A Shipshape Boy's Room for $300
A paneled wall and seaworthy accents give this bedroom classic maritime style
After: The crisp white plank wall brightens three steely gray ones. The base of the trundle bed serves as extra toy storage now but in a few years will hold a spare mattress for sleepovers.
Sometimes you only need to step outside for a bit of design inspiration. That's just what Kelly Rinzema did when it was time for her 3-year-old son to graduate to a big-boy bed. Inspired by the view from their lakefront property, in Middleville, Michigan, and her son's love of boats, she decided to go with a nautical theme.
After painting the room a warm gray, Kelly created a plank accent wall to add character. She glued MDF 16s onto one wall with construction adhesive, nailing at the studs and using more nails as spacers to reveal thin stripes of gray. After trimming the corners, she countersunk the nails, filled the holes, and painted the planks white.
Next she swapped out the crib for a twin bed that she found at a yard sale and painted a marine blue. Some DIY art, an inner-tube-shaped chalkboard found at a garage sale, and a set of maritime flags hang above the bed.
Now the room is fit for a growing boy who loves pirates—and pulling things off walls. "Can you believe the art is nailed in?" says Kelly, who blogs about her DIY projects at thelilypadcottage.com. But it's a small price to pay. Now the room is exactly what she had imagined. "It's cottagey and reflects the area where we live."
The Project Tally
•Painted the four walls gray about $40
•Created a paneled accent wall by nailing up MDF 16s; trimmed the corners with 1-inch MDF strips, and painted the assembly white about $150
•Decorated the new plank wall with signal flags she already had, a garage-sale chalkboard, and DIY art made from gift bags and scrap lumber about $20
•Scored a trundle bed at a yard sale and freshened it with leftover chalky matte paint about $15
•Purchased a new duvet cover, made a throw pillow with fabric from an old crib sheet, and used other pillows, a crib quilt, and curtains she already had about $75