These last few weeks have been a flurry of a DIY projects creating a nautical bedroom makeover for my oldest son. I quickly talked with my husband to make sure he was on board with my taking on the extra project and the potential art hurricane that could be unleashed on the house in the process. My 14 year old son James has been wanting a marine life themed room.
Making the decision even easier was the fact that his room was atrocious and in desperate need of everything. The day I needed to put up that first entry post I ran up and snapped these photos. In 15 minutes I came up with this mood board as a launching place to a plan for the room.
I have a tendency to over think things and this forced me to pick something and just start. Hand Painted Wall (aka poor man’s wallpaper) The set included a headboard, footboard, two dressers and a night stand. I only needed the long boy dresser at the time so the rest of the set went to the basement. Needing furniture for the room, I pulled up the remaining pieces out of the basement and gave them a makeover. By mimicking the design of the handles I was able to create a striking update for little cost.
To keep it interesting, I changed up the headboard design by adding the tentacle to the window like panels. The DIY light fixture was a random idea I came up with two weeks ago. First I made a mockup of the light I envisioned by cutting and taping drinking straws together. Armed with a bag of cooper fittings and a fancy drinking straw example, I headed to dad’s house so I could make sure I got the wiring just right.
It was about 70 bucks in parts because copper is pricey but it is every bit worth the result. I’m pretty easy going about most things but when it comes to creative projects, I don’t share well.
I talked over my desk plans and the shelf system I was cooking up and Dad helped gather the supplies and put together the copper pipe structure. By stretching my own canvas, I was able to make a large painting that would fit perfectly above the bed. Fortunately, my husband didn’t complain too much when yesterday evening I asked him to go to the lumber store because I wanted him to help me make two custom frames for the paintings. He only used a few choice words when I dropped that last minute gift on him. He was either in an unusually good mood or he has some secret plan to make me pay later. To keep the room design at a price level I could afford, I saved money by going all DIY and using accessories that I already owned.
The awesome mirror above the dresser was surprise blessing given to me by my good friend and neighbor. And again, super Dad came to my aid and gave me the copper for the desk and shelves.
I want to thank Linda from Calling IT Home for hosting this challenge.
The one room challenge is a blast and will be back in the fall with bigger and better creative ideas.
I’m also very thankful for my Mom who continuously encourages me to blog and share my passion for creativity. I plan on going over the details of some of the DIY projects in the room over the next few weeks.
If there is one in particular you would like more info on, let me know in the comment section below and I will work on a post to detail the process.