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How To Create an Easy Trim Accent Wall

Learn how to create an easy trim accent wall with this step-by-step tutorial. Transform your space with simplicity and style.

An easy wood trim accent wall in a stairwell.

This wood trim feature wall was one of the easiest projects and added a lovely pop of texture to our carriage house stairwell. Let me show you how to create a trim accent of your own!

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This easy accent wall is part of a larger series of posts on our carriage house build. Get all of the details here…

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Different lengths of wood trim are added to a stairwell to create an easy accent wall.

One of the first questions we get asked is, “where did you get that light?!” The light fixture in our stairwell was actually found on Marketplace!

This pendant light was only $75 and made using an old wine barrel. Living in the heart of wine country, we love that! It also adds wood and metal elements that help to tie the space together.

While the fixture provided a much needed focal point for this large stairwell, it needed something else. That’s where this easy feature wall came in. Here’s how to make your own…

A stairwell accent wall was created with different lengths of wood trim.

What’s great about this do-it-yourself project is that you don’t even need a power saw. You could simply use a hand saw to make the straight cuts used for the trim here.

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Supplies

The stairwell before the trim was added.

Instructions

1. Prep the trim either with paint or varathane to seal.

2. Sand the trim and apply a second coat of sealer if needed.

Painter tape is put in strips on the floor to plan out the accent wall.

3. Use painters tape to map out the design on the floor.

Painter tape is laid on the floor to plan the design for the trim accent wall.


4. Measure each length of tape and cut each piece of trim to length.
5. Make sure to use a level to get the first horizontal piece just right.

A ladder is used in the stairwell to add the trim to the wall.

6. Use a stud finder to find the studs and use a finish nailer to nail the trim into them.

Tip: Nailing into the studs helps the trim to stay securely fastened and eliminates gaps between the trim and the wall. I nailed each end of the trim and then at least one nail into a stud along its length.
7. Continue with each section of trim, about 1” apart.

Tip: Use a piece of trim as a guide for spacing.
8. Fill the nail holes with wood filler.

Tip: Create a custom fill color by adding acrylic paint to the wood filler.

Trim accent wall in a stairwell.


9. Seal with varathane.

Wood trim pieces are laid horizontally to create a accent wall in a stairwell.

Pro Tips

  • If you want to avoid the sealing, sanding and wood fill process you can paint the entire wall all the same color!
  • Use a good quality hard wood trim for best results.
  • Sealing and sanding isn’t required but gives the trim a smooth, satin finish.
  • You *could* glue the trim to the wall instead of nailing it but just because you could, doesn’t mean that you should. It would be much more difficult to remove and repair later.
How to create an easy feature wall with horizontal pieces of different lengths of trim.

Seriously, how easy was this wood trim accent wall to create?! Easy peasy right?! You could totally tackle this project!

Don’t have a saw?! Simply make the cuts to the trim at Home Depot before you check out!

I’m now looking around the rest of our home to see where else I could add a fun feature wall…

An easy trim feature wall.

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How to Create an Easy Trim Accent Wall

Learn how to create an easy trim accent wall with this step-by-step tutorial. Transform your space with simplicity and style.
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Total Time3 hours
Course: Home Decor
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Author: Heather Painchaud
Cost: $75

Materials

  • 8 pieces of 1″ x 1/4″ birch trim – 6ft lengths were $8 at Home Depot
  • Fine grit sanding paper
  • Finishing nails
  • Ryobi brad nailer – this is the one I have
  • Level
  • Painters Tape
  • Mitre saw or hand saw
  • Stud Finder
  • Wood Filler
  • Varathane
  • Paint Brush

Instructions

  • Prep the trim either with paint or varathane to seal.
  • Sand the trim and apply a second coat of sealer if needed.
  • Use painters tape to map out the design on the floor.
  • Measure each length of tape and cut each piece of trim to length.
  • Make sure to use a level to get the first horizontal piece just right.
  • Use a stud finder to find the studs and use a finish nailer to nail the trim into them.
  • Continue with each section of trim, about 1” apart.
  • Fill the nail holes with wood filler.
  • Coat with varathane to seal.
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I'm an active mom of twin boys who is always looking for opportunities to inspire creativity through fun crafts, do-it-yourself projects and delicious recipes. This blog has been an integral part of supporting my little family and I am so grateful to have you become a part of our journey! Let's create together... Read more...

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beautiful and I am going to do this in my entry BUT it LOOKS as though there is more than 1/4 inch between the slats but I could be having an old timers moment on reading this! Thank you for this great idea.

Well the way those wood trims are located, you will NOT have studs that close together. They are usually 12-16 inches apart. Just a little piece of advice.