This kitchen journey has been a continuous project after another. I thought it would be one thing when I began to refresh the kitchen cabinets with a fresh coat of paint. You can read on about it here. Somehow, it turned into giving the kitchen grout a fresh touch up. Next, the thought of covering the bulkhead above the cabinets by transforming it into a faux beam which has been an unexpected challenge. Currently, that project remains unfinished.
That being said, I decided to give the kitchen walls and ceiling a fresh coat of Behr ultra white paint, but who wants an all white kitchen? Not I? Based on the title, you might of guessed it. Creating an accent wall is the perfect way to un-bore an all white kitchen.
What is an Accent Wall?
An accent wall is a wall that is created to become the focal point of the room breaking up a pattern. It is different from all the other walls in the room. An accent wall can differ by being a different shade in color or simply using different materials to help define the space.
Types of Accent Walls!
- Board and Batten
- Simple Paint Shade
From the selecting an accent wall to choosing a paint color, coming to a decision was hard. Ultimately, I chose a board and batten wall with a modern day boho twist. As for selecting a paint color from six amazing samples, I chose a beautiful Eastern Bamboo green from the Behr paint line at Home Depot. Most tools and material were purchased from Home Depot and have a few linked from Amazon.
- Magnet Stud Finder or Battery Powered Stud Finder (I find that battery-powered works best with a full battery-Go Figure)
- Measuring Tape and Pencil
- 11- 1/8 x 1/4 Lattice Pine Moulding Wood Trim
- 1 Gallon of Behr Paint
- Corner Paint Brush or Paint Edger Pad with Pad
- Paint Roller and Extension Pole
- Paint Tray and Liner
- Drop Cloth / Plastic Liners
- Painter’s Tape
- Miter Saw
- Brad Nailer and Brad Nails
How to Paint?
Before starting any project, it is always best to make sure the surface you are working on is clean. Use your preferred method to clean your wall surface and allow to dry. Sometimes soap and water is a good solution. Also, be sure to refill holes and repair any damage before hand.
Prepare the area with tape. Upon opening the paint can, make sure to give the paint a nice stir.
Next, Pour the paint of your choice into a tray and use a paint brush to get around the edges. Then, take a roller brush and apply your paint color of choice to the rest of the wall creating a “w” pattern.
Note: When using a roller brush, the paint can recommends fully coating the brush to get the best coverage in one coat. Always read the instructions on the can of paint prior to painting. I preferred not to in order to minimize less splatter everywhere, therefore a second coat was needed.
Wait about 4 hours before applying a second coat of paint. After, applying the final coat allow 24 hours to cure and 4 weeks before cleaning the wall with abrasive cleaner.
Constructing the Accent Wall!
Research and determine which type of accent wall you fits your style. Once chosen, sketch out a design plan on paper or use painter’s tape to layout your design on the wall.
Note: Painter’s tape vary in thickness which makes it awesome to use!
Go to your local hardware home improvement store and browse their selection of wood and/or wood trim. I did not want wood that was thick or heavy so I decided to check out their wood trim. Some had curves, and decorative design patterns which I had no interest in, but I finally came across a flat pine wood trim that was perfect for this project. Each trim was priced by the yard and varies by size. I knew I needed a decent amount so I got 10 of the 1/8 x 1/4 Lattice Pine Moulding Wood Trim to start. Most measuring 11 feet long.
First thing first, find the studs and mark them. If you do not have a stud finder, you can very well use a magnet to locate the nail locate in the stud to find each one. This may take time. Usually, studs are about 16 inches apart, mines were about 15.5 inches apart. Knowing this helped tremendously.
I measured and framed the wall. This part is totally optional because a frame is not required. Totaling, 5 studs in all, I placed one wood trim vertically on stud #2 and one wood trim vertically on stud #4 using a brad nail gun.
Note: When adhering the wood trim to the wall, I only used brad nails and a brad nailer for an easy removal in case I ever want to remove it without causing maximum wall damage. If you are looking for a more secure and permanent method, you may also want to add wall adhesive.
Now, that I have the wall sectioned in three, I focused on completing one section at a time. I messed up in the beginning, when creating the inner side triangle. Instead of making the angle cut outward, I cut the angle inward causing the edge to be flat instead of a point when the two wood trims met. Not being a huge deal, I could have left it as is, but I chose to follow through on my initial drawing plans. New cuts were made to get it right!
Note: Throughout this process I measured and cut as I went. Using my compound miter saw , I cut using the 45 degree angle on the right and left side of my saw, as well as the 90 degree to make straight cuts.
After, finishing the first section, I moved on to the second section. This time around, I used painter’s tape to hold up the trim before securing it to make sure everything lined up with the third section. Unfortunately, the width of the right side of the wall from stud #4 was shorter than the width of the left side (first section) of stud #2. Go figure! Do not assume that the measurements are equal on both sides. Be sure to measure from the joining walls to the studs on each side.
Nope! To make it work as best as possible, I decide to remove one wood trim from the middle section giving my new design an asymmetrical look. Not bad! Securing each trim made it official and well accomplished. I am loving the natural vibes, so I opted not to condition or stain the wood. I do plan to add polyurethane to give it a protective coat. If you choose to stain the wood trim, it is best to stain the wood before adhering it to the wall. If you choose to paint the wood trim, you may start adhering the wood trim before painting the wall.
This has become my favorite accent wall in our home simply because I can literally say, “I did that.” Yes, I added a wood plank wall from Wallplanks in our downstairs living area using peel and stick wood planks, but that’s just that, it’s peel and stick. You can view the wood plank wall here. Personally, doing more of the work yourself is so rewarding especially when you get to share the idea process with your kiddos. They were definitely a big help with choosing the paint color and wall design.
What are you waiting for love, tackle that accent wall you been wanting to do!
Have a beautful day!
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