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How To Add An Easy Wood Accent Wall

I’m sharing how to add an inexpensive and 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 a piece of furniture because of the sofa and I decided the space would benefit from an accent wall.

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

This corner piece which held the TV had previous been on the wall. The cabinet was moved to another spot in the room and left this corner empty.

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Wood Accent Wall

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

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.

Repurpose the wood shelf

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

Brad loosened the rack from the brackets with a flat head screw driver and a hammer.

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

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

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.

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 with nails.

After carefully measuring the shaker peg placement, we drilled 7 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.

Measure for the accent wall trim boards

Next, using a tape measure and a level, measure and mark the placement of the the trim pieces. We added one trim piece at the top of the wall horizontally and the remaining 4 pieces were installed straight up and down vertically.

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

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

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

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.

Adding a Storage Bench

To complete the wall and add much needed storage, this Shoe Bench Storage Cabinet from Vasagle Furniture was added.

The storage bench holds extra books, magazines, games and photo’s plus provides seating if needed.

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

Decorate the Wood Accent Wall

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

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 and adds depth to the tiny room.

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.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!



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.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Tuesday 15th of March 2022

I'm just loving how this turned out Rachel. Great job.


Tuesday 15th of March 2022

Kim, Thanks for your encouragement.

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