When I was planning the baby’s nursery, one of the main things I wanted was a patterned accent wall. To make things a bit easier on myself, I decided to go the decal route to create a polka dot wall. Although I absolutely loved the way the finished product turned out, it took a bit longer than expected. So if you’re considering doing one of your own, hopefully I can save you some pain and frustration!
Because I’m not a very good “visualizer,” we started by eye-balling some dots on the wall to estimate the spacing. It did give us a fairly good idea of how the wall might turn out, but we wasted precious time cutting out the dots, taping them to the wall with painter’s tape, and changing up spacing. When it came down to it, I knew I wanted a more organized system for actually applying the dots, so we essentially had to start from scratch.
This time, we decided to grid the wall. We started off five inches from the top of the wall and spaced each horizontal string ten inches apart.
We followed the same pattern for the vertical lines. We measured five inches from the right side of the wall, and placed each vertical line ten inches apart.
I wanted a more staggered look to the dots. So instead of applying a dot to every line intersection, we staggered them for every other row. This created a more diamond pattern rather than a square box pattern. (For example, on the top row, we placed a dot along the horizontal line in the midpoint between the two vertical intersections. On the next row, we placed each dot at the intersection of every vertical and horizontal line.)
The finished product? A perfectly polka-dotted wall! (And a sneak preview of baby’s nursery! ;))
Other details you may want to know?
I purchased my polka dot decals on GroopDealz, but you can buy identical ones here.
We used a total of 114 polka dots. Without the monogram it would have been 117, or nine rows of thirteen.
The gray paint color is Valspar’s Urban Sunrise in eggshell finish.