How To Accent Wall – 5 Easy Ways (Updated Guide for 2022)

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Below you can find out 5 different methods to accent wall,

Method 1 – Diy Accent Wall

Why hello there brent here with bring your own tools on todays episode if you want to see how we. Completely transform this ordinary looking wall with just some trim and some paint keep on watching lets start it for. This project this is what were working with a recessed area right next to the front door and yeah its. A huge opportunity with making it a unique space versus just another wall now the first step of this project.

Is one of the funnest because you get to design and lay out the space exactly the way you want. Im using a piece of the trim in order to do so which makes it a little bit easier to. Lay out the entire arrangement i then take my speed square and my contractor framing square and start aligning the. First segment thats going to be basically breaking up this large wall into two sections now the beauty about this. Modern accent wall is that you can be extremely creative and depending on your style and how much trim you.

Actually want to use on this project you can do an extreme amount of trim on this wall or you. Can leave it a little bit more bare in some sections but add more to others the possibility arrangement is. Endless and just know that this space is approximately 9 feet tall by 14 feet long now for my wall. Im going to be installing a picture frame wall system which basically encapsulates this entire trim layout and at this. Point if youre trying to figure out exactly how much material you need to use on a project like this.

Just note that i took the square footage of the space and accounted for a 20 percent waste factor because. I know theres gonna be plenty of unique angles on the space i grab my trusty stud finder and account. For exactly where each stud is located because with this large trim i want to make sure were nailing as. Many studs as possible and as for nailing i have my small porter cable air compactor with brad nailer and. The nails im using are 2 inches long that will account for the thickness of the trim the drywall and.

Then sinking it into the studs i get my chop saw set up and ready to go and if you. Can try and get it off the ground because youre going to be going back and forth with plenty of. Cuts on this project and you want to make the cutting process easier on yourself because the more time you. Save here on every single cut means the sooner you get to enjoy this beautiful accent wall or at least. Save a little wear and tear on your knees right now im squaring off the corners of this frame because.

Im going to be putting over all the holes and lines and the nice thing about taking the time to. Figure out exactly where your studs are from the very beginning makes quick work of accounting for where you need. To place your nails right away on my project and on most projects youre probably going to have a span. That is too long for one piece to account for so you have to splice two pieces together and the. Best way to do this is to take your chop saw and actually cut a 45 degree angle and fit.

It in to itself that will give you a very strong hold as well as it makes it easier for. A seamless look later on once we putty that seam in very tight-knit corners because the drywall is a bit. Rounded remember you can always remove a bit of the mdf trim off of the corner and that way your. Trim will fit nice and snugly against the wall itself one tool thats not necessary on this project but its. Nice to have is this simple and cheap angle finder and it just assures me that i have the right.

Angle set for my chop saw and in all honesty i should have used this one instead of my speed. Square earlier because the angle itself is actually closer to 46 degrees on this middle section but easy adjustment on. My table saw i just wanted to make sure i had that account for beforehand as for the trim that. Were using for this project i decided to use 1×2 mdf trim thats 10 feet long now that is the. Nominal dimension and the actual realistic dimension is closer to one and a half inches wide by half inch thick.

Which i thought might be on the small scale but after its all said and done it looked gorgeous and. Im super happy with the size but let me know in the comments what you think personally i also decided. To go with mdf trim versus actual real wood mainly because real wood has a tendency to bow and bend. And warp mdf almost guarantees me that i have a very straight piece of trim that i wont have to. Worry about trying to maneuver in place because its perfectly straight already at a certain point i did smarten up.

And realize its a lot easier just to make a mark on the piece of wood instead of trying to. Push my tape measure all the way up against where i need it and therefore making that exact measurement that. Way was a lot easier to do than trying to use my tape measure in the long run just keep. That in mind on your project at a certain point you will have to come to the realization that you. Cant hit a stud every single time and with that i actually use a bit of ca glue with an.

Accelerator that way i can drip it on the back side of the mdf apply a bit of accelerator hold. It down for a couple seconds and guess what that piece of trim is not going anywhere in order to. Provide this wall with a fully professional look i highly suggest applying a bit of caulk to all of the. Edges that butt up against the drywall this does add a bit of extra time to this project but its. Well worth it because it truly gives it a much more professional look and feel because all those small tiny.

Crevices between the trim and the drywall are completely sealed up and once its painted it looks extremely sharp but. Now that we have the edges cleaned up we have to take care of all those nail holes as well. As transitional periods thats why im using this patch and paint product from dap now a couple really nice things. About this patch and paint product is the fact that one it dries within 30 minutes two its not shrinkable. Three its sandable and four you dont have to pre-prime it before you apply your finished paint you can apply.

Your finished paint right on top of it and it wont make a difference in the finish very nice i. Apply this spackle to all the nail holes all of the intersecting trim layouts as well as the crevice that. Butts up against the trim compared to the adjacent wall i just want a flush clean corner on this pitch. Frame layout and no you dont have to do that but guess what its all in the detail once the. Spackle is fully cleaned up i take my random orbital sander with 320 grit sandpaper and just remove all of.

The excess material this is extremely easy and quite satisfying because you have a perfectly smooth finish in the end. And the theory in this is that you dont have any seams seen once you actually apply your finished paint. And as always if you are interested in purchasing any of these tools or products seen in this video i. Will leave links in the description box below okay we have all of our trim ready to go its caulked. Its filled its sanded weve taped off everything now lets start painting for this project were using a flat finish.

Regal select by benjamin moore paint now this is quite a thick paint as you can see here but it. Really complements the space and gives it a feel of depth and contrast compared to the rest of the walls. Keep that in mind especially with accent walls now with this project we are going to be using our wagner. Flexio 3000 sprayer which worked out perfectly for my last project because that was how to paint cabinets ive added. Five to ten percent of water to the mix in order to thin it out properly and the only difference.

Here is that were actually using the larger spray nozzle versus the fine finish spray nozzle that we used in. Our last video this larger spray nozzle really provides a nice thick coat of paint but its not too thick. It goes on extremely smooth and very well without any drips and i didnt have to use a single paintbrush. For this entire wall which is really really nice even if this is latex paint you still want to use. A respirator especially when youre in an enclosed environment like this so just keep that in mind when youre spraying.

Because theres so many unique angles and variances within the space i really did save a lot of time and. Energy by spraying it versus a traditional paintbrush and roller and therefore to paint this entire space with one coat. Took me only approximately 20 minutes to do which is amazing i let the first coat dry and then came. Back and applied a second more lighter coat than the first now the second coat really doesnt have to be. Very thick i just want to make sure im building up those barriers of paint and therefore the paint itself.

Will be more durable during the longevity of its lifespan one of the key factors at this point is that. Once youre done with the second coat and youre not proceeding to a third or fourth you should proceed to. Removing all of your tape and miscellaneous protection around the space i like to remove it when its a little. Bit damp before its fully dried because i feel its a little bit easier to break off those edges cleanly. And consistently all the way down your wall you certainly can wait for the entire wall to be fully dried.

Before removing all of your protection but personally this is how im doing it on this project but one of. The best parts about this project is that its quick easy cleanup and all we have to do is reinstall. Our outlet cover plates and we are done the incredible transformation of this entire space really culminates with a accent. Wall like this its bold its unique its different and the moment you walk into the space it really transforms. The feel of this room you gotta love a project that only takes a day to do like this and.

The one that i am truly proud to say is one beautiful sexy beast oh yeah.

Method 2 – Diy Board And Batten Accent Wall | Wainscoting How To

See how i turned a blank wall into this awesome accent wall with help from todays sponsor scotch painters tape. All right so heres the wall that were starting with and it does have a few things that we need. To take care of before we start doing anything and that is removing the chair rail that is here we. Really dont like it its too traditional and taking down this little extra piece of crown molding which they added.

Up on the top to make it look taller i think it looks like junk so remove all that and. Then we can patch the walls and get it ready for paint now this technique is going to work for. Removing any style trim or molding so if you dont have chair rail but you have something else dont worry. You can use this i started by scoring the top and the bottom of the rail with a box cutter. And this helps break the paint bond now this lets you get a putty knife or a pry bar behind.

It and then you can start pulling it away from the wall gently just be careful not to dent the. Wall i worked my way around the room and the chair rail came off pretty easily with minimal damage and. Then i grabbed the ladder and i could take care of that wonky top trim alright so heres the crown. Molding ive got this little trim up on top and this is just all painted wall this is just like. A horrible job to make this look more grand than it is kind of feels like those old pontiac fieros.

Where they put the body kit on it to make it look like a ferrari testerosa just not doing it. And if youre too young for that reference just go google it i use the same technique on this trim. Scoring and prying it away from the wall and they put it up as full wall length pieces so it. Was a little bit unwieldy but with a little work and a few broken pieces i got it down right. With the trim off one of the things youre probably going to run into is a little mismatch in between.

The painted wall and underneath because theres multiple layers of paint on this wall but the drywall is just bare. So theres a little gap there and you can even have some peel off here in between so to prep. That im gonna knock it down with a razor blade and then well sand that and use some spackling or. Mudding compound to smooth everything out im using a straight razor blade here but you can also get them in. Those little scraper holdy thingies and itll be a lot easier to handle and it doesnt have to be perfect.

Just scrape everything off flush with the wall so that you can fill it in with compound and glide a. Drywall knife over it so this is going to be too out of a gap for spackle so i am. Going to use some joint compound and go over the top of that and then sand it all flush but. If you just had a few holes and you saw how i was denting in the nail holes from the. Chair rail i was doing that to get just a little indentation and then i can fill that in with.

Spackle so ive got the 3m high strength small hole repair and this is perfect for nicks and nail holes. And this is in the all-in-one applicator which is great because you dont need any extra tools you can actually. Put this straight on the hole squeeze it out and use the back end for a little putty knife and. Then the end actually even has sandpaper on it so it is truly all in one applicator this small hole. Repair is great because it actually has primer in it and itll dry quickly and it will not shrink or.

Crack so you can do that if you just have a few holes to do this is a great option. For it i went around and i dinted all the nail holes in the wall and then i mixed up. Some 45-minute joint compound to patch it its pretty easy to apply the mud since the chair rail left a. Valley between the two painted surfaces im using a six inch taping knife and im feathering in the compound into. That recess i love using a drywall hawk to hold the compound versus a pan it gives you so much.

More control and its a lot easier to hold plus i think a hawk makes you look like 3.8 times. Cooler too sup dude as we get into the painting it is all about preparation to get a great painting. Job im going to start that by sanding the walls and im going to sand the coat of the mud. That i put on there ive got the 3m prograde precision sanding sponge here and you can have in a. Variety of grits i like to use 120 grit im gonna sand that but these are also great for if.

You have any drips on your walls or any inconsistencies go ahead and hit that with a sanding sponge first. And then make sure you clean it all up because you want to have a clean smooth and dry surface. To get your paint started on now you guys know i hate dust so i brought in the shop vac. And i tried to capture it before it got into the air after the initial sanding i filled in any. Spots that i missed with a second coat using a small flashlight to cast raking light at a 90 degree.

Angle to the wall is a great way to find those voids and imperfections to fill and taking the time. To get it right here before you paint is going to make your paint job a lot cleaner and is. Going to look way better in the end theres a ton of different styles that you can do with board. And batting whether its just vertical strips or if you want to do a square grid across the whole thing. Or some combination of those so it really helps to go ahead and mock that up and make sure its.

The look that you want before you commit so the way that i like to do that is start in. The computer and then bring it back to the real world i started off by measuring the width and the. Height of the feature wall i will be removing this baseboard but were going to be keeping the crown molding. So i took that into account as well and then i could mock up the wall in 3d to see. What it looks like now i started by adding in the baseboard top rails and vertical boards on each end.

So i could define the space and for the interior its easiest to decide how many openings you want on. The wall and then you can play with the math to figure out the exact measurements you need so if. I wanted seven openings i would use eight boards total on that wall so to find the spacing i can. First subtract the total width of those eight boards im using three and a half inch one by fours i. Could take that from the width of the wall then you divide that number by the total number of openings.

Which is seven so for this setup that equals 22.36 so i just rounded that down to 22.4 inches for. Simplicity just to see how it looked then i actually went into the room and started laying out the boards. On the wall if youre not a nerd like me who loves 3d designing you can skip straight to this. Step after working out the measurements on paper you dont really need a computer but the beauty of the 3d. Modeling is i can quickly mock up what it would look like with a grid of horizontal pieces and i.

Can just use that same equation for the vertical spacing i could also see how it looks if i deleted. Some of those center boards and just left the top and bottom details you just need to change the numbers. In the equation if you want to see how it looks with more or less boards and figure out what. That exact measurement is for your setup i actually like the look of six openings but when i mocked it. Up on the wall that center board hit right on top of an outlet it actually wasnt even centered it.

Would have been right on the edge so that wasnt gonna work so in the end we decided to go. With five openings in a top and bottom detail which i think looks great on this large wall so we. Got the design locked in and now we just need to prep the rest of the room before we start. On the accent wall over here if you paint the rest of the room first its gonna make it a. Lot easier once you get installing and youll just have to tape it one time were gonna have help from.

Scotch painters tape to sponsor todays video to get that done now they have a whole family of tapes that. Are specifically made for different surfaces and different purposes so as i started painting through the rest of the room. I was using the scotch blue original painters tape to help protect the baseboards and the trim and make sure. That we didnt get paint where we didnt want it but as i get into the accent wall im going. To use some of their specialty tapes they have the scotch blue sharp lines painter tape and the scotch delicate.

Surface painters tape and these are specifically made with the edgelock technology which helps seal out the paint and they. Are great for getting those super crisp lines which we want on the accent wall as we have two different. Colors ill have links below in the description to all the scotch painters tape products that you can check out. And get for your jobs too im taking off the baseboard and replacing it with five and a half inch. One by six and this trim puller does an amazing job in its wide back doesnt dent in your walls.

Like a small pry bar can and before i started using this guy my walls looked like i played a. Game of whack-a-mole along the bottom after i pried off the boards i wanted my baseboards to run the full. Width of the wall versus coping it into the existing trim so i cut off a small piece of the. New trim and i could use that as a reference to cut down the old ones now an oscillating tool. Is by far the best way to do this but you can also use a flush trim handsaw and a.

Chisel to clean things up now the corners between the walls tend to get rounded and filled in with caulk. Or paint which makes your trim not fit well and stick out now to avoid any issues that can cause. I like to bevel the back edges of the trim that go into the corner i do this with a. Chisel and it aint pretty but it gets the job done im using 16 foot boards here so that i. Dont have to have any breaks in the trim to deal with we just dropped it right into place and.

Amazingly it fit nice on the first try after leveling it out i attached the baseboards with two inch brad. Nails right into the studs that was doing the old knuckle knocking trick to find the studs which is less. Than optimal theres a better way my favorite way to find studs in a wall is using a rare earth. Magnet any magnet will work but the rare earth magnets work really well all you have to do is run. It across the wall and where it sticks to the wall it is found a metallic fastener like a screw.

Or a nail and there is a stud there and to keep the walls from getting marked up too much. I just put a little piece of scotch painters tape on the end and it is a great way to. Protect your wall im going to be painting this but itll work great that way if youre hanging pictures on. A finished wall i use this trick to mark out the studs about six inches below the crown molding to. Make the next step a little bit easier now the me nails are going to hold the board in place.

But adding adhesive caulk gives you that belt and suspenders confidence that its not going to drop down on your. Head and we hoisted up the upper board and then i nailed it into place at all those marks that. I had just made on the studs i butted the trim right up against the crown molding that crown molding. Was already level so it looked great and i didnt need to make any adjustments and with the top and. Bottom boards in i could start fitting the vertical pieces and instead of measuring i just put the boards in.

Place and marked the exact fit which i took to the shop and then cut on my miter saw ive. Got the board cut to size and i also put a little bevel on the back just like i did. On the edges for the baseboards except i did do this with my table saw you could also do this. With a router or a chisel or even a belt sander just to give it a little more cushion in. That corner so its a pretty good fit but i do have some gaps in here as i push this.

Against the wall theres some areas in here but since were gonna be painting this and were gonna be putting. Caulk on that joint anyway and im not gonna worry about it because we all know that caulking paint making. The carpenter you aint now small gaps on the side arent a big deal but gaps where the vertical boards. Meet the baseboards should be reduced the best you can i used some shims to flush the 1x4s up with. The base before nailing them in and then i could come back and score them with a box cutter and.

Snap them off and leave the shims in place behind the boards i went over the other side of the. Room and i installed the left edge to define my interior space before moving on i recommend marking the layout. Of your boards on the wall as a last confirmation before installing everything just to make sure that your measurements. Are good here and wouldnt you know i totally jacked up one of my measurements so i remarked the two. Boards and made sure everything was evenly spaced and avoided a big mistake in the end now then i could.

Mark and label all the vertical boards and cut them down to size all at once if you dont get. Them perfect dont worry you can fill in any small gaps later now when installing the interior boards i used. A six foot level to plumb up the 1×4 and then stuck it to the wall and nailed it in. Place at several spots you more than likely wont be hitting studs here so a good amount of adhesive caulk. Will hold the wood in place one other thing i started doing was leveling the board and then marking on.

Both sides of it at the top middle and bottom and that way i had nice reference lines so i. Could center the 1×4 on it and i didnt have to check for level once i had the adhesive on. And wanted to tack it in place were ready to install the horizontal boards here for the detail and i. Cut two spacers these are 16.5 inches for our wall and i also cut the horizontal spacers to fit and. Theyre nice tight fit so now i can just use the spacer to butt that straight in just imagine that.

Thats up there so were going to put these head im going to use the 60.5 spacers for the top. As well as the bottom and itll make installation super easy the spacers really do take the guesswork out of. It and all you have to do is worry about shimming out the boards to be flush with the verticals. I use cedar shims for most of the larger gaps but for smaller gaps i used a couple pieces of. Playing cards to shim it out and just a tip here cutting those top boards a little tight will help.

You with the juggling act of trying to use the spacers on the top and nail the 1×4 up there. All by yourself but now i could really start seeing how the room would look and i am loving this. Layout for sure all right the boards are up and theyre looking great now i have to fill all the. Holes and the seams im going to be using some more of the 3m high strength small hole repair and. Im going to use it actually in the big tub because they have so many holes and im going to.

Also use it to fill the cracks and you want to fill the cracks and the holes first that way. You can sand everything and get the dust all gone before you start doing your caulking i filled in all. The gaps in nail holes and went a little heavy so that i knew i could sand them back to. Flush and after it all dried i could use those sanding sponges on the nail holes to smooth everything out. But on the joints between the boards use an electric sander its going to save you a ton of time.

Here i just keep sanding until you see bare wood on both sides of the joint and then you know. Its flush i finished off the wall prep by caulking all the seams of the trim just try to use. As little caulk as possible because you dont want it squeezing out and getting everywhere when you smooth it down. With your advanced smoothing tool your pointer finger alright were ready to prep for paint and were going to be. Using the scotch delicate surface painters tape this is specifically made just for this application accent walls and painting stripes.

And things on walls it is perfect for that it has the edge lock technology which seals out the paint. To give you a nice crisp and clean line also because it is for delicate surfaces you can use it. On painted walls after theyve been cured for at least 24 hours so were at 36 hours on this wall. So were going to be good im going to bed it down and then well start cutting in and well. Get that nice crisp line when we peel it off now before starting to put down your tape make sure.

That the surface is clean and dry and then start at the top and work your way down i like. To hold the tape roll tight against the wall to help keep the line straight to help seal the edge. I came back with a putty knife embedded down the tape putting some nice pressure on it the tape should. Set for 30 to 60 minutes before painting to let that edge lock technology seal tight so i used that. Time to prime all the bare wood on the walls and to tape the top and bottom and do some.

Cutting in i used the scotch blue original on the carpet and i tucked the tape under the baseboard to. Fully protect it i definitely used the wide tape here for this application i used the scotch blue sharp lines. Tape on the top to cover up the crown molding though i realize that the entire line is going to. Be hidden from sight because that top board actually sticks out further than the crown molding where they meet now. Before painting the outside lines we decided to cut in the interior panels and that way susan cou.

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