal Mart. I sewed a hem on the bottom and a pocket on top for both panels in about 30 minutes. Lickety split curtains!
Nautical boy's room tour!

For a touch more nautical feel, I wrapped the finials in some rough rope and finished with hot glue.
make curtains fit a nautical theme with #hot_glue and #rope #finial

make curtains fit a nautical theme with #hot_glue and #rope #finial

Andrew's grandpa (my Dad :) made this beautiful treasure chest! My dad is an amazing wood worker. We will definitely "treasure" this chest forever. Thank you, Dad/Grandpa! :)
nautical treasure chest, toy storage solution

It's huge, and can fit just about every toy Andrew owns. Storage solution, check.
nautical treasure chest, toy storage solution

Grooves in the sides and front= no smashed fingers.

Crib view before:
nautical boy's room reveal #ocean #diy

And now:
bright, nautical boy's room reveal #ocean #diy

New bedding: orange sheet for $20 from Amazon, chevron blanket for $14 from Ross, and custom made pillowcase from more of that lime green material I used on the fabric boxes.

nautical boy's room reveal #ocean #diy

nautical boy's room reveal #ocean #diy
One major and unplanned difference in here is the vanishing crib! A couple weeks ago I popped Andrew in his crib while I cleaned up in his room. In one swift move he threw his leg over the side and was out of there! I was 1.) shocked that he could get out already and 2.) relieved he did it while I was there watching, and didn't crack his head open falling to the ground!

So now we are in a "this is how to sleep in a bed" phase, where I regularly check on him at night to find half his torso on the bed, and half flopped on the floor. We're holding off getting him a toddler bed for a bit, hoping that he will get used to being on a mattress. I'm nervous to put him in something too high off the ground just yet :).

nautical boy's room reveal #ocean #diy

nautical boy's room reveal #ocean #diy

I needed a non heavy option to hang over Andrew's bed. My diy cardstock and twine bunting helps fill this big wall and add lots of color.
nautical boy's room reveal #ocean #diy

Andrew decorated the space behind the door. My very own mini designer is into Cookie Monster, Buzz, and Mickey :). We put his artwork up behind the door, and when I say night night and close the door around, he has something fun to look at as he drifts off to sleep.

That's the tour!

Thanks for joining me! I'll be back with more good stuff next week :)

    




If you'd like to see what Baby Andrew's nursery looked like, click on the image below!
Andrew's Gender Neutral Nursery tour




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