How to Paint Polka Dots on a Wall


Painting polka dots on a wall does not have to be difficult. With only two colors involved, the project can be completed in a weekend, allowing time for the paint to dry. The base coat is the color of the polka dots and the second coat is the color of the space between the dots, so choose your colors accordingly. You'll need attention to detail.

How to Paint Polka Dots on a Wall
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Things You'll Need

  • Builder's paper
  • Compass or other guide
  • Painter's tape
  • Small paint roller
  • Touch-up paintbrush
Step 1

Paint the base coat. Apply more than one coat if it's necessary to have a smooth, even finish. Make sure the paint is thoroughly dried before moving on to the next steps.

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Step 2

Make stencils for the dots. Use a compass to trace circles on heavy builder's paper. If you don't have a compass, use a round object like a dinner plate. Cut the circles out. If you want different sized dots, cut out different-sized circles.

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Step 3

Decide on your pattern, and mark with light pencil mark or a small piece of tape where the center of each polka dot will be on the wall.

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Step 4

Make loops of painter's tape. Stick one side of the loop to the back of a circle and then stick the circle to the marking on the wall. Use multiple pieces of tape on each circle. Continue until you've taped all your stencils to the wall.

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Step 5

Use a small paint roller to paint around the dots. Start by rolling the paint from the center of the circle outward onto the wall. Hold the stencil firmly to make sure it doesn't wrinkle as you paint.

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Step 6

Paint the spaces between the polka dots with the small roller. Let the paint dry, and then check for areas that need touching up.

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Step 7

Remove the stencils carefully and do a final touch up if needed.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Don't apply too much paint when you're using the roller. The paint may run under the paper.
  • Place some of the polka dots so they wrap around corners and onto the ceiling.
  • For a wall with different-colored polka dots, paint the base coat that's different from the color of the dots. Cut out stencils in the shape of the letter O. Paint inside the stencil. Use different colors on different spots.
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