This is week 3 of the One Room Challenge, and today I’m going to show you how I created a polka dot accent wall in our master bedroom. If you’re new here, this is my plan for our master bedroom makeover
Last week I mentioned that I was going to share with you how I reupholstered our bed. However, I did not work on that this week. I was having some second thoughts about the fabric I chose. After I bought it and brought it home, it just felt too busy and wasn’t quite the look I was going for.
But I think I’ve figured out a solution to the fabric situation, and if all goes according to plan I will be sharing our bed makeover next week.
So instead of working on the bed, this week I worked on an inexpensive accent wall using white polka dot wall decals.
The To-Do List
Finish installing some remaining pieces of trim Caulk, fill nails holes, and do two coats of paint on the trim and doors
- Install one last pocket door hardware
Create an inexpensive accent wall
- Makeover some yard sale bedside tables
- Upholster the bed
- Add some art to the walls
- Develop a better system to reduce clutter
Why did I choose polka dot decals?
There are a few options for an accent wall that I considered before deciding on polka dots decals. They are, with the reasons I decided against them:
- Wallpaper – very beautiful, but way too expensive. This would have been my top choice, but it wasn’t in the budget
- Solid color painted wall – While paint is inexpensive, I’m sick of painting, so I really didn’t feel like it.
- Painted stripes using Frogtape – looks great, but I’ve done that before (here, here, and here) and wanted to try something else. And plus, I’m tired of painting.
- Wood plank wall – I probably would have needed Tony’s help, and he has enough going on that whatever I chose had to be all on me.
- Vinyl decals – cheap, easy, removable = perfect accent wall
So that’s how I landed on vinyl polka dots wall decals. I bought 1 inch white polka dots on Etsy. I spent less than $30, but the cost will depend on your pattern and how many dots you will need.
Make a plan for your polka dot accent wall
Figure out where the focal point of your wall is. For our master bedroom, I felt the most important area was above the window. I planned the first dot to be in the center of the window, centered between the window and the ceiling.
You can do some fancy math to determine the best spacing for your dots, but I just did what I thought looked good. For this first wave of dots, they are all spaced 8 inches apart vertically and horizontally.
First Row is the most important
Make sure you use a level when you place your first row of dots. I measured all the other dots off the top row, so if the first row is not perfectly straight, all the other dots will be slightly off.
Creating a polka dot accent wall
After I finished the top row, I created vertical lines by placing the dots every 8 inches.
Every now and then I checked the horizontal lines just to make sure they were level too.
Then just keep going until you’ve filled the whole wall!
I don’t always know where to stop, so I added more dots in the center of each square.
And then I ran out of dots, so that’s how I left it for now!
What do you think? Do you like my original design with less dots…
or with more dots?
Next week I’ll be working on the bed, plus starting to work on the bedside tables. I’ve finally decided on a color for the tables, so stay tuned!