We wanted to re-do the nursery for our upcoming new arrival (which is only about 3 1/2 weeks away…wow and yikes and a whole lot of other interjections!)
When we found out he was a boy, we knew that it was time to change up the neutral green and yellow, since this room will remain his for life. We chose to do it in a blue gray color (called steel blue) with dark red trim and white accents. This can then be easily adjusted to lots of interests or themes-nautical, USA, whatever as he grows without having to repaint constantly.
When we moved furniture, we found this astonishing, tiny footprint on the wall. I outlined it and wouldn’t let my husband paint over it. I have no idea how an infant that tiny had such dirty feet, but I’m so glad they did! <—-sentimental preggo woman, right here
Anyway, here is how the room looked once painted:
Cubicles courtesy of a Target sale. Sigh. I love Target.
Light switch plate from Walmart and my dad handmade the Batman symbol!
Now, we had to find some superhero decorations. Wow, was that hard to do. There is plenty of superhero stuff, but it is all for older boys. Scary villains, overwhelming big scenes, twin sheet sets. It was time to get creative!!
We decided we didn’t want it to be over the top superhero-he will be tiny and we just didn’t want it to be “too much” or “overdone.” So we skipped the movie posters and the fathead stickers and all that stuff. We also decided on a mix of DC and Marvel-no easy task.
First, we started to collect eclectic little hero figures whenever we found them. We wanted them to be varied and different. After painting, we hung a few white shelves and added them. Super cute and effective. I especially love the stuffed Wolverine…he has an Elvis sneer!
But we still wanted to feature specific superheroes and their awesome costumes, but how?
Then, I got an idea! What if we put black and white pictures on the wall of heroes, and then painted the frames to coordinate with their costumes? It would highlight the superheroes, go well with the colors of the room, and give a “pop” of color without being overstated. What the hey, we figured we’d try it! I found frames with fairly thick edges at Pat Catan’s for about $3.50 each and spent $1 a bottle on acrylic paints. Here’s how they turned out:
Top row: Iron man-red sides, gold top and bottom and Green Lantern-hunter green with black side accents
Middle row: Wolverine-yellow with slashes and the X-men logo and Spiderman red with black webbing
Bottom row: Hulk with green sides, black top, purple bottom and Batman with black sides, yellow top and bottom, and the Bat Symbol
We were going to just google some black and white sketches of each hero, but my husband has a friend who is an excellent graphic designer, and he offered to hand-draw original sketches for the baby! How cool is that?! Check these bad boys out: (And they are all boys, although I plan on sneaking Wonder Woman or Storm or something in there somehow-strong female role models are nifty.)
Here’s how they looked once we had them up on the wall above our brand-spanking new crib (thanks, product recalls):
We thought things looked a little uneven over by the light switch, so we added one more Avenger to the mix…
What’s hap’n, Cap’n?
So here’s the final layout…not bad considering we spent a grand total of about $30 on the whole idea. That’s the other thing about superhero stuff…it is pr-ice-y!!
Let me know what you think and feel free to pin, link, or re-post. Hopefully others out there planning hero nurseries find this because I know we had a lot of trouble locating good ideas even on the big old world wide web!
Hopefully I’ll have the chance to update at least once or twice more before our little guy arrives to enjoy his awesome new room!