Easy DIY Accent Wall

If you know me you know I love a good DIY and my DIY-heart was itching to create something. So my eyes landed on our entryway wall. My entryway wall is what I like to call a “solo” wall AKA a wall that stands alone (I have no idea if that is the correct “carpenter’s” term, but I’m going with it). Since this type of wall has defined edges, it makes for the best accent walls.

Easy and affordable DIY Accent wall tutorial.  Accent wall tutorial using horizontal panel strips and hooks to add character to your home.

I had created my DIY Barnwood Wood Coat Rack on this wall previously, but now this space was calling for something bigger! So I bring to you my Easy DIY Accent Wall tutorial:

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Supplies:
1-Create your wall Border

I chose to use material I already had at home to border my wall (3/4 round pieces). Honestly, you can use anything you want to border your wall, I would just recommend it be thicker than the material you use for your panel pieces.

BEFORE BORDER:

Easy and affordable DIY Accent wall tutorial.  Accent wall tutorial using horizontal panel strips and hooks to add character to your home.
Easy and affordable DIY Accent wall tutorial.  Accent wall tutorial using horizontal panel strips and hooks to add character to your home.

AFTER BORDER:

Easy and affordable DIY Accent wall tutorial.  Accent wall tutorial using horizontal panel strips and hooks to add character to your home.
Easy and affordable DIY Accent wall tutorial.  Accent wall tutorial using horizontal panel strips and hooks to add character to your home.
Let’s talk about the wood material:

For this project, my DIY Board & Batten and my DIY Hall Tree I used a material called 5mm Poplar Plywood for the panel pieces. This material is thin (.197in), SUPER affordable and turns out nicely if you do the proper sanding. I chose this material because I am on a budget, it’s easy to work with and I can cut it with my laminate cutter instead of a miter saw. You can choose any material you want, but this Poplar Plywood is by far the most affordable route.

This is what the Poplar Plywood sheet looks like before it gets cut down. It is 4ft x 8ft:

Easy and affordable DIY Accent wall tutorial.  Accent wall tutorial using horizontal panel strips and hooks to add character to your home.

I chose to cut the plywood sheet into 3 inch thick panel pieces. Lowe’s will make these cuts for FREE. You can choose any thickness you want. In my DIY Hall Tree we used 6 inch thick pieces to look more like shiplap.

Tip: Make sure to thoroughly sand ALL ends of the poplar plywood before nailing any panel pieces to the wall. Sanding is SOOO important.

2-Measure and Nail Panels Pieces

Use your stud finder and mark your studs every 10-15 inches up the wall with a pencil.

Now that we have the border, measure the space in between the borders and cut the panel pieces the size of that width. Then use the nail gun to nail each panel piece to the wall where the studs are.

Tip: I used our laminate cutter to make the cuts. It saved me lots of time by not having to go back and forth to my saw in the garage!

I used nickles (the silver 5 cent money pieces) to create the spacing between each panel:

Easy and affordable DIY Accent wall tutorial.  Accent wall tutorial using horizontal panel strips and hooks to add character to your home.
Easy and affordable DIY Accent wall tutorial.  Accent wall tutorial using horizontal panel strips and hooks to add character to your home.
Remember I am using leftover pieces for my paneling so that’s why they vary in color.
3-Spackle & Caulk

Once all of the panels are up, I used DP Leight Weight Spackle to fill in all the nail holes and then DP Caulk to caulk the ends of the panel pieces where they meet the border pieces.

Easy and affordable DIY Accent wall tutorial.  Accent wall tutorial using horizontal panel strips and hooks to add character to your home. DAP Spackle
Easy and affordable DIY Accent wall tutorial.  Accent wall tutorial using horizontal panel strips and hooks to add character to your home.
4-Sand

Now it’s time to sand everything and make sure the accent wall is smooth and ready for paint. I love using these Sanding Sponges with a medium/fine grain to get that paint ready finish.

Easy and affordable DIY Accent wall tutorial.  Accent wall tutorial using horizontal panel strips and hooks to add character to your home.
5- Prime & Paint

Sherwin Williams interior primer and Proclassic Paint is what I prefer for this type of project. I did one coat of primer and two coats of paint in Sherwin Williams: Pure White over the entire accent wall.

Easy and affordable DIY Accent wall tutorial.  Accent wall tutorial using horizontal panel strips and hooks to add character to your home.
Easy and affordable DIY Accent wall tutorial.  Accent wall tutorial using horizontal panel strips and hooks to add character to your home.
Easy and affordable DIY Accent wall tutorial.  Accent wall tutorial using horizontal panel strips and hooks to add character to your home.
6-Hang Hooks

These hooks are my absolute favorite! I have them in our bathroom, our bedroom and now here. I chose to put four hooks up on this wall because of the space I was working with. I like to create my own template on paper when hanging hooks like this:

Easy and affordable DIY Accent wall tutorial.  Accent wall tutorial using horizontal panel strips and hooks to add character to your home.
Easy and affordable DIY Accent wall tutorial.  Accent wall tutorial using horizontal panel strips and hooks to add character to your home.  Hook template.

Tape your template to your wall, but make sure the template is straight by using a level.

Easy and affordable DIY Accent wall tutorial.  Accent wall tutorial using horizontal panel strips and hooks to add character to your home.

X marks the spot! Use your drill and drill into each of the X’s you created on your template.

Easy and affordable DIY Accent wall tutorial.  Accent wall tutorial using horizontal panel strips and hooks to add character to your home.
Easy and affordable DIY Accent wall tutorial.  Accent wall tutorial using horizontal panel strips and hooks to add character to your home.

None of my holes landed on a stud so I had to use wall anchors:

Easy and affordable DIY Accent wall tutorial.  Accent wall tutorial using horizontal panel strips and hooks to add character to your home.

Screw in your hooks and you are done!!

AFTER:

Easy and affordable DIY Accent wall tutorial.  Accent wall tutorial using horizontal panel strips and hooks to add character to your home.
Easy and affordable DIY Accent wall tutorial.  Accent wall tutorial using horizontal panel strips and hooks to add character to your home.
Easy and affordable DIY Accent wall tutorial.  Accent wall tutorial using horizontal panel strips and hooks to add character to your home.
Easy and affordable DIY Accent wall tutorial.  Accent wall tutorial using horizontal panel strips and hooks to add character to your home.
Easy and affordable DIY Accent wall tutorial.  Accent wall tutorial using horizontal panel strips and hooks to add character to your home.
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8 thoughts on “Easy DIY Accent Wall”

  1. Lovely!

    What you did to the wall was truly impressive, I loved it so much and you have definitely inspired me to add some life to my walls, Thank you.

  2. How strong are the wooden slats? I was just wondering if they could hold a fair bit of weight?
    Did you have to prep the wood at all as in sanding down or not?

    1. LiliesandLife

      Shaun, I linked the wood in my post so you might want to take a look on Lowe’s website to determine how durable it is. Definitely sand the wood before painting. Have fun!

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I’m an Interior designer, decorator and blogger.  I help overwhelmed homeowners and DIYers bring timeless design and function into their home so they can love their space and the life they are building within it!  Thank you for visiting 🙂

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