Most parents hope that their kids will have interests that reflect their own, as it will give them something to always have in common.
When this dad realized he and his kids both loved Harry Potter, he decided to give their bedroom a complete makeover.
He took pictures throughout, documenting the entire process. Afterward, he posted the images on Imgur.
After taking all the furniture out of the bedroom, this dad taped off the doorways and floors to begin painting.
Since Harry Potter primarily takes place in Hogwarts castle, he wanted the room to look like it belonged there.
“The walls get a good coat of solid gray and the texture helps to create the ‘stone’ look,” he explained.
The next step was adding the stone pattern, which he did by using and manipulating a cheap picture frame.
Once he found a design and arrangement he liked, he traced the lines on with pencil, then went over them with a brush and black paint.
The black paint was meant to look like the grout lines between the stones.
When he finished tracing and painting the lines on the wall, he realized they looked great, though still a little flat.
In order to make it more three-dimensional, he went back in with a darker color.
“I mixed some black paint with the previous gray for the base coat to make a darker shade,” he explained. “Then I used a small roller to give it texture. It seemed to work best when I would roll most of the paint out of the roller before applying it to the wall so that it barely covered.”
Next, he chose an artificial light source and started dabbing white onto two sides of the stones.
This gave the stones an even more finished look, making them seem realistic.
That was the final step for the walls. Don’t they look like they belong inside of a castle?
Once he was finished with the walls, the next step was to paint the ceiling.
He explained: “I used the base coat of black to hit the ceiling. Then I took some acrylics and started sponging them in random patterns after looking at pictures of space.”
The ceiling in the Great Hall of Hogwarts is magical and shows the outside sky, so this dad wanted to make it look like it was constantly nighttime in the room.
Afterward, it was time to make decorations to complete the styling of the room.
He started by making wands with chopsticks, dowel rods, and hot glue.
He would the hot glue around the wands in different patterns.
Some wands look like they had a particular design in mind, while others look more random.
After the glue dried, he mixed together some brown paint and brushed it onto the wands.
In Harry Potter, all the wands are made out of different types of wood, so the color varieties all look incredible.
The next decoration he decided to tackle were books.
“I found some book spines online (and made some others) to print out. I bought a few random old books for really cheap at a used bookstore and taped them on,” he explained.
The books, which definitely complete the Harry Potter element of the room, feature some of the most popular textbooks and magical books the characters read.
Some of the titles include Rita Skeeter’s The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore, Bathilda Bagshot’s A History of Magic, and Gilderoy Lockhart’s Magical Me.
Placed around the room with other decorations like owls and wands, the books bring an authentic element to the room.
The completed room also included a beautiful broomstick, which would be tons of fun for any kid to practice “flying” on.
Using paper towel and toilet paper rolls (and more hot glue), he also made some beautiful floating candles, which he hung from the ceiling with flickering tea lights.
Potions like the ones pictured above give the space an added air of magical authenticity.
What do you think of this beautiful Harry Potter room? I want to redecorate my room immediately!
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