Before & After: Pepto Pink to Serene Seaside Boy’s Bedroom

updated May 4, 2019
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Danielle’s son Conor was distressed by the pink walls in his new bedroom. In fact, they made him cry. A fresh paint job and several DIY projects later, his new beachy boy’s room was making a splash.

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The day after we moved into our home, Conor came down the stairs crying. Absolutely sobbing and we begged him to tell us what was wrong. Did he have a nightmare? Was he scared sleeping in a new house? No, it was none of that. He was upset that he woke up in a pink room….We painted his room that weekend.

It went from Pepto-Bismol pink to a soft seaside green. We color matched Farrow & Ball’s Pale Powder at our local Benjamin Moore. It has taken a year of collecting seaside treasures, making one of a kind of objects and painted pieces and really just taking our time to see how we wanted this room to be. Conor now has a a room fit for a beach boy.

His shelves are filled with books like Treasure Island, salvaged bits of sea glass and ships in bottles. A boat hook has been fashioned into a curtain rod while a map page wreath hangs above his bed. I made it for an open studio and he demanded it for his room. The newest addition to the room is a driftwood height chart, now we are able to see just how quickly he’s growing up.

This room is for my beach lover and my adventurer. A loving room to grow big. A space for him to rest his weary head after a long day at the beach. A special spot to dream really big dreams!


  • Wall Color: Benjamin Moore (color matched to Farrow & Ball’s Pale Powder)
  • Painted Subway Sign Chest: DIY (tutorial)
  • Sailor dresser: DIY (tutorial)
  • Rug: Dash & Albert
  • Ticking curtains: Country Curtains
  • Sea gulls: Flowers & Festivities (Scituate Harbor)
  • Don’t Give Up the Ship Sign: made by me (available for custom orders)
  • Grain sack dresser: DIY (tutorial)
  • Pillow (in hidey hole): IKEA
  • Boat hook (used as curtain rod): Bent Nail Farm Antiques
  • Curtain (on boat hook): IKEA
  • Driftwood boat: made by me (available for custom orders)
  • Mixed media art: Bumble Belly Designs
  • Vintage buoy & hook: Salvage Chic Antiques
  • Scituate pennant & red truck: Quarter Deck
  • White Frames: IKEA
  • Shark Duvet Cover & Sham: Pottery Barn
  • Driftwood Height Chart: DIY (tutorial)

Thank you Danielle! Readers, visit Danielle at Finding Silver Pennies.