A lot of you reached out to help recreate this trim accent wall in your home. I am excited to finally share a detailed step by step tutorial with you.
How I decided on this pattern?
While browsing Instagram and Pinterest, I stumbled on a bedroom with a plaid trim accent wall and I fell in LOVE with it. At that moment, I knew I wanted a plaid trim accent wall in our master bedroom. I have always wanted to do an accent wall in our Master bedroom but wanted to do something quite different. In the first week of the One Room Challenge, I put together a design layout for our master bedroom, check it out!
I hope with this tutorial you will be able to recreate a plaid trim accent wall in your home, at your own pace. As always, please feel free to ask any questions.
Before we go dive into the steps for this project. I like to be honest with you. This project was definitely time consuming because it required a lot of precise cuts.
I spent most of my weekends cutting over 50 trim pieces used to complete our master bedroom plaid trim accent wall. However, do not be discouraged because once completed, it will be totally worth it.
I advise that you take your time to get all the pieces cut, primed and painted before nailing them to the wall based on your final design.
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- 1″ x 8 ft * – cut from 1x6x8 primed boards, using a table saw or have your local home improvement store cut it from a 4ft x 8ft plywood sheet
- 0.5″ x 8ft * – cut using a table saw, as stated above or using a circular saw
- 4ft x 8ft hardboard panel boards
- 1.5″ x 6″ (3) as spacers
- 1×6 or 1×8 primed boards for baseboards and top board
- 1×2 board
- caulk – white
- paint brush
- paint tape
- medium & fine grit sandpaper
- paint roller
- chalk line
- liquid nails
- paint of your choice
- Table saw (if you want to cut the 1″, 0.5″ trim and panel boards at home)
- Miter saw
- circular saw, if needed
- brad nail gun and 2 inches brad nails
- pin nail gun and 2 inches pin nails
- caulking gun
- stud finder
- pry bar
- protective googles
- work gloves
- sanding mask
- covered shoes
* Your final designs determines the quantity you will need. Always cut extra to make up for mistakes
Plan out your design
Take measurements of the wall and determine design layout.
Here is my design layout
Your final design can be less busy than mine but do not be afraid to be creative with it
PREPARE YOUR SPACE
Move furnitures away to allow for adequate work space, if needed
Find and mark studs using a chalk line (from ceiling to the floor).
At this step, remove existing baseboards, using a pry bar if they are not as thick as the trim boards.
cut and install panel board
Once you have finalized the plaid pattern layout, cut down panel boards
These were the measurements, I used to cut down the 4′ x 8′ panel boards for my wall.
install panel board
If your walls are smooth, you do not need to install panel. The panel boards I installed were not long enough to cover the wall vertically as a result, I had to center the boards on the wall.
TIPS: I used a 1×2 trim board as support to secure the board as I nailed it onto the wall.
I nailed the panel boards onto the wall at an angle. You can also apply liquid nails onto the back of the panel boards to ensure your boards are fully secured to the wall.
Measure, cut and install baseboard and top board
I installed 1×8 baseboard and top board to cover the exposed wall space, above and below the panel board (see my design above). I did this because my walls are 9ft tall and the panel boards were 8ft long. The 1×8 boards overlapped the panel boards and secured it.
IMPORTANT: Nail in 1×8 boards at the studs
Note, if you walls are not more than 8ft, use a 1×6 baseboard and top board in this step.
Cut and prepare trim pieces
I cut 1” and 0.5” trim pieces from primed pine 1×6 boards , using a table saw. Then sanded down the edges.
TIPS: Prime edges and paint the trim pieces. This will reduce your finishing tasks after they have been nailed in.
Now the wall is ready for the fun part…
Cut and nail in your first trim board
Measure, cut and nail in the first 1” board at the half-point of your wall, on top of the panel board seams
IMPORTANT: Use a leveler to ensure that your board are installed straight
Place the spacers next to the right of the first board and nail in the second board. Then place the spacer to the left of the first board and nail in the third board
Nail in all the vertical 1” boards at and around the seams, based on your design layout. You should not have any exposed seams with the panel boards and the panel boards should be fully secured to the wall
Determine the half point between the top board and baseboard. Measure, cut and nail in 1” board horizontally. These boards will be installed in between all three consecutive vertical boards. Use the spacers in between boards and a leveler to confirm all boards are installed leveled.
For the top and bottom horizontal boards, first measure and mark the length above any outlet on the wall from the baseboard. Then mark the the same length from the top board down.
Measure, cut and nail in 1” board horizontally, follow the instructions mentioned in Step 11.
Progress: Once all the 1” boards are installed, you should have squared and rectangle spaces in between the vertical and horizontal trim boards.
Note, that some of the spaces might not be perfectly squared.
Measure and mark the half point of each squared area in the vertical direction and nail in a 0.5” boards horizontally.
Ensure all 0.5″ trim pieces are aligned when nailed for each squared/rectangle area
Then in both upper and lower section, mark the half point horizontally. Measure, cut and nail in the 0.5” boards vertically for each squared/rectangle areas. Ensure all boards are aligned in both sections.
Finishing touches: add trim to the edge of the walls.
With 1″ boards, measure and cut pieces for the connecting areas
CAUTION: I cut these pieces using a table saw. Be very careful when doing so. Always have your safety glasses on and watch out for your fingers. Follow the cutting instructions provided with your table saw.
Nail in connecting trim pieces
Fill in nail holes and sand with fine sanding paper then caulk gaps.
Prime and paint your finish work with your choice of paint
I used a Benjamin Moore Advance Paint in the color, Chantilly Lace (satin finish). This is my go-to paint brand for any trim work in my home.
The Final Look….
For the full reveal of our newly transformed Master Bedroom, click here!
Let me know if you have any questions below! I love to hear from you. If you do recreate this wall in your home, I love to see it. Send me an email or tagged me on INSTAGRAM @simplicityfordesigns
Go and Recreate!