Well, I’ve done it, I made a wall! An accent wall to be exact. After much planning and experimenting, I decided I wanted to begin at the beginning. And for me, that is turning my studio space into a zone that inspires me, doesn’t distract, is functional, and I’m proud of. 

So I have a plan. Every week I’m going to update a new section of my space with handmade pieces made from natural products or vintage/second-hand pieces that I personalize. I will, of course, have a studio reveal at the end of the month. 

This week I created an accent wall that is visually stimulating yet subtle and installed with no nails. So all you renters out there- this can be done with double stick tape that is extremely durable and can be removed (very slowly) without leaving any trace behind. It’s pretty awesome.

To start, I gathered these materials:

  • 5/16” thick, 5.75” wide redwood bender board
  • Double stick tape
  • Measuring tape
  • White paint and stir stick- I used the color “Milk Glass”
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Two rolls of heavy duty drop cloth
  • Circular Saw

Directions:

  • Create a pattern on paper for the wood.
  • Cut wood pieces to size.
  • Paint wood.
  • Add double-sided tape to the back of wood strips.
  • Attach to the wall in the desired pattern.
  • Do any additional cuts needed to be followed by touch up paint.
  • Fill in the gaps with leftover wood. 
  • Paint touch-ups as needed. 

First I measured the wall and then made a rough sketch on some grid paper. Drawing out the design helped me figure out some of my measurements for the wood pieces I would need. I set up a cutting center for myself with my work table and circular saw.

I cut the pieces down and arranged them on the ground to see how everything fit for the pattern (this is actually the wood before cutting, but I wanted to get an idea of how the pattern looked without paint).

Then I painted. In retrospect, I would use primer but live and learn. Then I painted some more!

After the pieces were dry I took them to my studio and attached the double stick tape to the unpainted side. Then I removed the sticker on the other side of the tape and attached the wood to the wall.

I did some extra cuts to the wood to make sure everything fit, and to create some interest around the edges (filled in gaps with small pieces of wood and created some cool patterns). 

I think the final product looks pretty awesome. It’s not perfect, but I’m okay with that. I also love the way the texture pops out under different lighting settings. It’ll be so lovely with my future product shots and mini videos. I’m pumped!

Thanks for reading!
xx,
Maren