5 Tips to Design your Own DIY Accent Wall

DIY Accent Wall by popular Las Vegas life and style blog, Outfits and Outings: image of a room with a grey board and batten wall, neutral color geometric area rug, brown leather Chesterfield couch, modern lighting fixture, and indoor house plant.

We knew from the moment we bought our house that it would be fun to create a grey DIY statement wall. Although I love white walls, I really wanted to elevate this particular space. Well, we finally finished enough projects and it was time to begin our board and batten wall. There are a lot of stunning options for DIY statement walls right now, but I wanted to be sure we chose a style that was a little more classic and a little less trendy. Keep reading for the number one thing we did wrong! I hope you find these 5 tips to design your own DIY accent wall to be helpful!

5 Tips to Design your Own DIY Accent Wall

The Before

DIY Accent Wall by popular Las Vegas life and style blog, Outfits and Outings: image of a room with a modern chandelier, grey rectangle table, ladder, and paint cloth.

This is what the wall looked like prior to the project! We spent a lot of time going over our options on how to space out the squares, and which side to start from.  I knew I wanted it to be 4 squares high, so obviously that measurement was easy to figure out. The fact that we had two walls, a corner, and the door cutouts made the decision of where to start a little bit tricky. We ended up starting on the far left side, leaving a more narrow section on the far right end.

DIY Accent Wall by popular Las Vegas life and style blog, Outfits and Outings: image of a board and batten wall.

As you can see, we started with the back panels and moved onto the vertical lines. Using the MDF board on the back panels smooths out the surface and looks much nicer than textured walls inside of each square.

DIY Accent Wall by popular Las Vegas life and style blog, Outfits and Outings: image of a room with a DIY board and batten wall, light wood floors, and modern light fixture.

Once all vertical lines were finished, it was time for the horizontal pieces.

DIY Accent Wall by popular Las Vegas life and style blog, Outfits and Outings: image of a man building a DIY board and batten wall.

5 Tips to Design your Own DIY Accent Wall:

This laser made the project fly by! You can find it on Amazon here, and I highly recommend it for this type of project.

DIY Accent Wall by popular Las Vegas life and style blog, Outfits and Outings: image of various paint swatches on a board and batten wall.

After all lines were finished, it was time to caulk and choose a color.

DIY Accent Wall by popular Las Vegas life and style blog, Outfits and Outings: image of a board and batten wall and grey paint swatches.

And then there were two. . .

DIY Accent Wall by popular Las Vegas life and style blog, Outfits and Outings: image of a board and batten accent wall being painted grey.

We ended up going with Sherwin Williams Grizzle Gray. One of the most common questions we receive is if it has a green tint to it. To be honest, this color does not look green in person, but it always seems to photograph slightly green.

DIY Accent Wall by popular Las Vegas life and style blog, Outfits and Outings: image of a room with a grey board and batten wall, neutral color geometric area rug, brown leather Chesterfield couch, modern lighting fixture, and indoor house plant.

5 Tips to Design your Own DIY Accent Wall:

  1. Plan ahead. Don’t start nailing anything until you have measured everything and either tape or mark the wall.
  2. Use a laser. We used this self leveling laser to ensure our lines we’re perfect, and honestly I wish we had bought it sooner for previous projects.
  3. Use MDF for back paneling as well as lines for a smooth texture.
  4. Caulk before you paint. For a more flawless look use BONDO or Wood Fill because caulking shrinks. (This is tedious, but worth it).
  5. Painting tip: This is the number one tip I wish we knew sooner! Make sure you have the appropriate spray tip for the job. If your spray tip is too large then you will have a lot of over spray which will end up creating a mess and or runny paint. We also used an oil based primer which was extremely strong so be prepared!

DIY Accent Wall by popular Las Vegas life and style blog, Outfits and Outings: image of a room with a grey board and batten wall, neutral color geometric area rug, brown leather Chesterfield couch, modern lighting fixture, modern chandelier light wood farmhouse table with white upholstered chairs, and indoor house plant.

Tools needed for our DIY Accent Wall:

  1. Nail Gun
  2. Paint Sprayer with FFLP tip 
  3. MDF board: We bought 4’x10′ 1/2″ boards and cut them.
  4. Caulking, BONDO, or Wood Fill
  5. Self Leveling Laser
  6. Level
  7. Paint (We used an oil based primer, then Sherwin Williams Grizzle Grey.)

DIY Accent Wall by popular Las Vegas life and style blog, Outfits and Outings: image of a room with a grey board and batten wall, neutral color geometric area rug, brown leather Chesterfield couch, modern lighting fixture, and indoor house plant.

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Have you ever done a DIY accent wall before?  Let me know in a comment below!

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