With a family of four boys, we are always looking for adventure. A few years ago I wanted to give one of my boys an Indiana Jones themed room. We already had army green walls with a Star and Stripes Mural on one wall (from a previous airplane themed room). The star and stripes would work perfect with the vintage travel and adventures of Indiana Jones.
The opposite wall was painted a medium blue and then I painted a (really easy) World Map mural. It was to remind me of the maps they show when Indie is flying from one archaeological site to another. A spare craftsman desk and vintage industrial chair help create age to the space.
The bed was a great purchase 11 years ago for my first son (see it HERE in his surfing room). It has a slide, ladder and the perfect hideaway underneath for sleepovers, reading, or make believe Indiana Adventures. I added plug in rope light under the mattress for light.
Now this was a find. Believe it or not, I was in the middle of decorating this room when the 4th Indiana Jones movie came out. I went with my husband (to feed his Diet Coke addiction) to our nearest Maverick convenience store. I saw this on the front window. We happened to have a friend that worked there at the time, thanks Jennifer, and the day we asked for it was the day it was to be thrown in the trash so they gave it to us! It is like a window cling, but has the slightest amount of sticker stick on the back side.
At the time I had a Silhouette vinyl cutting machine that another friend, thanks Erik, let me use. I had fun covering old boxes with warnings (like in the giant warehouse in the 4th movie). I also cut out over-sized ants and made them crawl behind the baseboard and door (again, from the 4th movie).
A few more details help the overall feel of the room. An Indiana Jones map from the Adventures Outpost shop at Disneyland. An old water bag we inherited from my husband’s grandfather. Snakes! A first aid medicine cabinet and trunks that hold unknown treasures (and lots of junk).
I love this vintage industrial chair (and will probably bring it downstairs soon). A vintage looking lantern (from Target) and a few lashings of rope help give the bed the look of a camp set up at an archaeological dig.
I hope you enjoyed our adventure! Now go make a fun room for your little boy, it’s easier than you think.