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DIY Wall Circles

Now that the walls are painted, I needed to decorate my walls. As I mentioned in my earlier post, I painted my walls in “Chartreuse” that was from a color palette called “Suburban Modern” offered by Sherwin Williams. To give an accent, I painted a wide border going across the walls in “Classic French Gray” from the same color palette. For the wall above the bed, I wanted something simple – something that picks up the pattern of the bedspread and color(s) of my other decorations. I also wanted something that didn’t involve a lot of nail holes on my newly patched and painted walls. Plus, I wouldn’t want to hang anything too heavy above my head – that’s like an accident waiting to happen!

DIY Wall Circles

So, something circle shaped, light, and custom paintable… I remembered seeing a wall application kit online. The kit came with a set of eight paintable wooden circles. It seemed perfect, but $42 for a set?! There had to be a cheaper way to do this… So, I visited a local craft store in search for some wooden circle ideas. I found some unfinished wooden circles without holes. “That’s a start…” I thought – “but I need some wooden circles with holes…” As I was walking around the store, I saw a bunch of embroidery hoops hanging from the wall shelf. My search was finally over!

Unfinished Wall Circles

I ended up with 12 embroidery hoops in different sizes. I just used the inner hoops for the project. I first filled the small holes on hoops. I then sanded them smooth and primed. I painted (two coats) some white (the same color as the baseboards) and some orange. The original plan was to paint them chartreuse to match the wall color, but I thought they would blend in too much. I thought orange would “pop” nicely, but still tie into the color scheme since there was a quite bit of orange already in my bedroom. I used scrapbooking glue dots to hang the hoops on the wall. I had everything except the circles on hand, so I only spent $10 for this project.

My $10 Wall Circles Project

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23 Responses to “DIY Wall Circles”

  1. Marinaon 08 Jan 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Brilliant! LUV your choices and execution! In fact, you got me an idea of a gray I want to paint my son’s room. Can you tell me does it have a warm brownish undertone, like it seems in a picture?
    Thank you in advance!

  2. Rachelon 08 Jan 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Wow, this is fantastic! I just clicked over from the Apartment Therapy article. It’s gorgeous and brilliant here. I would love to link to some of your projects if you didn’t mind.

  3. adminon 08 Jan 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Marina – thank you for your comment. The gray color seen on this post is pretty close to the actual wall color – but the color may not look the same under a different type of lighting/setting. You may want to try a paint sample from Sherwin Williams. The color is called “Classic French Gray” and its product number is SW 0077.

    Rachel – thank you for your comment. You have a lovely website! Please feel free to link to my projects.

  4. BalletMommyon 21 Jan 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Glue dots – brilliant! I’m going to show this to my 13 year old daughter. We just redecorated her room and she could use some wall decor besides rock posters!

  5. Selenaon 21 Jan 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Wow, this is incredible. I recently thrifted a floating teak bed and this would look fabulous over it. I love the simplicity and the inexpensive price.

  6. Adventures in Dressmakingon 21 Jan 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Those are so cute, what a great idea! I have thought about using embroidery hoops for decorating before, but hadn’t found a way yet.

  7. Ravenon 22 Jan 2010 at 11:37 am

    I love your room!! I love the paint and that bedding is amazing. Is it purchased from a store or handmade?? And we have the same curtains in my kids room! I love how many colors end up going with the colors of the birds. Seriously awesome job for $10.

  8. adminon 23 Jan 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Thank you all for your nice comments!
    Raven – I purchaed the bedding from West Elm several years ago 🙂

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  10. Cricketon 02 Feb 2010 at 11:29 pm

    I love everything about this room. And I don’t often say that.

  11. Meganon 13 Feb 2010 at 4:26 pm

    So, I’m new to the crafting world and would love to try this. Do you mind explaining what you used to sand, fill the holes, and prime? And what kind of paint? Acrylic? They look gorgeous!

  12. adminon 14 Feb 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Megan – I used following:
    Sand – 3M 150G SandBlaster Sponge Sanding Block
    Fill the hole – Elmer’s Carpenter’s Wood Filler Tube
    Prime – BULLS EYE 1-2-3 Primer Sealer

    You can buy similar products like these anywhere (Home Depot, Lowes, etc.)…

  13. Stacion 14 Feb 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I LOVE this idea! Thank you for sharing. This may just be the touch my little boy’s nursery needs…

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  15. Linaon 30 Mar 2010 at 9:24 am

    Absolutely love it — especially the “re-purposing” aspect of it!

  16. jerryon 31 Mar 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Hi, what a great idea, may i quoting this post on http://decomyplace.com and credit back to this page?

  17. Meganon 12 Jul 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I love this! How many did you use of each size? It’s hard to tell from the picture what size hoops you used. Also, what did you use for the two solid circles? Very creative!

  18. Amyon 08 Oct 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Love this! How did you attach the circles to the wall??

  19. kristenon 12 Nov 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Since seeing the wall on Millionaire matchmaker, I’ve been thinking of doing this in my twins nursery. You did a fabulous job…love it! It;s something I think I could actually do 😉
    As previous post asked, I would also like to know what you used for the solid circles. Thanks

  20. adminon 15 Nov 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Kristen – the soild circles are made of wood – They were unfinished wood circles. I bought them from the craft store.

  21. Emilyon 11 Dec 2012 at 10:07 am

    Great Job!
    Where did you get the bedding?

  22. adminon 17 Dec 2012 at 8:59 pm

    The bedding is from West Elm, years and years ago (no longer available).

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