Creating an Accent Wall {February Project Post} + Painting Tips

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I am so grateful I started this “monthly project posts” because it has absolutely motivated me to get different projects done during 2014! To see the line-up for the whole year, as well as the why, check out this postFebruary’s project was “Paint Accent Wall in Living Room & Hang Family Portraits.”

Creating an Accent Wall {February Project Post} + Painting Tips

The previous owner loving and (probably) painstakingly painted a checkerboard accent wall in our living room. She even had some matching arm chairs. The wall was actually painted really well but was definitely not our style. However, it’s been almost two years since we’ve moved in and we haven’t changed it. We kind of got used to it and would only notice it when people came over and commented about it. It kind of grew on us I suppose.

Creating an Accent Wall {February Project Post} + Painting Tips

However, the time had come to repaint it more to suit our style and when my husband came home with a half gallon of dark brown (I call it Nutella-colored) paint from painting his office, I knew now was the time! Just like with the January project, we didn’t have to spend much money because we returned some gutter covers that we had bought last spring to the hardware store and gotten enough store credit to purchase an additional gallon of paint and some supplies. We did spend a little under $20 for the frames. We’d like to add some more accent items like a “B” for our last name or some wall decals in the future.

Creating an Accent Wall {February Project Post} + Painting Tips

After painting the accent wall, we had to do some touch ups. Seriously get a good paint brush because if we had, we wouldn’t have had to go through the mess of touching up the ceiling and side walls. I mistakenly thought the gallon of paint from the previous owner I found in the closet was a match to our beige walls and it was not. I found this out after touching up the side walls and praying it would match once dried. Oops. So then we had to pick up samples and tape them to the wall and try our best to match it. So if you come to my home one day, just don’t say anything because it still isn’t a perfect match.

Creating an Accent Wall {February Project Post} + Painting Tips

One day, probably next year, we’ll paint the rest of the walls a darker beige color. My husband calls the current color “apartment off-white.” We actually rented an apartment before purchasing our home and they had that nice beige color we want! ;)

Creating an Accent Wall {February Project Post} + Painting Tips

Then we got our family portraits taken. Since my son just turned one, we figured each February we’ll go and get updated family portraits. It’ll be fun to see us change over the years – hopefully for the better! We place the picture of our family in the middle and then photos of just us and then just our son around it. Our marriage is very important and I wanted to highlight that with a picture of just the two of us.

Creating an Accent Wall {February Project Post} + Painting Tips

Creating an Accent Wall {February Project Post} + Painting Tips

Some Painting Tips {From a Non-Expert!}

  • The brush matters. Buy a good one and take care of it and you won’t regret it. If we would have started our first coat of paint with a good brush, we wouldn’t have had to touch up the side wall and ceiling! With the second coat of paint, we used a good brush and saw a huge difference.
  • Take off electrical outlet covers and vent covers. Paint them separately and then wait for the wall to be completely dry before you put them back on. A day or two is good. Leave some more days before hanging anything on the wall.
  • Reserve an outfit for painting – call them your “paint clothes.”
  • Rinse out the paint roller brush. Again, that darn first coat of paint – I was picking fuzzies off the wall left and right because I took the new roller brush from the package and straight on to the wall. Rinse it out with water first and then get painting. We got it right the second time around after I reused that new roller brush (which had been rinsed out).
  • For trim work, use that good brush and put a ziplock bag in a cup for portable paint. Also, use blue tape around trim work and baseboards to avoid painting them.
  • Get enough paint on your roller and brush, but not too much. When rolling on paint, you shouldn’t have to press too hard on the wall because you’re running out of paint. You also don’t want paint gooping and dripping everywhere because you’ve got so much. Stick the roller in the paint tray and roll it around in the shallow end until it’s good and covered.
  • Don’t paint with your mouth open. I guess I open my mouth as I look up (LOL) – paint splatters with that roller! Yum.
  • Have fun with it. Home improvement can be a chore but you can also have fun with it and spend some quality time improving your home with your spouse (and kids!).

Creating an Accent Wall {February Project Post} + Painting TipsThe non-experts!

What project have you been working on lately? Do you have any painting tips to add?

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Comments

  1. The only project I attempted and conquered this winter was the dining room close whose doors were broken and never replaced. I finally decided it was time to make it into book nook, rather than an eye-sore. I painted the walls, put a fun table inside, and added Christmas lights, tulle and books. It was random but lots of fun. Now I can change it a bit with the seasons and make it like your accent wall idea.
    I love your wall!
    Blessings,
    Dawn
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    • Nicole Beard says:

      That sounds like such a fun room Dawn! And I like that you can change it over time as you want. :)

  2. Great tips! I love painting and the huge change it can bring to a room. I totally agree with getting a good paint brush! It’s worth the money! Having a good paint brush makes the job much easier. I always paint with my clothes on inside out. That way when the paint gets on my clothes it’s on the side that no one sees!
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    • Nicole Beard says:

      That’s funny about your clothes! Because I have dedicated paint clothes, I’ll wipe my hands on them and everything so it’s good for me to have one ruined outfit! :)

  3. I love it! Painting is the best way to completely change the look and feel of a room. Great job picking the color, that can be the hardest part sometimes.
    Thanks for sharing your experience with us!
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  4. I found you at A Wise Woman Link Up. I wouldn’t be brave enough to leave that checkered wall up!! Lol. When we bought our house two years ago, the very first thing we did was paint the living/dining and the master bedroom. We just painted the second bedroom in January. I plan on tackling the kitchen walls soon (just don’t know how soon). We have sooo many projects underway at our house. Redoing the master room, gutting the coat closet, redoing our side yard and the list goes on! Would love for you to stop by and check out some of our projects!!

    • Nicole Beard says:

      I think anytime you buy a home that’s not custom made for you, there seems to be an endless list of things to do! I’ll definitely have to check out your projects – thanks for stopping by. :)

  5. Looks nice – a great improvement to get the wall all one color. :) Thank you for posting.
    Gentle Joy
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