DIY Modern Accent Wall

6 Materials
$100
2 Days
Medium

It's been a hot minute since I posted a tutorial, but I have been working on a little something behind the scenes...A BABY! And now it's time to get the nursery ready. I've always wanted to do one of these geometric accent walls and I thought baby's room would be the perfect spot. I love how subtle and modern this accent wall is and I love how EASY it was! Make sure you stay tuned and see what other DIYs come out of getting baby's room ready!


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First thing I did was draw my design out on graph paper.

You can use either wood or MDF for your accent wall. I chose to go with MDF since it will keep it's shape better and be less likely to warp or bow.


I also decided to pre-paint all my pieces BEFORE putting them up on the wall to save myself the trouble of painting all the edges and getting in all the corners with a brush once it was up, which I would definitely recommend.

I started with my frame. You can do a frame, or not, but I feel like it looks more finished with it framed in. If you decide to do a border, make sure you measure all 4 side of your wall and not just the bottom and side as there could be even an 1/8" difference between the top and bottom of the wall and you don't want that kind of gap in your wood or MDF.

I used an 18 gauge brad nailer with 1 1/2" nails but you could also use a 16 gauge brad nailer, you would just have slightly bigger nail holes to fill.


Check out my full video tutorial to see how I measured and spaced my boards.

I used spackle to fill my nail holes and my seems and then gave it a light sand. Then I vacuumed my entire wall and wiped it with a slightly dampened cloth before touching it up with one more quick coat of paint.

I rolled over the front faces of all my boards for my final touch up. I used Black Bamboo paint by Behr.


Suggested materials:

  • Mdf  (https://www.homedepot.ca/product/alexandria-moulding-5-8-inch-x-1-1-2-)
  • 18 gauge brad nailer  (https://homedepot.sjv.io/q5m9b)
  • 1 1/2" brad nails  (https://homedepot.sjv.io/eye01)
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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Shawna Farmer
    Shawna Farmer
    on Dec 5, 2020

    Where can u find the geometric patterns , recommendations??

    • HEIDI
      HEIDI
      on Dec 8, 2020

      I just designed my own, but if you look on Pinterest for 'accent wall', there is loads of inspiration! :)

  • Marlene VanEckoute
    Marlene VanEckoute
    on Dec 5, 2020

    I have been thinking of trying this but the dusting part is what is keeping me from it. Does it dust easily with a swiffer? or duster of some sort.


    • HEIDI
      HEIDI
      on Dec 8, 2020

      good question! and honestly something I hadn't even thought about haha the surface is smooth enough that I think it would be easily dusted with a swiffer/duster.

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  • Patty
    Patty
    on Dec 6, 2020

    Original and gorgeous

  • Melinda Record
    Melinda Record
    on Dec 19, 2020

    Wow! Truly clever, beautiful and unique. You are quite skilled and talented, making the result so professional and classy looking.


    Thank you for sharing!

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