One of the projects I've been itching to get started on was the accent wall in our primary bedroom. It's taken me about a year to really figure out what look I wanted to go for. I've gone back and forth between shiplap (vertical and horizontal), full board and batten, half board and batten, dark and moody, or light and bright. Finally, I came to the conclusion that I wanted to keep this space light and bright and I wanted the feature wall to be something that was timeless. Enter picture moulding!
I absolutely love how this wall came out and it was the perfect starter project to get my feet wet in the DIY world of power tools. Jeremy definitely had to help me with the math and guide me through in the beginning, but once I got into the rhythm of it, it was so easy!
So, without further adieu, here's how you can achieve this picture moulding accent wall look:
Trim of choice (see picture below for exactly what we used)
Step 1: Map It Out
First, we started by mapping out our design with painters tape. As you can see, we didn't quite do the entire wall, but once we figured out our spacing and the two outer panels, the middle panel would be easy to do later on.
We decided (and what worked best for our space) to have a 7" spacing from the edge of the wall to our first piece of trim all the way around the wall. Then, in between each panel we would do a 5" spacing. Does that make sense? Hopefully this picture helps...
Once we figured out how many sticks of trim we would need, we headed to the store.
Step 2: Buy Your Supplies
Next, we headed to Lowe's and purchased our supplies. We already had most of the supplies, so all we needed to purchase for this project were the trim pieces, finishing nails, and silicone. When it came to the trim pieces, we spent a while looking through our options trying to find one that gave us the look we were going for, but that was also (semi) affordable (and I say "semi" because the prices of wood are insane right now). We ultimately decided on this one....
For our wall, we needed 16x 8ft. pieces of trim. (This gave us a little extra in case we made some bad cuts).
Step 3: Get Started
Before we made out first cut, we decided to cut a few 2x4s that we had laying around to use as our spacers. We cut two of them 7" long and two of them 5" long. This is how we chose to measure our spacing around the wall, but you can do this however you want. (See picture below.)
Next, you'll want to find the exact center of your wall. We marked it with painters tape.
Then, we got started with the trim. We decided to start with our middle panel because we knew our longest trim piece would need to be 8 ft long. This will totally depend on your own space!
We cut the ends at a 45 degree angle (make sure they're angled in the right direction!
Then, we took that piece of trim into the room, used our spacer to find our 7" spacing from the ceiling, lined the middle up with the center of the wall, and nailed it to the wall. We continued nailing the trim every 10-12 inches.
We repeated this step with the bottom of the panel. (We eyeballed where we wanted the bottom to sit.)
Then we measured how long the pieces of trim would need to be to complete the edges of the box. Went back outside, cut it to the correct length and 45-ed the ends, went back inside and nailed this to the wall.
As you can probably guess, we repeated these steps quite a few times until the entire wall was done!
Step 4: Silicone and Paint
Once we had all of our panels completed, I siliconed all of the edges where the trim meets the wall, filled the nail holes with wood filler and once everything was dry, I painted it!
I decided to keep it the same color because the only other color I wanted to do was white and that would've required painting the entire room including the ceiling and no thank you! But you could do whatever you wanted!
(Paint Color is "Shark" by PPG Paints).
I absolutely love the way this wall turned out and the fact that I did it (I mean not all of it because #kids), but I freaking used a saw and a nail gun and I still have all of my fingers....idk that's pretty cool!
Can't wait to hear what you think of it!!