Batman Inspired Boys Room



This is the amazing little guy who inspired this post today!


He’s just like his daddy in the sense that he is always “in character.” He is absolutely in love with Batman! And I am absolutely in love with him :-)

I want to make his room special, and do something he loves!  Knowing how fast and how often his “favorite things” may change, I also want something versatile and something that we can update by changing out accessories rather than starting from scratch.

I was inspired by the Pottery Barn Kids Quilt Collections (seriously, did they market specifically to me by naming collections after both my kids??) Unfortunately, the price tag on these quilts is higher than I want to spend. So I set out to make quilts of my own. The PB Quilt in the mood board below is what inspired me, and here is a sneak peak at my version. I have the top pieced together, now it just needs to be quilted and finished with binding!!


It is made from super soft flannel and the dark navy pieces are Chenille

Here is a collection of some ideas I have for the finished room:

Moodboard Boys Bedroom Batman

1. Espresso Storage Cube~I have a storage cube similar to this one I found at Costco, so this is already a staple in the room

2. Amy Gourd Glass Navy Lamp~I think I can find a lamp similar to this that I can refurbish/paint. I plan to applique a batman symbol onto charcoal colored fabric and recover the lampshade. 7th House on the left has a great tutorial for re-covering lampshades on their blog.

3. Rio Navy Blue Faux Silk Ready Made Ring Top Curtains ~This is another project I think I could DIY!!

4. Pottery Barn Kids Quilt ~I absolutely love the collections from Pottery Barn Kids. They have a great website and you can browse by product or by room. Plenty of inspiration for both boys and girls.

5. Keep Calm and Call Batman Sign ~Found on this Etsy shop~ I love this!

6. Batman Sheets ~The best part about these sheets is they add a fun element to the room that is easily changed out. I am making the same quilt for my younger son, and his room will be inspired by Disney’s Cars. Imagine all the possibilities with this color palette. Spiderman, Batman, Cars, Nautical theme, Thomas the train, Toy Story, the possibilities are endless!! They will also be able to grow into more neutral rooms over time.

7. Batman Clock ~A nightlight that projects the bat symbol onto the ceiling is the icing on the cake!!

Hope you enjoyed, would love to hear your thoughts and I cannot wait to reveal the finished room!!


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Repurposed Rusty Barstools

Today I am excited to share a quick and easy facelift for rusty metal furniture.

We have a set of four barstools that were meant to be inside barstools, but we have them outside since that is where they are the most useful for us. I didn’t think twice about it, we used them all summer last year and when we went to start cleaning up the yard this spring, this is what we found. Rust and Spider Webs!! Yuck!!

Rusty stool 1

The barstools had rusted and they looked AWFUL. I think a lot of people would have thrown them out at this point, but once you realize just how  easy and how quick a facelift could be, you will be shopping around for ugly rusted metal furniture at thrift stores, antique shops and yard sales to take home and refinish.

I was originally going to recover the seat as well, but the seats are in too good of shape. I decided maybe that could be a future project when they truly need it. So for now, I took the seats off (4 easy screws) and got out my spray paint! I used Rustoleum hammered finish spray paint in Dark Bronze and I love it!! (More like gunmetal gray than bronze)

Rustoleum Hammered Finish Spray Paint

I sanded off the obvious chunks of rust quickly and got to work.

Rusty Stool

Each stool took a maximum of 10 minutes to cover and ONLY ONE COAT!! They are dry to touch in 30 minutes and I finished them off with a quick once over for spots I may have missed. This stuff doesn’t drip unless you get really heavy. It is fabulous!!

Painted stool 1

Notice the pallet in the background? Check back later this week to see my finished Pallet Herb Garden Perfect for small spaces too!

Hammered FinishStool

I tried to get a close up of the hammered finish. I love things that don’t require perfection :-)

Here is a side by side of the before and after

Side by side stools before and after

And here is the set of four

Four stools

I love them even better than the shiny finish they had originally!!

Four Stools 2

The best part of this project was it was quick and easy!!

The Alameda County Antique Fair is this Sunday. Cannot wait to go shopping for more JUNK!!


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