Geometric Accent Wall

Rogue Engineer
by Rogue Engineer
6 Materials
2 Days
We’ve always dreamed of having a home gym. We set aside some space in the basement for a small gym and finally got around to outfitting it. However, we wanted this gym to have a sweet accent wall so we decided to go with a geometric design. Follow along below to see just how we did it.If you love this stuff as much as we do, you might want to consider following us on Instagram where we post sneak peeks and behind the scenes stuff in our stories. Also, did you know you can get tons of projects plans from all around the web when you follow us on Facebook and Pinterest! In this tutorial I will show you how we installed, and finished, 1×2 battens on our drywall to create a modern geometric pattern.
Geometric Accent Wall
Steps of building a Geometric Accent Wall:
  1. Paint the Wall: Picking your paint color and getting that first coat on the wall is ideal before you begin the trimming process. For this project we went with the color  Alpine Trail from Behr.
2.Install Baseboards: Now had no previous trim, since it was unfinished, so we installed 1×6 baseboards to match the rest of the basement.3.Laying Out the Pattern
4.Installing battens. Where do I need glue?First and foremost, take the time to locate your studs and nail the battens to the studs whenever possible with 2″ long 18 gauge brad nails.
5.Measuring Batten Lengths: Most battens can be cut somewhat randomly or “close enough” as the next can be adjusted to make it work. However, there are some battens that will need to cut to fit. It is wise to cut these a little long and then trim back as needed.
6.Installing Mitered Battens: To make this easy we used only 45 and 90 degree angles. When installing 45 degree battens, use a  large speed square for alignment to make sure the angles are dead on.
7.Installing Horizontal and Vertical Battens: When installing horizontal and vertical battens use a  level to get them perfectly level or plumb. That  large speed square can also be used in some areas.
8.Filling Nail Holes: Finishing, can make or break a project like this. Take your time to make sure all the holes and joints are filled properly before painting.
9.Filling the Joints: As for all the joints I recommend  DAP’s Platinum Patch which is an advanced filler that can work inside or out. It is white, sandable and can bond to just about any surface so it is perfect for blending the batten joints.
10.Caulk and Paint: Since we were able to get all the battens tight to the drywall, we did not caulk in every batten. We did however, caulk the tops of the baseboards into the wall and the ends of the battens into the adjacent wall, baseboard or ceiling.
Suggested materials:
  • 1 x 2 x 8′ MDF
  • 2″ 18-gauge Brad Nails
  • DAP RapidFuse Adhesive
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  • Sandy Sandy on Jan 14, 2020

    I love this

  • Ramrajie Ramrajie on Jan 14, 2020

    I will love to try I was wondering if this project could be on the main floor ?

  • Vickie Vickie on Jan 21, 2020

    Does this design collect dust and is it easy to dust?

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  • Doreen Kennedy Doreen Kennedy on Jan 10, 2022

    Your wall looks great. I can appreciate how much you put into the finish work.

  • Dpbeee2 Dpbeee2 on Jan 11, 2022

    Wow! Beautiful job and great tutorial. Is it me or, did that wall magically go from black to green during the batten install?