DIY Accent Wall for under $100!
Well, HAPPY NEW YEAR!! How was everyone’s Christmas/Holiday break? We did a whole lot of eating, hanging out with family, eating, watching TV, eating, taking naps, and then some more eating. HA. I mean it isn’t the holidays if you don’t eat a lot right?? =)
But somewhere in the middle of all of that, we managed to knock out a little DIY that I’ve been dying to do to our master bedroom! If I could explain my elation about this, I would. I can’t even tell you how thrilled I am that this is the project we managed to get done over the holiday break!! I’ve been wanting to do something to the horribly ugly back wall behind our bed because I detest that awful paint color our home came with. *barf* What’s worse you ask? IT’S ALL OVER MY HOUSE!!! #killmenow
Baby steps though. I’ve managed to paint quite a few bedrooms and other rooms in our house, but the main rooms such as the living room, kitchen, and master are an ugly tan/beige. Its builder grade quality paint which is apparently synonymous with CRAP. But I digress…
I knew I wanted it to be a statement wall and normally for me, I like to go bold when doing statement walls. And I specifically wanted to go dark. I knew after I painted Rishi’s room with a beautiful navy (Benjamin Moore – Hale Navy), I had to have it somewhere else in our house. It’s this beautiful navy with gray undertones, which is basically my love language. I honestly believe that gray and navy are neutrals! I own way too much clothing in both of those colors!
Annnnnnnywhoooooo, because our headboard is white, I knew that it would make it pop! I perused Pinterest and this image instantly became my inspiration.
After convincing the hubs that my vision would be badass for this room, we got to work. Is it me or is sometimes difficult to convince the men in your life that what you’re dreaming up inside of your head is going to absolutely AMAZEBALLS? If I only I could transport him to inside my brain sometimes to see my vision board. Sigh. #marriage
Nonetheless, for under $100, we were able to transform our room completely by just adding an accent wall! We had the main supplies like the paint brushes/rollers/painter’s tape/etc, and then we had to buy those wooden pieces to make the beams on the walls and paint. We also borrowed a nail gun from a neighbor!! Ask around to see what your neighbors have when tackling big house projects! We love lending our tools that we own and borrowing others from people around us! #community
We needed a total of 8 pieces of woods because we wanted to make a grid of 9 squares (3×3). Which basically meant that 4 beams would make a border, and the other 4 would help make the grid in the middle.
*Please excuse the quality of these pictures since a lot of them were taken at night! We had to do most of the work while the kids slept at night! #reallife #parenting*
Start by prepping your wall with painter’s tape and making sure the area around it is protected from paint drips and such.
Next, we painted the wall with two coats of the pretty Hale Navy. We stopped in the middle of the first coat to let it dry before adding the second coat. We figured since we were going to a darker color, no primer was needed.
Then, Rudy cut down and sanded the pieces of wood to size, because we wanted to frame the wall before adding in the middle gridlines. And then, I helped him paint those beautiful beams!
After letting those dry, which they dried SUPER FAST, we attached the 4 beams using a nail gun around the perimeter of the wall. Rudy then attached the middle vertical gridlines. AHHHH, I was already getting super excited! My vision was becoming more and more real! For our 9 square layout, we needed 4 beams vertically.
After cutting the middle, horizontal grid line pieces to size and painting those, he attached those next. We also needed 4 horizontal beams. 2 to frame the bottom and top, and 2 in the middle. (Excuse his mismatched pajamas! HA!)
The next morning, I spent hanging up the decor and putting our bed up against the wall, and I couldn’t have been more happy with the result! I love when my vision comes through, and especially budget friendly! Our room is super cozy, now and I’m loving how it all came together!
I happened to stop by Target the day after Christmas, and scored some awesome throw pillows for 50% off!!! I got these and these and am obsessed with how the textiles made my room soft and warm.
With spring cleaning, and the new year just starting, it’s always fun to think about different home updates you may want to implement over the course of the year! With under $100 and a couple of evenings of DIY’ing, you could change the tone of any room in your house with this little project!
Do you have any projects you plan on doing this year to your house!! Leave them in the comments! I love hearing about other people’s DIYs they plan on doing because I’m always searching for inspiration for the next update to my home!
I am actually amazed…. I feel like this is a project my husband and I could do together that wouldn’t end in disaster! So gorgeous, thank you for all the tips! I love your style
Great job! This is awesome. I want to do something similar. Now you’re giving me some great ideas. 🙂
I LOVE it! It’s amazing how a little bit of color and a few wall hangings can completely change the atmosphere of a room! I do adore that navy blue too <3
I LOVE THIS! I totally want to try to do this in our bedroom too… seriously such a great idea. And I mostly love that it’s an inexpensive room makeover! Thanks for sharing!
SO inspiring! After seeing your blog I did my accent wall in a dark shade of blue as well and paired it with light gray walls. Love it!