It started with an email a few months ago. “Hey, Aunty Sharon, wanna help me make Evan’s room into a fish-themed roomed?” And of course, for my little buddy, it was a definite yes! Me and Tanja (my cousin’s wife) got to work. It started with a visit to see what we were working with and here’s where it all started…
1. Make it a fun 2-year old boy fish-themed room.
2. See No. 1
We pretty much had the room to do what we wanted with, with just a few minor asks so we could keep the budget in check. These included leaving the shelving bin unit as it is, keeping the TV in for guests who visit, working with the furniture and bedding we had and leaving the wall color its current pretty sand color. You got it, Cuz, now let’s get some fish all up in here!
We picked our color palette based on the bedding – red, blue and white were our main colors. Very nautical. So, here’s how it all came together.
WE PAINTED THE FURNITURE WHITE
Correction. Tanja painted the furniture. As I worked on some of the elements of the room back at my place, Tanja took up the big task (her first time, too) to paint all the furniture white. She did a bang up job! It’s darn right perfect! On one of our shopping trips, we had a fun time picking out all the new knobs for the dressers, three in all. The red ones were actually white, and we painted them red on the spot.
What a difference some paint and new knobs make, huh? I love how whimsical it all feels now. I think the white paint is a nice fresh addition and brightens up the room. We found these fun knobs at Hobby Lobby and at 50% off, too.
I MADE SOME STUFF
I couldn’t wait to dive into some projects to surprise Evan with and to make them personal and perfect for a 2-year old’s dream of a fish room.
BAIT BUCKET FOR ARTS & CRAFTS
BOBBER-INSPIRED NAME ART
Tanja and I wanted to hang Evan’s name from a fishing rod on the wall, so she got this old rod from her dad. It’s one of my many favorites in this room. And you’ll see that the once awkward spot on the mirror, now serves as a good place to feature the name art. We also threw on some fun nautical lures we got at Hobby Lobby and added some simple rope around the mirror.
KID-FRIENDLY FISH BOWL
With a little hot glue, a wooden skewer painted blue and a couple bags of pretty rocks, I was able to arrange the fish just how I wanted them, with them all facing forward for Evan to see. Sans water.
STARFISH TOY BINS
Tanja wanted to leave these bins as they were, but I was able to talk her into some easy-to-remove appliques. And when I saw these placemats at Home Goods, I knew we had something fun to work with. A snip here and there and a little double stick tape and we have some fun dressed-up toy bins.
I wanted Evan to have something of his own to add to the room. I found some simple wooden frames at Michael’s, and with some leftover fish bowl creatures, some blue and white paint and crushed sea shells I already had on hand, I was able to create some frames for Evan to fill with his beautiful fish art.
The sea shell part was so simple. Add some glue to the area you want your shells to stick to and pour them on. I recommend you put something underneath it to catch it all and make it a less messy process.
BOBBER WINDOW SASH
This was so simple to do. Seriously, get some fishing line and an assortment of bobbers and just clip them on and sash away. These guys just grab onto the wire, wherever you place them, and stay put. It’s a nice bit of color and themed-gloriousness. (it’s a word)
Along with some fun thrift store finds, like a lighthouse and a neat miniature captain’s wheel, Tanja and I also found some awesome stuff at Home Goods and a few other places online. Check out the school of fish Tanja got from Etsy.
Instead of buying a new lamp, we repurposed the already-looked-kind-of-nautical one you see below. You can’t see it in this picture, but the detail on the lamp kind of looks like shells. So we left it as it was and it added some nice texture to the room. The silhouettes of our fish creatures was an easy add-on. Provides an extra smile. Just like the smile on the adirondack chair frame. I’m sure Tanja will find an adorable pic to add there, soon!
And of course, here’s the shot that says it all. Evan’s reaction to his new room!
I can’t thank these guys enough for inviting me over to be a part of this. It was such a rewarding experience to do what I love and do it for people I love. At first, it was a bit scary to design for someone else’s space, but it ended up being a piece of cake. You talk about what you want, what you love and you follow your gut. The story always come to life as it should. And Evan’s smile was inspiration enough. The goal was to just make it a happy space. I think we achieved that. Thank you Tanja, Mike, Evan and Aiden. What are we doing next?
Have you ever done a themed-room for a kid or maybe just for yourself? Like a fun rec room or theatre room? I so want to see what you’ve done. So share away!