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Kaelah Bee : Office Makeover - Geometric Glitter Wall DIY
Okay! I'm so stoked on how excited y'all were about our geometric glitter wall! Seriously I've been dying to share this project since we did it and it's so easy! I think everyone should have a glitter wall in their house but I'm obviously super biased so whatever. Let's talk about a few things first, yeah?

Before you dive head first into adhering glitter to your walls, ask yourself these questions:
  1. Are you the type of person who will go bonkers if you have glitter stuck to you after 3 days/showers?
  2. Does the thought of finding more glitter in your bra than on the wall freak you out?
  3. Does the room you want the glitter wall in have carpet?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, you might be best just sticking to the geometric flat paint or opting for a glitter paint (Martha Stewart has one!). You can get around #3 by laying down a slick dropcloth (don't do a canvas/fabric one!) but seriously, don't blame me if you're stuck with glitter in your carpet forever! That's my disclaimer! Real glitter ends up looking so much better than a glitter paint in my opinion.

But really, you will find glitter everywhere. In your bra. In your hair. On your eyelids. And quite possibly your underwear. I don't know how it got there either. Maybe wear a turtleneck if it gives you the heebie jeebies. Picking tiny pieces of glitter off of yourself for a week is so worth it! I promise.

Okay... now the part you've been waiting for! Let's get geometric!
Office Makeover DIY Geometric Glitter Wall - KaelahBee.com
I was totally serious when I said this wall cost us around $15. Granted we had the glitter and ModPodge already, but it doesn't take much at all. We painted an 8x11' wall and had plenty of paint leftover afterward. We picked a Valspar paint swatch with 3 colors on it and just had the lady at Lowes mix up a sample size ($3!) of each color. We knew these shades would work well together since they came from the same swatch card. (Our colors are: Baby Blush, Peach Whisper, and Peach Punch)

SUPPLIES:
Satin finish paint in the colors of your choosing (we used 3 colors + a metallic spray paint)
ModPodge (Gloss)
Glitter
Foam brush
Aluminum pie plate (or paper plate)
Frogtape (we used .94")

INSTRUCTIONS:
Get crazy with your Frogtape! Whatever shapes and lines you want, slap that sticky stuff on! We had no rhyme or reason to our design, but we started with larger diagonal lines and then just built off of them. To be honest it's sort of a blind project where you have no idea how it'll turn out until it's done. We were skeptical, too, but now we are believers!

Once you've laid your Frogtape down, decide what color will be your "median" color and paint those first. We painted our medium pink to start, then we painted the lighter and darker shade at the same time. We just eyeballed what we thought would look good and went for it. You can always fill "holes" with the median color, too. You'll start to see how it all works together once you get 2/3 of your wall painted.

Our photos are a little out of order considering we opted to do gold spray paint on a few shapes first. The metallic paint fell a little flat for us so that's where the glitter came in. If you want to do the spray paint, just be sure to cover up the shapes around it with paper first. The smell of spray paint in your home should be enough to make you not want to do it, but hey, it's a lesson learned! All ideas can't be good ideas, right?

Be sure to pull off the Frogtape about 10-15 minutes after you finish the last color. This way the paint is still a little pliable if you need to fix it a bit. The Frogtape did a good job for us but there were a few small spots we needed to touch up afterward.

Let your paint dry for several hours before attempting the glitter portion. It gets messy and you don't want the glitter falling into the other colors.

NOW! THE GLITTER! (Sweep your floor if you have hardwood! This way you can just sweep up the glitter and reuse it if needed) Grab some more Frogtape and tape around the shapes you want glittered. It worked out well for us because our base was also gold so it didn't matter if the coverage wasn't even. If you can, I recommend matching the base paint and glitter, but it's not the end of the world if you don't! Now, dip your foam brush in the ModPodge and give your wall shape a good coating of it. Not super thin, but also not so thick that it's runny. As soon as you do the ModPodge on one shape, dump some glitter in your pie plate and fold it up a little bit. (You don't have to fold it like I did, but I noticed it made a huge difference in the coverage on the wall!) Start at the bottom of your shape and blow the glitter onto the wall, moving side to side and upwards. You'll have to do it a couple of times for each shape, but don't worry, it's amazing how much it'll cover! Repeat as necessary on the amount of shapes you want and voila! Remove the Frogtape and you have you a fancy, sparkly, glittered wall!
Office Makeover DIY Geometric Glitter Wall - Kaelah Bee
Office Makeover DIY Geometric Glitter Wall - Kaelah Bee
Office Makeover DIY Geometric Glitter Wall - Kaelah Bee
Office Makeover DIY Geometric Glitter Wall - Kaelah Bee
Kaelah Bee : Office Makeover - Geometric Glitter Wall DIY
Kaelah Bee : Office Makeover - Geometric Glitter Wall DIY
Hopefully that was easy enough to follow! I know many of you expressed your excitement at making a geometric glitter wall of your own. I've read so many awesome color palette ideas! I think the mint ombre + silver might be my favorite! (Well, second to my own of course haha!) Mike and I said that if we ever have a little boy we're totally going to do this with a grey wall. (And if we have a girl then voila! We've already got part of the nursery done! Dreaming way ahead there...!) Let me know if you end up giving it a go. I'd love to see some shots of your own walls! Good luck! xo

28 comments:

  1. Just found your blog through Elycia's and its very uncommon for me to comment on a blog I've never read before; but I really have to let you know that this is super cool! I've been searching for ideas to make one of our bedroom walls stand out, and I think I've finally found it. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment, lady! So glad you stopped by :D Let me know if you give it a whirl! I'd love to see your finished product!

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  2. I so wish my boyfriend would let me glitter his apartment! It's a studio so it would have to be a wall in the main room and I already can hear him saying no in my head. BUT ONE DAY...WHEN WE GET A HOUSE..THIS IS HAPPENING!!!

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    1. ya know, I wish glitter was more widely accepted as a masculine craft supply! haha who doesn't love glitter?!?!?!

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  3. You're too funny, but it would be so cute for a little girl's room! And it's okay to dream, don't you know!
    I am so finding a way to try this.

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  4. Glitter is the "herpes of craft supplies." Looks fantastic, though!

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    1. this project will give meaning to that phrase, but i promise it's worth every single little speck of glitter you'll find on your person for a week :P

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  5. That wall looks soooo awesome, and hooray for the tutorial. I'm so gonna do this one day when we are out of rentals and into our own home! :)

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  6. This wall is seriously so amazing. I don't think I could love it more! Do you think it would work to mix the glitter into the Mod Podge and paint it on that way?

    -Becca
    Ladyface Blog

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    1. Possibly! I think you'd have to mix a pretty high glitter to modpodge ratio in order for it to have full coverage, but you could probably paint it in multiple layers. To me that just sounded super messy because you use a very SMALL amount of glitter when you do it in the method we did. I'm pretty frugal so I didn't want to waste my glitter! :P

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  7. haha i love the warnings. glitter crotch!

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    1. for the sake of full disclosure, mike and i call this the "glitter titties project" haha! SO MUCH GLITTER IN MY SHIRT!

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  8. This just looks amazing! Rob and I just might do this after we get our own little office set up!

    http://mariedarling.blogspot.com/

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  9. Whoa! I love this! So well done - must decorate my walls like this one day (:

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  10. Like I said on instagram I wouldn't make it look like this haha!

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  11. I love this! I need to convince my landlord to let me attempt your design!

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  12. This is so damn gorgeous, I NEED glitter on my walls, it will happen when I get my own house. You guys are so clever.

    <3Rachel

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  13. this is soooo awesome, i love the geometric idea, maybe not the glitter part for me personally but I totally wanna try this out when I move! I loveeee it!

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  14. not sure if my comment saved but I love this idea!

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  15. Love. Love. Love. I so adore the colors! My favorite combo of all time.

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  16. so pretty! i need to find something i can use this project for, haha.
    xo, cheyenne

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    1. if walls aren't an option (or even desired), it'd look pretty cute on a corkboard!

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  17. Wow you really know your stuff this looks so professional. I hate the 'other' DIY' blogs that always end up shitty lol.

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  18. I showed this to my paint store manager husband and he was so impressed! We are thinking of doing something similar, possibly in our daughter's room, since our son's already has a theme of it's own (http://offbeatfamilies.com/2013/03/carnival-themed-nursery). Here is the advice he would give your readers to avoid bleeding of colours under the frog tape: after placing the frog tape in the shapes you like, start by painting a coat of the colour that is UNDER the tape before having fun with the other colours. That way, the first coat actually seals the space between the sticky side of the tape and the wall and your finish will be absolutely crisp when you remove the tape. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  19. Just catching up....but this turned out so great!! Can't wait to see it next time I'm home! Miss you guys!

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HEY! Thanks for dropping by. xo KB