How to Make a Cost Effective Accent Wall

6 Materials
2 Days

If you are looking for a cost effective way to add that wow factor, look no further!

Step 1 design you wall

The first thing you will want to do is draw up a rough draft of the design you would like to do.

once I had my design on paper I went to Home Depot and bought a

and has the worker cut it down to 1 inch pieces.

I had him cut me 25 pieces just to be safe, the design I drew up only needed 20.

Once you have all your supplies ready to go, you will want to paint the wall the color you will be using

I am using rosy sandstone by valspar

I do not use tape, I like to use an edger.

this is way more cost effective that buying rolls of tape, plus it saves me so much time.

Step 3 cut the wood strips

Now that my wall is painted and ready to apply the wood I am bringing in my nail gun to let it build up pressure while I cut my wood pieces to the length and angles that I will be using.

(I used a chop saw to cut my pieces)

Step 4 nail pieces to wall

Using a stud finder I am nailing the wood pieces to the wall Just like the plan that I drew up.

I started at the top and worked my way to the bottom.

Step 5 caulking

Now that the boards are attached to the wall you will want to fill in all the nail holes and caulk the sides of the boards.

I apply the caulking to the nail holes with my fingers and then wiped with a baby wipe.

For the edges I just ran the caulking gun along the sides.

I also tried out a caulking tool, but I was just as happy with using a baby wipe to smooth the edges.

Step 6 final paint

Now that your caulking is dried, you can paint the boards to match the wall.

I used a small brush to make it easier to get into the corners.

Now you have a beautiful eye catching accent wall.

what do you think?

follow along on Instagram @briannanbrown for more ideas 🤍

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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Refreshing Rechelle
    on Sep 21, 2020

    Can I use carb board or another material instead of wood ?

    • Violet
      on Sep 29, 2020

      Ditto,on could something else be used, like "cardboard".

  • Sharon Kerechanin
    on Sep 21, 2020

    Could you paint the wood strips before nailing them up?

    then touch up your nail holes? Must use caulking on strip edges or not?

    i feel no caulking leaves a cleaner strip.. maybe I’m wrong.. lol

    • Brianna
      on Sep 24, 2020

      If you don’t caulk the strips you will not have that flush seal to the wall, so I paint the strips afterwards to cover the nail holes and the caulking. Hope that helps.

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3 of 25 comments
  • Betty J Henry
    on Sep 27, 2020

    Looks great!!!

  • Robyn Garner
    on Oct 1, 2020

    Two things I really love about this project: 1) Finally something unique to one's home with the angles and such 2) LOVE that the woman is the lead on this project using a man as "helper" lol! 😎👌

    • Brianna
      on Oct 1, 2020

      This is the best comment I have ever received ❤️❤️❤️

      thank you!

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