How to Build an Accent Wall

how to build an accent wall

I am FINALLY sharing not one but TWO accent walls! I’ve been getting so many questions on how to do these walls. Sorry it’s taken me so long!

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We had a huge blank wall in our loft and the main wall in my office that I wanted to do something different with.  I considered wall paper or wall art but I kept coming back to accent walls.  I saw something similar on Janene Crowsley’s page which became my inspiration.  Thanks, Janene!  Thankfully, my husband and my dad are super handy so they made my vision come to life.  Sorry, Judd for the mile long to do lists. 😉  The accent wall in my loft I wanted white…simple, beautiful, and a perfect backdrop for pictures!  Cute backdrop, right? 🙂IMG_8549.jpeg

For my office, I wanted the same color in our dining room (right across from my office). This blue is called Storm Cloud by Sherwin Williams and it is PERFECTION! Blue with a hint of gray, beautiful and classy!

Though, each wall looks a little different (color and pattern), the process was nearly identical. So, without further ado…

What You Need

  • Pre-Constructed MDF Boards (we used 2.5 inch MDF Boards)
  • Paint and Supplies
  • Nail gun
  • Mitre Saw
  • Liquid nails
  • Caulk
  • Measuring Tape
  • Level

How to Build the Walls

  1. Measuring-The first step is measuring the wall, height and width.
  2. Figure Out the Design- I recommend first drawing out the pattern you want on the wall. Now, you need to figure out the measurements based on your drawing and the measurement of the wall.  For our loft wall, I wanted evenly divided rectangles that were in a staggered patterned but aligned by the center, every other column is the same.  For my office, I wanted squares that were not staggered and it would be 3 squares high by 3 squares wide.   When figuring this out, don’t forget to calculate the measurements based upon the side of the boards! This might take a little trial and error.  Make sure you do this prior to cutting the wood!  Here are the measurements for our walls, in case this might help you:

Loft Wall:  This wall is 8 feet high x 127 inches wide.  Each rectangle is 12 ¾ inches wide x 20 ½ inches high.

  • Vertical boards- cut 12 boards at 93 inches.These boards go from the top of the baseboard to the ceiling. 2 of these boards go on the left end and right end. The other 10  boards have 12 ¾ inches between them.
  • Horizontal boards/cross members: Cut 39 boards at 12 ¾ inches. These boards fit between the risers.  Cut 2 boards at 86 inches (these pieces will create the top border).

Office Wall:  This wall is 103 3/8 inches high x 149 ½ inches wide

  • Vertical boards- cut 6 boards at 103 3/8. These boards go from the top of the baseboard to the ceiling. 2 of these boards go on the left end and right end.  The other four boards have 26 7/8 inches between them.
  • Horizontal boards/cross members: Cut 15 boards at 26 7/8 inches. These boards fit between the risers.  Cut 2 boards at 75 inches (these pieces will create the top border)

Note: Make sure you plan around switches and outlets.

  1. Paint the blank wallIMG_5910IMG_9453
  2. Cut the MDF boards based on the measurements you need
  3. Paint the MDF boardsIMG_5912.jpeg
  4. Frame the wall with the MDF boards. Put liquid nails on the back of the boards, stick on (use a level to make sure everything is straight) and then use a nail gun to secure it more.IMG_6189.jpegIMG_6194.jpeg
  5. Put up vertical boards (use same method as above)IMG_6191
  6. Put up horizontal pieces/cross members. Note: We didn’t paint most of the boards in the office until the final coat.IMG_9463.jpeg
  7. Caulk where the boards weren’t flush on the drywall and any nail holes.
  8. Do one more coat of paint over the wall and boards!
  9. Enjoy your new wall!! 🙂IMG_6951.jpg

Cost

The total cost per wall was around $150-$200.  Amazing, right?  $120-140 for the boards, $30 for the paint, and $20 for miscellaneous (nails, caulk, glue).

 

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Stay tuned for our next DIY project that I’ll be sharing, redoing a fireplace!!

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