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How to Add DIY Accent Wall to Your Home

I had an extra gallon of Georgian Bay paint and a baby boy on the way, so this DIY accent wall was perfect for this space. Adding a modern accent wall is an easy and affordable way to dramatically change a room.

DIY Accent Wall

The bedroom that I was going to add this diy accent wall to was already a light gray color, but the room felt like it needed something.

This boring gray room needed a little color, so painting a modern accent wall with Sherwin Williams Georgian Bay paint gave the room a new look.

This feature wall is beginner friendly, so do not be afraid to try to do this yourself.

Just take your time, measure carefully, and your DIY accent wall will turn out great!

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Board and Batten Accent Wall!

Add Texture with a Modern Accent Wall

Adding a board and batten accent wall is affordable and will add a little texture to your space.

If you are afraid to commit to such a bold color like Georgian bay, adding a neutral DIY accent wall will still give a room a dramatic makeover.

Decorating with texture makes a room feel cozy and interesting, so this is a fun project to refresh a boring space.

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Measure Your Space for the Accent Wall

To get started with this modern accent wall, measure the width of the wall and the height to the ceiling from the top of the baseboard.

Once you have all of your measurements, you can determine how many 8 FT finger joint pine boards you will need.

You can draw this out on paper or calculate how many pieces of wood trim you will need for your accent wall.

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Conveniently this idea didn’t pop into my head until I was standing in the lumber isle at Home Depot.

Somehow I managed to calculate how many pieces of wood trim I would need in my head, even with pregnancy brain.

Yes, pregnancy brain is a thing!

Supplies for the Accent Wall

I purchased 12 pieces of wood trim for my space and ended up using 11 pieces of wood trim for this accent wall.

I really impressed myself with these measurements while standing in the isle of Home Depot because I am not the best at math.

Items Required:

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Here are the finger joint boards that were used for this project

How to Adhere the Accent Wall Frame

I first measured and cut the right and left pieces that frame the outside of the wall.

Then I measured the top and bottom pieces that border the outside of the wall as well.

After all cutting all of the pieces required for the frame, I applied liquid nails to the back of each board.

Then I used a nail gun to adhere these boards to the feature wall.

Once I adhered the outside frame, I began to work my way over from left to right.

I measured the entire inside area between the wood trim and calculated where all of the wood pieces should be placed and cut.

I also, made marks on the wall for where to place each piece of wood trim.

Measuring the Boxes Inside the DIY Accent Wall

The inside of my boxes measured 29 inches in length and the width is 22 inches.

Every accent wall will have different measurements, but I wanted to include my measurements as a rough idea.

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Measuring where to place the next piece

Before I made any cuts for the wood trim, I applied painters tape to the wall in a few spaces to see how the design would look.

Make sure to remove the tape before adhering the wood boards to the accent wall.

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Making sure it is level

To adhere the wood trim, apply thin layer of liquid nails on the back of the boards.

Do not over apply the liquid nails or this will end up oozing out all over the board and batten wall.

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Then lightly press the wood trim against the wall, and use a level to make sure the board is straight. If the wood trim is straight, nail the board in place with a nail gun.

Finishing Your Modern Accent Wall

After all of the boards have been nailed to the wall, I recommend going back in with paintable caulk.

I used caulk on all of the nail heads and all seems to give the modern accent wall a smooth appearance.

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Starting to come together!

Try to smooth out the caulk as you apply it, so you do not have a lot of sanding to do.

This step is definitely worth the trouble because you end up with a nice clean finish.

Sanding Caulk on the Accent Wall

After everything has dried, you can lightly sand the caulk so it is smooth.

Then begin painting the finger joints with the matching wall color paint.

I used the paint color Georgian Bay by Sherwin Williams on this nursery accent wall because I was going for an ocean theme.

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Now adding the boxes in the DIY accent wall
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Baby Boy Nursey Ideas

Here is the baby boy nursey completed with the blue accent wall and ocean theme decor!

I absolutely love how it came out!

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Here is the baby boy nursey!

If you like this feature wall, be sure to check out our other wood accent wall as well… and this one’s even easier.

We have friends that recently followed out tips to adding a feature wall.

They used thicker boards and green paint to update a guest room.

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For Dos and Dont’s when installing this DIY accent wall visit Angela Rose Home.

Nursery DIY Decor Ideas

If you are looking for another quick and easy DIY project for your space then these picture shelves are perfect!

You can make these picture shelves using scrap wood from this project!

Before you lug your scrap wood to the curb take a look at these projects using scrap wood.

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