Creative mum paints dotty 101 Dalmatians style kids bedroom – for only £2!

All it takes is a tester paint pot and a measure of patience

Take inspiration from one amazing mum who's treated her little girls the 101 Dalmatians bedroom of dreams – using a tester paint pot and sheer decorating determination.

Victoria Robinson, from Hertfordshire, created the striking 101 Dalmatians-themed room for her two daughters, Jessica and Amber, aged three and six.

Using tester paints from Homebase Victoria painted the wall for just £2. Brilliantly creative in our eyes.

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The girl's bedroom before

the girl's bedroom before makeover

(Image credit: Future PLC/Victoria Robinson)

The bedroom was already a vision of creative flair, with painted alpine scenes.

Victoria, who works nights in Tesco, told Latest Deals, 'The inspiration behind this wall is my daughter Jessica as she’s dog mad and loves 101 Dalmatians.'

'I thought I’d surprise them both by doing this,' she says sweetly.  'All I needed was my kids' paintbrush and two pots of £1 black paint tester paints from Homebase. I just drew different shapes of circles to create this focus wall and I’m quite proud of the result!'.

Painting 101 Dalmatians inspired spots...

painting 101 dalmatians inspired spots in progress

(Image credit: Future PLC/Victoria Robinson)

Victoria helpfully already had the white paint at home. To cover the previous painted pattern and provide a blank canvas. She then started to paint on the spots the day after.

Going on to detail 'It took me around two hours in total,' she adds. 'I love doing things like this so I have a lot of patience.'

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spot painted wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Victoria Robinson)

The artistic mum ends by saying, 'I was quite dubious when the first lot of spots went on but I’m glad I finished as my girls love it. I’m very pleased with the outcome - it’s not every day you walk into a room and have Dalmatian spots everywhere!'.

dalmation bedroom with black spot on white walls

(Image credit: Future PLC/Victoria Robinson)

This children's bedroom makeover is ideal for now – when we have more valuable time at home.

Most households can probably admit to having a number of tester pots in the garage or shed. Any keen interiors fan will have collecting them, while painstakingly choosing the perfect shade for decorating their homes.

Now is the time to get creative and think outside the box. We'd love to see what you are creating. Please share your room decorating, DIY and upcycling jobs with us at the Ideal Home Room Clinic.

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Stay home and get creative folks.


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.