Life in a Flash » capturing life one moment at a time.

Masthead header

Super sam gets a big boy room.

Someone has been itching for a big boy room.  His room is one of the few rooms in the house that had not been painted since we moved in.  He reminded me of this almost daily.


It started with a couple of super hero signs and a can of paint and quickly grew into a complete overhaul.   Who me?

The first order of business was paint and bead board.  The walls were a light brown/dark tan originally and I was NOT sad about seeing that color go.   I trimmed and rolled up 2 coats of Sherwin William’s Granite Grey down past the line for the bead board.  Then Mr. P cut the bead board and trim, installed it, caulked it…and handed me back my brush.  I rolled on another coat of SW’s Creamy White (I rolled with a roller brush and then laid off each plank by hand with a paintbrush which is essential if you want a nice smooth finish).


So let’s get down to some of the details.  The big request by the resident Super Hero of the house was a super hero big boy room.  My mission was to keep it classic and “un-themed” enough to grow with him for the foreseeable future.   We started by collecting the furniture we wanted to use.  We had purchased this twin sized platform for Danny Boy before we realized he was not twin bed material.  Since changing his bed we have been using it down in the play room for guests.  The white bookshelf (Pottery Barn knock off made by my Father in Law) and the pine bookshelf (garage sale) were already in the room.  My mom gave me the two metal lockers (leftover from decorating her cabin) which have been hanging out in our store room for the past year.  By cutting down and staining a large pine board we were able to put together a cheapo little desk for my little man!


I had my sight set on THIS COMFORTER cover from IKEA.  And I had several people graciously offer to send it to me.  But without seeing it in person I just couldn’t make up my mind.  I’m a touch and feel kind of shopper.  I happened across this Nautica duvet cover at Bed Bath and Beyond on clearance (purchased for $24  marked down from $99).  When I ran into the clearanced yellow/grey pillows at Target I knew I had a winner!  (The yellow body pillow came in a two pack for $8.  The color blocked pillow and chevron pillow were on clearance for $7.88)

I had the grey curtains hung in Danny’s room (he inherited the transportation bedding/curtains that came out of this room as they coordinated well with his furniture).  The curtains just required a quick hem.  Then I had some fun ransacking my house looking for some fun accessories to fill in the gaps.


The little desk area is probably my favorite spot in the room.  I like the mix of metals and woods with a few pops of colors.  We had the yellow chair hanging out in the store room leftover from my photography business (raise your hand if you have a photo of your munchkin on this chair?  Oooh me! me!)   The lamp is from Gordmans.  The little white shelf is curtesy of my Papa and has always hung in some room of my house since we lost him right before The Brainiac was born.  I used an old 7up crate to coral some art supplies, a chalkboard, some old books, and Super Sam’s first lovie made by The Librarian to round out the space.





On the other side of the room is a simple pine bookcase loaded up with a few favorite toys and books.  I’m sure this will never stay this tidy.  And I’ve already been reprimanded for putting a few BAD GUYS in with the wrong crowd.  I love containers.  End of story.




I think Super Sam’s favorite space in his new room is his super comfy bed and his metal wall organizer where he can display all his “guys”.


These prints were the inspiration for the room.  I loved the colors and details and the fact that they are mounted on wood and look very vintage in person.  {Does anyone else want to climb through the computer screen and fix that left picture…OH MY WORD…my OCD is in full swing here!}


I’ve debated adding a bit of scrapbook paper to the backs of some of these cubbies so “his guys” stand out a bit more.  I’m sure there will be much tweaking of the room to come in the coming weeks.  I’m still looking for/debating a rug.  I think adding some color on that big expanse of light carpeting would be nice.  I originally purchased THIS RUG but it did not play nicely with the bedding so it went back to the store.  {Although I did adore the rug and think some of you should definitely purchase it for your home….it is really an amazing little find!}




I’ve already added several chalkboard metal hooks to the left of the window for hanging up his clothes when there is a call of distress.  For now…his ulterior persona costumes are stored in a wire basked near the window for easy flying access.


Kids rooms are really fun.  Especially for little boys who still give lots of hugs and tell you that you are the “best mommy in the whole wide world”.   Hope my little super hero has many afternoons of life saving adventures here!

February 3, 2014 - 2:11 pm

Julie - I love that space, so colorful and fun (and I love the mixed materials). The desk is inspiring me to do something like that for my boys. I am sure your super heroes will have a wonderful time here 🙂

February 3, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Paige - My big guys would tell you it is not always easy to separate the good guys from the bad guys, although I also had bins with those names on them. Think about Hulk, I mean sure he’s a good guy because he helps people, but to do that he must get angry, turn green, get muscles and rip his clothes. Seriously love the room and love, love, love that the supersam lovie found a home there!

February 5, 2014 - 9:48 pm

Kathryn - Your sense of style just *amazes* me. You have such a knack for pulling things together and making it all look fabulous!! Love the 2 room makeovers!

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *