Nautical-Themed Boys Room Makeover & Reveal


(To see my original plans for this room, click here!)

Pregnancy makes it a lot harder to get things done, but nesting is just the best. I have been working non-stop on my son's room so I can finally get started on the nursery. My back is killing me, I have cuts and bruises everywhere, and I'm completely drained of the small amount of energy that I did have, but I got this project done all by my pregnant self  in two dang days--while my toddler was right under me the entire time. Now that is a miracle. If you follow my blog, you may have noticed that I have a serious problem finishing things I start, or just that it takes me entirely too long to get it done. Well, I painted his walls and got everything situated and I am feeling quite accomplished.

His room was a big huge mess before I got started so please excuse these pictures. I kicked everything off by giving his dresser a fresh coat of white paint. I don't have a "before" picture of that, but just know that it was completely covered with dirty hand print smudges, crayon scribbles, and scratched paint. I cleaned it up with my magic eraser and brushed some new paint on and it is looking good as new (besides missing a handle on one of the cabinet doors). Some cute new nautical hardware will spruce this little piece right up.

The first day of painting, I woke up and decided it was the day. I was running out of time. I got my paint brushes and rollers, moved the dresser out of the way to start with the easiest wall (aka the shorter wall with two doors). This wall took no time at all since there wasn't much wall to paint anyways, but it gave me the motivation to keep going and the sense of accomplishment that I was actually getting stuff done that I said I would do. I was so excited, I couldn't even wait for the paint to dry before I put the dresser back and snapped some pics to show off.

I took the curtains down and moved the furniture away from the second wall and got started painting again. This wall took a little longer. Mostly because I took a few breaks to rest my aching back and hands, but also to admire my work. I still couldn't believe how much I was getting done! I called it quits for the day after I finished this wall because my husband was off work and I was ready to lay down and relax. By this time, I had been working in this room for about 5 hours. Not to mention, I threw-up my breakfast that morning (which is totally random because I have never puked during pregnancy) so I was super hungry and ready to eat something. After I got some food in me, I cleaned up the old chest we had sitting in the living room and had my husband carry it upstairs for me to be used as a toy box. I went through his toys, picked out a select few that he plays with daily and the rest is in a box ready to be donated. I made a rule that the only toys he can have are the toys that will fit in this chest. So far, it has been great and he has been very good about only taking one toy out at a time and putting it back when he's done.

Day two of painting I took a little longer to get started, but once I did I didn't stop. I painted the third wall and got started on the fourth and final wall. Before I knew it, I was done. I have painted many rooms in this house and I am still amazed at the effect new paint can have. It just changes a room, I love it.

Not too long after all the walls were dry, my husband came home and I had him move all the old Sesame Street furniture down to the playroom. I was originally going to put it in the basement, but I decided while I was painting that it could be put to good use in the playroom as much-needed extra storage. When he was finished with that, he brought the rug upstairs and got it out of the packaging while I swept up and cleared the floor. We rolled the rug out and once I got it where I wanted it, he moved the bed from the guest room across the hall and I started opening up all the new bedding stuff and made the bed. After the bed was made, the room looked completely different and I was in love.

Currently, I have spent basically all of my time in my son's room because it is just so dang cute and cozy. I've done a bit of decorating here and there and will continue to do so. Ezra absolutely loves his "big boy" room and that he has a bed big enough to cuddle with mommy and daddy in. He also got a smart TV for Christmas from daddy (which was a surprise to me as well), so we have spent lots of time cuddling and watching Netflix together. His room is so much easier to keep clean now and because of the toy chest in his room, he can keep his toys put away without having to see any of it and it doubles as a "treasure chest" to fit the theme so it's a win-win.

This room has been so fun to work on and I was so happy to be able to do this for him as a Christmas gift. It's also been bittersweet converting my toddler to a queen-size bed so his little brother can use his old crib mattress. He is going to be such a good big brother and I can't wait for them to grow up together in our home. ♡

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*Note: These are not all the same prices that I paid for these items. Most were on sale/clearance, given as a gift, or bought with a coupon. I listed full price in case the item is not on sale when viewed.

Planning A Nautical-Themed Boys Room


Hello again!
I told you in my last post that I would give you all the details on my son's big boy room that I am planning, which is also the first step in getting the nursery started. As I mentioned, I am totally obsessed with the Pillowfort collection at Target. So naturally, I have been stalking the website and coming up with an entire list of items that I need to complete my son's room.

Phase 1: The first step I am going to take will be removal of all things Sesame Street. Sorry, Elmo! I will keep everything for when my next boy is old enough and ready for his toddler room (so as not to be wasteful, considering he just got all this stuff for Christmas last year). To the basement it shall go!

Phase 2: After the room is clear of furniture, I have to slap some paint on these walls because navy blue and crisp white just do not work with baby blue and sour apple green. I'd also like to get the trim painted if I can, but I'm going to be short on time with baby #2 due mid-February so it might not happen. Fingers crossed I can get some help with this because unless I'm nesting super hard, I am not going to have the energy to do all this alone. I am thinking a pretty, light gray for the walls and white for the trim.

Phase 3: Now that the big stuff is done, I can move the queen-size bed that is in the guest room into this room. This is a big deal because this is the last required step for Ezra's room (everything else is not a necessity), which means he can use this room again. As well as being the last major step for Ezra's room, it is the first major step for the nursery. Now that the big furniture is out of the old guest room, we can bring the baby furniture back up from the basement and start work on the nursery. Luckily, painting is finished for that room (besides the doors, closet, and ceiling). So we can set the crib back up, drop the mattress in there, bring the changing table back up, and I will probably put the rocking chair that's on the front porch in there (unless I get a glider).

Phase 4: Once the furniture is in this room, all the big stuff is done and I can start working on little things and decorating. Ezra doesn't know it yet, but he is going to be unwrapping his new room this Christmas! Thanks to my momma, this room will have all new everything! Including a new comforter set, sheet set, curtains, and rug. Because we had to get rid of the guest room to make room for the nursery, this room will double as a guest room when/if needed. The decor is neutral enough to suit anyone, but not too neutral for a little boy. Plus, I really feel like it's something he can grow with and enjoy for a long time!

 Annandale Area Rug Safari - Threshold™

Thermal Curtain Panel - Room Essentials™

Phase 5: Once my family leaves for the holidays and Ezra has opened all his gifts and everything isn't so crazy and chaotic, we can arrange the furniture the way we want it, put the new sheets on the mattress and make the bed, hang the curtains, roll out the rug, and enjoy the comfy and sweet new room. Little purchases at a time for the decor will happen over time and this room will just keep getting better. I think I am most excited about the simpleness of this room and how easy it will be to keep clean. Did I mention that the great toy clean-out will be happening very soon?

Anchors Plush Blanket - Pillowfort™

Whale Shelf - Pillowfort™

Oar Plaque with Hooks - Pillowfort™

Adventure Awaits Plank Art - Pillowfort™

I will be updating this post as stuff gets done and I will make a new post for the final reveal so stay tuned to see this rooms transformation!


To-Do List:
  • Move Sesame Street furniture to basement
  • Clear out room
  • Buy gray paint
  • Paint walls gray
  • Paint trim white
  • Paint closet gray
  • Paint doors white
  • Organize closet
  • Clean dresser
  • Paint dresser white
  • Buy new hardware for dresser
  • Clean trunk
  • Bring trunk upstairs
  • Move bed from guest room
  • Rearrange furniture
  • Buy rug
  • Roll out rug
  • Buy curtains
  • Buy new curtain hardware
  • Hang curtains
  • Buy new comforter set
  • Buy new sheet set
  • Buy anchor throw blanket
  • Make bed
  • Buy whale shelf
  • Buy shark head wall decor
  • Decorate

Planning A Woodland-Themed Nursery


Hey there! So if you are a regular reader of my posts or you follow my Facebook page, then you may know that I am pregnant with our second little bundle of joy! It's a boy and he is due in February of 2017. That's so so close and I still can't believe it, it is just flying by.
If you saw the Guest Room Reveal I posted back in July, then you saw me completely makeover a room we had been using as storage and turned it into a guest room just in time for my siblings to come stay with us for a month. Well we have enjoyed our guest room while it lasted and we will be having family coming to stay with us for a week at the end of December, but after that it is NURSERY TIME!

I am so excited to decorate this nursery and I am glad that we got the painting out of the way before I found out I was pregnant. Which means that I just have to bring up all the baby furniture that I just took down to the basement when I was clearing out the guest room *eye roll*. Luckily I can pull the pregnant card and get my husband to do it for me (that's two flights of stairs back and forth and multiple trips carrying heavy objects!).
After the crib, changing table, and rocking chair are set up in the room I can start the fun part. DECORATING. I already have an entire list and mood board made up of what I want the nursery to look like. Every single item is from Target. I have been obsessed with their Pillowfort collection since it came out and I plan on using it in the nursery and my oldest's big boy room he will have once we put the old bed used in the guest room into his room and take the crib mattress back from his current bed. It all worked out pretty well, I'd say. Just gonna do the old switch-a-roo with the mattresses and reuse furniture I have sitting around the house so I can spend money on the important things. Like cute little plush animals and decor.
I knew before I even found out what we were having that I wanted to do a cute woodland-themed nursery. I was so sad when I found out we were having a boy because I thought I couldn't do it anymore, but turns out that Target has super cute stuff for boys and girls! Which is so awesome because it is seriously so hard to find cute things when you have a boy, it's like they only make cute little shoes and clothes and room stuff for girls and it just doesn't seem fair. But with Target's Pillowfort collection (and their new Cat and Jack clothing line that I love so much), it's easy to find super adorable home items for the little ones in your life.
To start, I am going to have to get my oldest son's room painted and the guest room furniture moved into his room so I can bring the nursery furniture upstairs. Then I can get that all set up and start shopping. I'm going to have to do small purchases at a time since I don't have the budget to just go and buy everything all at once. I have a registry so I can find everything easily and check things off as I get them. Also, did you know that if you create a baby registry on, you can go in-store and pick up a FREE sample kit? I'm not having a baby shower since it's my second boy (but that doesn't mean my fingers aren't crossed hoping for some gift cards, lol).

My first small purchases will most likely be some new sheets and blankets. I absolutely adore these fox and bear items!

Circo™ Woven Fitted Crib Sheet - Woodland Trails

Circo™ Woven Fitted Crib Sheet - Woodland Trails

Circo™ Woven Fitted Crib Sheet - Little Cub

Circo™ Woven Fitted Crib Sheet - Little Cub

Circo™ Character Blanket - Bear

Circo™ Character Blanket - Bear

Circo™ Character Blanket - Fox

Next, I will most likely get one or both of these changing pad and boppy covers to start to pull the theme together. It is going to look so good when it's done!

Original Boppy Pillow Slipcover - Classic Fox Forest

Changing Pad Cover - Bear - Circo™

Changing Pad Cover - Fox - Circo™

Once I've got the "essentials" out of the way, I can focus on some of the bigger purchases that are mainly just for looks. I love the way everything works so well together, it is going to be so adorable. I can't wait for this room to be finished so we can just enjoy it. I definitely want to get an area rug since there is wood flooring in this room and we are quickly running out of soft areas where a baby could roam safely (that's a whole other post that I will get around to doing sometime soon, hopefully). I'd also like some new curtains that will match, but I'm going to have to wait for some kind of sale since the ones that I want are $20.. a panel. I need two and I am not spending $40 on curtain panels for one window. So that will be an "eventually" purchase.

Garland Southwest Rug (5'X7')

Circo™ Window Panel - Woodland Trails

Then it's just little stuff like a stuffed bear head that hangs on the wall, a decorative pillow for the rocking chair (or hopefully glider if I can get my hands on one), a little bear night light, and of course the super adorable Pillowfort bear. I've got all the heart eyes for that cutie.

Bear Head Wall D├ęcor - Pillowfort™

Fox Square Throw Pillow (14"X14") Orange - Pillowfort™

Bear Nightlight White - Pillowfort™

Stuffed Bear Character Throw Pillow - Pillowfort™

Also, I need this little guy I just found while I was getting the image for the stuffed bear.

Raccoon Body Pillow Gray & White - Pillowfort™

This room is going to be so cute and cozy and calming, I can see myself spending hours in here just because. Maybe I won't even mind all the sleepless nights trying to get the baby back to sleep and all the late night feedings that are coming soon.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my vision for my son's nursery. Are you also planning a nursery? Or have you done a nursery using Target's Pillowfort collection? I'd love to see it! Comment and tell me what you think of this sweet, boy's nursery idea. As always, thanks for reading. Stay tuned for updates on the progress of the nursery and more!


Guest Room Makeover & Reveal!

Hey, guys! So I haven't posted in a long while and the reason for that is just that I haven't really been doing anything "post-worthy". Life has been happening and I've been dealing with that, but I've also just been super busy. My little Ezra is turning THREE YEARS OLD in just a few short days and I've been trying to prep and plan for his party. I also found out that my mother and two younger siblings will be traveling from my home state of Florida all the way to Ohio to visit for Ezra's birthday. My mom will only be here for the weekend, but my siblings will be spending an entire month with me so I have been working super hard trying to prepare the extra room and convert it from a storage room to an actual usable guest room. So that's what I will be sharing with you today since I finally (basically) finished this project in just a few weeks. That is major for me because I usually start projects around here and most of them are still unfinished. So here is my pretty much FINISHED GUEST ROOM.

It seems appropriate to first show you what I was working with and how this project started out.

Like I said before, this room was being used as storage for pretty much anything I didn't feel like taking down to the basement. Mostly just stuff that never got unpacked when we moved in, Ezra's clothes that no longer fit, and anything that I didn't know where to put. So yeah, it was a big huge mess and definitely the most difference was made in this room when it started clearing out and was eventually empty.

The first day was just me going up and down stairs taking everything out of this room down to the first floor and then from the first floor to the basement. It was exhausting, but I was motivated by the fact that I was killing two birds with one stone--clearing out the guest room and also getting in some pretty decent and much needed cardio.

After the room was (mostly) clear, I began painting the trim. While most people think I should leave the trim alone, I think it looks much better white and it hides all the imperfections that you can't see in these pictures. The trim in this house is old and it has many scratches and has survived through many crazy children who like to scratch their names into wood. Why do kids do that? Anyways.. Maybe someday I will salvage all the doors and baseboards in this house and sand them back down and give them a nice new stain, but for now my budget can only afford paint.

Painting the trim took up most of the time spent working on this room. It needed about 2-3 coats. Luckily I had help with this part because painting the trim is literally my least favorite thing to do. Once the trim painting was done (which I didn't get a picture of), I didn't mess with the room for a day or two. Luckily, my husband had a day off and I decided to test my luck and ask if he would help me paint the walls. He stalled for a bit, but he actually helped me which is kind of a big deal because he hasn't really helped me do anything here at the house. He works really hard all day at work that he doesn't feel like doing anything when he's home. So I was super excited to be partnering up for this little task. Thanks to him, what would've taken me a few days only took one. We knocked the painting out in a few hours.

After that, all I had to do was wait for the paint to dry so I could start putting the bed together and decorating. Later that night, my good friend dropped the box-spring off so I put the bed frame together that had been sitting in my entryway for a few weeks and Caleb dropped the box-spring on top and then we opened up the new mattress that had also been in my entry for weeks and laid it on top. I collected all of our old bedding stuff that we used before we got our new set from the laundry and made the bed. Once the bed was made it felt like a room, but there was still a few little details I needed to add. Change the curtains, add some decor, rearrange, etc. And here is what it looked like when I was finally done.

This room is basically just a collection of things I had sitting around not being used, but it feels nice and calm and I can't wait for my family to be here and have somewhere to sleep besides my super uncomfortable couch and air mattress that I still don't have a pump for.

I still can't believe I finished this project with time to spare and I just wanted to do something I don't normally do and say thanks to everyone that took part in helping me get this done. I had a deadline of less than one month and plenty of motivation, on top of tons of help from my wonderful family and friends. I could not have finished in time for their visit next weekend without all the help. Thanks to my husband for helping me paint the walls on his day off when I know he would've rather been doing anything else. Thank you to my awesome sister-in-law, Chelsea, for helping me paint the trim when I first started this project and keeping me motivated to finish. Thanks to my mom for giving me a reason to do this project in the first place and for your financial support/donation of a new mattress and for getting a queen size when I was only considering full. Thank you to my sweet friend, Becky, for gifting me a bed frame and box-spring which I would not have been able to get on my own on such short notice.

Anyone can do this, so long as you have a spare bedroom sitting around being used as storage and all the materials on-hand. This project cost me $0. Everything was gifted to me or stuff I already had. If you liked this project and want to see more, share it! Getting my blog attention gives me motivation and helps me grow and reach a bigger audience, potentially helping me to earn revenue from my posts which will fund more projects. As always, thanks for your love and support. I appreciate every like, share, and comment I receive.

Thanks for reading.