Trim Accent Gallery Wall

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Are accent walls going out if style? I think not and even if they were, I say do what makes your soul happy! Who says we have to fit into a mold.

So, prior to this pandemic, I was going into the office to work at least 4 times a week and traveling at times twice a month. Then, bammm the pandemic hit us all and I was forced to work from home. I brought my PC home and worked from my dining room table. A dining room table is not the best ergonomic space to work from when you’re on a computer several hours a day. So, I decided to convert a guest room into a home office.

I knew I wanted a gallery wall to display photos of my grandies but I wanted something different. I love trim molding and have seen many wainscoting accents walls so I decided to use trim to create a space for my gallery wall. I love how it turned out! For the color, I used Benjamin Moore Hale Navy because it was a perfect shade of a moody blue I was looking for.

It was my first time learning how to use a handsaw and how to cut 45° angles, yikes I was initially scared. After the first couple of cuts, it was easy and I felt more comfortable. A few important tips are to measure correctly and ensure your 45° angles are cut clean. After nailing the trim, I applied caulking around the edges and on any gaps I had on the trim. After allowing it to dry, I painted the wall and voila it was ready. The paint couldn’t dry fast enough for me to hang the photos of my grandies. I really love how it turned out. I hope you do as well and I hope this inspires you to create your own accent wall.

The total cost of this project didn’t include the cost of the handsaw or the nail gun, I already had those. It only includes the cost of the trim, paint and caulking.

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Trim Accent Wall
Step 1: The trim

Step 1: Measure your space and pick a trim. I decided to go to Lowe’s hardware store to pick my trim. They had a great selection.

Step 2: Measure

Step 2: Measure the space you plan on adhering the trim to. I measured 12.5 inches from the end of the wall at both sides of the wall. I wanted to create 2 squares on the wall where the photos would be hung.

Step 3: Cutting the 45° angles

Step 3: Obtain accurate measurements to ensure your angles meet. When cutting and measuring, measure from the tip of the 45° angles. Mine we 44 inches from tip to tip. Since I wanted a square, I cut 4 pieces of trim for each square and a total of 8 pieces for my 2 squares.

Step 4: Adhering the trim to the wall

Step 4: Next, adhere your trim to the wall. I used a nail gun but you can use a glue if you prefer not to use a nail gun. I nailed 1 trim first and then joined the consecutive trims to meet at the angle of the previous trim to form a square. I hope that makes sense.

The angles/corners

A close up of the corner angles

Step 5: The caulking

Step 5: Caulk any gaps on your trim. I caulked the entire edges and any gaps on the corners. Allow to dry according to manufacture instructions.

Step 6: The paint

Step 6: Paint the trim, wall and allow to dry according to manufacture instructions. I wanted the entire trim and wall one color. I applied two coats.

The Accent Gallery Wall 💙

This was an easy to medium difficulty project if you haven’t used a handsaw or cut 45° angles. After learning hold to cut the angles, it did not take a very long to complete. I love how it turned out and I really love the color!

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  • Danielle Danielle on Mar 08, 2021

    This is exactly what I need to do with my wall. The wall that has so purpose or design. Clean. Simple. Perfect. Thanks for the idea! 👍🏼

  • Patricia Patricia on Mar 13, 2021

    Beautiful, and simple enough that maybe I could accomplish it on my own!!! Thanks for the share!!!