Nautical Big Boy Room

I realize its been a while since I shared any pictures from the progress of Colin’s big boy room.   We’re fortunate to have a large playroom to house all of Colin’s toys so when he made the transition to this room we wanted to keep it pretty simple and limited of most toys.  So here is what the room looked liked 5 months ago when Colin first took residence.

bedroom before

And here it is today

Nautical Boy Room Nautical Boy Room

I drew a lot of inspiration from several different bloggers as you can see from my Pinterest big boy room board.   I am not sure that it fits under one theme..its part nautical, part beach, part traveler and all parts fun!

The walls are painted Martha Stewart’s Driftwood Gray, although I had it color matched to Behr and feel it was far from a perfect color match.  Good news is I actually prefer the “wrong” color, it changes in the light from blue to gray and is the perfect color for a big boy room.

Most of the room was done on a modest budget, the biggest splurge was for sure the bedding.   Nautical Boy Bedding

We purchased it from West Elm.  We just stretched for the duvet, but I skipped on the matching shams and picked up some solid blue ones on clearance at Pottery Barn Teen and the lime shams I picked up from Ikea.  I used some scrap chevron fabric from the drapes I made and just wrapped the box spring rather getting a bed skirt.

As mentioned, I made the lime chevron drapes-no sew, you can read all about where I bought the fabric and how I made them here.

no sew chevron drapes up close good pic

I gave the previously boring dresser a mini make-over by painting the drawer faces white and changing out the hardware.  You can read more about that here.  The lime lamp is from target, the small whale tale is a small sentimental piece John and I picked up in Alaska  and the gallery wall is made up of fun finds and DIY art.

Nautical Boy Room Decorations

I had my heart set on making one of those license plate maps, and was getting discouraged after reading how time consuming they could be so you could imagine my excitement when I found that faux one from Ross for $20.

I re-used some white frames I had from Colin’s nursery and for the rest, I just painted old mixed matched ones blue and orange.  I purchased the Nemo prints, ship wheel and tin woody sign from  The shark jaw was John’s when he was young and the frame to the far left is a keepsake from our  Disney Cruise where all the characters signed the matting.

Boys Nautical gallery wall

I combined my love for The Beatles (John Lennon) and a favorite shot of Colin and created this little framed art…its one of my favorite parts of the room.   Not only is this from one of the songs I sing to Colin at night, its one of my most beloved quotes.

DIY Nautical Boy Room Art

My grandfather worked for Pan American Airlines so I was pumped to find this vintage travel poster online (can’t remember where, sorry) and I made the rope knot from remnants from Colin’s name sign.

Nautical DIY Rope Knot


The tallboy dresser also got a little face-lift with a compass decal, all the information on it can be found in this post and the nautical name sign (a pottery barn knock-off) was one of my first DIY projects, you can read all the details here.

Nautical Decal Dresser

This room is far from finished as I am always looking for new items to add to it.  I still have the wall next to Colin’s bed to finish and would love to incorporate more treasures like globes and sailboats, but we’re happy with how the room has come together and figured it was time to share.

Have you recently moved your little one in their big girl or big boy room?  Do you share our affection for the water and have a nautical space of you own?

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29 thoughts on “Nautical Big Boy Room

  1. Christine

    This looks great! It is a little scary how much you and I think alike sometimes. I am working on Ascher’s nautical themed room post as well. Even more eerily similar, his room has been ‘done’ for over a year, too. I also have some nautical goodies that I found at the ‘thrift store’. Can’t wait to share! Your decorating style is classic and fun, great combination for a child’s room.

    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      I can’t wait to see Asher’s room!!! How fun that they are both a nautical theme. I love coastal decor but even if I didn’t put it through-out my home, I’d still have to give my little guy a nautical big boy room. It’s just SO boy to me. The ideas are endless.

  2. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    This room transformation is truly remarkable. I think my husband would actually LOVE this for our bedroom, he is such a sailor at heart. You’re such a no-sew queen – - I’m so impressed. Also, I really love your wall gallery…I’m a huge fan of mixing pictures with found objects.

    What a beautiful space for your beautiful boy!

  3. Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse

    Holy Flip, Christina! You have done an amazing job on this! All the little details are just perfect. Thank you for sharing and thank you for the visit and sweet comment on The Chest at The Dedicated House. It means the world. Hey, I would love it if you would share this great post at my Make it Pretty Monday party that is going on now. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Oh thank you Kathryn…you are too funny! I really had fun doing it. Most of my house is pretty traditional but since I knew we’d be redoing this room again as he got older, I had fun with trendy prints and vibrant colors. I really am super happy with how it all came together. Thanks for stopping by and the info on your party, I’m all linked up!

    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      How exciting for your granddaughter, I think I remember you saying she was approaching the transition soon. It is a huge step!! I thought putting him in a queen was going to be too much for him, but he LOVES it and it gives us a place to lay with him until he goes to sleep.

    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      I agree, too much theme is not a good thing, happy to hear you think I found the right balance.:) I love that knot as well, I wanted something for the space and had the extra rope, so it was the perfect last minute detail. Thanks for stopping by and the compliments!

    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Thank you Sarah. Don’t you just love the nautical look for little boys. Its such a darling theme in my opinion. I’ll have to check out your little son’s room on your site. Yah!

    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Oh wow! I can’t wait to see it, I feel like kids rooms are so fun because you can explore with funky prints and colors and know you can change them in coming years when they get older. For me, its the best space to live it up! Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

      1. Kristina

        Thanks! Yes, totally agree! Kids rooms are the best to makeover cause they change with the changes of the child. I’m working on my next update post to the little boy’s room :) Hope you’ll stop by to take a look :)

  4. Allison S

    Hi! Can you share with me the wall color you used? Love the room. I am doing the same colors in my little boy’s room!

    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Hi Allison! Thanks so much for your interest in the paint color, I used Driftwood Gray by Martha Stewart. It comes in Olympus but I had it color matched by Behr and I must admit it was a little different than the sample I had. I used the true Olympus Driftwood Gray on a vanity I painted for my mother and I feel like it turned out a little more “blue” than the color matched version I used in my son’s room. You can see it here

      Good luck with your son’s room, I’d love to see a picture of it. I just love the endless possibilities with that color combination.

    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Hi Erin! Thanks for stopping by. That print was super simple. You can use any free photo editor, I chose Picasa for that one. First edit the photo the way you want. I chose to ‘age’ mine and give it a 70′s glaze (these are all features within the editor).

      Then I added text to the photo and chose the font I wanted. I then uploaded that edited jpeg to my nearest photo developer and viole! I hope that sums it up and you’re able to make your own.

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