DIY Modern Accent Wall
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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Time to learn how to paint an accent wall!
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.
- 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)
- Spackle (https://homedepot.sjv.io/VzAk6)
- Sandpaper (hardware store)
- Paint (home depot)