Create a gorgeous master bedroom accent wall with this super simple DIY project! We created a 3 box picture frame moulding wall for our master bedroom and I love seeing it every time I come in the room. It is amazing how this basic moulding can make such a difference in the overall style of your bedroom and how it can really elevate your space. This is a great DIY for beginners who want to start creating beautiful rooms in their home, with affordable and easy projects. Let’s get to it!
Master Bedroom Accent Wall Supplies:
- Miter Saw
- Wood Filler
- Tape Measure
- Trim Moudling: We used this pre-finished PVC moulding because of the low cost and it was ready to use
- Brad Nail Gun or Liquid Nails
After a lot of research, we decided to use the prefinished pvc to give us the same picture frame box look, for less than the cost of wood trim. We also decided to just use a brad nailer instead of liquid nails. I’ve found that when people have used liquid nails and then want to take the molding down, that they then have a huge dry wall mess (that needs to be repaired). This moulding is super light weight so both the nails and the glue is not necessary, making your job a lot easier. *You could decide to just use the glue as well
How To Start Your Master Bedroom Accent Wall
Step 1: Determine The Width of Your Center Box.
Start by measuring the full width of your wall. Divide this in half and that is your center starting point. Next decide how wide you want your center box. Use your headboard or bed size to determine the appropriate width. I have seen the box both narrower and wider than the headboard. I decided to have ours inset 3 inches on each side. Next you will mark the width you determined, using your center point as the middle of the measurement for perfect symmetry.
Tip #1: Determine the width you want to use for all the space between your box and the wall edges. We used the rule of 6 inches for the entire process. The largest middle box was framed 6 inches from the ceiling, 6 inches from the floor, and 6 inches from the next box.
For the box height, measure the height of the wall and subtract 2×6 inches (top and bottom space) to give you the total length of each side.
You can either use tape edges to mark your measurements or small pencil lines with the level. I used small markings to give me a basic idea of where I wanted my lines.
Picture Frame Moulding Measurement Example:
Step 2: Determine The Width of Your 2 Side Boxes.
Measure the width of the wall from you outside large box edge to the edge of the wall. Then, you will subtract the amount of space you want from the wall and the space from the box edge. In our case this measurement was 6 in both spots, so minus 12 total, making our box width around 37 inches. The height of the sides was already determine in step one.
Step 3: How Much Trim Do I Need?
Take the total measurements of each box and add them up to give you the total amount of trim you need to purchase. We used white pvc trim which was $5.38/8 ft piece. This allowed us to complete to project for under $60!
Step 4: Time To Make Your Cuts
Once you have the trim purchased, you will start making your cuts with the mitter saw. You want to make 90 degree angles so each piece of molding will be cut at a 45 degree angle. I would start with cutting all of your side pieces (6 total) because they will all be measured at the same length. Then make the top/bottom piece cuts.
Step 5: Get Out The Nail Gun
Two person job alert! You are going to nail the center piece in first using your markings and double checking your measurements. We held a level below each piece of trim to make sure it was level as we nailed it in. We placed nails roughly every 10 inches. Next you will place your center box side pieces, also using a level along the edge to make sure it is straight. Once these pieces of trim were in place, we could place the bottom piece of trim to complete the box.
Tip: Don’t go too crazy with the amount of nails you use. The pvc is very lightweight and then you don’t have as many holes to fill in with your wood filler. You want to use enough that the trim is secure, flat, and level.
A few of our cuts were a little bit short. The pvc is easily bendable which helps give you a little wiggle room to move it over slightly the make the corner connection tighter. You don’t want to do this too much, because it will be a noticeable curve in the trim. Wood filler is also great to make any cutting error less noticeable in the corners.
Step 6: Nail Your Side Boxes
Repeat the above step for your 2 side boxes.
Step 7: Fill Those Cracks
Use the wood filler to fill in the cracks of the corners and where you have the nail holes.
Step 8: The Final Step to Your Bedroom Accent Wall – Time To Paint!
The pvc required 2-3 coats of paint. We chose to use the same color as our wall. If you decide to leave the trim white, I would use white caulk to fill in the gaps between the trim and the wall. Since we decided to paint our trim, the tiny space between the frame and the wall was filled in with the paint, so I didn’t need to use caulk (Yes! I hate caulking! Lol)
We hope once your master bedroom accent wall is complete that you enjoy it as much as we enjoy ours!
For more great bedroom design ideas and must-have measurements to complete your entire master bedroom look, check out our bedroom makeover!