House Tour: Will’s Superhero Bedroom

Will is our youngest child (now 7) and he sleeps in one of the two bedrooms across the hall from our master bedroom upstairs.  In 2012, we gave him a superhero bedroom.

Boy Superhero Bedroom |countingwillows.comI like to do up a nursery for each child, then totally redo the room twice more:  once when they enter elementary school and again when they enter high school.  Because I don’t want to paint or put a lot of money into the space other than those times, I picked a color scheme that can grow with Will over the years.  For this room, the gray (the walls are Stone Mason Gray by Valspar), white and blue (bedding from Target) are a classic backdrop.

Boy Superhero Bedroom |countingwillows.comThe accessories are superheroes!  I planned the room around two vintage prints that we picked up while on vacation in 2012.  I found simple frames and spray painted them white.  I wanted to add in fun comic-inspired words, so I bought four square canvases and painted graphics and words.

Boy Superhero Bedroom |countingwillows.comI used my Silhouette Cameo to make stencils for the words and shapes.  I drew the background of the SMASH art in freehand, based on a picture of smashed glass I found online.  The Hulk is one of Will’s favorite superheroes, so we had to have a SMASH art piece.

Boy Superhero Bedroom |countingwillows.comI find it is simplest to have shelves that you can store the toys on.  The toys are the accessories (when not in use) and because this is over the bed, it is easy for Will to reach everything himself.  The white is crisp, clean and lets the colorful superhero toys be the accessories.  All of the shelves and picture frames are from Will’s nursery set up.  The bed and dresser were mine as a child.

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I love to use what we already have, so I was able to reuse an old canvas wall hanger that Chandler had in his room.  I hung it vertically to fit the space and the dark finish ties in with the bed and dresser.  I was inspired to paint the canvas bags with Superhero images.  I used my Silhouette to cut out stencils for this project, too.  I used fabric paint and layered it on pretty thick so it would be bright.  It has held up really well.

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The mirror is our old half bath mirror.  I used a stencil and etching cream to create the Superman logo.  The capes are fleece and are reversible.  I used this tutorial to make them.

Boy Superhero Bedroom |countingwillows.comWe have an Ikea Trofast table to corral all those smaller toys and I like that it gives Will a table surface to use when he is playing.  I lucked out with the color selection for the bins.

This is the smallest bedroom in the house, but we have been able to make it work for us with hard-working storage solutions like under the bed clothing bins for the next sizes up and lots of shelves added into the closet for toys, clothes and other storage.

 Linked to iHeartOrganizingand Remodelaholic.

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  1. Sarah says

    I love the canvas bag hanger! Where did you get it? My boys share a small bedroom and I think this would help with increasing storage and also increasing play area by keeping things off the floor.

    • Michelle says

      Sarah, thanks for stopping by! I bought it at Costco over a decade ago (where does the time go?), needless to say, it is long gone from Costco. I tried a few searches on Google, but no luck. If I come across one, I will let you know. Good luck!

  2. Kammi says

    hi from Cape Town South Africa :) I just found your blog via a comment on Young house love and I LOVE IT! Your boys room rock!!! I have been thinking of an update for my 2.5 year old humans room, and this has given me TONS of great ideas :) Quickly scrolled some more posts and cant wait to get home from work to get tucked into some more of your posts!

  3. says

    Love this room! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

  4. wendy says

    I LOVE the hanging bags and want to do something similar in my partner and I’s master bedroom – any luck finding something similar aside from Costco?

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