Create Your Own Wall Art

Cheryl Phan
by Cheryl Phan
8 Materials
2 Days

There is one thing I love about a blank palette; you can let your imagination go crazy. This room has beautiful furniture, lighting, and fixtures but it just looked to plain. It really needed a splash of color on that back wall.

Although the kitty on the table is adorable, we needed another accent piece that popped a little color into the room.

Now that’s better. This teal apple was just the thing it needed.

You can select as many colors as you desire but I wouldn’t use more than 3-4 or it may look too busy.

The inspirational colors I decided to use on the accent wall are the teal apple, the brown wood grain color in the table, and white from the adjacent walls.

The first thing you want to do is Tape off the ceiling and floorboards and cover the floor with a drop cloth.

Next, paint the entire wall a base color. I decided to go with brown. 

The next thing I did was randomly brush the teal and white paint over the brown paint. You don’t have to wait until the paint dries because what will happen is when you add your 2nd and 3rd color over the wet paint it will create an additional color.

As you can see in this picture I just overlapped paint in a vertical direction all over the wall. This was so easy and a lot of fun to do.

Tip: using a spray bottle, spray the wall with a little water before adding the paint. It helps the paint go blend easier and creates drips that give it more interest.

Next, pour a little bit of your base color (Paint) into some joint compound and mix it well. 

Using a trowel and start randomly applying it to the wall in a vertical direction.

Leave open areas along the way.

Here is a side by side picture of the 2nd & 3rd step. You want to cover about 90% of the 2nd step. Once I was done, I added a little white joint compound over top just to give it a bit more interest and color.

There you have it, a beautiful accent wall.

I hope you enjoyed this and found some inspiration. If you have any questions or need help join my FREE Facebook Group “ Ask Cheryl Phan” 

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See Ya on the inside!



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  • Kelly francis Kelly francis on Jan 03, 2021

    When you tire of this look, is there a game plan to " undo" some textural changes? Will this all need to be ground off with a belt sander? Because its so unique, theres a strong chance of wanting to change it in the future leading to a huge project fix. Thoughts?

  • Sjt29229935 Sjt29229935 on Aug 23, 2021

    Hi Cheryl,

    Love the look, very creative! And the price of the paint is extremely reasonable. Paint has gotten ridiculous at $70.00 to over $100.00/gallon and it isn't near the quality it was years ago. Doesn't lay on as beautifully anymore. You did a great job!

    Two questions:

    1. How in the world are you ever going to get the wall smooth again if you want to go back? Seems like you would have some major scraping and redoing to get all the compound off. With my luck, I would have to re-wallboard the entire wall.

    2. This is an unrelated question.....where did you get the chandelier?

    It is so cool! Would love it in my dinette. Did you add the little teal

    baubles to it or were they original to the piece?

    Thank you.

  • Could I do this over painted paneling? If so, I wonder whether you have to prime the paneling and then make sure the grooves are filled before I start your faux technique.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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  • Patty Brooks Patty Brooks on Jan 03, 2022

    I love the technique on your accent wall. However, the wall has absorbed your beautiful wall lights and mirror art.

  • Patty Patty on Jan 03, 2022

    Interesting,but pretty. I'd probably leave off the texture.

    • Cheryl Phan Cheryl Phan on Jan 04, 2022

      The only down fall to using texture is, if you ever want to change it you would have to sand the wall down. But the texture is what gives it depth and interest.

      I'm not sure if you knew this or not but I hav a blog with lots of great DIY and faux finishing projects you might be interested in. here's the link: