updated boy’s room {with a subtle surf theme}

so before we get to today’s post, a few things:  yes, i change my kids’ rooms around a lot!  i’m considering it as doing my part to help my kids to be flexible as they get older ;)  also, when i do these major room changes and swaps, i almost never buy anything new.  i shop the house and use what i already have!  so don’t think “sheesh, this lady changes things all the time and spends 9 million dollars each time!”,  because i spent zero dolla on this one.  i’ll leave a source list, but lots of the pieces here are old or thrifted!

subtle surf themed boy's room

we moved silas back into the front bedroom and put the girls back together.  the bickering just had. to. stop.

so my reward for dealing with the bickering for so long, and for moving 2 twin beds and a queen size bed, was to redecorate the 2 spaces!  the girls room remains a horrible mishmash of randomness, but silas’ room came together quickly.

i decided to grab items around the house that were blue or green, and wood, looking for texture.

skater’s turf sign – flea market //  giant S – garage sale //  “it is well” print – nap time diaries //  north beach & san clemente signs – from a shop in san clemente (when we lived there) //  ampersand – made by my dad //  “i can do all things” print – nap time diaries //  mirror – thrifted frame, then added the mirror //  chevron hamper – home goods //  headboard – thrifted, then painted and added cork board //  bedding – chenille duvet, wedding gift //  grey & white striped pillow cases – ikea //  tie dye pillows – target //  turquoise pillow – made by me //  navy & white striped pillow – tj maxx //  bedside crate – gifted // lamp – target

subtle surf themed boy's room

this wooden fruit crate was a gift that keeps on giving.  i love it here as a table, but it also works great in my kitchen to hold cook books and stacks of vintage table cloths!

subtle surf themed boy's room

this longboard was sean’s years ago but got a nasty split, so we just used it for decor and added hooks to it!

subtle surf themed boy's room

i don’t know the name of the wall color – sorry!  but its in both of the kids’ rooms, i loved it that much!  i made the blanket at the end of the bed and love how it pulls together the blues and the grey on the bed.

subtle surf themed boy's room

even though these shelves are a little tall in front of the windows, i already had them and love how they look and function in this room.  it was pulled from a school before some remodeling.

subtle surf themed boy's room

i have a little suitcase collection and love this blue metal one!

subtle surf themed boy's room

my parents and i made these arrows (there’s another on the other side of the windows) for the stitch market last year, and i kept a few for the house.  this tool chest has been repurposed  as silas’ toy chest for years and works great for all those little toys, like yo-yos and tech decks and tinker toys.  the radio is old and only semi-functinal – from target.  and i got the huge glass float on our road trip to oregon last summer.

subtle surf themed boy's room

subtle surf themed boy's room

subtle surf themed boy's room

 so there you have it!  a little sporty, a little beachy, kind of boyish, but still works well when we have guests and we have to kick the boy out.  sorry kid.


  1. 1

    I love this room. The wall colour is lovely and everything works great together – as though it’s evolved over time :)

  2. 2

    You did all this with stuff in your house? Umm… that’s incredible! It looks perfect :)

  3. 3

    This looks amazing, and I can’t believe you shopped your house for all of this! I love doing that, and it’s inspired me to do the same to update my kids’ rooms 😊

  4. 4

    It’s amazing what you did with all these pieces. This room looks so great.

  5. 5

    I love the planked walls! Such a fun boy room

  6. 6

    I am beyond impressed that you pulled together this amazing room without spending any money! I can’t ever do it. Whenever I try to plan a low-budget redo of a room, I always wind up running out searching for things and blowing a ton of money anyway. Props to you!!

  7. 7

    This reminds me of our son’s room, yet his is mainly ‘skater’ but we do have 1 surf board in there:)
    I love decor that is clever, functional, and beautiful….for our lil’ guy!!
    Thanks for sharing…

    ~Be Sweet
    Christina at

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