I stumbled across this DIY tutorial on how to do an “easy” Chevron accent wall here. I was a little nervous how it would turn out because I am not the best at attention to detail when it comes to projects. I don’t have a lot of patience, but I decided to give it a try anyway. It’s just paint, so worst case, I would paint over it and pretend it never happened… right?!
So here was the inspiration for Tay’s accent wall:
Here was her room BEFORE
The bed was against the wall and the room had 3 lighter walls and one darker, accent wall.
You may recall, I made Taylor’s headboard shown above. Instructions for that here.
The Chevron Wall instructions were really simple and easy to follow. The part that takes the most time is measuring out the wall. This has to be precise and down to the inch or else your lines will be off. The tutorial explains how to measure it out. Then you connect your measurements with painters tape. One challenge I had that was not covered in the instructions is what to do if you have a window on the wall you’re painting. This made measuring a little more difficult, so keep that in mind if the wall you have has a window or door.
Now for the fun part… painting! The first step of painting is to re-paint the base color in the sections you plan to paint the accent color. You only need to paint over the painters tape and this seals it so your accent paint does not bleed under the tape.
Paint colors I used:
Alpine Valley 355-4 by Porter Paint (base color)
Turquoise Mist 355-3 by Porter Paint (accent color)
I lucked out because I had both colors left over from when I originally painted her room. I had about half a can each and that was plenty.
I applied this coat, then took a nice long nap while we had a huge rain storm. It was glorious! When I woke up, it was time to apply the accent color!
While the paint was still wet-ish, I carefully pealed off the tape to reveal perfect painted lines! I was thrilled to see it turn out so well.
Sure, there are a few little imperfections, but that was due to taping issues. If I do this again, I will be even more meticulous with the measuring and taping, but overall I am still really pleased how it turned out!
When I put the room back together, I decided to rearrange the furniture a little too. I found a great mirror at Home Goods that I think looks great over her bed. I definitely recommend using the DIY instructions that I followed. It was fairly easy and makes a huge impact! I can’t wait to see the look on Taylor’s face when she sees her updated room for the first time this afternoon!
I am already thinking of what other accent walls I can paint in my house! Happy decorating!