Saturday, May 11, 2013

how to hand paint a polka dot wall - a step by step tutorial




this is the best $10 makeover a room can EVER have.

you only need a few supplies and i bet you have almost all of them on hand.
go to home depot and buy this paint:




martha stewart living metallic paint in vintage gold.

you'll also need:

a level
a measuring tape
cardboard or card stock
a plate, bowl, or round object the size you want your wall dots to be
scissors
a pencil
a paintbrush
a step ladder
and a lot of time and patience.

i'm pretty sure there's a MUCH easier way to go about this, but i didn't have time to figure it out.
i wanted to get going and get it done!

gather your supplies and trace your plate {or whatever} on the cardboard or card stock and cut it out. my dots are about 5.5".
now let's measure.
get comfortable with measuring, we're going to be doing a LOT of measuring.





if you mess up measuring and tracing...




make sure you have extra wall paint for touch ups!
{mr. clean magic eraser didn't work either!}






keep measuring, tracing and measuring and tracing and measuring and tracing.
or if you get bored like me, alternate tracing and measuring for painting.
painting is way more fun anyways.




this paint has really good coverage for a metallic, but i used about three coats on every dot because i wanted them to all have the exact same perfect sheen.
{yes, i know i'm a little nuts...}




i really wanted this wall done so i could take photos of the twins wearing my leggings for my website.



such a silly little outtake of a silly little girl.


we had a lifestyle shoot with stephanie ryan and i love this photo she took of the girls SO much.
i always hear them jumping on their beds upstairs and love how this captured their silly personalities and their fun polka dot wall!

good luck if you decide to tackle it yourself!

15 comments:

  1. How fun! Lovely girls!
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  2. This looks so hard, but also I kind of love the end result. Some things are worth it, right?

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  3. Love those walls, those girls and your life :)
    Seriously though, your lifestyle shoot was amazing. I want to see every single picture.
    And please tell me that is a font and not your handwriting on the pictures. I need that font in my life.

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  4. ^^ ditto what Erica said, that font needs to part of my life as well :)
    this wall is such a labour of love! your girls are also pretty awesome!

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  5. Your girls, your sewing, and this wall is all ah-mazing. Thank you for inspiring me! I will be attempting to do a wall like this in my daughters bedroom. I have tried a few different size spot templates, but the sizes just don't seem right... May I ask what size the spots on your wall are? Thank you :)

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  6. Your girls, your sewing, and this wall is all ah-mazing. Thank you for inspiring me! I will be attempting to do a wall like this in my daughters bedroom. I have tried a few different size spot templates, but the sizes just don't seem right... May I ask what size the spots on your wall are? Thank you :)

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