Easy $50 Bold Green Accent Wall
No power saw required!
I have been saving bold green accent wall ideas on my pinterest board for months, maybe even years, so I finally decided it was time to tackle my own. There was one problem however, my husband strictly forbids me to use a power saw( I guess he wants me to keep all ten of my fingers) so I knew I would have to get creative.
Beginning the process
I went to Menards and found pre-primed lattice boards that were eight feet long and a little over one inch wide. They were only five dollars each so I picked up 6 of them. The wall I was going to use them on wasn’t very large and my teenage son was going to be making my cuts using a cheap chop saw we picked up on Craigslist for $50.
Note: These cuts could have been done with an old fashioned hand saw as well because the wood is very thin and easy to work with. In fact my husband made the last angled cut with his hand saw and it worked better than the chop saw!
I got the boards home and then started drawing out my design with a pencil and this handy little tool for measuring angles.
Once I was happy with the basic design, I had to make sure that I had enough wood to make it happen.
To begin, I drew a horizontal line about halfway up the wall. Then I drew three angled lines starting from the ceiling aproximately the same distance from each other on either side of the midline. The top line slightly overlaped the bottom line, this gave me the look I was going for. I used three 8 foot boards to do the angles, using the part left over from the top board after the first cut for the bottom half of the angle. The lower boards didn’t reach the floor so I used a leftover long piece to make that seem intentional.
Since my son( who is not a carpenter) was going to be cutting these, I didn’t want the cuts to have to be super precise.
I knew I wanted to have some sort of a ladder design on the other side of the wall, so I drew a straight vertical line from the floor to the return air vent, then added some random horizontal lines to it using a level.
Once I was happy with the design, he made the cuts for me, then I taped them to the wall with painters tape from Dollar Tree. From there, I tweaked the design a little and got it exactly how I wanted it. I ended up using less strips on my ladder because I didn’t want to go buy more lattice.
Then using our handy little compressor/brad nail gun, I nailed all the boards to the wall.
With everything secured to the wall, it was finally time to bring out the bold green paint for our accent wall. I was really hoping and praying that I had picked the right color!
I used a brush to paint all the tight spaces where the trim met the wall, then used a roller to smooth everything together and paint the larger parts of the wall. It took about two coats of paint.
The next day we filled all the nail holes with wood filller, cleaning off the excess with a wet rag as went. After the wood filler dried, we touched everything up with the green paint.
It turned out beautifully even though I used the budget Colorplace brand of paint from Walmart. The color I used is called ALPINE VALLEY(RG280-02) I already had nails for the nail gun, painting supplies and wood filler on hand, in total I spent $30 for the lattice boards and $20 for the paint. I couldn’t believe my bold green accent wall only cost me $50! This was a very inexpensive project considering how much of an impact it makes in our entryway.
I absolutely LOVE it!! It feels so luxurious and glamorous but also cozy and inviting.