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DIY Polka Dot Statement Wall

2 Nov

I’ve been trying to rearrange things in the bedroom so I can feel like it’s fully decorated. I’m so lazy when it comes to house stuff that i haven’t really done any hardcore decorating since I moved in; and when that happened I put all my energy into the living room and barely made an effort on the rest of the house.

I fell in love with the idea of a statement print wall when I saw this post on ABM, but was a little nervous to commit to  painting with black since it would be hard to cover it up if I didn’t like it. Then I came across this idea online and was so excited to start! I never thought of using contact paper; so smart! It’s completely safe on paint and makes the project super fast to complete and FAST to take down if I ever feel like switching things up.

  1. Supplies: scissors, pen, contact paper, and a circle to trace (I used an oatmeal lid)
  2. Trace a good amount of dots and cut them out. This is a great project to do while zoning out with Neftlix. I think I cut 30-50 dots in the course of a couple episodes of Once Upon a Time, haha.
  3. Stack up the dots and leave them under some heavy books or VHS tapes. This will help flatten them out so they’re easier to work with!
  4. Use tape and stick dots up on the wall to get an idea of the spacing you’ll want to use. Once you’ve got a good number up and can tell where your columns and rows fall, you can freehand the rest as you go. Start peeling off the backs of the contact paper and attach dots to the wall. Smooth out the dots starting at the middle, moving out towards the edges so you don’t create any creases/wrinkles. Use a needle to pop any air bubbles. I didn’t find it necessary for this project since my wall surface is slightly textured.

I also had a lot of fun picking out photos to print in B&W for this wall. I’ve been wanting to take down my “Tie Wall” lately. It was a glorious display of ugly ties in its hay-day, but after 2 years all those ties were getting PRETTY dusty and several of them weren’t even on their hangers anymore and looked out of place. It was definitely time for an update and I think these photos did the trick.


DIY Polka Dot Pillowcases

1 Feb

Here is my last of 4 Pinterest projects for January. I was so excited about this shirt tutorial and wanted to give it a try before I start dotting all my clothes. I had some boring white pillow cases that came in a sheet set from Ross, so I thought this would spruce them up and also add some fun contrast to my newly made-over bed. I used the top of a milk cap to stamp the dots and filled them in using a cheap craft brush from Hobby Lobby. I popped in a movie last night and got started. It took about an hour and a half start to finish and I left the paint dry overnight. My biggest regret was not setting up my workspace a little better. I had to clean so many black spots off my hardwood floor! Haha.

In action:

DIY Lamp Makeover

5 Jan

Here’s a project I’m pretty proud of from early December. I found this set of funky lamps at a thrift store marked as half price for the day. $6 for the pair. I used some old spray paint I had lying around the house and bought a set of basic white shades for about $18 at Target. I love how this came out!

In action: