DIY Trim Accent Wall – A Beautiful Mess

DIY Trim Accent Wall – A Beautiful Mess

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It’s been a few years since I shared anything from my master bedroom, but I recently completed a super fun and (shockingly) simple accent wall I wanted to share with you. This could totally work in a number of spaces in any home but I love how it almost feels like the entire wall behind our bed is one giant headboard now. Ha.

This post is sponsored by Agility Bed. Maybe you already heard me talk about them in our podcast here … well, we’re partnering up on a fun giveaway! You can enter at the end of this post, so make sure to check it out!

We upgraded our bed to a king size this past year and we’ve had our Agility Bed mattress long enough now that I feel I can confidently share my review—which is that we both LOVE it. If you aren’t familiar, Agility Bed mattresses are a hybrid mattress so they are made of both foam and micro coils. The result is a super comfortable bed that sleeps cool. We also got a sheet set and pillows. I was initially a little skeptical about the sheets as I wash our sheets often (since we let our dogs sleep in our bed and, well, there’s a lot of dog hair) and I didn’t know how well they would hold up, but I was shocked that they actually get softer with washings. (!!!!!!!!) And their pillows come in traditional or side sleeper. We both got side sleeper and it’s the best pillow I’ve ever had. For real.

I wanted to try to show you the pillow in this post just so you could really see how it looks and maybe get an idea of how good it is. It’s a cool foam material. But it’s hard to make that translate in photos. I tried!

But that reminds me of one of my very favorite things about Agility Bed. They offer a 100-day risk-free trial. No joke! So you don’t have to take my word, you can try out their mattresses without feeling stuck if you don’t love it. I also love to see an offer like this because it tells me that the company is very confident you will love their product. And if you do decide to get an Agility Bed mattress, be sure to use our code: “ABM” to get $200 off your purchase. This accent wall is the visual upgrade, but the mattress and pillows are the functional upgrade in this room. And now you know. But let’s get back to this accent wall. In a nutshell, you simply use any trim (base boards, moulding, etc.) to add a design to a wall, then paint everything one color. It gives the wall a visual texture, but it’s not like a mural or wallpaper as it’s much more subtle.

It’s a very similar technique to this post about adding trim to closet doors (or any door).

Here is our bedroom wall before I started. I was aiming to make the space feel more finished and tied together visually, but I didn’t want to change where the art hung or the lamps (as I was happy with all of that).

We used a very small, thin trim to create my design. I was going for kind of an X but not a perfect X as that seemed, just not quite what I wanted for our bedroom. I wanted a clean, modern design but nothing too literal (if that makes sense?). There are SO many different kinds of trim and different kinds of designs you could create. This will change the supplies and the final look a lot, so I’m really just describing the project knowing that anyone doing this is going to have to customize it to their space.

You will need some kind of saw (we used a chop saw) for this project. You may also want a nail gun, but you could also add the trim to the wall by taping in place and nailing in by hand. Either way, use very small nails and take care as you work.

Cover/fill in all the nail holes with wood filler, as well as any cracks or seams like where two trim pieces had to be put together. Once that fully dries (check the package), sand down and prime.

Tape off any areas you need, then paint. Since my wall and especially my ceilings are textured, taping helped but I needed to go back and do touch ups at the end as well. The more textured your surface, the harder it is for tape to work and keep your edges perfect. Just go back in with a small brush—you’ll get there!

Also make sure to remove any outlet covers or other items (like the wall lamps I had) before painting.

I LOVE how this turned out! And I knew I did a good job when Trey saw the new accent wall once it was completely done and said, “Oh. It looks like a hotel room in here.” Husband approved. 🙂 Thanks for letting me share!

Now about the giveaway!We’re partnering with Agility Bed to give one lucky winner a 4-piece Sateen Sheet Set in the size of their choice and a set of cool memory foam pillows in your choice of traditional or side-sleeper style. I know I mentioned it earlier in the post, but I am obsessed with these sheets and pillows and am so excited one of you will get a set of each! To enter, just use our gleam widget below. The giveaway will close on 1/31/2020 at midnight CST and is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!

xo. Emma

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Janae Hardy and Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop. Project Assistant: Ethan Randolph. In case you are curious, my sweater is from Ban.do.


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