I’m redoing the bedroom that my kids share as part of the Spring 2016 One Room Challenge. Last week I shared my mood board for the kids’ room and a couple of ‘before’ photos. This week, I’m talking about how the DIY wall decals went up, because they have made a big impact on the space.
The Design Plan
How to Hang DIY Wall Decals
I actually put the wall decals and the shelves up a couple of months ago, which I shared when I made this DIY poster frame (which will definitely get rehung – it’s too low but the nail was already in the
annoyingly dense brick wall).
That didn’t work out well though, because the wee man would lie in bed at night and peel the decals off the walls, or turn the into different shapes. Sometimes idle little hands can’t help themselves, so I wanted to avoid the temptation this time around. Instead, I opted for four rows that ran down from the top of the walls, increasing the spacing the further down they went.
Tip: Use A Stencil
To get the spacing even, I made a stencil like I did for the gold dots in Eleanor’s old nursery here. It makes the process very straightforward, and saves so much time.
Simple DIY Wall Decals, Big Impact
The rows are evenly spaced on the stencil, but I improvised when I hung them, and shifted it down a couple of extra inches per row. I like them hung this way – they still add interest, but they’re not busy. And because the DIY wall decals stop a few feet above bed height, there has been no pulling them off.
Shelves make use of otherwise dead space over the two single beds in the kids’ room, perfect for displaying little creations or collections. And books, for easy access at bedtime.
The curtains came with the house, and they’re staying. They’re a yellow gingham, not as graphic as the chevron ones on the mood board. The softer print still works, and they’re blackout lined, so I’m working with them.
Now the DIY wall decals are checked off the list, next up is the beds. I’m upholstering two simple wooden frames – another simple DIY that can have a big impact.
MORE SPRING 2016 ONE ROOM CHALLENGE POSTS
Design & Floor Plan | Week One
Wall Decals & Shelves | Week Two
DIY Upholstered Beds | Week Three
Fixing & Organizing | Week Four
Space Saving Homework Station & Pegboard Toy Storage | Week 5
Kids Room Reveal | Week Six