Sometimes whenever my husband is out of the house long enough some of my bigger DIY projects I’ve pinned come to fruition. Accent walls were always a favorite project of mine because they’re easy to do, budget friendly, and a little bit of paint and a steady hand can bring a lot of charm to any living space. So, when I had pinned enough inspiration I wound up at Lowe’s purchasing a tub of paint, some brushes, painters tape and got to work.
I had just published a post on easy DIY upgrades for any rental and one example of how I upgraded my own apartment was adding a striped accent wall in our living room and bedroom. Painting is typically an easy way for any renter (or homeowner) to add a touch of personality to their walls. Here’s how I accomplished this look in one day.
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To begin making your accent wall you’ll need these materials:
painters tape (I recommend these)
level (I used the app on my phone)
a pencil for making your marks
ruler or other tool for making your lines
accent paint color (I used white since my walls were already a cream color)
brushes & paint tin (I recommend this combo pack to make things easy)
- The first thing you want to do before anything else is remove any light switch or outlet covers that you’ll be painting around. Also, take down any frames or other wall hangings (obvi).
- Then get out your level, pencil, and tape and begin marking where the stripes will be on your wall. I went with the top of the door as the beginning of my accent stripe and worked from there.Tip: Be sure that the measurements of the stripes correlate to where you’re hanging photos and such. It’ll look a bit off if your frames hang in between your stripes.
- When you’re ready to begin putting your painters tape down, be sure that you place the tape correctly. This means you are placing the edge of the tape along the pencil line of where you intend to paint your accent stripe. I made the mistake of laying the tape on the wrong side of the line – it’s just time consuming to fix.
- Mark with a little piece of tape to remember which lines you’ll be painting (see BEFORE photo) as you’ll be painting the thicker looking stripes. Once you run your finger and get all the possible air pockets that are between the tape and the wall you’re ready to begin painting! Taking the extra time to make sure you get all of those air pockets is crucial for seamless lines.
- I first began painting with the brush along the edges of the stripes where it meets the tape. This assures that a clean line is being made – plus it helps me begin slowly so I’m sure to get the feel for how much paint to use, how to brush it on, etc. Once I got comfortable I was able to move a bit quicker. I also used my brush in those tight corners and around fixtures. After a first coat was done I switched to my roller and proceeded to add my second coat and continued until the white looked even.
- This last part was hard for me since my excitement outweighed my ability to wait. But let the wall dry before taking the tape off. Also, keep air circulating with a fan or open your windows or doors as you work to keep the paint fumes to a minimum.
Ta da! Decorating my new wall was just as fun as creating it. I found wall shelves from Ikea to lean my frames, these similar wall sconces from World Market, and you can never go wrong with fresh flowers and a good ‘ole scented candle.
What DIY projects are on your to-do list?