Inside: How to turn a Craigslist twin bed into a DIY superhero boys bed with spray paint and DIY wood superhero emblem.
Have you ever noticed that home projects seem to take on their own life? We recently installed new flooring in our kids bedrooms. Yay! Check the box on that long overdue home To Do. However, the act of moving furniture out of rooms quickly led to several furniture updating projects dotting our backyard landscape.
One such project was completely redoing our 5-year old’s Craigslist bed frame to better fit into his superhero themed bedroom. With all the bed frame pieces laying on old sheets across the backyard, this is how we turned a plain wood bed frame into a DIY superhero boys bed. This is project is also part of a Thrift Store Challenge. Scroll down to the end of this post to see other Thrift Store upcycles by some 30 bloggers…
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diy superhero boys bed
Superhero or not, the boy’s bed needed a fix. His room does not get a lot of natural light so finding a way to brighten it up has been on this DIY momma’s mind. Nothing like an inconvenient home project to get this to happen!
Want to see other superhero projects? Check out how I used paint can lids to create superhero emblems on a gallery wall.
– Bed frame (Don’t wan to paint? Here’s a pre-painted twin bed frame)
– White paint (Used this paint + primer spray paint)
– Blue paint
– Painters tape (Useful for when kids want to tape all sorts of random over their painted doors)
– Wooden circle (Used a 15″ size)
– Wooden flat letter
– Felt (So-o-o many things you can make with felt)
– Spray adhesive
– Drill with wood drill bit
– Machine screw
– Locking nut + washer
With the bed disassembled, give it a coat of paint + primer. I went through about two cans. Let dry fully.
If adding a second accent color to the bed frame, tape off and cover with paper those areas that you do not want covered in blue spray paint. If you take the time to do this, it’ll save you touch-up headaches!
how to create a superhero wooden emblem
With the bed frame drying all over the backyard, gather the superhero emblem materials.
I painted the top of the circle white and accented the sides with some blue paint I found in the garage. This is where you can become creative given the color scheme likes of the little superhero you’re making this for!
Paint the front and sides of the wooden letter. I used more paint found in the garage. Do you see a theme here? Use what you already have around!
Looking at some examples online, I sketched out an iconic superhero lightening bolt. I used this homemade template to then cut out this shape onto yellow felt.
Drill a hole in the center of the wooden circle.
Center the circle on the headboard. Drill a hole through the headboard. (Aagh! Anything permanent like a hole makes me cringe!)
Insert a screw through the two pieces. Secure with the locking washer and nut at the back of the headboard.
Spray the felt lightening bolt with adhesive glue. Place it centered on the wooden circle emblem, conveniently covering the screw.
Place the wood letter on top of the felt. Secure with a couple carpentry nails.
Here’s to a super night’s rest!
Other DIY Home Decor ideas:
- From an auto body shop to kitchen stools
- Redo a kids step stool to give it a more modern look
- Update a vintage vanity stool into the perfect chair for a child’s desk
- DIY stair step subway tile kitchen backsplash with pattern
Thrift Store decor upcycle Challenge
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
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