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Monday, April 7, 2014

SW Rainwashed Accent Wall...

I hope everyone had a nice weekend! Thankfully, this weekend was sunny and in the 60's, which was a huge improvement to last weekends rain and snow.  My husband was away all weekend with some guys from work, so I was on my own with the kids.  Somehow in between the backyard hikes, playground visits, soccer playing and bike riding I managed to finish the wall behind Paige's bed.   I had her sleep in my room while I stayed up late and worked on her's.  The last time you saw her  room I mentioned that I was planning on doing something with the wall behind her bed.

Here's how the wall evolved.

I previously did board and batten (minus the board) in our dining room (here) and have wanted to do it again somewhere in the house.  After painting my daughter's room the wall behind her bed just lacked something and I knew it would be perfect to do another wall treatment.

I used the same poplar boards that I used in the dining room.   I like to use these boards because they are almost the exact same depth as the baseboards so I don't have any overhang.  The only con is that they come in 3 foot lengths so there is a lot of spots where boards are joining together. 

I started by boxing out the entire wall with boards.  I mitered the corners and seams where the boards join together.

Once I had the outer boards nailed in, I measured and marked the center then nailed in the vertical boards.  I then measured the next section and divided that by two.  This gave me 4 even sections along the wall.  After I had all the vertical boards nailed in, I cut and nailed the horizontal boards. 

This part of the project I actually enjoy.  The part I hate is caulking, sanding and filling in all the nail holes. 

Friday night I stayed up late and put two coats of white semi-gloss trim paint on the back wall.  
I liked it but wasn't loving it.  It wasn't until Saturday evening when my mom stopped over and said "I thought you were painting it a color" that I realized it needed to be repainted.  She also suggested that I move the night stand over to the other side of the bed.  Mom, you are genius!  I love having my mom around to bounce ideas off of and help me with design decisions.   That night I raided my paints and realized I had almost a gallon of paint leftover from when I painted Owen's room.  So, I stayed up late again on saturday night with a beer and a large Panera's chocolate chip cookie (yes, I ate the whole thing) and painted 2 more coats of paint on the wall.

You will learn real quick around here that I change my mind 100 times before I find something that works and I love.   I ended up switching the color scheme in her room and playing with a few accessories from around the house.

And....here's the wall after two coats of Sherwin Williams Rainwashed with two different lamp options.

First Option: Yellow lamp shade from the master bedroom.

Second Option: Original lamp shade with gold lamp.
The curtains are now hung and the room is coming together.  I still have a large blank wall across the bed that I will be working on next.  


  1. Beautiful! Love it! It turned out great!

    Emily @ elizabethjoandesigns.com

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  2. I love that blue/green/gray color, the box trim, and the coral accents! Such a beautiful combo! Great job!:-)

    1. I'm glad you like the color combo! It was a last minute change that thankfully turned out for the better.

  3. Love how this project came together! This boxed trim looks fabulous! I like the yellow patterned lamp, its a fun accent color.

    1. Thanks for your input on the lamp! I still can't decide :)

  4. I love, love, LOVE your blog!! Oh my goodness, I have been going through some of your DIY posts and my heart is racing! I would love to do many of your projects, but I don't even know how to use a sewing machine :'(! Much less powertools. Do you have any advice on how to learn to do all that stuff? I get a little bit lost since I haven't used anything other than a glue gun and spray paint.

    1. Thank you SO MUCH Janeth, you totally made my day! I would say start slow and use tools that you are comfortable working with. Have someone give you a quick run down of how to use a sewing machine or particular tool. When I started doing DIY projects I was scared to death to use a saw or nail gun. After I had my dad or husband show me what to do I was hooked! I am a visual person, so for me I had to actually see someone show me what to do. If you don't have someone that can show you how a tool works, Youtube is also a great resource. I hope that helped!