I’ve shared past makeovers for our boy’s rooms. Remember the orange room, that I decorated with skateboards? Well, today I am sharing a paint project that my husband was not on board with, but thankfully allowed. My son John was the sole inspiration for this Pokemon bedroom transformation. You see, John being a bit of an artist himself, came up with the idea to make his room into a Poké Ball, or as I like to say, and inside out Poké Ball, because let’s face it, if you’re inside a Poké Ball, you couldn’t see the outside of it could you (yes, this is what my family has to deal with on a regular basis)?
My husband was against this idea from the start because he hates painting with colors like black and red because the paint gets thin when you start painting with bold colors such as these. That, and he knows how difficult and time consuming it can be to paint over those colors. Thankfully after much begging, and explaining that the black line would be very small, and the white would brighten up the room, he caved.
Unlike our girl’s Little Mermaid bedroom makeover, we weren’t working with white walls. No, no, no…. we were working with this beauty of a room:
You’ll notice that we don’t usually remove everything from the room before we paint, so if the mess bothers you, I’m sorry. My husband is an amazing painter, and can paint quickly, and without making a mess, so this is how we do it.
How horrible is this color, and this flower? Although, who am I to judge? I’m sure someone looking at my son’s Poké Ball room is likely to say the same.
This flower was ridiculously annoying. Every time we thought we had painted over it, it would just come back through. The paint was very thick on the outline, but after many coats, we got it covered.
As you can see, the room was very very green. It was like this when we moved in, and John had to endure this for a year. Thankfully he was patient with us.
As you may have noticed in previous pictures, my husband started by filling in the hundreds of holes John made in the wall, then painted the ceiling, and the baseboards.
Once he finished with those, he started with the red, and outlined the entire room. He made marks around the room so he would have a rough idea of where to stop painting, but since the black stripe was going across the center, he didn’t have to worry too much about covering the red or white.
As you can see, painting over the flower proved to be pretty tricky.
It wasn’t until he painted the white, that I really started to get excited. It opened the room up so much, and I was finally starting to see the vision my son saw for his Poké Ball room!
Of course the flower was still being a pain in the butt!
The black stripe was the most time consuming part of this paint job. He had to measure and tape, and measure again, and tape.
Then he would level, and re-tape.
Finally, he ended up purchasing one of these cool Skil laser levels and it worked great. Though, he did say if you plan to use it often he would recommend getting a more heavy duty (more expensive ) laser level.
Once he had everything measured and taped off, he finally started painting again!
We both went back and forth on how to do the circle in the middle of the black stripe, and finally my idea won out. I suggested that we trace a bucket lid and paint around it with an edger, and then paint inside the circle as best we could. It worked like a charm and I had painted the rest with a tiny paint brush (think art class) to fix any spots where we couldn’t get close enough, or pain splattered.
I think it turned out pretty stinkin’ awesome.
I was getting a lot of glare from the snow outside, but will update with more “after” pics as soon as my son cleans his room (hey, I’m honest).
So what do you think?