Bedroom Makeover #1

I had a lot of fun with this room… it was nothing terrible to begin with, but I knew if I put it off it would be a long time before I’d get to it. So off we went, spur of the moment, the second Saturday after moving in, and bought paint.

the only before picture I thought to take 🙂

I knew I wanted to go with a nautical theme, because I wanted the room to appeal to an older boy as well–I didn’t want anything too juvenile. Dan had a frame with a sailboat and different knots inside, and that’s kind of where I started.


From there it was pretty easy. I didn’t want a solid navy wall but thought that a striped wall would look nice. We struggled with calculating stripe width when we did this in the basement of our old house, but this was very simple since we did all the stripes equal sizes.


The anchor rug was a buy off of I much prefer buying things online, but I always get a little nervous especially for bigger purchases like this. I am very happy with the rug though: nice and plush, and the colours were exactly as I had pictured. And the curtains, which you can hardly see… the cheapest curtains on, haha! They were the perfect colour, and blackout the room considerably well. (It’s not a bright room to begin with.)

dsc_0164My mom had one square of this sailboat material in her scrap bin, so it was perfect to sew into a decorative little pillow.

dsc_0161Thanks to my sister-in-law, I also received this large anchor for decor-perfect for the bedroom! I looked around for a model sailboat to buy, but they were all quite pricey. I didn’t want to spend any more money on the room, so after looking for some inspiration on pinterest, I hauled to the backyard with a saw and chopped down some dead birch branches. The sails are more scrap material, so I ended up spending $0 as opposed to at least $30 for a “real” model. I may still make a little flag for the top, and a little pendant banner for one sail, but all in good time 😉

dsc_0157Final result! I found the quilt on clearance at Quilts Etc, but they only carried in queen size. After looking for something similar at a ton of different stores, I decided to go with the Queen size one anyway, and I think it works fine! I’m not sure how well you can see the design, but it is pictures of various sailboats. Anyway, that’s it! It was a lot of fun picking stuff out for a “big kid” room. Eventually, when the budget allows, I’d like to also get a nautical map, or an old world map, for the wall. But for now, I think I’m done with the room.