Sam, finally, got his birthday present. It was only a few months late.
Sam came home to 4 white walls and the only crib set I could stomach. I never knew how hard it was to decorate for a boy, especially, when I hadn’t met him, yet. I remember standing in front of that wall of crib bedding at Babies R Us. Did I like the dinosaurs? Nah. Did I like the cars? Meh, Did I like the baseball theme? UH, NO! SoHubby was going to go for the flower one, so I, finally, settled on the baby jungle theme. Everyone loves baby jungle animals, right? So that was Sam’s room for 5 yrs: white walls, a couple of shelves, a dresser, and a crib/toddler bed. It took the third kid to figure out I didn’t need a whole bedding set. They just cause trouble, anyway.
It was the perfect time to decorate Sam’s room: 1. He was 5 yrs old and needed to get out of his crib/toddler bed. and 2. I had gotten to know him, so I knew what he wanted. His room is a superhero/Star Wars theme. I have been corrected many times when I mentioned his room is a Superhero room only to be told that Star Wars is not superhero. Yeah, whatever.
The easy part was telling Sam all about his room. The hard part was actually doing the room. I have a fear of painting. Throughout the months I gathered posters, frames, bedding, curtains, and paint samples. Oh Lord, the paint samples! While I have a fear of painting, which includes picking out the color, SoHubby, on the other hand, has no fear of paint samples. When we were deciding on a color for our living room he would bring home handfuls of paint samples everyday. After awhile, all the colors blended together. I still don’t know what you call the color of our living room, but I know we can call it finished.
Then at the end of summer I had got the courage to buy 2 paint samples. It would take me another few weeks to get the courage to actually put them on the wall. Once you put that sample on the wall that’s it, you must commit to painting the whole thing.
It seems fitting that one massive storm inhibited us from preparing for Sam like we did with Amber, but another (not so massive) storm would get our butts in gear. Since we were all stuck home because of tropical storm Lee, I decided to bite the bullet and paint the room. There were many trips to Home Depot. Me letting go and trusting people, who you know do this kind of thing all the time. And SoHubby actually being trapped at home to help me. I was shocked that it took only a couple of hours to paint the room. Once that was done, we were off and running. There was some mishaps with those Command Strip things, which just forced us to go old school and use nails. Here is Sam’s room pretty much done. If anyone can suggest where I can find a slightly more big boy lamp shade, I can call the room officially done.
Sam’s new bed, curtains, Yoda clock (on the shelf), superhero posters nicely framed
And, of course, a Clone Trooper helmet to round things out.
The Clone Trooper helmet is actually from one of the many Halloween
costumes I got on sale.
A closer look at the posters. He got Spiderman and Transformer bedding.
As you can see my son doesn’t sleep under the comforter, but ontop with his
I really do like the paint color. I think it highlights the posters well.
The other side of the room and my favorite Spiderman poster.
That is Bumblebee’s helmet.
We have a Bobo Fett helmet, but for some reason it scares Sam at night, or so he says. I have to say I never thought, I would call to my son and demand that he takes his Bobo Fett helmet to his room, because “it doesn’t belong in the playroom”. Yeah, life is kind of surreal with kids.
You can see the offending lamp shade. Such a small detail that gives me fits.
I think I made up for it with the reusable wall stickers of Ben 10 Ultimate Alien Force. Don’t ask me anymore about Ben 10, because I have told you all I know and I get yelled at, because “I have told you a million times, mom. Why can’t you remember?” These stickers are a source of entertainment for Sam and SoHubby.
And when I say entertainment, I mean war of how the stickers should be applied.
Amber, Sam and SoHubby put the stickers on the wall. There was much disagreement where certain ones should go. Now, SoHubby will move a sticker only to have Sam come behind him and move it back.
And my favorite, the giant Anakin Skywalker wall sticker. It took a bit to put up, but I did it. The best part, his lightsaber glows in the dark. That alone should win me the Coolest Mom award.
These wall stickers are so cool and I love them. I can’t wait to use these when I redo the girls’ room, which won’t be until Evie is in a twin bed. If history as taught us anything that won’t be for another 3 years.
I am so happy we, finally, got Sam’s room done. It feels like it is truly his room, now.