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
    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
    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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  • Betty J Henry
    Betty J Henry
    on Sep 27, 2020

    Looks great!!!

  • Robyn Garner
    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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