When Cole Bradburn learned that he and his wife Casey were expecting their first child, he knew exactly what he wanted to do.
“I’d always had the idea for a video game-themed room,” Cole told Polygon in a recent interview. “But I didn’t know if Casey would be on board.”
Lucky for him and his unborn son, Casey was amenable, so Cole teamed up with his friend Wes Swain to create a nursery based on his favorite video game series, The Legend of Zelda.
Almost as soon as he published a video of the final product on his website last week, it began to attract attention from all corners of the internet – including several people who wanted to translate the Hylian script beneath the Master Sword. But the soon-to-be-famous project began modestly between two friends several months ago.
He and Wes, who had previously created a Yoshi’s Island-themed nursery for his daughter, began by spitballing ideas. In those early stages, when they were still mocking everything up in Photoshop, they estimated that the project would only take a couple of weeks – 50 or 60 hours, at most – but even the best laid plans have a way of expanding.
“Truth be told, it was probably two weeks before any of the acrylic paint got on the wall,” Cole said.