Nautical Bedroom Makeover

Ashley Harding
by Ashley Harding
I have to admit, the home renovation reveals are always my favorite to write. Maybe I write them more for myself than anything else. Even though I lived through this whole crazy process, it never fails, every time I write about one of our room makeovers, I am completely amazed at the transformation this house has made over the past 2 1/2 years. I promise you, when it comes to dramatic changes, this room is no exception. Seeing these old photos also makes me question my sanity just a bit. What we were thinking when we decided to take on such a huge project is beyond me. Saying that we were a bit naive at the beginning of this whole ordeal is probably a bit of an understatement. Do I regret it though? Not for a second!
Let's just say this room wasn't always called the Nautical Bedroom. It was originally coined as the Bambi Bedroom. Once you see the Before pictures, I don't think any explanation is necessary...
On the positive side, at least this room was cohesive with the rest of the original home...knotty pine, dropped ceilings, odd shaped rooms, etc. So likewise, the room was in need of a total gut job.
Once we finally demoed the room back to the studs, it was time to start rebuilding it back together. The first step was to add new insulation. Next came the drywall. This is always the step that really allows you to start envisioning the future room.
Overall, there was a lot that needed to be done to get this room up and running...

Demo walls back to studs

Demo drop ceiling

Remove carpet

Replace windows

Correct sloping in floor

Add insulation inside walls

Install drywall to walls and ceiling

New electrical

Close opening in wall to closet

New entry door

Paint walls and ceiling

Install new baseboard and window trim

Install new carpet

Install new light fixtures

I think that covers the whole gamut of work, but don't quote me on that! Here is the end result.
The room gets sunlight from both the North and East, so it is always bright and cheery. Great during the day, not so great for trying to sleep in.
Although we call this bedroom the Nautical Bedroom, I didn't want to go over-the-top, in-your-face with the nautical decor. I was going for more of a subtle feel by adding in coastal-themed decor here and there.
In order to keep the nautical vibe toned down, I incorporated in more classic accents as well.
You know I can never pass on an opportunity to decorate with blue and white!
When it came to the bed, I kept the same approach - create a sophisticated feel with a nautical undertone.
The sea grass bed frame and striped duvet cover definitely give the bed a coastal feel, while the floral and Ikat patterned throw pillows bring the space back to a traditional look.
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