Baby Girl's Nursery: Gold Star Wall Pattern + A Giveaway!

The countdown to baby girl's arrival is on! I'm 36 weeks and finally having no trouble remembering how far along I am because D-day is so close and I'm needing every day she stays in there to get things done for her arrival. Since Eli came at 39 weeks, I'm hopeful she'll be an early Christmas present, but having the first baby of the New Year wouldn't be too bad either - I mean don't you receive money or get to be on TV for that or something? 

Her nursery is steadily coming together and while it's still not finished, I couldn't wait to show you all a sneak peek of the "feature wall" my husband and I put together. So without further adieu, I'll just show you: 
Isn't it lovely? I worked with the awesome folks at Dana Decals again and I couldn't be more pleased with the result. Originally, I wanted to wall paper the wall, or even stencil it, but I wanted to find an easier way to fill the wall with a large pattern, without too much work - and I needed to be able to do it with a toddler running around my feet, which pretty much rules out wallpaper paste or painting with a stencil. 

So I started looking around, and wouldn't you know, Dana Decals had the perfect pattern. I used their "Star Pattern" in the mirror finish which actually comes in four different styles (I chose Style 1) and asked them if they could make the stars in two different sizes, to add a bit more interest. 

Dana Decals is awesome with custom orders (I have another project with them I'll show you after baby girl arrives that shows just how good they are!) and they quickly agreed, as well as sent me a mock up of what the wall would look like using dimensions I gave them. 

So the big question I had for them was, how do I install such a large scale pattern with so many individual pieces? Originally they sent me a photo of another client of theirs using string and painters tape to tape out a grid on the wall, then placing the stars where each string crossed. 

It sounded like a really good idea, so we tried that, but for some reason, our tape wouldn't hold horizontally. We tried at least five different kinds of tapes, and nothing would stick - below is our attempt - you can see we didn't get much past the vertical strings. 


Maybe it was our paint, or we needed higher quality tape, but for whatever reason, that didn't seem to work for us. So we set about taking a different route - er, my husband did. 

Using a level and small ruler, he marked off where each star should go in pencil. Yep, all 198 stars. He's a saint. And an engineer. Those two things combined will make a person do awesome things for people who aren't so saint-like and are definitely not engineers.


If you look super closely, you can make out his dots in the photo below. No, that's not dirt on your computer screen, those are little pencil dots on a white wall. Very difficult to photograph. Very difficult to see in said photograph.


While he did that, I set about cutting out each decal. They came on a few long sheets of paper and it only took me about 25 minutes to cut them all out - easy peasy. 


Dana Decals has super detailed instructions on their website for installation, so I won't go too deep into it here, but basically, I just took each star and placed it over the pencil dot, lining it up to the one above it with a level. Eventually, I started "mass producing" meaning, I'd put on 20 - 30 stars at a time, then peel back the backer and smooth it out with a credit card all at once. This allowed me to set my pregnant-self on the floor/stool, etc. and not move as much. So really, it was all in the name of laziness. 

You can see below some of the finished stars, and an area that is "half done."


All in all, it probably took us about six man-hours to install the wall, but split up between the two of us, it was just one big morning - and that's with Eli trying to "help momma and dada" the entire time.



I love how the foil finish reflects the light in the room - making the entire space feel bigger.


Plus, they tend to pick up some of the colors in the room - like the purple from the curtains, which I love. Total side note: Eli is fascinated with the "stickas" and loves going up to each one he can reach to give it a kiss. Adorable if I do say so myself.

And today, I'm excited to share Dana Decals is running another gift card giveaway on Oakland Avenue! They have tons of amazing decals, but their pattern decals will always hold a special place in my heart. Be sure to check out all their options though, they have something for everyone! Enter the giveaway through Monday, Dec. 10 below, and I'll announce a winner on Tuesday, Dec. 11!

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20 comments:

  1. These are awesome! I'd love some of the sports ones for my son's room.

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  2. This turned out so beautiful! Can't wait for baby girl's arrival!

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  3. Seriously adorable! I would have been totally intimidated to do the pattern on the wall myself but it turned out amazing!

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  4. I've been thinking about doing this in my nursery

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  5. Well done, Mike! (and you too Laura.) What would we do without husbands willing to give our crazy ideas a try? Cant wait to see it in person!

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  6. OOH, I love this! I'd love the moroccan print, or the scallops. OR the stars! Needing something for behind our bed, badly!

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  7. I'd pick the Gold Chrome Polka Dots, or the Tiny Airplanes. How fun!

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  8. Rachel Rebecca RohdeDecember 3, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Love how these can change the look of a whole room.

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  9. Looks great! The pop of fuchsia looks really good!

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  10. I am in LOVE with that foil finish----cue mad dash around my house to figure out where I could put up some decals.

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  11. Gorgeous - and I'm glad I'm married to a detail-oriented engineer, because if I win, I would probably just slap them up there in a hurry. :-)

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  12. I love the gold triangles for my little lady's nursery! Her due date was also December 28th! Although, she had a different timeline and joined us two weeks later -- oy!

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  13. That looks so good!!!!! I have been wanting to do some gold polka dots in my kitchen nook.

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  14. Gold polka dots!! Did you have cut each one out like on the lines? ( hope that makes sense..)

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  15. I'd have a tough time choosing between the modern iron headboard or the stacked animal silhouettes.

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  16. Love! I would totally do this to my master bedroom :)

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  17. Hi Krista, yep, that does make sense. And nope, just a big general circle around it!

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  18. Love this idea for the next child's room!

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  19. Laura Arloszynski AumannDecember 8, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    I would choose the gold dots :)

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