Geometric Accent Wall

Completed Accent Wall

When we moved into our new home, I knew I wanted this house to be really put together with a finished look. Our master bedroom in our previous home was very simple and basic. It had no real style. I found this design on Pinterest and knew it was the right look for our new room. The way our home is laid out, you can see directly into the master bedroom from the living room. I wanted it to be eye-catching and beautiful. This entire room inspiration came directly from Angela Rose. I copied many of the style choices she had her in bedroom as well, but let’s start from the beginning.

Before

The master bedroom was actually repainted in April of this year before the previous owners put the house on the market. The room is painted in Sherwin Williams’ “Agreeable Gray.” We love the color and it pairs well with the green shade I chose. I looked at several colors, but opted to go with “Lemon Leaves” from Magnolia paint. Before beginning on the wood strips, we needed to do something about the texture on the walls.

Skim Coating

This brought us to our very first experience with skim coating. I had actually never heard of this before. It is really just smearing a joint compound over the entire wall as smoothly as possible to cover the existing texture. I followed the instructions from another blogger, her directions here. We ended up using a lot more joint compound than we originally thought we would for just one wall. Honestly, it probably still could have used more, but we were trying to finish the wall with the two tubs we bought and avoid going back to Home Depot for more.

A brief description of the skim coating:

  • Slowly add water to the joint compound and stir using a mixing attachment for your drill. The consistency should be like pancake batter.
  • Using a paint roller with a 3/4″ nap, paint the compound onto the wall (it should be thick) working in a small area (3 ft X3 ft)
  • With light pressure, use a trowel (squeegee) to smooth the compound, then let the wall dry overnight
  • Lightly sand with a damp tile sponge to smooth the surface, then prime the wall.
Primed and Ready

After the skim coating dried over night, we needed to lightly “sand” the wall to a smooth, consistent surface. We continued to follow the directions from the Making Pretty Spaces blogger. She suggested using a lightly damp tile sponge to rub the rough and uneven spots smooth. This method worked very well. After “sanding,” we were ready to prime. One gallon was more than enough primer to coat the wall.

After shopping around, we chose primed MDF slats for the lines on the wall. We slowly measured and cut our boards to fit the design I drew out, which was inspired by the Angela Rose wall. We made all of our cuts at either 30 or 60 degree angles. Using our compressor and brad nailer, we carefully attached each board, making sure to check the right angles with a speed square as we went. The first few boards were tricky, especially because our brad nailer was having jam issues, but once we got into a nice routine, it came together very quickly. We also now know how to dismantle and reassemble our brad nailer.

Brad Nailing

Notice our speed square in action in the above picture!

We really got much faster with our application of the slats to the wall. The cutting and measuring seemed really easy by the end of the project. We did decide to augment the design just a bit to add one more slat to an area that seemed bare. Once finished, we had to cover every single nail hole with spackling. Once dry, we sanded the spackling to a smooth finish. We also had to caulk every joint and seam. This was time consuming, but very worth it. After the caulk dried, we began to paint. As you can see in the picture, we went section by section with the paint. My husband had a roller to get into the larger areas. I painted around each board with a paint brush.

This was a really fun project to work on. It looks amazing in person. The one drawback to this design will be having to dust the ledges of each board periodically. I will gladly take on that chore to have such a sophisticated design in my bedroom!

Supplies:

  • joint compound
  • trowel/squeegee for tile
  • drill with mixing attachment
  • tile sponge
  • paint roller with 3/4″ which nap (for skim coating only)
  • primer
  • paint – We used Magnolia’s “Lemon Leaves”
  • primed MDF boards (roughly 14 8ft boards)
  • brad nailer with 2 inch brad nails
  • spackling
  • paintable silicone caulk
  • painter’s tape and drop cloths

All that was left to do was decorate the room. We hung some greenery and purchased new bedding. Thanks to Angela Rose for the perfect room design ideas!

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