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