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Nautical Teen Room with Rustic Beach-Inspired Weathered Wall!

My oldest daughter has a bedroom in the basement.

She loves that she gets space to herself down there, but since it’s below ground it is a little dark.

Plus, we painted her room brown, which made it even darker (why did we do that???). And she had a great loft bed/desk unit, but since the ceilings are low in her room, she couldn’t sit up in bed and it felt cramped. She ended up not spending time in her room because it was so dark and there was nowhere to relax with her girlfriends.

I knew that her room needed a makeover. Here’s what her room looked like before:

I headed over to Lowe’s with a $300 gift card to see what I could do to change her room and make it a place she could hang out with her friends.

The whole room inspiration came from this lumber I found at Lowe’s. It’s grooved to fit together.

I saw it and decided that I wanted to create a “beachy” nautical room. Since Hayley just turned 16, I thought a navy and white room would be a little more sophisticated and grown up for her. But I also wanted the wall to seem weathered so it looked beachy.

I also fell in love with these Galvanized Wall Lights I found in the Outdoor Lighting Section of Lowe’s.

And, there’s a $100 Lowe’s Gift Card giveaway at the bottom of the post. So YOU can create something for YOUR home!!

UPDATE — giveaway is closed

The winner is Seriously Shawn

Winner chosen via Random.org

My husband and father-in-law helped me figure out how to add switches to the lights so they can be used as bedside lights. We mounted them on top of the wood paneling and wired them into the wall. (A tutorial on the paneled wall and on how to create switches on wall sconces is coming up soon)

On the remaining three walls we installed board and batten with white paint to lighten up the room.

And she had the cheap, sliding closet doors. They made it hard to get into the closet and see what was in there. We replaced them with closet doors that open outwards. This makes it easy to access the space inside. We plan to put shelves inside there, plus places to hold her guitars and lacrosse equipment.

Above the board and batten, I painted the walls a true Navy — Valspar’s Night View:

I also found some pretty nautical accessories at Target for the room:

I also replaced her mounted light fixture with a hanging metal fixture from Lowe’s. it wasn’t quite the same finish, so I spray painted it with Rustoleum’s Galvanized Metal Spray Paint. It took 5 minutes to paint!!

We left the mirrored ikea wardrobes that were there before. The mirrors add light to the basement room and are great storage for everything a teenager needs. We bought an inexpensive bed also from Ikea with four giant drawers underneath. Hayley is keeping the books from her old bookshelves in the drawers and she saved one drawer to store her pillows at night while she sleeps so they don’t have to go on the floor. She’s so smart!!

I can’t decide if she needs something above the bed like a mirror?? I love how the rustic board wall is like a giant headboard :)

One of the last projects I made was some DIY Magnet Boards I created using frames from Cut It Out Frames. I wanted her to have some place to put pictures of her friends to display in her room.

Now she loves hanging out in her room — which makes me happy too!!

(sorry – I took this on my phone. It’s not the best quality)

Thanks Lowe’s for the gift card to purchase the DIY supplies for this room! And you can sign up to get a FREE Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine:

And now — Lowe’s is giving one of YOU a $100 gift card!!

Here’s how YOU can win:

  • Share this giveaway — the share buttons are at the bottom of the post.

Let me know how you shared. Each way is worth one entry. This giveaway ends on May 1st.

The weather here is amazing right now — I am so excited for Spring!!

Have a Beautiful Day!!!


Disclosure: As part of Lowes Creative Blogger Team I received a gift card as compensation to create this room.



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  5. Oh! And how did you get the wooden planks by her bed to look weathered/gray? You are so talented!!
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  6. It’s really outstanding! I would definitely add some art above her bed though. Maybe a beachy sign or some large spray painted starfish, porthole mirrors or big wooden painted letters.

  7. (like you need another comment on this post but…) this is a great redo! What a way to transform a space.

  8. alexandra frankel says:

    I love this! I’m working on a nautical room for my soon to be 13 year old. thanks for some great ideas. Perhaps you could consider an ocean/boat print, a circle life raft or a big anchor above her bed, she has lots of mirrors in there already.

  9. Lisa Powers says:

    Love the fountain! I am planning on doing this today! I shared this on facebook and repinned on pinterest! On my way to Lowes!!

  10. shelley says:

    jen – could you please go a post on your bedding for this room? i like how you styled it. it looks like navy patterned sheets folded down over a white comforter with just a yellow throw at the base of the bed??
    thank you!
    shelley, farmington utah

  11. where is the ottoman from?

  12. Gina R says:

    You’ve inspired me to go for it!…I’m going to revamp my son’s bedroom…Thanks for making it easy by breaking it down!

  13. I love the window boxes – too cute! Thanks for the opportunity.

  14. Adecia says:

    I like the painted floor mat – it looks very beachy to me.

  15. melissa says:

    I like the cinch bench!! very cute ands simple. great job on the bedroom.

  16. I shared on my Pinterest page!

  17. I shared on my Facebook page!

  18. I love the backyard play area ideas- especially the chalkboard. Thanks for the link!!

  19. Pam Hull says:

    Love light fixtures you used!! Will use these at the lake house we are redoing. Thanks for sharing your talent!

  20. shared on Pinterest, http://pinterest.com/seganthro/#, on my board ‘Color combos for house’ : o)
    fingers crossed for the gift card!

  21. I love the childrens’ play table idea on the Lowe’s site.., would be perfect for all my little boys toys and creativity : o)

  22. shared on Facebook.., loved the space btw : o)

  23. Stumbled
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  24. I totally love the Backyard Play Area with the Toy Car Road and Tunnel! Great idea!
    ljatwood at gmail dot com

  25. I love the space you made for her! My next big project to tackle is our basement spare room/office… Yikes!

  26. Jen,
    I love the room! She’s a lucky girl! Would you share where you found the chain link rug and greek key fabric? I am coveting them both!!

  27. barb mathers says:

    i would looooooooooooove a gift card!! the backyard play area is fabulous! :) …. i shared this on facebook :) THANKS!

  28. I’ve just been blogging about teenager bedrooms, so seeing this post about one made me smile. It’s brilliant and a really refreshing take on the nautical idea with pastels. Excellent transformation I’m sure the proud owner loves its so much that she doesn’t want to leave!

  29. I LOVE the yellow scallop print pillows and little little stool!!!! Do you mind sharing where you got them?

  30. Love the idea for the WAGI wrapping station! Great idea!

  31. the chalkboard tray is awesome

  32. Would love to win the gift card so I can make the Round-Top Headboard!

  33. Looking at the Lowe’s site (which I’ll be heading back to often!) I can’t decide between the dowel rod fruit basket or the pvc wood-look vases – both of those caught my eye because I have a son getting old enough to start building things like that so I’m always on the lookout for projects to show him to see what catches his fancy. Thanks for showing me that site!

  34. I tweeted this, noting how inexpensive you showed it can be to pull together a “look” :0)

  35. I emailed this to *my* daughter, to hopefully give her some inspiration/courage about her room, and how it really wouldn’t be all that hard to make it great. Thanks for the inspiration!

  36. I would love the lowes gift card! We want to make a breakfast bar in our kitchen!

  37. Shelley D. says:

    My favorite project is the Backyard playground. My kiddos would LOVE it. :-)

  38. Amazing! Simply amazing! I loved every part of this room…want it for myself!!!

  39. Shawna G says:

    I really like the window boxes. Although the colours are not exactly right for me.

  40. Natalie G. says:
  41. Natalie G. says:

    I love the chalkboard tray idea, very cute for our kitchen!

  42. I love this bedroom! I pinned it and I love the painted glass globes from Lowes Creative Ideas

  43. The backyard play area…fabulous!

  44. Teresa Vanselow says:

    I loved the mosiac soap dish! I shared on facebook!

  45. Hi Jen!

    I love what you did to the room!

    I have a QUESTION: The yellow art prints on the wall, where did you get them or did you make them?? I love that kind of added pop!


  46. Becky N. says:

    I love the backyard play area – so fun!

  47. Love those seahorse bookends!!

  48. Love the patio privacy screens

  49. Meg Smith says:

    The wooden floor mat. I have been eyeing that project for a while. Being 39 weeks prego, I think I may have to wait a bit to make it!

  50. I really love the colorful wood doormat!

  51. Great job on the room! I absolutly love it!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  52. What a fantastic room!!! I love it! I want to show it to my son — we’re hoping to redo his room and this is just what I have in mind (except with green — his favorite color — instead of blue). What a great makeover!!!

    Of course I’d also loooove to with the gift card — I’ve got a bathroom that needs some serious love!

    Thanks for everything you do!


  53. Katherine C. says:

    I like the build it yourself bird houses. My son needs to make one. :)

  54. the salvage collection says:

    this room looks fantastic! love that you used the lowe’s lights inside…we’re using them above vanities in the bathrooms of our new house! how can anyone beat that price???

  55. I LOVE the children’s play table…thats exactly what I’ve been searching for in the play room. Another DIY project to add to the list for my hubby!!

  56. I love this idea: http://lowescreativeideas.com/idea-library/projects/Make_Hanging_Glass_Lanterns.aspx
    I also love this room idea- I’m a teenager who adores the color scheme yellow, navy and white. I may use some of your suggestions!


  57. There are so many good ideas. I liked the hanging globes, those would be nice on the patios and the children’s art desk looks nice and would be really functional.

  58. shared on FB!

  59. love the (kids indoor funiture) school desk!

  60. Hi jen,
    I love what you did with this room; so creative! Would you mind sharing where you purchased the yellow pillows on the bed and also the yellow pouf ottoman? My daughter’s color scheme will also be navy and yellow.

  61. i really like their creative vases. my sister collects vases.

  62. i shared via fb

  63. i like the Corner Bench Seat project

  64. jen gersch says:

    Lift-Top Computer Desk is the coolest project

  65. I really like the patio privacy screen…would love to build some of those!

  66. Love the backyard play area!!

  67. I want to do the lift-top computer desk. It could double as a craft area.

  68. I liked the what they did with the inside of the medicine cabinet.


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