Batman, The Dark Knight, Bedroom Makeover
The Batman Room Makeover
Do you have a child that is a Batman fan? Does your son or daughter think the Dark Knight Detective is the coolest superhero out there. Here is a fun and not too costly way to give that boy or girl a Batman Bedroom Makeover that is sure to impress. It does involve some time and work, but not so much as to make it not worth seeing their face(s) when you do the "Big Reveal". With a little creativity and a weekend's worth of hustle this could be your kiddo's bedroom. To the Batcave!
Step One: Initial Painting
The first step to creating this Batman themed room is to paint the walls and ceilings. Be sure to tape off each area before painting to ensure clean lines where the ceiling, the walls and the trim all meet. This will insure a clean professional look. A drop cloth should be used to keep paint off of the floor and any furniture that isn't removed before painting. Chose a light grey satin finish paint for the walls to give them the feel of the city after dark with a glow of lights from the city. Paint the ceiling and all of the trim in a matte black paint, as this will provide your nighttime sky and a nice contrast around doors, closets and windows. Remember to prime the walls if you have color on them already to ensure proper coverage. Allow paint to dry and apply a second coat if necessary.
Batman: Gotham City Skyline (in progress)
Batman: Gotham City Skyline (nearing completion)
Step Two: Creating the City Skyline
The next step is to design your city skyline. This can be done with either a paper and pencil or on any computer graphic program. Once you have decided on the look of your skyline, use a pencil and yardstick to plot the design on the wall. Wrap the skyline around the corner where the headboard of the bed will be. Using painter's tape (I prefer FrogTape with PaintBlock by ShurTech), outline the outer edges of the skyline. Do not worry about lines within the outline at this time, as those will be added later. After the entire outline has been blocked out with the painter's tape, paint within those boundaries with a darker grey than the one used for the sky walls. This color should be between the sky color and the ceiling color, but not too dark. Once the paint has dried, carefully remove the painter's tape to reveal the city skyline.
Now, take a medium, not too thick or thin, black Sharpie and using the straight edge again, trace the outline of the skyline and follow the lines down to the bottom trim. Take the time to decide which buildings are in front of other buildings and draw your lines accordingly (see pictures) and then add additional design elements as shown.
Batman: Gotham City Skyline (finished)
Batman: Gotham City Skyline (Sharpie details)
Batman: Gotham City Skyline (Sharpie details)
Batman: Wayne Industies
Batman: Swinging at Arkham Asylum
Batman: Detective Comics #27 May, 1939...1st Appearance of Batman
Batman: The Joker left his Card
Batman: Glow in the Dark Bat Symbol
Batman: Gotham Blvd.
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman: Gotham City Limits
Batman: Swinging on Gotham
Step Three: Batman and Gotham Designs
This next step is where the creativity comes in...or contacting me. Design the Gotham Blvd sign, Arkham Asylum sign, the Bat symbol etc as shown in the picture. These are all custom designed for this project. The pictures of Batman and the Joker, as pictured, were found online. Be sure to measure the areas that they will be placed before designing to ensure that they will fit properly. After all of your designs are finished, save them on one page, to size, as a PDF (or the file type your printer prefers). You can group them tight together on the page to save printing costs, as they will be hand cut and the alignment on the page is irrelevant. It will probably take a 30" x 72" sheet to fit all of the component pieces. Once printed on indoor polypropylene in full color, you need to hand cut each piece out. Take your time and be patient. It will pay off. Be sure to trim away ALL of the white edges on the cutout pieces as this will distract from the finished look.
Take each piece, one at a time, and place upside down on a flat surface. A piece of cardboard works well for this and can then be thrown away after use. Apply a generous, but not dripping amount of DIF Universal Wallcovering & Border Adhesive by Zinsser, to the back of each piece. Make sure the whole back is covered out to the edges, but not globbed on. Do this one at a time as you are ready to adhere them to the wall. Do not add the adhesive to all of the pieces at the same time or it will dry before you have a chance to hang them. Position each piece on the wall where you have planned and smooth it out to remove bubbles and wrinkles. This can be done by hand and requires no special tools. If you misplace a piece you can immediately remove it, add some additional adhesive and reapply. Once dry, the excess can be easily removed by gently wiping it off.
Step Four: The Glow-in-the-Dark Bat Symbol
Take the cutout Bat symbol and adhere it to the ceiling just as was done with the designs for the walls. Spray around the symbol with Krylon Glowz spray. SAFETY: Wear goggles and a face mask. Spray an oval shape about 3" larger all the way around the symbol. Then remove the symbol. Now, the outlined area with appear to be a glowing Bat Symbol at night.
Step Five: Furniture Choices and Placement
If choosing new furniture, try to choose dark blue colors if possible and those with straight lines and defined edges. This will add to the city skyline feel. If you are not replacing furniture, you can paint your existing furniture with a Krylon spray and make it look like new. Gray furniture will work as well, but the dark blue ties all the colors together very well.
Place the headboard of the bed against the short edge of the skyline and the length of the bed against the full wall skyline. Place a dresser, preferably a taller one below the "Billboard" to give the illusion that it is placed on top of the "dresser building". Add grey, black and or dark blue bedding to finish of the look. A mutli-light floor lamp allows for additional lighting that can be directed where needed.
Step Six: The Big Reveal
If possible, keep the theme a secret from your little Bat-fan. Have them stay at the grandparents house or have a "camp out" weekend in the living room. They can be lead to believe that you are just painting their room and you don't want them in there until it is done. Then, right before you are going to show them their room, tell them you have a surprise for them. Have them close their eyes and stand outside their bedroom door. Go in and get your camera/video recorder ready. Tell them to come in. Record the look of awe and excitement as your child realizes that you did more than just paint their room. (The "Gotham City Limits" sign should be put up after the reveal to ensure a true surprise)
Need Help with the Design?
If you like what you see and want or need help in the design and/or printing of the Batman Room Makeover, just contact me. I can help with all facets of design and printing, but not application, unless you live fairly close. I hope you enjoyed this Hub and you found it useful. Let me know and share your pictures.