In my home and here on the blog, I try to do original and unique projects. Even when I see something I love on Pinterest, I often challenge myself to tweak the concept just enough to call it my own. Well friends, this is not one of those times. The fact of the matter is that sometimes I come across something that is just so so so awesome (so awesome that I can’t stop thinking about it and relentlessly search my home for a blank wall to do the same thing to!), that there’s no use trying to re-invent the wheel or put my own spin on it. That is the case with my DIY Gold Polka-Dot Wall. Somebody else has done it (well, actually, a lot of people have done it). It.is.awesome…and I wanted to do it too. So I did. And it makes me SO SO SO happy!
I first fell in love with this idea when I came across this amazing coral dresser and its gold-polka-dotted backdrop (bottom left). Then, when I saw this room makeover (bottom right), the deal was done and I was immediately ordering some metallic gold contact paper.
I’ve shown you a few sneak peaks of the wall already over the course of the last week…here with our new stools…
…and here with our new office/craft storage towers!
But today, I want to show you the whole thing…show you how I did it, and show you how it was the best 1-hour project I think I’ve ever done!
I’m honestly not sure which came first: my desire to do something with this blank wall at the far end of our office/craft room or my desire to do a dotted wall treatment somewhere in my house. Either way, it was the perfect solution for adding some “wow” to this space!
I am not a good stenciler, and since we’re “renting” this house, anything we do to the walls must be un-done. As such, some sort of vinyl/stick-on option was my preference. I found this beautiful metallic gold contact paper on Amazon for $15. The reviews were good so I went for it. My circles measure 2″ and I used about 3/4 of the 9′ roll. I cut my circles using the autofill function on my Cricut, but you could also cut these out with a punch (although then this might be more of a 90 minute project versus a 1 hour project 😉
Once the first batch was cut, I started applying them to the wall in a random fashion. I would then repeatedly load up the machine with more paper and get it cutting while I placed circles on the wall. The main reason this project was so quick (besides that I used self-adhesive contact paper) is because there was no measuring involved! I just placed my dots more concentrated at the top and then less concentrated as I moved down the wall. Every so often, I would step back and see where more or less dots were needed. The dots were easy to remove and re-position as needed!
I kid you not, within an hour, I was done!
This paper shimmers and shines in the light, bringing a life and vibrancy to this side of the room! Such a simple and inexpensive project that has major impact!
Here’s a shot of the entire wall from as far back as I can get 🙂
And the final before and after shot:
Sometimes going along with the trend isn’t such a bad thing if it makes you so happy. This office/craft room for so long felt dull and in-cohesive. With the addition of some simple gold dots, it’s a happy and energetic place to work! This DIY Gold Polka-Dot Wall really helped pull together other elements in this room so that it’s finally starting to look finished! There’s lots more to show you so stay tuned!
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