Recently I made a nautical growth chart so I decided to make a matching wall sign/hanger. I was so pleased with the way it turned out. You can follow this process for any nursery theme. Because I live at the coast I enjoy sea life themes. Let’s get started.
Boys Nautical Wall Decor With Hooks.
Abby helping by showing you the size wood that I used. This is an unfinished never used handmade cupboard door that was gifted to me by my son in law Dave. You can use any size piece of wood. I decided to turn it sideways.
I like to base paint my projects white. Then when I add the intended color it comes up nice and bright. You’ll see that I used sky blue and later added a sand color. I really enjoyed using my mini roller brush. For some reason I often forget about the roller brush. But it really helped to make a nice smooth color.
I mentioned that you can use any design theme. I go online and on Pinterest to find images that I like. Then I use the silhouette cutting machine program on my computer to make my own stencils. Here I am trying to decide what goes where. I even have stencils for the ocean waves! I use inexpensive shelf liner for my stencil material.
Here you can see where I added the sand color. And I am preparing the stencils to make the ocean waves on the bottom lip of the cupboard door. My idea is for the lighthouse to sit on the sand and the boat to be in the water.
When I place my stencils I peel the backing off a little bit at a time. But before I paint I always smash down the stencil using a tennis ball! Then I will paint the stencils with mod podge. This really helps prevent the paint from seeping underneath the stencil. After it dries the next step is to paint each of the stencil pieces using a stencil pouncer sponge brush.
Here is a close up to show you some of the extras. I painted small hardware washers white to look like port holes. The little life preserver is from a set of wooden nautical pieces that I bought.
I made these from fabric pieces that I cut and then glued to some twine. It really makes the entire project have extra interest.
I decided to add simple black hooks to make this wall decor functional.
Here you can see the starfish. I added dots using a dotting tool and white paint.
In this picture you can see the hooks a little bit better. I painted the lighthouse lamp with a two tone circular look. I think it came out pretty neat. You can also see how I took the image from the flat portion of the cupboard door and went up over into the raised lip. Another way to just add some additional interest.
I really enjoyed creating this. I hope it gives you ideas on how to create something unique for your own home.
Here it is pictured in front of the matching growth chart.
And just for fun here is a pic of another matching piece.