The Ship’s Cabin

I have taken to calling this room The Cabin, due of course to it’s nautical décor, but also the cozy feeling it has when you are in it. D’s room in our previous home was nautical too (with much of the accessories and furniture reused here), but I wanted to make this room more grown up. A room that would take him into and through his teen years.

Before: Dark and dated

BEFORE: The room felt very dark, small, and dated. The lace valance and the wall color were not doing it any favors either. The kids had already picked out their rooms, while we were viewing the house, so I was thinking of ideas for the space before we actually owned it (am I the only one that does this with homes they like?). I am not great at remembering to take before photos, my apologies for the terrible photo…will try to be better at this.

Fresh Paint

AFTER: What a difference paint can make!

I bought this light from Home Depot as it matched his lamp from Pottery Barn Kids. Originally it was a rusty brown color, so I took it apart and spray painted it flat black to match the lamp. IMG_4927

I found this ceiling light at Home Depot. The style matched the lamp that we already owned perfectly, but it came in a rusty brown finish that I wasn’t fond of. I LOVE spray paint…paint of any kind really, but am especially fond of spray paint. I can see an item I like, but not the color, and think, “Yeah, I can make that work.” I took the light apart, spray painted it in a flat black finish, put it back together, and put it up. Thanks to my husband for teaching me how to install light fixtures too, it is really easy to do! Now I don’t have to wait for him to get to it on the “honey do” list…maybe that was his plan all along.

The rug worked as a perfect template for the gallery wall. I measured it, then added a couple inches to allow more space between items.


I then measured it out on the wall, taping off the area, attaching each item with screws and wall plugs (when necessary for the heavier items).


Gallery wall complete.

The Finished Product!


D’s bed fit perfectly in the dormer window.

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Call it what you will…neat freak, OCD, Type A…I have come to terms with it and will answer to all;)

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Still need to put labels on all the bins, but at least everything is unpacked and organized.

The natural light in this house makes me happy everyday.

The natural light in this house is one of my favorite things about it.


It’s safe to say that D and I are both loving his new room. Only around 15 more rooms to go….ahhhh!!!


Wall colors: Van Deusen Blue by Benjamin Moore, Aura Paint in Satin finish & Ultra Pure White by Behr, Marquee Paint in Satin finish.

Joss & Main ( : IMAX Riley Wall Mirror.

DownEast Home & Clothing (clearance center): Camp bed.

Hobby Lobby: Large wood anchor.

Home Depot: Wrought iron rope pulls (closet doors) and wood hanging hooks (glass float, mirror).

Joann’s Fabrics: Star throw pillow.

Walmart: Wire baskets with chalkboard labels – I need to find one more of these, as I bought all they had:)

Target: Blue anchor marquee, wood picture frame, large plastic totes with rope handles, stripe throw pillows.

Pottery Barn Kids: Red wooden stars, #5 rowing sign, Star Art Cable, Depot Lamp, Collector Shelves, Oar, Number hooks (in closet), Rugby Stripe Duvet Cover.

Ikea: Couch (This was in the master bedroom at our previous house, I spray painted the frame red), star rug, Trofast storage frame with red bins (in closet), red waste basket, red and blue storage bins (top of closet), Kallax shelving unit in white.

6 thoughts on “The Ship’s Cabin

    1. Thanks Ida! It is nice to have at least one room completely done. Thanks for letting me run my ideas and work in progress pics by you at work too, you’re the best!


  1. I love it, Natalie! It’s such a great boy room, done with style! I really love the Pb Kids collector shelves-I’ve needs something like that for a long time!! Thanks for sharing your sources. I can’t wait to see what you do next!

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    1. I love the PBK collector shelves too! Honestly holds so many books that I just ordered some for K & L’s rooms. Thank you so much for your comment and for saying “sources”…in my 5am posting state, I could not for the life of me remember that word, hence the “products” at the end of post, lol. I have now changed it:). I swear the blogging part is harder than all the remodeling.


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