I recently saw this DIY accent wall on Angela Rose Home, and I knew that I wanted to put this somewhere in our home. I decided to try this accent wall in our baby boy’s nursery. The room was already a light gray color and I had half a gallon of blue paint from another project. I thought this boring gray room could use a blue accent wall for an ocean themed nursery.
Before I started measuring and placing finger joint boards on the wall, I painted the wall.
To get started with this 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 boards you will need. I didn’t do either of these things until I was in the isle at Home Depot. I somehow managed to calculate how many boards I would need in my head. I purchased 12 boards for my space and ended up using 11 boards.
I am terrible at math, so I really impressed myself that I came this close with my measurements. It’s always better to have more than less though, and any unused boards can just be returned.
The first boards that I measured and cut were the right and left pieces that frame the outside of the wall. I then measured the top and bottom pieces that border the outside of the wall as well.
Now that all of the outside frame pieces have been cut and fit correctly, I applied liquid nails to the back of each board and used a nail gun to adhere these boards to the wall.
Once the boards that frame the outside have been adhered, I began to work my way over from left to right. I measured the entire inside area between the boards and calculated where all of the boards should be placed and cut. I also, made marks on the wall for where to place each board.
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.
Before I made any cuts for the boxes, 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 boards to the wall.
To adhere the boards, 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 wall. Then lightly press the board against the wall, and use a level to make sure the board is straight. If the board is straight, nail the board in place with a nail gun.
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. 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. After everything has dried, you can lightly sand the caulk and begin painting the finger joints.
If you like this DIY accent wall, be sure to check out our other DIY accent wall as well… and this one’s even easier.
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