DIY Gold Polka Dot Wall

Hi guys!  I’m finally back with an actual project!  You know, something that I did and now I’m going to show you how I did it.  Remember those posts?  Yeah, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it?  I’m finally starting to feel like myself again.  The spring weather is breaking through and I’m finally finding the inspiration I need to work on some projects!  It feels good to be “back”!

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We’ve been working on our basement lately, which doesn’t provide many pretty pictures (yet!) and I’ve been itching to work on something pretty.  So, I decided to spruce up our oldest daughter’s bedroom.  Her room really wasn’t in bad shape, it just lacked personality.

blank bedroom wall before polka dot wall treatment

My first step was adding these 3 inch gold vinyl polka dots from The House of Smiths.  I’m so in love with them!  They add so much interest and warmth to the room, don’t they?  I’m not usually much of a gold fan, but it’s really growing on me lately.

*Update : unfortunately at this time, The House of Smiths are no longer offering vinyl designs.  Hopefully they’ll add them back in again soon because I do love them!  :)

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I was able to knock this project out in just a couple hours.  The hardest part was figuring out my spacing, but once I got that down I was good to go!

I was originally going to start with the dots 20 inches apart horizontally and 10 inches apart vertically, but once I started, I realized I wouldn’t have enough dots for the whole wall (they come in packs of 40).  Thankfully, my husband came home from the store before I got too far into it and he helped me talk out what I wanted and how to make it work.  We eventually ended up spacing the dots 20 inches apart horizontally and 12 inches apart vertically.

We were all excited that we figured out this intense math problem … until I got to the last row.  I realized we counted wrong and I didn’t have enough to finish!  Grrr!  Well, see that dresser up there?  Mhmm, it doesn’t have any dots behind it!  I had just enough dots to do everything except for behind the dresser!  Phew!  Note to self, next time leave the math problems to someone else!

Okay, here’s how I got my dots pretty evenly spaced on the wall.

Once I figured out where I wanted to place my dots, I got out our trusty Bosch laser level square.  This tool helped SO much!  (Note: we probably didn’t need the “square” part of this tool since I only used the horizontal line, but it’s the only laser level we have, so we used it!)  I placed the level at the height I needed and placed the first dot in the middle of the wall.  Then I measured 20 inches out on either side (center to center) and placed those dots along the line.

Use laser level to make placing dots quick and easy

I repeated this step with the next row up.  Shifting the dots over by 10 inches.

Use laser level to make placing dots quick and easy

Once I got two rows done, it started going really fast.  Instead of having to measure out every single dot, I used my 2ft level to line up the dots vertically.  That red line on my hand is the laser level line.  I started by having the laser go through the middle of the dots, but found along the way that it was easier to set it up at the bottom of the dots and place them on that line.

Use level with ruler to space dots vertically

And that’s it!  Using both levels made this go super fast!  And I didn’t have to draw any marks on the wall, which makes me happy!

DIY gold polka dot wall -

DIY gold polka dot wall -

The best part is that these decals are easy to adjust if you make a mistake and easy to remove when your tastes have changed or you move.  We own our home, but with my husband’s job, we never really know how long we’ll be in one spot.  So I didn’t want to do anything that I’d have to do a lot of work to cover up when we went to sell our home.

These vinyl decals will peel off easily when it’s time to change things up or it’s time to move.

DIY gold polka dot wall -

DIY gold polka dot wall -

PS – I had a hard time sharing these photos because the room isn’t done yet.  We’re not keeping that brown lamp and if you look closely, you can see about 4 different shades of paint on the dresser. The room is still a work in progress, but I need to get better at just letting that go and sharing the progress as I get things done.  Because, really, if I waited till the room was done, this post might not have been done for another month!  :)

Linking to : Making Home Base, Liz Marie Blog, TT&J

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  1. love it, allison! so whimsical and fun!
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  2. Rylan’s room is now super cool! I love it!

  3. Kelly@ Thelilypadcottage says:

    Love it! Can’t wait to see the rest :) and I need to see it in person SOON!

  4. This looks great! The gold is perfect and it adds just enough to the room. Love it!
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    • Allison @ The Golden Sycamore says:

      Thanks Corey! I was a little nervous that it would be too much, but I’m glad it wasn’t! I agree, it adds “just enough”! :)

  5. This is so cute! I am in love the polka dots! Yeah it took me a while for the gold to grow on me…now I am trying to take it easy and not go nuts with it. Hehe
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    • Allison @ The Golden Sycamore says:

      Same here, Heather! I want to paint everything gold now! Haha! I have to keep telling myself that it could get to be too much really fast! ;)

  6. Anne Anderson says:

    I LOVE it! The polka dots do add a lot of personality to the room, and are SO Rylan!

  7. I think it’s looks great. Very soft and pretty. My sister and her husband bought a house where the previous home owner put a fresh coat of paint on the living walls everywhere but behind the sofa! Of course they didn’t notice when looking at the house but they sure did on move in day after the previous owners moved out.

    • Allison @ The Golden Sycamore says:

      That’s hilarious, Becky! I hope their couch covers it … or they plan on painting soon! :)

  8. So cute! Adds the perfect touch of gold to that accent wall.
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  9. Wow, that looks amazing! Spacing is always the hardest part, isn’t it? ~Lisa
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    • Allison @ The Golden Sycamore says:

      It was definitely the hardest part, Lisa! As you can tell since we didn’t even get it right when we thought we did! Haha! Oh well, it worked out in the end! :)

  10. Cute! I love polka dots! I have lots of polka dot walls on my kids room Pinterest board. They’re so fun!! We’ll see if any make it into little lady’s room when we start working on it.
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  11. I love it! Kudos for figuring out the math! I always refer to my high schooler for anything math related. Thanks so much for sharing this!!

    • Allison @ The Golden Sycamore says:

      Haha! I know! Once I learned math enough for a test, it was out of my brain! I never could hold on to that knowledge for long! :)

  12. LOVE how this turned out and I seriously need to get one of those laser levels! Pinned :)
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    • Allison @ The Golden Sycamore says:

      Thanks for pinning, Katie! And I love the laser level! It’s the first time I’ve really used it and it was so easy! It’s a great tool to have!

  13. I love how simple this is a such impact! It’s the perfect amount of polka dots and with that shimmer of gold! I really love it!!!!
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  14. I LOVE these !!!
    Definitely pinning – what a great job you did
    ( and I probably wouldn’t have bothered measuring at all so
    that tells you a little bit about my math skills lol )
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  15. I love, love, love how this turned out! The polka dots add such character to the wall and room. I love that this is an option for renters…wish I would have known about this back when I rented!
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  16. Allison, this is beyond fabulous. I LOVE IT! Pinning and sharing!

  17. Love it! Its a fairly easy project with a huge wow-factor!
    Thanks for the great tip.
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  18. Brittany says:

    Love this!! We just purchased a new home and I want to do something similar in my daughter’s room. What is the base color on that wall? On my computer it looks like it may have a blue-ish/gray tint? Or is it white? Thanks!!

    • Allison @ The Golden Sycamore says:

      Thanks Brittany! The color is SW Comfort Gray, mixed at 75%, so it’s a little lighter than the actual color. :)

  19. This is a lovely idea
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