Nautical Nursery Tour

It’s been so long since I posted here. I had a nursery tour all ready to go though, so here it is. Oh, also. I had a baby this year. If I neglected to mention that.

As long as I can remember, I’ve loved the water and everything about it. I have always loved the crispness of navy and white together and grew up with a bedroom in that scheme. Throw in some double breasted jackets and gold buttons and I’m “on board,” if you will.

When I was newly pregnant, my husband took me took see a submarine in real life for the first time. It was in Connecticut and we stayed at a bed and breakfast in a nautical-themed room and loved it. We already had a dresser we were going to use as a change table and it was stained a light colour that was impossible to match. I was wondering what I was going to do with it and thought of going with a muted Hundred Acre Wood colour scheme and then the thought if everyone giving us Winnie the Pooh everything was too much to bear (BEAR, get it?!). I decided I could do a nautical theme no problem with a couple colours of wood. It freed me from continuing to search for a wood to match the dresser.

Here is what we started with. Yes it always was that messy.

Before

We removed that white shelf and painted that wall navy and the rest a very very light grey.

2Our friends gave us an espresso crib, you can see that in the corner above. I bought the glider and draped a yellow quilt over it that my mother in law made the baby. I grabbed a lumbar pillow for $14.99 from Target that fit the theme perfectly.

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Then I stained some Ikea spice racks (more here) to use as bookshelves and made a couple of curtains from two tablecloths (more here).

4I finished off the crib with a navy striped crib sheet and white/navy crib skirt. I finished the decor on the navy wall with an “AHOY” burlap pennant banner for $15 off Etsy, a “Welcome Aboard” navy and white buoy for $20 from Ebay and a $10 (on sale) oar from Canadian Tire.

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Three boat cleats-as-coat-hooks and a $5 shelf that I stained myself go along the wall with the door. The shelf is pretty dainty so it houses only light, decorative items, including a sailor’s hat from the submarine we visited in December.6

5 I eventually want to put two books there that are nautical, but I didn’t really have any so I just went with the colour scheme.

Opposite the navy wall is the low dresser that started it all. You’ll notice the shelves have been stained to match it. Ordinarily I would have spray painted the shelves but I figured on a boat you see many natural fabrics and different kinds of wood so that was my inspiration for the stain.

I bought an $8 vintage-inspired world map off of Ebay and mounted it above the change table. Our diaper pail is behind the door. And you can see the hamper in the before picture. I don’t have an after pic of it because it was in the laundry room. Here’s before and after:

Change-Table-B-AThe diapers-and-wipes box (holding our Applecheeks!) was from HomeSense and the navy change pad cover I bought when we drove across the border one day. Psst also see that little snakey thing above the change pad? That’s a Mighty Bright booklight that I had in my bedside table from FOREVER ago. I think it was a stocking stuffer one year. Anyway, I clipped it to the dresser and it’s an invaluable aid for night time diaper changes. Seriously so handy. Except when the baby kicks it, because it’s got a flexible neck on it.

I finished the room with a beigey rug from Ikea that I don’t LOVE but whatever, it’s fine.

Here is a before and after panoramic:8

and the other view:9

I’m still looking for a side table to put beside the glider but that’s a very slow process.

What do you think? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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