Age: 3 years
Location: Sandy, Utah
Room size: approximately 12' x 12'
If you are familiar with Cheri Heaton's blog, I am Momma, Hear Me Roar, you will not be at all surprised that the cool superhero room she created for her son Rex was pretty much entirely DIY. While Cheri does get some help—her mother painted the wall hanging and her dad built the bed—we still can't help but stand in awe of the adorable and fun room she's created.
It's hard to say what the coolest element of this room is, since there are several imaginative and innovative pieces. Cheri's dad built the loft bed according to her design, incorporating a stairway, a slide (how cool is that?) and a hidden "sanctuary" underneath for play. Her mom painted the fantastic collage based on vintage superhero posters that Cheri saw right here on Ohdeedoh! Cheri herself built the Batmobile/superhero car reading vehicle which houses a place to sit and read and a shelf for all your current books. Finally, she created a newspaper article about her son as superhero with a tip from an Ohdeedoh reader. We're honored to have played a small part in helping Cheri design this room. Now, the ultimate question: what's your favorite element?
Read on to find out what Cheri had to say about creating this room.
How would you describe the look and feel of this room?
The room has a cool, vintage comic book feel with clean simple lines.
What is your favorite piece or element? What is Rex's favorite element?
My favorite part is the oversized newspaper article I made about him. I love seeing his little masked face enlarged on the wall. Rex's favorite part is the slide.
What was the biggest challenge decorating this room?
When you're doing a themed room it's difficult to not make it cheesy and it's difficult not to put everything you can find with that theme into the room. I tried to use my decor sparingly to avoid cluttering the space.
What do your friends say about the room?
My friends love the room. I've had a lot of requests for bed plans (though I don't have specifics to share). Superheros are a hit for most boys, so my friends with boys think it's so fun.
Do you have any advice for parents creating a kid's room almost entirely DIY?
My advice for anyone creating an entire room DIY is to do it slowly. When you try to create something quickly you spend a lot more money. I like to take my time, purchasing things when I find a sale and slowly gathering ideas as I go.
If money were no object, what's your dream source or project?
If money were no issue I would expand the room and have a giant secret superhero sanctuary that he could play in. What kid wouldn't love a secret room?
• Behr paint in Gentle Rain
Thanks, Cheri! Readers, visit Cheri (often!) at I Am Momma Hear Me Roar.