Sunday 21 March 2021

Easy polka dot wall DIY

This morning when I woke up and opened my eyes, a huge grin spread over my face. Why? Because I saw my happy polka dot wall I made yesterday!

I'm not exactly what you would call a DIY queen - far from it. But I've always had an affinity for painting walls, and over the years I've used pretty much every colour of the rainbow. Going white last year was quite the departure for me, especially after rocking bright pink walls for 3 years. I still love the white, but there was one wall that was very boring:
Pretty bland. 

I had toyed with the idea of doing an accent wall last year already, but couldn't make up my mind what I wanted. I chose a colour, Drifting Sand from Beauti-Tone, and it has been sitting in my kitchen for 12 months. 

Until yesterday. I was scrolling through Pinterest as I was having my morning coffee when I came across this pin. As soon as I saw it I knew: I was gonna do a polka dot wall!

I tried on a piece of paper to do the dots with a brush, but I didn't like how they turned out. Then I considered using a potato, but that also wasn't quite how I wanted it to look. A quick search on Pinterest led me to this tutorial and it worked perfectly!

It's really simple: all you need is a new kitchen sponge, scissors and paint. I eyeballed it when I cut the circle because I didn't want it to look super-perfect. 

Then I dipped the sponge into the paint, removed excess paint at the rim (so it doesn't drip) and applied it to the wall with a little twist. I turned it clockwise about a quarter to distribute the paint more evenly.

Here is how it looks from a few feet away:

And this is a close-up:

As you can see the dots are not one solid colour, which is what I was going for. I absolutely love how it turned out!

It took me about 3 hours to complete, which is much shorter than it would have been had I chosen wallpaper. 

And voila! Just the right dose of whimsy to add some more fun to my bedroom!

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