Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Superman's Telephone Booth Closet



Instead of just going with a Batman theme in Jer's new room, I decided to mix and match designs from all of his favorite superheroes.  So after completing the Gotham City Skyline Headboard I moved on to Superman's Telephone Booth Closet Door.


This one was Shelby's idea and I was a little hesitant at first because I thought it might be too overwhelming with the mural right next to it but I decided to go along with it and it actually turned out pretty cool.  The idea came around because of the contents behind the door.



Everything a little boy needs to emerge as either his undercover identity or as a superhero!



He has easy access to all of his hats, costumes and weapons.



To create the phone booth door, I used my quilting ruler to trace out the lines and "primed" it with three coats of Krylon Acrylic Latex Enamel in Gloss Banner Red followed by two coats of Behr Premium Plus in California Poppy.  I said primed with quotation marks because this wasn't actually intentional.  We picked up the Krylon paint during a trip to Walmart because it was handy and we thought the high gloss would make it look more like metal.  Since it is an enamel it caused a couple of problems though.  It was runny and caused some drips and it is kind of see-though so even after three coats you could still see the pencil lines I had traced on as a guide.  So I put a couple of coats of the Behr paint and primer in one over the top of it because it was thicker and helped cover up the lines and even out the brush strokes.  I was able to do two coats with a little $3 tester and there is still some left.

So learn from my mistakes and use the regular paint and primer from the start and you will not only have better results but you probably won't have to do as many coats.  :)



I used my Silhouette to cut the "Telephone" letters out of black vinyl but you could easily hand cut them or stencil them on.

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42 comments:

Andi said...

That is super cute! If we didn't rent, I would want to do it in one of my rooms. I've always loved the look of those phone booths and yours turned out so well!

art bliss said...

What a lucky little guy to have such a "super" bedroom. I bet he is the envy of all his friends. Great job!

Kristin said...

Wow, Megan! I am totally blown away by this room! My son would be in. heaven. He's all of a sudden totally int superheroes and this would be his dream room.

I just started a new linky party on Sundays, I hope you'll stop by and link up this weekend! :)

Joan said...

This is soooooo cute! I have a daughter who is a serious Dr. Who fan. If I do this is blue she will flip out. I hope you don't mind if I pinned this to Pinterest.

Megan @ PolishTheStars.com said...

Thanks! You could always frame a poster of one. :) http://www.iammommahearmeroar.net/2011/03/superhero-room-last-chapter.html

Megan @ PolishTheStars.com said...

Aw, thanks! Anytime we have guests, he drags them up there to look at it. :) It has been a lot of fun to see how excited he gets each time he sees something new that I have finished in there!

Megan @ PolishTheStars.com said...

Thanks so much! I was happy when he decided he wanted a superhero room because little boys never seem to grow out of that phase. My husband is in love with it and has been living vicariously through our son. :) I will definitely try to stop by on Sunday!

Megan @ PolishTheStars.com said...

Thanks! I hope that your daughter likes it!

Maureen said...

Megan,

I haven't been by for a while and read your older postings and got caught up. I am so sorry for the drive-by shooting incident. I bet you have felt violated ever since. Hopefully you will never have to go through anything like this again. Thank God no one was hurt.
You mentioned needing to save money and I can recommend two sources. The first is a book entitled The Tightwad Gazette. It is a compilation of newsletters from the nineties. The author Amy Dacyczyn wrote this and the information is dated as far as prices go but overall the concepts are the same and they are sound financial savings advice. The other book I recommend is The Miserly Mom by Joanie McCoy. Her story is that Joanie and her husband both worked, decided to move so that she could quit her job and live in a cheaper neighborhood, when all that fell though (she had already quit) and found out that a baby was on the way. In this book are her shopping strategies and steps to saving money. Both are great to help you on your quest.
The Superhero Bedroom looks great and I'm sure your son is more than thrilled. Have you seen the bedroom created for Rex at I Am Momma Hear Me Roar? It is awesome and maybe you and Cheri could get together. She has two sons and does wonderful postings on boy related things. With all you do for your son, I bet you would interest her and maybe even be able to do some guest postings. I have no afilliation with Cheri, I just enjoy her blog as much as I enjoy yours. Hope this helps; any questions feel free to contact me at my e-mail address.

Maureen

tracie said...

so cute!!! great job!

Mrs. Adventure said...

I love it. And now feel that my how needs a phonebooth closet :o)

Sherika Lovett Alston said...

What an awesome idea!!!

Nic said...

By far the BEST superhero themed boys room ever! Plus the phonebooth closet would look awesome just about anywhere, I'm thinking bathroom or possibly the back door...hmmm, decisions.

mONICa and eLAINe @ Decorating Insanity said...

What a wonderful idea, and nicely done...mONICa

Michelle said...

What a perfect Super Hero room. My oldest would love it! Clever, clever, clever! I am your newest follower. I would love for you to follow me back.

Cheryl G. said...

I Love LOVE that door!

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

OMG my Superhero loving son is going to move in to your house!

Nancy's Couture said...

This is so AWESOME!!!! My son needs a telephone booth closet door like this!

monica. said...

So cute, I love it! I asked my husband if I could have a telephone booth door! I'm stopping by from a girl and a glue gun.

Audra @ Once a Mom Always a Cook said...

You are the coolest Mom ever! :) Love it <3

Jen-CraftOManiac said...

ADORBS, WAIT... SUPER AWESOME. My 3 year old is all superhero fighting boom booms aka guns, superman the works. This closet is darling. I shared it on my COM-FB page. winks, jen

Michell @ Girl In Air said...

Simply FABULOUS!!

Ana-Lu said...

Great idea!

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Wanted to let you know I featured this as part of my link party wrap up!

Netty said...

wow am totally blown away by your fab art. Came here from the Answer is Chocolate, x

Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} said...

What an awesome room and closet! Great Job :)

Cranberry Morning said...

Every boy's dream closet!! And I love that door. I've always wished I had a British phone box, but now you've given me this great idea for making one in the house! This is a great project! :-)

Six Sisters said...

What a great idea! Every future superman will love it. Thanks for linking up with "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We loved having you and hope you'll be back next Saturday to share more terrific ideas! -The Sisters

Lisa Nelsen-Woods said...

I know so many guys in my life who'd want this! Some of them are actually children :)

Beth @ Free Stylin' said...

SOOO cool!! Love this room!

Kirsten said...

I absolutely ADORE this room. The Batman skyline and Superman phone booth are truly wonderful. You son is very lucky! I'd love to have that room to myself!

Megan @ PolishTheStars.com said...

Thanks for all of your kind words and for the suggestions! I have always loved the Tightwad Gazette and will have to go back and re-read it. :)

Megan @ PolishTheStars.com said...

The bathroom would be an awesome use for this kind of door! I think my husband is a bit jealous of it so he would probably like it if it was on a door that he could regularly use himself. :)

Fat Dormouse said...

I’m sorry it took me so long to get to your « Impossibility Challenge » post – this thing called “work” got in the way! But I’m here now and it’s great to read about your SuperHero bedroom! I'd like one of those (especiallty if Superman came out of the phone box! Your little boy is so lucky to have such a creative Mum!
Congratulations on making your impossibility possible!

RHome410 said...

What a great idea and wonderful execution. What a super room! :-)

Eclectically Vintage said...

Your son is one lucky little superhero!! This is too cute - especially that phone booth door! So glad you joined our Impossibilities Challenge. Your newest follower!
Kelly

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

So fun to see more details of this great space. I still love it!!

Thanks so much for linking! Karah

Amy - while wearing heels said...

The telephone booth closet door is so clever!

Georgia said...

Love the door! Great job on the impossibilities challenge. :)

Kellie said...

What a TERRIFIC Job! It's awesome. Many thanks for sharing such a clever idea! :)

Crinkled said...

One day, when we own our own home, we will have to use this idea to make a TARDIS door (yes, I'm a geeky dr. who fan).

Megan Michalski said...

I used glow-in-the-dark paint behind the word TELEPHONE to make it look light the sign is light up.