Check out that accent wall! I’m still a little shocked by how high impact it really is! This was my first painting project and I’ll admit I’m hooked! This wall was so fun to create and literally took me an hour and a half from the first stroke to the last! Read on to find out how to DIY this easy brushstroke accent wall in your space!
When my boyfriend and I moved into our townhome, I knew I wanted to mix things up, but the idea of doing anything permanent was daunting. I had only ever lived in apartments my adult life so I struggled with the idea of painting. To get my fix, I started checking for accent walls on Pinterest. I wasn’t looking for any specific pattern, but I knew I preferred black and white if I decided to finally take the plunge.
Scrolling through my feed, I kept coming back to a photo of a wallpaper with long black brushstrokes. I. Fell. In. Love. But the price tag was a little more than I cared to spend so I shelved the idea. Over the next week, I couldn’t get the idea of this wall out of my mind and, two days ago, I went for it!
How I Created A Brushstroke Wall
Googling similar designs, I took a trip to my local hardware store and picked up a sample size of paint (mine is Dark Secret by Behr in satin finish), some drop cloth, and a variety of paint brushes. Now that I had my supplies, I needed to decide on a pattern. This part took the most time, because I wasn’t sure what I was going for exactly.
I took some paper plates to demo each paintbrush design and ultimately found, a cheap medium filibuster brush to work best for the design I wanted. To get the brush stroke look, make sure your brush isn’t too full of paint before painting! Take your time with this phase and allow the designs to dry fully before holding it up or tacking it to your wall. I found this method gives a good idea of what the wall will look when it’s finished!
Once I was satisfied with my design, I moved my bedroom furniture away from the wall and placed the drop cloth. I was cautious to make sure I never loaded up my brush with paint and ultimately didn’t need the drop cloth, but better safe than sorry! Grabbing my medium filbert brush and the sample paint, I set to work without a second thought!
I started in the upper corner and began placing random brush strokes working in small sections. For the top and bottom edges, I created smaller strokes to make the pattern more cohesive. Every few minutes, I stopped to see how the pattern looked. This might be a good idea if you’re worried about how your pattern will turn out! Remember, the beauty of this wall is it’s low prep and meant to be imperfect. If you see spaces where the lines are too close or too far, don’t panic! It will all come together!
- Paintbrush of your choice
- Sample size paint of your choice
If you decide to do this easy DIY accent wall, shoot me a link, I’d love to see it in your space! And if you’re interested in more DIY projects, check out my DIY section here!