Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: DIY Polkadot Wall

Friday, November 23, 2012

DIY Polkadot Wall

Hello there Blissful and Domestic fans! I'm a fan of Danielle and her lovely blog, and I'm so happy to be guest posting here with all of you today! So please allow me to introduce myself first. My name is Olga and I blog over at 
Stardust - Decor and Style. I'm married to the love of my life and we have two great kiddos. I quit my job in a shipping company two years ago and after a while we bought our current house.
Since then... I'm in continuous search of finding treasures in the blogland!  And my blog is all about that as well as DIY, decoration, makeovers and transformations, house tours
and everything beautiful!

So, today I'm gonna show you how I painted polka dots (here-below) on one of the walls of my daughter's bedroom.

First I gave the whole room three coats of yellow paint. Ok that
was not a problem. Then I had to figure out how I would create a polka dot stencil. I tried several ideas such as, adhesive contact paper, or hand painting the circles directly on the wall, but none of  those methods seemed to create the perfect circle. 

So what I did is this: I cut out a piece of cardboard and painted in the circles. I used a pan lid for the size of the circles and several  pieces of cardboard (you can't use the same stencil over and over again as they're getting 
wet by the paint and they get to wrinkle). This means a lot of cutting out... in fact 100 of them!. 
In case you're mad enough willing to attempt this yourself, these are the steps in photos:

During the process you'll need a meter or a ruler by your side at all times to measure the distance between the dots, as they have to be symmetrical for this specific look. 

You go on like this until you cover up the whole wall. When you're done, (oh no! don't let it fool you, you're not done yet, at least I wasn't!) have a closer look at each dot. Hmmm... some of the them are not perfectly round (dang!)

Here is where we need to use the round pieces of the cardboard that we cut out earlier, for this
reason don't throw them away.

Put the round cardboard on each circle and using a small brush paint around it with the basic color of your wall, like this:

And finally this is what you'll get:

So this is our own painted version of polka dots! It's the first time that I've tried something like  that and I'm telling you it wasn't either an easy or a quick project. But I'm so excited about  what I've accomplished here! When you first walk into the room, it seems like it's a wallpaper that's covering the whole wall. 

Just for the record and in case you STILL want to do this, I have to tell you that the "polka dot"  project took me ten whole hours, while there was a heat wave here in Greece and the temperature had reached 42°C, i.e.107°F! (during the process I lost 2kgs, and this is a fact!)

So what do you think? Was it worth it?

Here is the before and after shot of the room:

If you wanna see some more before and afters of my projects, hop on over to
my blog and check this out.

Hope to see you all, have a great day everyone
and a big thanks to Danielle for having me today!  

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  1. Ī¤hanks for having me here Danielle! Have a lovely weekend!

  2. That is a beautiful wall, and a true labor of love! You must have the patience of a saint!! Not to mention a strong will and stamina. Very beautiful, and a job well done. I know your daughter loves it.

  3. welldone Olga, its realy seems like a wallpaper!!


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