I got an e-mail from Evie asking me if I have any experience painting on a textured wall. She wanted to do gold polka dots for her daughter’s room (which obviously I LOVE) and asked for tips. But the girl had done her research! She had an inspiration photo from Erin Loves Earl and e-mailed her to ask about her technique and then used it with great results. Then she surprised me by also sending me pictures of another fantastic wall! Here’s how she did it:

“First of all, I have to give a huge credit to my Dad, who came out to California to keep me company while my husband was out of town on business and I said “Hey, lets DIY while you’re here!”

{DIY} Gold Polka Dot Wall

{DIY} Gold Polka Dot Wall, Shoes Off Please

For the polka dot wall, there was a lot of math involved. I used a pot lid that was about 7.5 inches in diameter and had to figure out how many “pots” I wanted along the wall. This took a VERY long time. I probably took the longest way possible. After we figured out how many circles per row and the spacing, we used a string as a plumb line and taped it up at the spots just above where the circles were going to go. Then, I went along the bottom of the string, and traced the pot lid at each piece of tape. Make sense?

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Once the circles were up (all that took about 3 hours) the painting began! We used Martha Stewart Metallic Gold Paint from Home Depot and a 1″ poly foam sponge brush starting with the edges and then filling in the center. The edges of course were the most tedious, and once I got to the center it was like a reward to do larger strokes!

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My inspiration was the link I sent you from the erinlovesearl blog.

{DIY} Gold Polka Dot Wall, Shoes Off Please {DIY} Gold Polka Dot Wall, Shoes Off PleaseNotice that cute woven basket in the corner! How cute is this room going to be? I’ve never heard of someone using a pot lid as a template before but it sounds good to me- you’re bound to have it in your home and unless you’re doing some funky stuff in the kitchen that should be a solid circle! Now for the bonus project: the pink ombre wall!

{DIY} Pink Ombre Wall

{DIY} Pink Ombre Wall | Shoes Off Please

For the ombre wall, I started by selecting a Behr color palette I liked at Home Depot. I started with just the top three colors (the top palette) and was going to mix colors 1 and 3 to make the second and mix colors 3 and 5 to make the fourth but realized that it was really complicated and the  fifth color wasn’t as bold as I wanted. So I just added darker shades (the bottom palette) at the bottom and bought 5 separate quarts of paint which made my life a lot simpler.

{DIY} Pink Ombre Wall

We taped off 5 equal sections using frog tape. There was a slight bleed, but nothing you notice when you look from even a couple feet away. On the first day we painted sections 1,3 and 5. First we went around the edge of each section with a regular painters brush, then two coats of paint with a roller, and allowed them to dry overnight with the tape still in place.

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On the second day, we removed the tape…carefully. Then we had to place new tape on the inner edges of sections 1,3 and 5 so that there was no white space between each color block. We painted some more, two coats each and allowed to dry. After we felt it set long enough, we removed all the tape. There was one real spot that came off that we had to repaint but it was tiny, the size of a penny, so that wasn’t so bad.

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One cool thing about this room is that we painted the ombre stripes into the closet so that when you open the mirrored closet doors the ombre continues inside!

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My idea with these rooms for our girls who are now 2 1/2 and 6 months old is that nursery designs can get outdated very quickly. I didn’t want to do something cutesy and cheesy that my kids will outgrow so soon. So I decided to do something a little more sophisticated, yet still kid-friendly.

I think that’s exactly what Evie pulled off! Those are two very lucky little girls!

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Maybe I’ll do a chevron bathroom accent wall next? I’ll have to fly my dad out first class to get him to help me with that!”

Thank you so much for your submission, Evie! I love both of the walls and sort of wish I had a bunch of extra rooms just so I could try both of these trends! I can’t wait to see what you do with the rest of it!

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Have you painted a fab wall? Or do you want a share a great project with Shoes Off Please readers? Just e-mail me at shoesoffpls@gmail.com to be considered for a Reader Submission. Remember, this is a no-judgment zone and it doesn’t have to be “finished” to be fab. I’d love to see what you’ve got!

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