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How To Add An Easy Wood Accent Wall

I’m sharing how to add an inexpensive, easy wood accent wall to your home using a repurposed thrift store shelf.

We have been remodeling our beach cottage, and once the remodel was coming together, there was one problem area.

This side wall didn’t have room for furniture because of the sofa, and I decided the space would benefit from an accent wall.

This is an easy and inexpensive way to make a huge impact on a problem area in your home.

Moving previous cabinet from corner that accent wall wall will be to add an inexpensive, easy wood accent wall to your home

This corner piece that held the TV was previously on the opposite wall. The cabinet was moved to another spot in the room, leaving this corner empty.

Corner before the accent wall was installed in tiny house remodel and beach cottage update.

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Wood Accent Wall

This project began with a repurposed solid wood thrift store shelf for only $7.50. Fortunately, it was almost exactly the size needed for the accent wall.

The Peg Board Wall Shelf before it was transformed. Used for accent wall in 1940s beach cottage

Although the dated heart cut out needed to go, I knew it would be an easy fix.

In addition, I planned to paint the shelf so mixing the materials wouldn’t be a problem.

Peg Board before it was transformed for a Accent wall.  Tiny house remodel ideas.

Repurpose the wood shelf

First, we need to get rid of the heart peg rack.

Brad loosened the rack from the brackets with a flathead screwdriver and a hammer.

Transform the thrift store shelf to work on the accent wall in the beach cottage.

Next, he cut the nails using a Saw All with a metal cutting blade.

Transform the shelf to work for the accent wall.

This allowed the support brackets to remain in place and easily removed the rail.

Transform the shelf to work with the accent wall

Make the shelf fit the accent wall

Since the bracket placement was perfect for the wood accent wall, Brad cut the excess wood from the ends using a jig saw.

Transform the shelf to work with the accent wall for the beach  cottage.

I still wanted a peg rack on the shelf, so we cut another piece of wood to fit where the previous peg rack had been and attached it with nails.

Transform the shelf to make a accent wall for the tiny house beach cottage.

After carefully measuring the shaker peg placement, we drilled seven holes for the pegs with a Ryobi Cordless Drill.

The shaker pegs were attached to the repurposed shelf with wood glue. Now the top of the accent wall is complete and we are ready to add additional wood and create our accent wall.

Building Wood Accent Wall

First, we purchased 5- 1 x 3 x 6 pine boards to use as trim pieces, and I had some trim paint mixed to match the French Linen Shade of Chalk Paint I had used on some of the furniture in the cottage.

In addition, to avoid getting paint on the newly painted walls, I painted the edges of the boards before attaching them.

Paint the wood trim to add accent to add an inexpensive, easy wood accent wall to your home

Measure for the accent wall trim boards

Next, using a tape measure and a level, measure and mark the placement of the trim pieces. We added one trim piece at the top of the wall horizontally, and the remaining four pieces were installed straight up and down vertically.

how to add an inexpensive, easy wood accent wall to your home. Measure placement of wood strips.

Also, the wooden shelf was previously painted to speed up the installation. Using wood screws, the shelf was screwed to the wall just below the top trim board.

how to add an inexpensive, easy wood accent wall to your home by adding a thrift store peg board shelf.

Next, the vertical trim boards were cut to attach under the shelve and down to the baseboard. They were easily attached using finishing nails.

how to add an inexpensive, easy wood accent wall to your home.  ADD A DIY PEG BOARD and wooden strips to wall

The entire wall, within the accent area, was painted with the accent color paint that was a custom mix.

PAINT THE TRIM TO ADD ACCENT to add an inexpensive, easy wood accent wall to your home

Initially, I was concerned that the darker accent wall would make the room feel smaller. However, the opposite was true.

The accent wall actually adds so much depth to the room.

Now it’s time to decorate and add the bench to the accent wall.

how to add an inexpensive, easy wood accent wall to your home which includes a thrift store peg board shelf.

Adding a Storage Bench

This Shoe Bench Storage Cabinet from Vasagle Furniture was added to complete the wall and add much-needed storage.

The storage bench holds extra books, magazines, games, and photos and provides seating if needed.

It’s the perfect petite size for the limited space in the beach cottage.

how to add an inexpensive, easy wood accent wall to your home.  Tiny House Remodel with storage shoe bench

Decorate the Wood Accent Wall

The DIY Nautical Mirror I shared earlier this week is perfect for the accent wall.

how to add an inexpensive, easy wood accent wall to your home with shoe storage bench filled with coastal decor.

The wall shelf, shaker pegs, and storage bench all combine to hold a combination of paintings, vintage pieces, and thrifted finds.

The previously difficult-to-decorate wall now holds many treasured pieces, adding depth to the tiny room.

how to add an inexpensive, easy wood accent wall to your home.  Tiny house beach cottage remodel decorated for EAster

I hope you enjoyed seeing how easy it is to add a Wood Accent Wall. It’s amazing how this wall changes the feel within the tiny cottage.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!


How To Ad A Wood accent wall to tiny house beach cottage remodel.  Shelf filled with coastal farmhouse decor.


Friday 3rd of March 2023

I missed this the first go around. Those shelves with heart were everywhere at that time.

You made it look brand new.

Darker colors can make a small area look grand.


Friday 3rd of March 2023

Cindy, Thanks for your comments. Yes, the shelf was a steal because of the heart.


Friday 3rd of March 2023



Friday 3rd of March 2023

Thanks Renae


Friday 3rd of March 2023

Your accent wall is charming. Everything you do is inviting and makes your friends feel welcomed when they come to visit. I think the purpose of "home" is to say, "please come in and visit".


Friday 3rd of March 2023

Diana, I love this! Thank you for sharing.


Friday 20th of May 2022

Love this!!! Great job love how it turned out!! Geeat extra seating too!!


Friday 20th of May 2022

Thank you Debbie!


Friday 18th of March 2022

Another beautiful use of space, Rachel! I LOVE this so much. The color you chose and all the accents not only make it warm and inviting but functional too. I can't believe you found that rack for $7.50 either. It doesn't even look like the same piece. We need a similar shelf for our laundry room so I'm going to be on the lookout for a shelf now too. Everything you've done is so fabulous! Hugs, CoCo


Saturday 19th of March 2022

CoCo, I couldn't resist that hardwood shelf. It was a steal with wood prices the way they are today. Thanks for stopping by.