Nautical Room

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We have moved a lot. My youngest son has lived in Atlanta, GA, Chicago, Il and now Roanoke,VA. The poor little guy will just be turning 4 years old next month. That being said, his room was just collection of left overs. Left over from other kids and left over from being a baby.  It was time to personalize his room for him. We went with a nautical theme and personalized it with a few DIY accessories.

The Headboards:

After we took his baby bed out we replaced it with a twin bed. A twin bed with no headboard. Just a bed on a frame. His room is small, but I wanted another bed for guests. I bought another twin bed, my friend gave me an extra frame and I made some simple headboards to fit both twin beds. (Here is a link to how to build a headboard



Used a simple rectangle design and covered it with a solid red fabric.


I pre-drilled holes in the headboard to pull the buttons I covered with the same red fabric through. I just wanted to add some accents to make this simple look less “simple.”


Like I said, his room is small. Not even enough room for a nightstand in between. I had a book box in between, but moved it to his closet.



Name Letters:

Adding his own name definitely personalizes his space.  I actually started “The Lindee Tree” by making custom name letters. I loved creating these for people. So many unique ideas and everyone loves that personal touch.

His room is more of a nautical theme, but he has some other passions too.  I didn’t want everything to be so coordinated that it looked manufactured.  So, I made his letters have the night sky and some transportation designs.




My husband chose the name “Milun.” It is a Hindi name that means “union.” If you are unfamiliar with this name,  think of the name “Dylan.” Here in the USA, they are pronounced very similarly.



I painted this little pirate for his 3rd birthday. He loved it so much, I had it copied and blown up poster size and framed for his room.




I created these little nautical designs using a stencil pack from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. I used these IKEA  frames that used to be my older sons but were now just collecting dust in storage.  I thought they were perfect for his room.



The Lamp:

The lamp was a couple of dollars at Goodwill. It was was mauve and ugly. I wanted to wrap it in “rope” for my nautical design. This lamp was ugly, but it was smooth and perfect to wrap. I used the craft jute from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store.



I used hot glue to glue and wrap as I go.




I painted this little anchor I found in the wood craft aisle for $0.97?




I then tied it onto the finished product.



I covered a plain lampshade in a red and white chevron fabric. I have done many lamps like this and it is simple to do. Here are the steps.

1-Roll the lampshade on craft paper. Trace a line a the top of the shade and at the bottom. Start at the seam and then cut out your paper.



2- Make sure it is a good fit before you cut the fabric.




3-lay the paper on your fabric and pint it in place.






4-Cut out your fabric.



5-Use spray adhesive and spray as you go.


I have had success with this brand. Start on the seam and continue to smooth the fabric as you wrap it around.

The Dresser

This was another thrift shop treasure at $15.00  for this solid wood, mid century steal. This was in perfect condition. No wobbly legs or scratches. Just a little musty, dirty and faded.





I cleaned it, sanded it and painted it with a high gloss Benjamin Moore paint. I wanted to leave it “knob free,” but my poor little guy could not open the drawers to get his undies out!




I had to make a template to drill holes into the dresser.




I added some vintage, red, glass knobs and pulls.



I then lined the drawers with red and white paper.




His room is finished and he seems to be happy about. I think the little details make a huge difference…and you do not have to spend a lot! Just time and creativity.



If you like the rope mirror, you can find the steps on how I made it here.




I shared these ideas on “Daytime Blue Ridge.” Here is the link


My fabric and craft supplies came from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store.


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American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10.


  1. Jordan@the2seasons

    August 12, 2014 at 7:21 am

    This is such a cute room. I love how the dresser turned out the color is amazing.

    • Lindee Katdare

      August 14, 2014 at 6:47 am

      Thanks Jordan! This was the first time I used Benjamin Moore on furniture. It has such a smooth, nice finish. I have a couple more projects coming up with this paint.

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