Slat Accent Wall

by Facklerreno
2 Materials
4 Hours

An easy project that can make a BIG impact! This slat accent wall is beginner friendly and can be completed in a day's time! Customize this slat wall to meet the look you are going for.

Half Bathroom Before


This is our half bathroom before I got the idea to add a little something. Was there anything wrong with this room? No. Could it use a little spunk to make it more interesting? Of course!

I worked with the existing color scheme (in basically my whole house) of black, wood and green to create this modern design.


Paint: Black Mocha

Baseboard: 1x4

Slats: 9, 1x2

Total Cost: $50

I always find it helpful to find an assistant! My girls LOVE to help out with projects and painting seems to be there favorite (lucky for me because it is my least favorite).

I applied two coats of Black Mocha Paint to my accent wall. I chose to use a satin finish.

Besides paint color, now is the time to get creative!

After you cut your vertical pieces to size (make sure your ceiling is level before cutting them all the exact length), you can choose the finish and the spacing between the boards.

I used a dark stain that coordinates with the rest of my house and choose to use a 1x2 as the spacer between vertical pieces.

As you are getting ready to install, either find a friend or grab some painter's tape. It is not recommended to use liquid nails on drywall as it will do some serious damage, but it can be a bit tricky to hold the slat, the nail gun and make sure each piece is level. This is where the painter's tape came in handy for me. I would use the level to ensure the slat was straight and then tape the board to the wall before adding brad nails to secure it to the wall.

The number of slats that you install is completely up to you! I initially planned on covering the whole wall in slats but loved the look of the stripe in the middle.

TIP: Shoot brad nails in at opposite angles into the drywall when you aren't near a stud for a secure finish!

Tape to the rescue

I loved how this turned out and the best part was I did it myself (yay!) and it was done in a day!

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  • Donna Glenn Donna Glenn on Jun 06, 2022

    That looks beautiful.

    I love using fresh folage from outdoors for arrangements.

    I have used the types of branches you have used,and my neighbor lets me cut some of her magnolia stems , together they are beautiful,and they last a long time during cooler temps

  • Ruth Ruth on Dec 12, 2022

    Can you imagine cleaning between the slats? Walls around the toilet get so gross so fast.

  • Maria Maria on Dec 17, 2022

    Where then did you put the toilet paper holder? I like the idea. Like the other lady though I don’t prefer the darker colors. I would go with brighter colors to make the room seem bigger. Good Job!!🙂

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  • Ladyphy2001 Ladyphy2001 on Jun 08, 2023

    Oh, people! Lighten up. Has no one ever heard of a rag, a bucket, water, lemon pine oil, and wiping by hand! Looks lovely.

  • Ladyphy2001 Ladyphy2001 on Jun 08, 2023

    Also, they make nice toilet paper holders that simply sit on the floor, now a days! Easy problem to solve!