How to: Easy DIY Hand-Painted Brushstroke Accent Wall

Easy DIY Hand Painted Accent Wall
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

When I decided to give my guest room a makeover for the One Room Challenge, I knew it would be a great opportunity to create a cool accent wall. So once I finished the rest of the space, I dove into the final detail – a hand painted brushstroke accent wall using a slightly darker paint color.   



  • Original latex wall paint color
  • Black latex paint
  • One inch wide paintbrush
  • Washi tape
  • Level
  • Measuring tape
Easy DIY Hand Painted Accent Wall
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher


Begin by stretching a piece of washi tape across the wall, somewhere in the middle. Continue Reading

How-To: A Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall

Before and After: A Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall

The front wall of our living room needed something. It was just begging for an accent wall, but we weren't sure what sort of material. Until we found Timberchic, a company that creates reclaimed wood specifically to be placed on the wall. It would lend a bit of a rustic feel to a space desperately searching for an identity, and some much-needed textural interest. Click through to find out how our wood accent wall turned out – and to learn how to do it yourself.    Continue Reading

Renter-Friendly DIY: How to Customize Your Own Removable Wallpaper

Customized Removable Wallpaper

Living in a rental is not my ideal situation, but I’ve learned to make the best of the space that I have and still make the customizations that I want. One of the best ways to customize a space is with a fun accent wall, and for renters who cannot paint or apply wallpaper, removable wallpaper is king! I wanted to create a completely customized accent wall without painting it, so instead, I created customized removable wallpaper using a form of solid-colored contact paper. Continue Reading

When Autumn Leaves Start to Wall

Fun fact: Autumn Leaves was the first jazz standard I learned on guitar back in high school, when I though learning to play jazz guitar would make me cool and get girlfriends. It’s a pretty basic song, and a good one to teach a 15-year-old me how to do a chord melody, which, on a guitar, is where you play a song’s chords and melody at the same time, and … hey, isn’t this supposed to be a DIY blog!? Continue Reading

How To: Create a DIY Stamped Statement Wall

I am kind of obsessed with home design. Ever since I’ve had a place to myself, I’ve used my downtime to do something with the house. And creating something out of a mass of rejects is usually my weapon of choice.

Other than a few key pieces of furniture, everything at my place is always either a DIY project, has undergone a makeover, or been picked up second-hand. I think it’s a genetic defect to not be able to accept a mass-produced product without letting it suffer through a rebirth. Continue Reading

DIY Idea: Make a Reclaimed Wood Planter Wall

Move over, wallpaper. Take a hike, paint! There’s a new accent wall treatment in town — and it’s green from head to toe.       

Reclaimed, up-cycled materials? Check. Oxygen-generating, mood-soothing, “bringing the outdoors in” plants? Double check. This wall, spotted in Studiomates’ headquarters (a collaborative work space founded by Swiss Miss blogger Tina Eisenberg), is a refreshing spin on a traditional decor element. It’s also an easily DIY-able — and affordable — idea that would look great in a variety of homes! Continue Reading

Before and After: A Rustic-Modern Dining Room Makeover

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This dining room already has a lot going for it: gorgeous floors, great light, and a beautiful Mid-Century sideboard. So, what could make it better? Even more wood!      

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A white-washed, wood plank accent wall takes this space up quite a few notches, don’t you think? Not to mention it brightens up the room while still adding warmth and some interesting texture. I love, love, love it!

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Check out how Matt from Wood&Faulk created this DIY wood wall right here! Continue Reading

How To: Create a DIY Concrete Wall

created at: 06/11/2012

Looking to introduce some texture into your home? Here’s a unique twist on the ol’ accent wall!   

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Kara from Kara Paslay Designs wanted to add some interest to her ho-hum entryway. So, like any good DIYer, she came up with a clever and completely unique solution: a DIY concrete wall! Check out how she did it right here.

What do think of this look? Would you add a touch of concrete to your home? Share your thoughts! Continue Reading

Before & After: A $15 Accent Wall Makeover

created at: 05/28/2012

If you’ve got $15, a steady hand, and a bit of patience, you can turn a boring wall like this…   

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…into a stylish accent wall like this! Heather Freeman from The Lovely Cupboard did just that with a handmade stencil and some paint pens. Incredible, right? The final look is a fraction of the cost of a similar wallpaper Heather had had her eye on and, if she tires of it, she can simply paint over it rather than mess with time-consuming wallpaper removal. Continue Reading