December 08, 2010

The Superhero Bedroom - Part One

So I've mentioned that I would start working on a Superhero room for Rex after I finished the craft room.    Well, the construction has begun!  Actually my parents have been doing the hard work so far.  I'll show you where it's at right now, but there still is plenty to do.

The room was lavender with this iridescent shimmery layer over the top to begin with. 


It's the only room in the house that hasn't been touched since we moved in.  Well, obviously the lavender wasn't suitable for a manly man so I used the extra paint I had from my craft room.  It's now a pale gray.  Nice.
Next, my dad (who is a saint because he can take my crazy ideas and make them into reality) built the bed.  I have a specific plan here.  It will be painted, but I'm going to leave you hanging for now.  Any guesses? 


There's a stairway, slide, and the boys can play underneath it all as well.  A superhero has to have a secret sanctuary, you know.


Lastly, but definitely not least, my mom painted this ROCKIN' art for the room.  I love it so much I want to scream!  Here's the story behind it.  I saw some amazing vintage-looking superhero posters HERE on Ohdeedoh a while back.  (They are by Michael B. Myers.)  In my mind I planned the whole room around them.  Then when I went to order them I heard that the guy who designed them was forced to stop selling them because he doesn't own the rights to those superheros.  Lame, huh!  Well, I asked my mom if she could replicate them and oh baby did she ever!  Check this out!


Wondering how big the painting is?  Here's a little perspective.  (He's flexing his muscles for you here.  A superhero has to look strong in front of the camera.)


Now, where's the tutorial for today?  Well, I'm leaving you with an idea instead.  Have you ever wanted BIG art like this for a room?  Canvases are super expensive.  Want to know what she used?  A hollow core door!  Woo-hoo!  They come in lots of different sizes.  She painted right onto the door, but you could wrap the whole thing in canvas and you'd have a giant canvas for probably one tenth the price!  Want two?  Cut the door in half and wrap fabric around both of them. 

That's right we're sticking it to the man today...by painting superheros without copyrights and by refusing to buy expensive canvases.  Yeah, I'm a wild, rebelious woman :)

Anyhow, feel free to share the comment love with my mom regarding her mad painting skills or tell me what you think I'm going to paint on the bed. 

And you can sleep well tonight knowing that the world is going to be a much safer place with SuperRex around.

Thanks for reading!  See you tomorrow!

ADDENDUM: If you are looking for the bed plans, you can now find them HERE on my dad's blog.

78 comments:

  1. Those paintings are amazing! My son would love it. Can't wait to see how it all turns out.

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  2. Oh my stars! I wanted to do something like this for my son's room, but I never thought of BUILDING a bed!! Is it attached to the wall? What are you going to do when he grows too long for it?

    Also, um, I would love this for myself! ahahha, i have batman tattoos, so it goes without saying anything superhero is right up my alley [except captain america... lol]

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  3. Awesome idea! What a great kid's room! And great superhero's for him to look up to as well! I'm going to guess the Wayne Mansion or Gotham City for the bed....can't wait to see!!

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  4. Love the paintings-that's awesome!

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  5. Wow! The painting, the bed, that is going to be one super room.

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  6. That "shimmer" was awful!

    Your mom has mad skillz.

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  7. mad skills does not even begin to describe! I LOVE IT!! I LOVE the bed too - where did you find that?? OMG thanks for posting!!!!!

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  8. haha...sorry for the brain cloud...i re-read and saw that your dad made the bed....yes, i get excited and skip words when reading. hahaha...

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  9. Wowzers that's amazing!

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  10. Oh wow! Your Mom is one talented woman! Rex is such a lucky little boy to be getting such a super cool superhero room! Can't wait to see what else you have planned!

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  11. I cannot believe how amazing that painting is. Rex is a lucky boy!

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  12. I'm guessing Bat Cave for the bed. The place looks great! And you have fabulous parents!

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  13. That bed is super adorable!!!! And wow the artwork is amazing too! You have 2 wonderfully talented parents. My vote for the bed is chalk board paint...if I were a kid I would love a nice area to write on like that!

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  14. Okay...I just showed my son this room and he wants to move in. Are you up for another little boy?? What an awesome idea. You just saved yourself alot of money...those beds are so expensive to buy :) Can't wait to see the end result. Oh, and your parents are so talented...you are a lucky gal :)

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  15. Both of your parents have mad skills! My vote is for a Bat Cave bed. That's what I thought when I saw it. Especially since Rex already has that Batmoblie reading car.

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  16. AMAZING!! I just discovered your play room yesterday, and this is incredible! Baden may get the play room all to himself...I don't think Rex will want to leave his room! Your mom is incredible. Absolutely incredible. You dad needs some love for making that awesome bed, too! My lil guy is 20 months and I would love something like this in about a year. I don't think my husband will part with the Michigan Wolverine Football theme though...

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  17. this is the coolest kid room ever!!! I love the poster-inspired door painting, your mother is SUPER talented! (and so are you!)

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  18. No wonder you are so talented...you have TWO awesome parents that are super talented. You guys rock. Rex is going to have such an amazing room. I can't wait to see the finished product.

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  19. WOW. The bed is amazing. The painting is to die for. I can't wait to see it all finished. Rex is one lucky little boy!

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  20. Well that apple didn't fall far from the tree, we can see where you get your mad skills from now! My guess for the bed is a city scape... I can see Super Rex flying high above the city to make an amazing rescue. Mom's art rocks!I love the hollow core door thing. I have one in the garage that I did for my daughters room years ago, I should get it out and revamp it. Thanks! just what I need another to do project!!!

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  21. WoW for your dads wood working skills!! and a super WoW for your moms superhero painting skills!! For the painting of the bed...im thinking black with glow in the dark stars? or I saw another blogger mention painting it to look like the bat cave...only you could do the underneath hide out area to look like the INSIDE of it and put a superhero 'radar' screen painted on with a few knobs and nuts and bolts for gadgets! Oh of course you'd have to add a cape hanging rack :) Sewing in No Mans Land has a tutorial for capes!

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  22. That painting turned out awesome! Way to go Mom! My boys will be so jealous. I love the cheaper idea. The bed is going to be a big hit. I always wanted a bed with a slide. Does this mean I'm sleeping in the cowboy room next time I come over?

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  23. Your Mom and Dad have some mad skills! Obviously, the super-hero genes run on your side of the family (j/k)

    Thanks for the lovely ideas for my grandkids!

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  24. WOW!!!the painting is awesome. And the bed.

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  25. WOW my kids would FREAK if they saw this post. I'm going to have to never let them see this though because they'd want to move out and live with you!! That painting is amazing!

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  26. WOW! The bed is very cool, I can't wait to see how you paint it. And the painting is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I actually like your mom's version better than the posters themselves, it's just so bright and vibrant! You've got some very talented parents. :)

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  27. um do you get paid to design rooms? Cuz ya should, your mom, dad, and sister too! I am never disappointed with your projects! Can't wait to see more!

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  28. Hee Hee! I love a fellow rebel!! Gotta live on the edge! Can't wait to see the rest of your ideas!

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  29. Oh my goodness, Soooo Cute. Will you share the plans for the bed. I love it!

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  30. Amazing! That artwork is so awesome! And the bed will be so much fun for you kiddos. What a talented family you have!

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  31. YOU are superwoman, girlfriend! That is a totally awesome project.

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  32. Wow! Simply amazing! How lucky you are to have your parents live so close and make things with you! The art blew me away I want it! And a door?? Genius! My son was sitting next to me and once he got over the cool lions at the top of the page he was also very impressed with the super heros and asked for it for Christmas... I may be in trouble...

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  33. Wow to infinity. Now i see where you get YOUR skills. Wow. Did she freehand? What a special room. Thanks super Rex for flexing those muscles.

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  34. LOVE the painting and the bed is just awesome!!

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  35. So amazing! SuperRex is one lucky boy! That bed and artwork are really great. I love that you have a super creative family :) I have been wanting to update my boys rooms and cannot wait for all the wonderful inspiration you'll be posting!

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  36. How exciting! I've thought about doing super heros for my boy, so I can't wait to see all your projects!

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  37. Wow! Your mom is amazing! Also your dad. I need to move closer to my parents. . .

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  38. Wow! Great job on the artwork!! I tried to buy a Green Lantern poster for my husband after I saw the Ohdeedoh post awhile back and ran into the same problem. I may have to try my hand at recreating it.

    Everything looks great!

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  39. Outstanding! What a creative family you have! Your boys are lucky, lucky guys.

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  40. oh my goodness, i bet your little guy is so excited! that is the coolest bed ever!!
    can i please just hire you to come & do my little man's nursery, i know you would do an amazing job :)

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  41. You SHOULD scream! That painting is awesome. What a talented mom you have.

    Another canvas substitution idea: for smaller paintings: Plywood! Very cheap and easy to paint on.

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  42. Amazing! I can't wait to see what you come up with for the finished product!

    Just Better Together is having a giveaway!

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  43. Wow, that is shaping up to be a super cool room. Your boys are very lucky to have such a creative Mom and amazingly talented and giving grandparents.

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  44. Wow! Love the bed! Totally in love with the artwork!! This gives me ideas for my almost two year old's new soon to be monster room!

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  45. I totally remember those Ohdeedoh posters without even going to the link! Awesome!

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  46. Wow! Your parents are both super talented!

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  47. what a FUN project! can't wait to see it as it progresses further and when it's all done!!!

    LOVE the painted artwork - totally brillant!

    We used a hollow door for our headboard!

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  48. Oh my! So awesome! Your Mom has some skills!! :)

    Can't wait to see his finished room!

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  49. Don't you just LOVE parents that are handy like that? Yer a lucky girl! LOVE the bed and paintings!

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  50. I love the painting....amazing! This is a room to remember. Question about a craft a couple days back. Where did you get the plain silver lunch tin? I love it and I don't know where to find a plain smooth silver one?

    upside_down888(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  51. The painting is so amazing and super cool. My husband is a little envious! Your dad did great work on the bed too. How handy to have a builder in the family. I think it's going to be the bat cave!

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  52. i'm really looking forward to this transformation, since my little one is wanting a batman bedroom! what are you using for bedding? I'm having a hard time! Such cute ideas! thanks!

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  53. Go Mamma!! I love the artwork…she did an AWESOME job!!

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  54. WOW - you have some skilled parents. We've been wanting to build a slide bed for our son, but I haven't found much to go on as far as building the actual slide. Any tips?

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  55. Your parents should work for extreme home makeover. Holy batman they rock! :) That bed is seriously any boy's dream. Heck..I wouldn't mind sliding out of bed every morning either. Way too cool. YOu have great parents.

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  56. Now THAT is genius. The art, the bed, it's all too fab. I can't wait to see the finished product. And that door tip is PRICELESS. I'm keeping that in mind FOR SURE. Thanks!

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  57. Wow, those painting are fantastic! She did such an amazing job, and the door idea is genius!
    And I really do feel much safer with Super Rex saving the day!

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  58. Okay, so I have come to the conclusion that every. person. in your family is amazingly talented. And now I'd like a boy, and to be BFF's with your mom so she can make one for said child as well.

    Thanks for your wonderful posts!

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  59. That is super amazing! I love the bed, I'm sure it will be fun, and the art is rocking! Can't wait to see what is next!

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  60. I am Super excited to see this room come together! I just had a little boy and want to do a superhero room too! so far it looks like its going to be AMAZING!

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  61. Yes, it's attached to the wall. There are gaint lag screws that are screwed into the studs of the wall so it's REALLY sturdy.

    As for sharing plans, I don't know. I don't want to half to ask my dad to draw all that up and blog it. We'll see.

    Cheri

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  62. This room is going to be so fun! I've been trying to get a friend to do a superhero room for her little boy who is always in costume. Your mom's art is spectacular! Maybe you want some pow! Bang! Zap!s to go with it? I've been eying these (I don't know this seller, but the idea is fun). http://www.etsy.com/listing/59052218/bam-pow-set-of-comic-book-words-vinyl?ref=v1_other_2 I can't wait to see the results. I look forward to your posts!

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  63. Your mom did a fantastic job with those paintings! WOW they are perfect! I LOVE the large size of them! And wonderful Idea about the door canvas! It would be so fun to paint on such a large scale!
    ~Maria-Isabel
    (Agape Love Designs)

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  64. I just saw the finished prroduct and all I can say is yo have some AWESOME parents, looks Amazing!

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  65. It's true - you're mom does have some mad painting skills! WOW - I LOVE it! Love the tip on using a door too!

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  66. I just love the bed, I have been looking at your blog for ever now and some of your stuff is truly amazing... i was just wondering what supplies your dad made the bed out of... if you dont mind i want to steel the bed idea... i want to make a bug nook for my lil one he just moved into a big boy room and would love to have this...

    thanks

    Katie Clines

    email: kateafre1@yahoo.com
    if you wanna email me

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  67. I just came to your blog from MADE and I was so excited to see the awesome super hero bed! The slide, in particular. My husband has been wanting to build our boys a bunk bed with a slide, but he's been looking for a slide to BUY, and I don't know if he's ever considered making one himself. Any chance you could share what it's made out of, or even the building plans? That may be a lot to ask, but even just knowing of the possibility is a huge step forward toward our goal! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  68. I know you mentioned your dad made this with his own plans, do you think he would be willing to write them up and sell them?

    My dad has been asking everyday since I showed him this blog, if I could find or get the plans... he is ready to build for his grandson.

    Since my son makes a slide out of his bed daily this would be a great alternative.

    Thanks!

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  69. Oh forget my last question about the painting. Your mom did it! I love it and want it :) I might have to try to copy it? Wish I were more artistic. would she like to do another one?

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  70. I'm going to have to add my request for the bed plans just like everyone else. I LOVE it and am redoing my girls' room and want to do pretty much the exact same thing you have except maybe make it a bunk bed. Anyway, it rocks, and thanks for the awesome idea!!!

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  71. May I ask what paint color you used for the walls? We're working on a Superhero nursery for our little girl due in September and are having trouble finding just the right shade of gray. THANK YOU!

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  72. May I ask what paint color you used for the walls? We're working on a Superhero nursery for our little girl due in September and are having trouble finding just the right shade of gray. THANK YOU!

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    1. I can tell you it's "Gentle Rain" by Behr, but to be honest I don't think it's the perfect gray. It has the tiniest tinge of purple to it. I would keep searching. Sorry!

      Cheri

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  73. Oh my goodness... I'm in love with everything... I'm now going to come live on your website for the rest of time! You are an inspiration.

    So... say I'm ALSO related to a craftsy woodsman... do you the ability to email me the plans for the bed? or should he just look at it and ballpark? Also - is it a toddler bed or a twin size bed?

    THANK YOU for the inspiration!

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    1. Roni - I have a sketch my dad drew up that I can email you if you want to drop me an email. It's iammommahearmeroar at gmail dot com.

      Thanks for your kind comment, too!

      Cheri

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  74. Amazing! What type of paint was used for the door painting?

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    1. It's just acrylic craft paint.

      Cheri

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