The thing I love most about this paneled wall project for the room I just finished in my mother’s house?
It solved a problem.
Sometimes the best ideas come from trying to find a solution for a challenge.
See that ceiling?
It wraps around the room. There are two walls like this on either side of the room that have a flat surface of approximately 7 feet. And then? There’s an additional 15″ that wrap up to the ceiling. This is a challenge to decorate with. Where does the wall stop and the ceiling start? Is the angled wall part of the ceiling? Is the angled wall part of the wall?
Instead of decorating around the angle?
I decided to embrace it.
And that made all the difference.
Here’s how to build a paneled accent wall.
(And a few questions from you I’m answering along the way).
Q: How did you know which wall should be your accent wall?
That is a great question. I think this is just like the question, “which wall does the bed go on?” Someone wise once told me that you should always see the foot of the bed when you walk into a room. This is one of the principles that has worked for me when I’m designing a room and it’s never let me down yet.
I try and put the accent wall (and the bed) on the wall that faces me when I enter a room.
It only made sense with this room because we had a wall of windows on one side and a closet and door on the other side of the room.
Q: How long did it take to build the paneled wall?
It only took about an afternoon.
We started at about 1:00 pm and we were finished by 5:00 pm.
It took another couple of hours the next day to caulk and paint.
And then another couple of hours to paint two coats of paint on the wall.
Q: What paint colors did you use in this room?
Here’s the wall on the other side of the room so you can see the slant here, too.
We painted this side of the room Shoji White SW 7042.
The paneled wall was painted the Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year Urbane Bronze SW 7048.
And the trim was painted Extra White SW 7006.
Q: What is the purpose of an accent wall?
An accent wall is a perfect place to go BOLD. It’s the perfect place to put the color that you want to embrace.
It gives the room focus.
And adding a raised paneled accent wall? It gives an ordinary builder’s grade room architectural interest.
You can all a lot of design to the space without spending a lot of money or time.
Q: How much does a paneled accent wall like this cost?
It’s surprisingly inexpensive.
We used 1″ x 4″ x 8′ boards for this wall. Each board cost about $6 and we used ten boards for the room.
So according to the math?
You can create the entire wall for about $60.
how to build a paneled accent wall
Step 1: Repair any holes
This room at my mother’s home has popcorn ceiling (which we’ll address later).
There was also some old water damage near the top of the ceiling.
My husband repaired that with tape and drywall mud.
Then we wiped down the edges for dust and we were ready to add the panels to the walls.
Step 2: Install the horizontal boards
We measured the wall and knew that we would be installing 5 horizontal boards 15″ a part.
If you notice, the bottom section of the wall is actually slightly larger than the rest of the room because originally we were going to add a big piece of paneled molding to the bottom, but it looked out of place, so we just have a slightly larger section at the base of the wall.
We started at the top of the ceiling and installed the horizontal boards going down.
We used finish nails and attached the boards to the vertical studs.
Step 3: Installing the vertical boards
Next, we cut vertical boards and installed them in between the vertical boards every 20″.
My husband measured each of the spaces individually and cut the boards to fit so they would fit snugly.
Then, those boards were nailed into place as well.
Step 4: Caulk and prime
There were several gaps in the horizontal boards that were installed across the width of the room.
Those spaces needed wood filler.
We added wood filler, let it dry and then sanded the surface down smooth.
Next, we primed the pine boards.
Step 5: Paint
Then it was time to paint the walls.
We used an angled brush to get in the corners of the individual panels and then used a roller for the flat spaces.
It took two coats of paint for the accent wall.
And here’s the finished wall in the space.
I’m so happy that we got to makeover this room for my mother.
She deserved every square inch.
And generous and kind.
And mysteriously, incredibly, positively….
…always right. 🙂
PS Here’s another paneled wall we built for my office several years ago.
And one more accent wall with oversized diamonds.