I finally finished up all the little details in my son’s navy and gray nautical boy bathroom, so today is the big reveal! This bathroom looks nothing like I thought it would now that it’s done, but I love it.
Sometimes projects just go like that once you get started (case in point my newly painted wet bar cabinets from last week that ended up a putty color after an impromptu decision at the paint store).
I had envisioned wallpaper and gray paneling (you can check out all the top wallpaper contenders in this post here) and nixed the wallpaper once I got started on the tongue and groove planks.
Then you all unanimously voted for gray paint on the vertical planking, but I had one cute little 8 year old boy begging for navy walls. If you saw his big blue eyes, you would have given in too :)
I’m so glad I did because this space is SO him! He told me it feels just like the captain’s room on a boat. I mean, I feel like Captain Jack Sparrow could totally have penny tile on the Black Pearl right?!
The dark paint color is so fun and not dark at all thanks to the big window and light floor tile. I will say that the large window sure makes for a tricky photo shoot though. Shooting the almost black walls vs the crazy bright sun reflecting off the snow made for a frustrating contrast situation. Not too mention that it’s a tight space to try to get a whole room shot. It’s so much better in person, but most things are.
Let’s back up and check out the blah before again.
Such a fun change! Once I decided to go dark on the walls – Polo Blue by Benjamin Moore – I decided to go light on the vanity – Light French Gray by Sherwin Williams. I basically flip flopped the whole room, but it feels so fresh. If you missed my post last week, I detailed all my cabinet painting tips and I used the exact same method for these cabinets, check it out here.
One thing I think I would do different is using MDF for the planks vs pine. However, my son and the Mr. love the way the pine looks. The knots and wood grain really add to that cottage feeling, but it was a pain to work with. Most of the boards were warped or busted on the edges. I bought this tongue and groove pine at Lowes in packages of six and I would say four out of every six boards were useable. It was a bit frustrating. If you attempt this project, I would definitely opt for an MDF product that would be a bit more consistent. The Mr. thinks I’m nuts because he loves the pine, but he also didn’t have to deal with putting it up ;)
I attached it with wood adhesive and my brad nailer. I marked the studs in several spots being sure to hit a few, but because this is tongue and groove they interlocked as well. I finished the top with a piece of trim after painting to keep my lines nice and neat. I also added a piece of 1/4 round to the bottom trim to finish it off nicely.
My son picked out this art (after I curated a choice of 8 pieces for him to choose from) from Society 6. I love letting him have a say in his space and he was so excited when he got home from school to see his choices hanging up on the wall. I really let both my kids put their stamp on their spaces and while a lot of the time they aren’t necessarily my fave or what I would choose, I love that they have a sense of ownership over their space. Someday I can decorate it any old boring way I want when they up and leave me. Although my son says he will live here until he is 34, which I’m super ok with. I’m feeling all the feels this week as my daughter just turned 12 and time seems to be going way too fast!
Ok off my sobby mom tangent and back to the room. We kept his same shower curtain that he is obsessed with and added new striped towels. I also hung up this large peg rack behind his door in the hopes that this summer a good 6 out of 10 wet bathings suits per week find their way there. A mom can dream!
I put a hook with easier access to the shower over on this wall with this cute fishing bear print above.
Oh and I swapped out the lights! The ones I had here before were a bit too large and also required those Edison bulbs, which didn’t provide the best lighting. These new black and chrome ones bring in the black hardware and countertops. I still would love to swap the counters out someday soon, but I think they work so much better with the space now.
All in all, this was a fun project and I think my DIY itch is scratched for a while…although I have been toying with the idea of painting the kitchen island now too….
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Wall color – Polo Blue – Benjamin Moore
Vanity color – Light French Gray Sherwin Williams
Penny tile – Lowes
Stool – Ballard Designs
Towels – Garnet Hill
Whale Art – Society 6
Wave art – Society 6
Bear art – Society 6
Hanging Art frame – Target
Lights – Shades of Light
Shower curtain – Urban Outfitters
Birch wood wall rack – amazon
Foaming Soap Dispenser – amazon
Toothbrush holder – amazon