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Ahoy Matey .... From shipwreck to ship shape


Created Apr 6, 2013 with 827 views and 8 ratings

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About This Space

Every little boy's dream bedroom starts with a theme. My grandson wanted a "big boy bed" so while he was gone for the summer I designed his dream.... a pirate bedroom.

First I designed his bed which has 11 drawers and the "12th" is a wood pull out "plank" to step his way up into and out of bed. The upper row of drawers were designed using dowels for handles which are recessed into the drawer fronts to look like little cannon portals. The head and foot boards have a small shelf trimmed in galley railings, finials and a wood rope molding trim which runs along the upper sides of the bed and railings.

As I put grandpa to work on building the frame for the bed I got started on what was to be just a simple color on the walls. This quickly became much more than just simple. A mural took on a shape of it's own. I made a "palm tree" using a 5 foot bamboo piece and an artificial palm frond then mounted it to the wall. Next, little wooden pirate themed pieces and ocean creatures were then glued to the walls at varying places in the mural.

A pirate map painted on canvas I had purchased was framed on a opposing wall and coordinated with shelving I made and mounted just above the map. On the shelving we placed small lanterns and themed items we purchased. such as a pirate book, a string of wooden fish and then mounted a cast iron bell with a ringer beside the shelving and framed map.

At the head of the bed I made a "sail" for the wall in layers and stuffed them for depth/dimension. A wooden dowel became a mast and attached the sail to the wall using boat snaps. (I made it removable in case it needs washing because of little peanut butter and jelly fingers).

A ship's wheel became a mounting for a modified lamp on the ceiling. For crown moldings I used a baseboard on the ceiling and the walls then used rosettes in the center of the walls and decorative pieces in the corners.

The window, door and closet moldings were custom hand painted to coordinate with the colors in the room. As a window treatment a plain white roller shade was then covered in black fabric with a large white cutout of crossbones and a skull so that it resembles a pirate flag when it is pulled down for privacy.

Carpeting was removed and in it's place I installed a wood grain floating vinyl flooring. Then last but not least, the double closet with mirrored sliding doors was gutted and the inside was designed so that my little pirate could reach his clothing and shelving was added for books and toys as well as his other treasures (stuffed animals etc.)

Room completed and not a day goes by that my little buccaneer doesn't tell us just how much he loves his room... his own personal little tropical fantasy.


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