Wooden Feature Accent Wall

I've had so many people asking me about our wooden accent wall, I figured it was time to get this up and ready so you all could have a tutorial to get started on your wall updates! The goal was to have this post up before baby boy was born, but since he arrived early, obviously other priorities took place. :)

I'll give hubs 99% of the credit as he was the mastermind behind it. After finding a similar design, I showed hubs and he put the miter saw to work!

Side note, if you want hubs to be crafty and he shows interest, then buy him a miter saw. I promise this will encourage him to get started. I bought him the DEWALT DWS780 12-Inch Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw, and if you are feeling really nice you can add in the DEWALT Miter Saw Stand, Heavy Duty. You could also do this yourself as I'm all about empowering women with power tools, but I had too many other projects to work on at this time to get everything ready for baby's arrival, so delegated the calculations and sawing to hubs!

This budget-friendly feature wall transforms any room in the house and creates quite the statement with a dark moody color. Whether it's a nursery, master bedroom, dining room, stairway, entryway, or living room, this wall will make quite the impact. We knew we wanted to create a fun, unique accent wall to feature in our home, so when we found out the news of baby boy being born into this world, we knew just the space!

We were able to complete this project in one weekend, even with the help of a very active and busy toddler... If we can do it, YOU can do it!

Before we get started with the tutorial, know that there are 2 different ways to paint the accent wall. You can either do what we did, which was build the wall completely and then paint it after it had been created. Or, the other option is to paint the plain wall first, then after you cut the wooden boards to the desired lengths, spray the boards with a Paint Sprayer before you nail them to the wall. This would create a smoother, more professional look, but since our paint sprayer was currently not in a functioning state, we went with the previous route.

Now let's get to the good stuff. It's hubs time to shine!

Below is our essential tool list that we used to help us create the wooden feature wall:


NOTE: You could also use 1/2″ MDF boards cut into 1″ strips instead of our pre-cut pine wood, but this just adds an extra step to the process.

OPTIONAL TOOLS (If you want to make the project go faster or for a large wall):

Here is the blank wall that we started with before it was transformed.


1.) CREATE THE SKETCH. First, sketch the design you'd like on a piece of paper. You can be as creative and detailed as you'd like, or keep it simple with a minimalist approach. We created an abstract design after finding a similar one we liked online.

2.) REPLICATE YOUR FINISHED SKETCH ONTO THE WALL. Start drawing the lines on the wall with a pencil. You may end up drawing multiple lines before you are satisfied with the design. We started with the longest line first and used the 12" Rafter Square to measure the first angle, but after this, we didn't need to measure the angles.

a.) DRAW THE LONGEST LINE. To do this, begin by drawing the longest line that includes a 45 degree angle from the ceiling. Using the 12" Rafter Square against the wall and ceiling will give you the exact 45 degree angle so you can start the line there and then use the 6 ft. level (or any long level or yard stick) to draw the remainder of the straight line. This will be your base piece that other lines will be built from. I've circled the diagonal line below in red to show you which line we started with.

b.) DRAW PERPENDICULAR LINE. Next, we drew an adjoining line under the first base line that was perpendicular to the base diagonal line (so it made a 90 degree angle). Using the 12" Rafter Square, we made certain it was exactly 90 degrees. See the red line below for clarity.

c.) DRAW VERTICAL LINE. Then we drew the vertical line that connected to the last line we drew. Again, using the 12" Rafter Square, we made sure it was exactly 90 degrees. See the red line below.

From these 3 lines, we were able to work off of them to create the remaining lines from the design sketch.

d.) DRAW REMAINING LINES. To draw the remaining lines, just eyeball where you want the next line to be (example 3 feet above the diagonal line) and make a mark. Then measure the distance and make a few more marks of the same distance up the wall where the line will be. Then use your 12" Rafter Square to start drawing the line to ensure the angle is accurate. Then finish drawing the line with the 6 ft. level to connect the marks and ensure the line is straight and even. Remember this is just a rough estimate, as when you cut the boards using the Miter Saw, you will set the Miter Saw cut to exactly 45 degrees or 90 degrees. This is the joy of doing an abstract wall, there is room to wiggle with.

To make any of the horizontal lines in the design, just use a Smaller Level to ensure that the lines are parallel to the floor with the spacing that you desire.

e.) TAPE OUT LINES. Using Painter's Tape, tape over the pencil lines on the wall to see the design more clearly. This is not a necessary step, but one we used to visualize the final product and make any adjustments prior to cutting the wood.