Nautical Media Room Makeover

Nautical Media Room Makeover

It’s done! I recently shared my design board idea for the kids’ playroom. Now that we have a 21, 18, 16 and 10 yr. old the playroom is their to-go hangout space. But it was needing a more grown up facelift. I stepped out of my pale coastal color palette comfort zone and dove head first into deep navy blue, crisp sailcloth white and warm weathered driftwood tones, of course with just the right amount of nautical accents. Come see our Nautical Media Room Makeover. 

Nautical Rec Room / Media Room Makeover

Here is a before pic of the playroom. The room was pretty but we were all ready for a change and that carpet was getting gross and had to go. The color of the walls in this pic is Atmospheric by Benjamin Moore. 

Organized Playroom - Entertainment Room

We ripped out the carpet and replaced it with gorgeous, durable, 100% waterproof, luxury vinyl plank flooring from Floor & Decor. We are so thrilled with the flooring, I can’t even tell you! I will post a step by step tutorial on how to install it later this week. Stay tuned for that! 

Nautical Media Room

We painted the walls in Naval by Sherwin Williams. Our walls have a very textured scroll pattern and are a pain to paint. We put white canvas slip covers over the brown leather love seats. They look so crisp and clean against the navy blue walls. And we added a new coffee table. 

Nautical Media Room Makeover

I especially love how the driftwood sunburst mirror looks up here in the media room/rec room, teen pad, whatever we are calling it. 

Navy Blue and White Media Room

The coffee table is perfect for playing games on. A fun game that looks fabulous on the table is my coastal tic-tac-toe complete with starfish “X’s” and sand dollar “O’s”. DIY tutorial coming soon!

Coastal Tic-Tac-Toe Board

Just a few more nautical accents were added, like a driftwood garland, sailboat, glass floats and crab cage wire lantern. 

Play room makeover - Naval Walls

The navy blue makes the palladium windows pop! 

Navy Blue and White Beachy Rec Room

I really love how my DIY Shell Specimen Art looks on the Naval walls. 

Blue and White Coastal Rec Room

Coastal Rec Room

The easy to make DIY Wood Bead Strand looks fabulous draped over vintage glass floats. 

Glass Floats + Wood Beads - Coastal decor

I wanted to buy these shibori framed prints for a year now but didn’t have a spot for them. This room is the perfect location! A nautical media room makeover required an update on the media console. I gave the media console a fresh coat of white paint. 

Navy Blue Media Room - Sherwin Williams Naval

Nautical Media Room

And to soften up the flooring I found this awesome woven denim ombre rug. 

Nautical Playroom / Rec Room Makeover

I hope you like our nautical media room makeover! It is ready for XBox gaming, movie nights, relaxation and FUN! Let the festivities begin!

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  1. I’m not usually a fan of dark walls, but that blue is so cheerful and luminous with all of the light from the windows! I love it! Also, that faux wood pedestal is super cute!! I also really like the 3 seashell prints (are they prints?) going from light to dark. Such a nice, subtle look!

  2. Very pretty. Love all of the little touches throughout the room. The coastal tic-tac-toe board is genius!

  3. Sandy Park says:

    Love your new room. Great job.

  4. Did you have the slip covers custom made?

  5. Cold you tell me where you got your slipcvers? Love them. They would be perfect for my living room. Your room is gorgeous. Love the color.

  6. Sorry for the spelling. I meant “could” and “slipcovers”.

  7. I absolutely love the navy with the brightness of the driftwood against it! I am a huge fan of navy and brass and wood together these days – I was thinking of doing our lower cabinets in the kitchen in navy with a quartz countertop and brass pulls. Then I went and painted the walls sage green, because the rest of the house is leaning toward French country instead of nautical, so…back to the drawing board. In the meantime, I’ll rejoice vicariously through your navy walls!

  8. Looks wonderful and the wall color came out great 🙂 Love it!

  9. JaneEllen says:

    I love every little bit of your room, those windows are incredible. Think will print out few pages of your photos for when I change our living room over to beach/lake idea just so I can refer to some of your wonderful ideas in that room. Love the blue walls.

    Enjoy rest of week

  10. Navy and white. It is classic and it never fails to impress. Love it and I am totally crushing on the repainted TV console. It just wows now that it is white. Such a great update.

    • Thanks Pamela! The color had faded so terribly, it needed to be painted regardless. I still need to find new hardware for the doors yet, but it looks so much nicer in white. Have a great week!

  11. Heather says:

    I love what you did to the room. I think that I will make something similar with some of our shells.

  12. Love your make over. I noticed in the picture of before that there was a low table full of leggo”s Last year my neighbor picked up a table just like that one except it had a complete cover of the green leggo sheets. No leggo’s in it but what a great find for 5.00 at a tag sale. Now it is full of leggo’s for her Grandchildren.

  13. Pat Kessler says:

    Your new space looks spectacular. Everything fits so well together. Do you have any painting tips for cutting in along the ceiling edge, especially for such contrasting colors, where the edge is more noticeable? That is my least favorite part of painting.

    • Oh it’s mine too! Whenever hubs and I paint a room, I do the cutting in and he does the rolling because he is awful at cutting in. My advice is do not skimp on buying good quality brushes. My favorite are Purdy XL 2.5in angled brush. I lightly dampen my brush first before dipping in paint. Then I dip it in just about 1/4-1/2inch. I start about 1/2″ below the ceiling and then slowly press upward then level out as I stroke along the ceiling line. Then I allow the brush stroke to drop down so that paint won’t accidentally splatter above. Dip and start again. Hope that helps! (Guess I should write a blog post on it!) 😉 Thanks for the sweet comment too! Have a great week! ~ KIM

  14. I really like your diy tic tac toe board. I’ve been looking online to find the 9 grid opening wood board but not having any luck. Would you please provide me a link so I can buy some? I think these games would make great gifts. And may your Summer be filled with Wonder and Amazement as you help Mark with recovery…discover another world in books….reading or drawing, painting, etc.

    • Hi Andrea! Thank you! I actually made the board. I’m hoping to write up the tutorial with links to all the items I used to make it, and publish it either this weekend or Monday. Thank you too for your encouraging words for Mark.;) We have been playing games and doing lots of coloring too!


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