Let’s Paint! DIY Accent Wall

This post has been a long time coming. I know that during this quarantine phase everyone has taken on the love for home diy projects, including me and my husband. We first started with our patio, (pics coming soon) and now our family room.

We got our family room painted last year and to be honest I don’t know what I was thinking when I had my accent wall painted blue. Well I take that back I do know what I was thinking. I was trying to bring the “beach” in my home by having my accent wall blue “the sea” the outside walls gray “not sure” and my kitchen beige, “the sand”. But after some time passed I wasn’t fond of the idea. Plus my husband started working on the floor and never finished. Hey I give him his props he did start but the floor hasn’t been finished and it’s been a year!

Look No Further: Pinterest!

So being home I was able to allow my creative juices to flow thinking of how I wanted to change my family room. I wanted to keep the grey theme and didn’t want to do a lot of work. LOL If you know what I mean. So I started looking up different ideas for accent walls. I did toy with the idea of wall paper but my husband wasn’t down with that plan. I also was thinking about painting it just one solid grey, but that would be too plain for the vibe I was going for.

I took to pinterest and saw a chevron print and fell in love. Y’all I looked high and low for a chevron print stencil and I’ve seen others do their walls with a stencil, couldn’t find one large enough. The small ones would have taken days maybe even weeks to finish. By the way if you didn’t know my husband is an Architect Designer, so I asked him if he thought he would be able to do it with tape and he was like oh yea I can do that!

Step By Step…….

We first had to paint the wall white. Thank God for my husband because I was going to do it all backwards. I was going to tape it then paint it white, my husband informed me that if we did it that way we would be painting for days and then it wouldn’t have looked right.

We Be Tapping!

Next up is tapping. I am going to be honest I didn’t know that “math” was going to be involved. I seriously thought that all we had to do was put tape up in zigzags. LOL Again I thank God for my husband who brought me back to reality real quick. LOL. Also if you didn’t know I don’t like math ok!!! LOL

You need to measure your wall from top to bottom and side to side. Its important for you to have in mind how many patterns you want. I wanted six total. So my husband measured and tape the wall according to his measurements. Keep in mind that everyone’s measurements will be different because its according to your wall size.

It’s All Taking Shape!

Now here is where the math comes into place again. To get the chevron print you have to place the tape on the wall in a zig zag shape. My husband measured for each zigzag to be 2ft apart. And you follow this throughout the entire wall following the taped off sections moving from top to bottom.

Let’s Paint Sis!

Now this is where the fun and intense part starts! You need to have your two colors picked out. I chose a light grey and a darker grey. Go over with a pencil in each zigzag and write in the color you want to paint in each zag. Use your roller to paint the color in each section. To make it easier my husband had one color and I had another, that way we didnt get it mixed up. Be careful and don’t go too fast you can mess up easy if you’re not paying attention! After you have done this let it dry for a little bit don’t wait along time thought. The you carefully take the paint off and then boom! Scroll down!!!

Boom! Its done!

It took us a couple of hours to finish and we are happy with the results. Stay tuned for the entire family room reveal soon. Before I end this post I got to tell you what you will need. See below:

  • 1 gallon White paint
  • 2 gallons of the two colors of your choice of paint
  • 2 thick paint brushes
  • 2 large paint rollers
  • 2 small paint rollers
  • 1 steady hand (lol)
  • 2-3 rolls of frog painters tape (Lowes guy said it works better than the blue tape)
  • 3 paint buckets
  • couple of old blankets to cover floor
  • 1 ladder
  • 1 measuring device
  • 1 pencil

Update: The Final Reveal

Can you say WOW! Doesn’t even look like the same room. If you ask me it looks like something out of the Southern Living Magazine! Lol We did that!! Here’s one more just because!

Have any questions let me know! This was a fun project even if you’re like me and not a painter. I do have to give credit to my husband because he did about 97% of the work! I love my husband!

Love Ya & I mean it!


Wife, Mother, Minister, and Published Author. Millennial southern living vibe giving inspiration to women like you and sharing my passion for fashion!

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  1. This looks amazing! When the time comes definitely going to give this a try in one of our rooms.

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