Monday, July 14, 2014

Super Room Redo

This month's Silhouette challenge theme is My Favorite Things.  One of my absolute favorite things is vinyl.  I really can't imagine my life without it now!  It's so versatile.  And my favorite's REVERSIBLE!!  You can peel it right back off!

So when we first decorated our nursery we bought some vinyl birch trees, and I absolutely loved them.  I transferred the trees to the dining room walls when we converted it into a playroom.  So with the newly bare walls in my son's room, I thought it was the perfect time to upgrade the nursery into more of a big boy room...something less gender neutral and something he can grow into it.  Well there was no question on the HAD to be Superman!  I searched everywhere for a cityscape scene to really bring the room together, but nothing was really catching my eye, and the price tags were deterring me even more.  I toyed with the idea of making my own, but the task seemed daunting.  The sheer size of the wall was overwhelming.  I finally worked up the nerve to give it a try...and I couldn't be happier with the results.  I'll never buy another wall decal again!  It was so much easier than I though it would be!

I used a combination of the building and tower shapes from the Silhouette online shape store.  First I made a mock-up in Silhouette Studio of what I wanted the decal to look like on the walls.  Notice how my original vision was completely different.  I first thought it would be neat to have solid buildings all in different colors to make a big statement on the wall behind the crib.

It wasn't until I taped up all the different vinyls to the wall that I realized it was WAY too busy for the room.  Maybe if it was on a smaller scale it would have looked better, but I decided I wanted to go more simple.  A little more like the trees that I loved so much.

I wanted a little pop of color, so in the end I decided on this design.

I wanted to show you a couple of the steps I went through to create the outline of the building, but you can scroll down further to see pictures of how it all turned out.

First I used the tracing tool to trace the outer edge of the building so I could have a shape without the windows.

Then I used the offset tool to create a shape slightly larger than the building.  This created an outline of the building.  I added the windows back and it was as simple as that!

I thought it would be best to cut the building up into manageable pieces, not only to make it easier to put on the wall, but I'm secretly a big vinyl hoarder.  :)

I was able to cram a bunch of building pieces together and only ended up using 2 rolls of white vinyl for the entire project.  Not too shabby.  I used another whole roll for the blue.

So there you have it!  Easy, right?  It only took me a couple minutes months to whip that up!

So now to the good part...

I'm so glad I went simple in the end.  I was able to go bold with the fabrics.  And my amazing Grandmother made a quilt that fits the room perfectly.  I love how everything turned out.

My goal was to make a room with a Superman feel without being overwhelmingly Superman. 
So instead I added little touches here and there to make it a little more subtle.
I also added little touches of all his interests.
And there you have it.  My super room redo!  Be sure to check out all of these other amazing projects in our favorite things challenge.

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration! A Gift for the Bride-to-Be Silhouette Challenge: My Favorite Things My Favorite Things Keepsake Box Printable Tattoos for Crafters & DIYers Super Hero Backpacks Geometric Two Tone Shirt Refashion Instagram Paper Album Reasons I Love Daddy Ctrl Alt Del Pillows Outside Decor: DIY Pallet Board Sign Yo-Ho It's a Pirate Party How To Use Silhouette Sketch Pens Combining My Favorite Things, Baking and Crafting - July Silhouette Challenge Pride & Prejudice Subway Style Art Favorite Silhouette Challenge Just umm, Let it Go Temporary My Little Pony Tattoos Mike Holmes Baby Onesie Monogram It: A Memo Board Makeover Super Room Redo The Best Summer Ever Freebie and Tutorial Summertime Toes Crafty Girls Hair Accessories Holder Watercolor Wall Art Ice Cream Cone T-Shirt Sun Fun Shirt Family Wall Art: Scrabble Edition Serving Tray Upcycle Making Custom Rhinestone Designs Etched Glass Coasters Church Nursery Wall Quote
1. Just a Girl and Her Blog // 2. The Frill of Life // 3. A Time For Seasons // 4. The Thinking Closet // 5. Ginger Snap Crafts // 6. Grey Luster Girl // 7. Simply Kelly Designs // 8. Home At Eight // 9. Please Excuse My Craftermath... // 10. My Paper Craze // 11. Mama Sonshine // 12. Practically Functional // 13. Adventures in All Things Food // 14. Two Purple Couches // 15. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 16. Sowdering About // 17. Cutesy Crafts // 18. My Mom Made That // 19. Pitter and Glink // 20. Pineapples And Pinecones // 21. Dream a Little Bigger // 22. McCall Manor // 23. TitiCrafty // 24. unOriginal Mom // 25. Persia Lou // 26. Lil Mrs Tori // 27. Home. Made. Interest. // 28. Sandpaper and Glue // 29. Silhouette School // 30. Creative Ramblings // 31. My Favorite Finds


  1. Wow, I love it! I haven't tried doing any large scale vinyl projects, mostly jus things that fit on the 12x12 mat, or slightly larger. Is it very hard to match all of the pieces up?

    1. It really wasn't that bad! It probably helped because they were mostly straight lines I was dealing with. You should definitely give it a whirl!

  2. That is amazing! and great job breaking up the building into lines, I hate wasting stuff so that was a great way to make sure you got the max out of a roll.

    1. Thanks! I hate wasting too! It definitely made it easier to put up too!

  3. That is awesome!! I haven't made many vinyl projects with my Silhouette, but this is some A+ inspiration.

    1. Thank you! Once you try vinyl, you will be hooked!

  4. What a cool nursery! My nephew would flip over this room. So awesome!

  5. Kerri,
    I think you are Super Mom for this room. Your work for the challenge Awesome. The attention to detail in your sons room is priceless,
    Karen Marie
    Dragonfly & Lily Pads

    1. Thanks so much! I had so much fun doing it! :)


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