How to paint an accent wall

When taking on a home remodeling project, painting an accent wall is one of the quickest ways to change up the look of a room. It is quite cheap and is a project you can complete in record time. 

Before you go right ahead with choosing your wall. You should decide which part of the room you want to draw attention to. Good options are fireplaces, entertainment centers, and behind-bed frames. 

Accent wall prep 

To begin to prep for an accent wall, tape all of the edges of the wall with painter’s tape. This will protect your neighboring walls as well as your floor from getting paint on them. Before you begin painting, make sure to fill in any nail holes or dinks in the wall. Painter’s putty will be the best way to do this. This will make sure your paint job is more smooth and sleek. After you fill all the holes, clean the wall with a damp rag to remove dirt and prevent it from getting stuck to the wall when you paint. 

Gather home remodeling supplies and colors 

Once the wall is prepped, start gathering your painting materials. Choose an interior paint with a color you love, as well as a paint roller, a tray, and maybe some tarp. Try and pick a color that creates enough contrast from the adjourning walls to stand out. Typically accent walls are darker, but you can also go lighter if you prefer. 

Painting your wall 

Two coats of paint are generally best, however you can be just fine with one cost if you so choose. This will mainly depend on what color you are painting over and if you can still see that color through the first coat. 

Adding home remodeling wall panels 

After your paint is dry, remove the painter’s tape. You can be done at this point, but if you want to enhance the look of your wall, even more, we suggest adding wall panels. MDF is the most common choice, but pine is usually much stronger and more reliable. To add wood to a wall, use finish nails and secure it to the wall with a nailer. 

Adding trim 

Once you have outlined the walls for your wall panels you can start adding vertical trim. If your wall is rectangular, this should create a set of vertical rectangles on your wall. Using 2-in. Nails and a nailer, make sure to keep the board secure while you nail them into the wall. Be generous with the nails you use, to give more support. Do the same thing with horizontal trim to create squares in your wall. 

home remodeling Wall Style 

Lastly, paint the trim. You can either paint it the same color as the wall or use a different color if you would like to be more unique. 

Do you have any questions? 

If you have any more home remodeling questions, we would be happy to help you with whatever you need. At Wright Building Center, we know home improvement like the back of our hand. Contact us today!

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