Our Baby Boy's Nautical Nursery Theme

by Jennifer
(Houston, TX)

The red, white and blue nautical baby bedding that the baby's grandmother made!

The red, white and blue nautical baby bedding that the baby's grandmother made!

Decorating our baby boy's nautical nursery theme was a great opportunity for me to try my hand at DIY projects such as hanging faux wood bead board wainscoting on the walls, painting, etc.

It wasn't until I found out that we would definitely be decorating a baby boy's room that I made the discovery that navy blue and white walls would look amazing with bead board.

After browsing through several catalogs specializing in home decor including the Pottery Barn Kid catalog, I couldn't help but notice that they had TONS of nautical themed decorations for sale but being a momma on a budget I can't afford to decorate my house, let alone one room in all Pottery Barn.

Planning Our Baby Boy's Nautical Nursery Theme

Everything they had for sale was so expensive but I love their stuff and I wish that I could include some of the items in the room's design.

Baby boy nautical nursery theme ideas in navy blue white and grey with tailored crib skirt with box pleats

Go here to see more crib sets that can be used in a nautical or sailboat themed nursery for a baby boy or girl.

So, I just borrowed some of their ideas and tried to "make them my own".

How to Make Your Own Nautical Baby Bedding

I bought yards of fabric in red, white and blue that I loved and my sweet, talented mother-in-law sewed the crib bumpers and the crib skirt for me.

Homemade nautical baby crib bedding set with bumper and fitted crib sheet with ocean creatures crabs octopus fish and sailboats

The crib set includes fabrics with patterns and colorful stripes.

The ocean creatures theme blends well with the sailboat themed fabric and the striped fabric ties everything together.

Ocean Baby Nursery Theme Ideas

Here is a picture of the crib set that my mother-in-law made. The homemade bumper pad was made using fabric with a sailboat pattern and the fitted crib sheet was made from fabric with an ocean creature pattern that includes crabs, octopus, and fish.

DIY homemade custom nautical theme ocean creatures baby crib bedding set

I was very happy with the results of this DIY sewing project and am very thankful that our baby boy has such a talented grandmother.

DIY Nursery Wainscoting Project

White wooden bead board wainscoting in a baby boy nautical sailboat nursery room woodworking

DIY Bead Board Nursery Wall Wainscoting Ideas

Installing the bead board and crown molding in took lots of measuring, leveling, and nailing but we got it done and it looks amazing!

After the bead board and molding were in place I chose the wall paint colors I bought a variety of decorative items that I found at my local craft store and started painting them to get them ready to hang.

How to Make Your Own Sailboat Crib Mobile

Homemade DIY baby nautical crib mobile with sailboats

How to Make a Nautical Crib Mobile

I made the hanger and frame for the baby's mobile then painted small ship decorations to accent the colors in the crib set. When they were dry, I glued them together and hung the mobile in place. That's how I made my own, one-of-a-kind, crib mobile.

This complete craft project including all paint and supplies wound up costing me about $5 total.

Nautical Nursery Paint Colors

We chose a navy blue and white color combination for the walls rather than traditional baby blue and white. We used red and other primary colors as accents throughout the room.

A sailboat nursery with a wall mural painting for a baby boy

Nautical Baby Boy Nursery Pictures

We introduced other colors into the room's color scheme through the fabrics that we chose for the custom made crib set.

Homemade Nautical Crib Quilt

DIY Homemade Nautical Baby Crib Quilt made using minky fabric and fabric with an anchor pattern

Nautical Baby Quilts

I made a nautical crib quilt for my little guy using a combination of minky fabric and cotton fabric with an anchor pattern that tied into both the room's theme and color scheme.

That's how I decorated our baby boy's nautical nursery theme. I think that my nursery project looks even better than the pictures of nurseries that were in the Pottery Barn Kids catalog and I did everything on a budget!

Thanks for looking and if you have any questions, about any of the paint colors, fabrics or craft ideas you can ask whatever you need to know using the comments form provided by Unique Baby Gear Ideas and thanks for stopping by.

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Nautical Nursery Ideas
by: Janine

Your ideas for decorating this room have been so helpful in getting me started. I love the high contrast of the navy blue and white wall and good job on the wainscoting!

by: Jill L

Looks fantastic!!

Answers about the details
by: Jennifer Hamilton

Thanks! Borrow all you want!
I got the wheel from TJ Maxx's Home Goods store. It wasn't the colors I wanted so I primed it and painted it my colors. I think I saw some distressed wooden ones at Hobby Lobby.
As far as the blue paint Im not quite sure of the name. It's be Valspar from Lowes and it was one of the darkest navy blue they had by that brand.
Hope that helps ya get started!
Thanks again!

in love!
by: Christina Sylvester Skinner

I adore this nursery. I always thought I'd do a nautical theme if I had a boy. It's so comfortable looking! I really like how the walls are two toned so the blue doesn't make the room seem dark. And of course red is the perfect accent. Great job!

Love It!
by: Anonymous


by: Jennifer

Click my blog to see more pictures and details on how we decorated the nursery and made our nautical decorations!

Ahoy Mate!
by: Anonymous

This is the best nautical room ever! I hope you don't mind if I "borrow" some of your nursery decorating ideas.

Did you find the ship's wheel at a craft store and then paint it yourself or did you buy it somewhere else? Could you please tell me where?

What color blue did you use to paint above the bead board? BTW, you did super job on the bead board. Thx trish

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