Girl's Bedroom Reveal! (and how to paint polka dots on a wall)

I finally got around to taking some pictures of my daughter's and son's bedrooms that recently got a mini makeover. Let's start with my daughter's room, shall we? I gave you a hint back in August here and
some of you got an idea. But... first thing first. Let me show you the photo that has been my
inspiration for its specific wall for quite a long time now (by Emily Clark):
Above circles are wall decals and I wish I had known that before, because in fact I didn't
and I only found out later on... after I had PAINTED each one out of 100 circles!
Anyways, I'm happy that I did and I'm proud to finally reveal my little girl's bedroom! 
So this is our own painted version of polka dots:
(find out after the jump)

Yes, I painted polka dots! It's the first time that I've tried something like that and I'm telling you it wasn't 
either an easy or a quick project. But I'm so excited about what I've accomplished here! When you first walk into the room, it seems like it's a wallpaper that's covering the whole wall. 
And now the "Ηow Τo". First I gave the whole room three hands of yellow paint. Ok that
was not a problem. Then I had to figure out how I would create a polka dot stencil. I tried several 
ideas such as, adhesive contact paper, or hand painting the circles directly on the wall, but none of 
those methods seemed to create the perfect circle. So I followed the method that I saw
in one of my fellow bloggers' Lamprouka and that is cutting out a piece of cardboard and painting 
in the circles. I used a pan lid for the size of the circles and several pieces of cardboard (you cant use the same stencil over and over again as they're getting wet by the paint and they get to wrinkle). 
This means a lot of cutting out... in fact 100 of them!. In case you're mad enough willing to attempt this yourself, these are the steps in photos:

During the process you'll need a meter or a ruler by your side at all times to measure the distance between the dots, as they have to be symmetrical for this specific look. And this is what you'll get:
When you think that you're done (oh no! don't let it fool you, you're not done yet, at least I wasn't!) have a closer look at each dot. Hmmm... some of the them are not perfectly round (dang!)

Here is where we need to use the round pieces of the cardboard that we cut out earlier, for this
reason don't throw them away.
Put the round cardboard on each circle and using a small brush paint around it with the basic color of your wall, like this:
Just for the record and in case you STILL want to do this, I have to tell you that the "polka dot"
 project took me ten whole hours, while there was a heat wave here in Greece and the temperature
had reached 42°C, i.e.107°F! (during the process I lost 2kgs, and this is a fact!)
Check out some more details added to the room:
(Well at least this is a wall decal, I didn't paint it!!!)
My little princess.
And at last a before and after shot of the room:


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68 comments:

  1. How fun are those polka dot walls! It made a huge impact in the room. Kudos for attempting this DIY project, Olga. It turned out fabulous!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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    1. Jessie, I'm so glad you like it! It was sure worth it!

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  2. Όλγα μου,είναι καταπληκτικό!!ΥΠΕΡΟΧΟ!!
    Έκανες πολύ περισσότερη δουλειά με το μέτρημα γι'αυτό και σου πήρε τόσες μέρες να το τελειώσεις.
    Όμως το αποτέλεσμα σε αντάμειψε και με το παραπάνω!!Μπράβο και πάλι μπράβο!Χάρηκα πολύ που το πέτυχες!!Φαντάζομαι χαρά που θα έχει η μικρή!!
    Σε φιλώ!

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  3. Μπράβο ΄Ολγα! Υπέροχη δουλειά, καταπληκτική αλλαγή, χαλάλι τα δύο κιλά. Σίγουρα και το δωμάτιο του πρίγκηπα θα είναι εξίσου εντυπωσιακό. Ανυπομονώ να δω φωτογραφίες.

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    1. Σε ευχαριστώ Θεοδοσία μου! Φοβάμαι ότι οι πριγκίπισσες έχουν πιο φανταχτερά δωμάτια από τους πρίγκιπες... φυλετικές διακρίσεις, χαχα!

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  4. Υπέροχη δουλειά! Φαντάζομαι ότι χρειάζεται πολύ υπομονή για να έχεις αυτό το αποτέλεσμα και πολύ κόπο αλλά το άξιζε. Και τα χρώματα πολύ φωτεινά, μου αρέσει πιο πολύ το "καινούργιο" δωμάτιο.

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  5. Υπέροχο έγινε.. χαρας την υπομονή σου!!

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  6. Wow ! Brilliant Attempt Olga... Very beautiful... Love the color comba and the polka dots look great ... Lovely makeover... !! Your little one must have been thrilled to pieces...!!

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  7. Απίθανες οι μεγάλες βούλες για παιδικό δωμάτιο!

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  8. ΌΛγα πραγματικά απίστευτο το αποτέλεσμα και πραγματικά χαρά στο κουράγιο και στην υπομονή σου!

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  9. What a lucky little girl :) Visiting from Made By You Monday...this room turned out adorable! I would love if you would share this (and some of your other fun ideas) at my link party going on right now:

    http://sewingbarefoot.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-weekly-creative-3.html

    Hope to see you there!
    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

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  10. what a fabulously adorable little girls room! Great job Mom! :)

    Kisha

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  11. Lovely I love the wall :) Hopping over from link party.-Diya
    http://thehobbyharbor.blogspot.com

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  12. I love, love, love, the polka dots. I had a yellow room when I was growing up and I would have LOVED having polka dots on my walls. What a lucky girl she is! I just found you through Debbiedoo's. I'm your newest follower and a recent newbie graduate. I hope you'll follow me back at www.crazythriftycrafts.blogspot.com.

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    1. Welcome Peggy and thanks for your nice words!

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  13. I love polka dots. In fact, I was telling my hubby that I want yellow walls with white polka dots and everyone laughs at me. I couldn't figure how to do it. Thank you. Your decor is lovely.

    ~we may have met by chance...but we become friends by choice.
    http:simpleesue.com/mohjy-apples-red-candy-apples-recipe

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  14. Oh, how happy! I love the polka dot wall. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Sewing Barefoot. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/10/make-it-pretty-monday-week-18.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  15. This is so cute.... Your girls are so fortunate!

    thanks for the tips on making polka-dots...

    Crystelle

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  16. Love the polka dots! What a gorgeous space for your lil princess.

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  17. So cute, I love the polka dots and the yellow. If you get a chance I would love for you to come link up your tips at my Pin Party.

    http://sarahdawndesigns.blogspot.com/2012/10/pintastic-monday-12.html#.UHMb064-WnA

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  18. Your little Princess must be so so so happy because this is gorgeous Olga. Definitely worth all the hard work - love love love the yellow polka dot wall with the pink bed, the whole room looks so pretty.
    I don't think I would have been able to cope in that sort of heat !

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  19. Wow! You're awesome! I was thinking about doing polka dots on the wall in my playroom, but 10 hours? I'm not that dedicated! Haha.

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  20. Eγώ που είχα την χαρά να το δω από κοντά, έχω να πω ότι είναι τέλειο!!! Σαν ταπετσαρία.Καμμία ατέλεια!!!!
    Μπράβο και πάλι!!!!!

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  21. Very cute! I pinned it. Maybe I will do a smaller section of wall, hee hee.

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  22. This turned out so cute. How fun. Big job, but it is stunning. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  23. Μπράβο χαρά στο κουράγιο και την υπομονή σου, το αποτέλεσμα εξαιρετικό!!!
    Ευχαριστούμε για τις ομορφες ιδέες
    φιλιά

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  24. oh my gosh, how fun! i love the yellow, and the polka dots! hopefully it stays that way for a while after all that work.

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  25. Τελειο Ολγα μπραβο σου!!! Υπεροχο εγινε, λατρευω τα πουα!!!

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  26. Love the polka dots and I love that just by changing the wall color you made the room pop! What an economical idea
    Well Done Olga!
    Kim@reposhture

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  27. Ε ναι ,το κιτρινάκι του το φώτισε πιο πολύ το δωμάτιο και ταίριαξε απόλυτα με το φωτιστικό. Έγινε υπέροχο (όχι ότι πριν δεν ήταν) Μου αρέσει πολύ η μικρή φωλίτσα κάτω από το κρεβάτι που μπορεί να απομονώνεται και να παίζει.

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  28. your dedication paid off! the wall looks fabulous

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  29. Hello, new follower here! I would love to have you link up with my Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/10/upcycled-chicken-coop-clever-chicks.html



    I hope to see you there!

    Cheers!

    Kathy

    The Chicken Chick

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  30. This is so cute. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/10/almond-sugar-body-scrub-and-wednesdays.html
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  31. That is fantastic! Wow a lot of work but the outcome is certainly worth it!

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  32. Wow! I wouldn't have thought to put polka dots on the wall, but it looks great! Good job!!

    Jillian
    Hi! It's Jilly

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  33. wow the room looks fabulous hope your princess is enjoying it thought how could she not great job olga

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  34. Fantastic job Olga...you really rocked this room out. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. You are a brave soul to paint all those polka dots on the wall....good thing the end result is stunning!!

    Devan
    Super Messy Supermommy

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  36. I love big polka dots! Painting may have been a pain but it looks fabulous. Do you recall where you got your daughter's bed? We've been looking for something like that for awhile. I want it to be lofted a bit but not too high off the ground. My daughter could use some extra room but our ceilings aren't high enough for a true loft or bunk beds.

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  37. The whole room looks so fabulous!

    Would love to have you join my weekend linky party!

    http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com/2012/10/weekend-warmth-5.html

    Bobi

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  38. Πολύ ωραίο αποτέλεσμα! Μπράβο όλγα, υπέροχη δουλειά!

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  39. Great job! That looks adorable!! Thanks for sharing! http://moresisterstuff.blogspot.com/

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  40. Olga - that room is fabulous! Great tips for painting the polka dots! Fantastic job! And I love the crown above your daughter's pic. Too cute! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party!

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  41. Such an easy to follow tutorial so I had to feature you tonight on this week's Motivated Monday at BeColorful.
    p

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  42. Hi Olga,

    I love you post, It is a lovely addition. I love polka dots, and I paint them also. I have two paintings in my room one yellow and white and one aqua and white that i painted. I used a glass to make the circles. I love your wall.

    Have a great week. and thanks so much for linking at Adorned From Above's Link Party.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  43. Looks fabulous. Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday this week.

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  44. I love your Polka Dots! I will be featuring you tomorrow!
    Kim~madeinaday

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  45. Πολύ ωραίο αποτέλεσμα!! Μπράβο, η μικρή σίγουρα θα το ευχαριστηθεί!! Και μέσα στον καύσωνα, πω πω!!

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  46. This looks great! I love polka dots but am not sure I'd be able to handle all that work. Yellow's my favorite color, so I'm pretty jealous about your daughter's lovely room Great job!

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  47. So bright and perky!!!! Love your large dots:) Pinned. New follow. Follow back at
    http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/01/choose-to-be-happy.html
    http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/01/his-and-her-pillows.html

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  48. The polka dots turned out wonderful! What a lucky girl to have such a fun room!

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    1. In fact I'm a little jealous of her room... lol!

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  49. wow, what patience you have, but oh so worth it! Thanks for linking up!

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  50. I love this! I have pinned it and featured it on my Sunday's These are a few of my Favorite Things. Thanks for sharing at Fluster's Creative Muster. I'm looking forward to seeing what you link up next week.

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  51. I love the polka dots with the yellow walls. Beautiful job and thank you kindly for stopping by my blog.

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  52. Καταπληκτικο Ολγα μπραβο!!! Μονο που εγω προσωπικα θα προτιμουσα καποια αλλη αποχρωση στους αλλους τοιχους για να προβαλεται ακομα περισσοτερο ο υπεροχος τοιχος σου! :)

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  53. Τα πουά στο τοίχο είναι πολύ ωραία ιδέα, μπραβο Ολγα, και η εκτέλεση επαγγελματική, το κόκκινο δωμάτιο μου άρεσε πολύ , φιλιά Μαίρη

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  54. I had polka dot walls once, when we lived in a rental. My mum bought some red vinyl and we cut out a couple of different sized and placed them on a wall. This is such a great way to dress up the boring white walls in a rental!

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  55. Internet based Beds Company are the one who will give you lot of information how to use the best furnishing.

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  56. At least if it was hot the paint dried fast!

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  57. Looks great!! What is the diameter of the circles?

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  58. I love polka dots. In fact, I was telling my hubby that I want yellow walls with white polka dots and everyone laughs at me. I couldn't figure how to do it. Thank you. Your decor is lovely.

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