So, it all started with paint.
My partners at Nautica suggested I try a new color from their new line of Nautica At Home Paints. Our bedroom has needed it quite desperately from the day we moved in, but the opportunity to try their new collection of paint-and-primer in one was a great time to get rid of the dungeon-look of our bedroom, and to lighten it up. A quick note: I was provided with painting supplies by Nautica, but this is not a paid post. They offered me a theme to begin brainstorming my room makeover: a favorite memory on the water. And wow… did I have some ideas from there.
I’m a city girl at heart. So while I imagine others are thinking of lighthouses, boats, beaches, sunsets and more, my very favorite memories on the water are staying in Chicago, overlooking the Chicago River. I showed them my idea, and based on this photo, they sent me a beautiful 16×20 canvas of this image to hang in my room, along with a customized color palette of paints.
Before we get too far in, let me just show you “the dungeon”.
It’s dark. I don’t know what that crazy stripe is supposed to be near the ceiling. The previous owners of our house had a TOTALLY different style than what we do. So I bounced a few ideas off my husband, and sold him on my vision of an industrial-themed bedroom. (It actually wasn’t hard to do. When you don’t say the words “ruffles”, “lace”, or “pink” to him, he’s pretty much on board.) My mom and I hit up Menards® to do some shopping, got some great advice from their paint experts, and started our work on creating an industrial-inspired bedroom!
Covering dark brown paint – one wall was nearly black – was going to be a challenge. Or so I thought! I will confess right now that I’ve had an emotional attachment to another brand of paint for a long time. I was of the opinion that everything else out there was inferior. It turns out I was wrong – the coverage of the Nautica At Home Paint was amazing! We did need a light second coat – but that’s typical of any paint, no matter what color you’re covering. My mom came to help with what we expected to be a frustrating job, and take a look at her first coat coverage here! We actually breezed through this room in one day.
As part of my industrial inspiration, I did something a little unusual – and I mounted peg board to the wall where we used to keep our shelving unit. By wall-mounting it, I was able to utilize the whole wall, and not just the space limitations of the previous piece. I added wire baskets to store some of our common catch-all items: important papers, books we’re reading, my laptop that I haul all over the house – I’m sure you have those same kinds of items that need space, too. But by mounting the pegboard (and did you notice that fabulous complementary color?) it actually draws the eye away from the front of a shelving unit, and toward the wall itself. Not only do we have more storage space, the room actually looks bigger this way. I finished the wall off with a 6-foot shelf, and added a few touches that I love – with shelf space to spare, even! Best of all, that storage area cost less than $100.
We also replaced our bed, which was a touch decision to make. In our last home, we had a much bigger room and it was perfect! But with almost HALF the square footage in our new master bedroom, we were constantly banging our shins on the footboard, and the tall headboard blocked most of the window. So opting for modern and no-frills, we got a new king bed with a much smaller footprint – and space underneath, even, for yet more storage.
I’m sure I’ll be making some adjustments (and we’re still in the great TV debate right now, haha) but we have both settled in and said to each other, this room is comfortable. This room is us.
Nautica’s goal with their new premium paint line is to bring the energy of the water to your home. When I relax in the brighter, more welcoming aquatic blue room, and look at our photo of the Chicago River, I can almost hear the sounds of the city, and remember the feeling of our weekend getaways there! It’s been a total transformation to a place that I love.
I’m so happy that Nautica At Home Paint is sponsoring a reader giveaway – one lucky winner will get a $100 gift card to Menards®! I’m going to make entry extra easy today – just comment below to enter. (When you leave your comment, be sure to provide the email address you check most often. It will not be published with your comment to help you retain your privacy, while also giving me a way to get in touch with you if you’re the random winner!)
Leave a comment below answering this question: what’s YOUR favorite memory on the water? Could you ever makeover a room to embody that memory? **NOTE: THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you, Crystal S. for being our winner!**
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