My littlest bean has long outgrown her crib, but other than it’s removal from her room and the addition of a bed, everything else has stayed exactly the same. A few months ago I thought it would be fun to do a little update and ordered some wall decals. In general I’m not a decal person, but these were just too darn cute to pass up.
But life sometimes gets in the way and by the time I remembered the decals six months had passed. I was worried that perhaps the extended time they’d spent rolled up would tragically warp them but bless those decals, they were perfect. And applying them couldn’t be easier.
Start with a clean wall. Your polka dot decals come in one long roll. Cut them into smaller sections as they are easier to handle that way.
I bought my set from Walls Need Love and not only were they exactly what I wanted but the instructions were cute (I appreciate humor wherever I can get it). I ordered the 2″ polka dots in gold. They send you a burnishing tool but I found for the size of my decals and the orange peel texture of my walls (why, oh why, do builders use this texture?!) my fingers worked perfectly for the job.
Peel the paper back from the decal as opposed to peeling the decal off. It saves you from inadvertently creasing your decals.
I knew I wanted a random pattern with a concentration of dots up high and more dispersed dots as they came down the wall. To achieve this look I applied the decals in sections, starting from the top and working my way down. This also helped me to check each section after I’d finished it to make sure the dots were evenly distributed and I wasn’t accidentally creating patterns as I worked. You’d be amazed at the brain…you’re going for random but the brain is built for patterns. If you don’t check your work along the way, you may find you accidentally have created patterns on your wall without trying.
The last step I did was to stand back and look for any gaps that look wrong. I kept a few dots to “fill in” these spots.
The total cost for the decals was $22 and it took me about 35 minutes from start to finish. Money and time well spent when you consider the alternative…
And I have. I wanted to do polka dots of various colors and sizes in my girls’ bathroom. Only this was long ago, before I learned to love decals. I painstakingly drew each circle with a compass and then hand painted each polka dot with a little paint brushes. Total time=3 days. Total cost=$10. No question about it; the decals win.
So for a few bucks and a little decal action, we turned a blank wall into a bit of fabulousness!