$100 Room Challenge Week 2: Hand Painted Accent Wall

Wednesday, September 11, 2019



Y'all- I have been BUSY! This past weekend was insane. We had a baby shower, a first birthday party and somehow I managed to paint our powder room, the vanity AND try my hand at custom hand painted accent wall! Phew. I'm tired.

The truth is doing all of this work in one weekend was not necessary but I sort of blacked out and painted all the things... does this happen to anyone else? Haha!

If you are just tuning in- you can catch up below!

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This week's focus was getting our powder room painted. I started by giving this room a fresh coat of paint in Heavy Cream by Behr. I chose this color because I had recently used it in our Guest Bedroom makeover and I loved how perfectly creamy it was without having a heavy undertone.

When I was at Home Depot this weekend I was trying to figure out the cheapest way to have enough paint for the whole room. Since I was going from a dark color to a light color I knew it may take a few coats even with paint + primer. I was honestly trying to avoid getting a whole gallon until the sales associate reminded me it was the last day of the $10 rebate sale on gallons of paint and I was SOLD! I ended up spending $25 for all of the paint for this room! Score!

$25 may seem like a lot to spend when the budget for this entire space is only $100 but the theme of this makeover is heavily focused on the 'power of paint'. One way I was able to completely transform this space was by creating a custom wallpaper effect using a hand-painted technique!

Let me start by saying that after painting the walls and vanity- doing this hand painted technique was the MOST fun. Some people may find it time consuming or tedious but it was honestly so therapeutic! And actually took less than hour!

I will admit I was a bit intimidated by the idea of hand painting a pattern on the wall- so much PRESSURE! But once I painted the first corner I took the pressure off and let myself bask in the glory of an imperfectly perfect custom design!

Only needed a $3 sample size of paint to complete this wall!

The first thing I did was decide exactly what pattern I wanted to paint on the wall. Once I had settled on a pattern I began practicing on a piece of cardboard. While I was doing that I realized I could use that cardboard as a stencil, in a way!




After cutting out my stencil I took a 2 inch paint brush (what I had on hand) and began at the top left corner of my wall and began painting.



I knew I wanted this wall to look custom and I didn't mind if lines were perfect or straight so at times I would drop the stencil and let myself freehand a bit.


It truly is as simple as that- I simple went down and across the length of the wall until I was finished!

Here is a quick peek at how the whole room is coming together!

I did have a couple oopsy moments- but I simply touched up once the whole wall was complete! I am absolutely in love with how this space is turning out! It is so out of my comfort zone in the best way! Tune in next week to see how I am revamping an old light fixture I found on Marketplace for $20!

Here's an update to the to-do list/budget:

  • Paint Room- $22 (with the $10 mail in rebate on 1 gallon of paint)
  • Paint Vanity- FREE (had the paint)
  • Hand Painted Wallpaper- $3 for paint sample
  • Update Light Fixture
  • New Mirror/Accessories

Be sure to check out all of the other bloggers participating in the $100 Room Challenge! So many amazing and budget friendly design tips in this challenge!

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21 comments

  1. It's looking good! I would never have had the patience to do the hand painted accent wall - kudos for tackling that one!

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    1. Thank you!! I am honestly not the most patient person in the world so I swear if I can do this anyone can do this! It helps that it was a small wall, haha!

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  2. This looks like expensive wall paper! I love it. Great idea.

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    1. Thank you so much!!! I absolutely love how it is turning out!!!

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  3. Very cool I love that you went with paint verses a wallpaper for your bathroom. Wise choice since wall papers never fare well in bathrooms with the water and steam element. Excellent job love the color and pattern.

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    1. Thank you!!! I love how it gives the look of wallpaper without the hassle! I feel like this was easier than trying to put wallpaper behind a toilet, haha!

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  4. Rebecca I am in amazement over how your DIY wall turned out. I have been trying to pick out a stencil for my walls I want to have as statement walls. They are a little costly. Your trick to save money is wonderful. I would of never thought you free-handed the lines. I liked it with the cardboards and when you dropped the cardboard and did it yourself. great tip...thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you!!! I honestly feel like this was easier than a stencil because I didn't have to worry about lining everything up just perfectly! I know that the imperfect lines may drive some people crazy but I love it!!

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  5. Awesome! The wall looks great! I’m impressed that you painted the wall freehand, too! I would be too nervous to do that. (I recently stenciled a bathroom wall. It turned out “custom” because I messed up the stenciling a little bit! It drives my husband crazy that everything isn’t exactly even.) LOL

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    1. I was SOOOO nervous to do this!! But I just decided if I mess it up I can paint over it and it actually went a lot smoother once I just got started!! Stencils can be so tricky because if you are off the slightest it can be a pain- I know that the wonky lines of this design aren't for everyone but I don't mind it!!

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  6. Those paint rebates are such a blessing for the room budget. I love how your wall turned out and I know it makes you proud that you created it yourself. Great job!

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    1. Yesss!! I was asking the lady the cheapest way to paint a powder room because I had a $100 budget to make over the whole space and she said I came in on the LAST day of the rebate!!! I was so excited!!

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  7. What an amazing focal wall. This is so crafty and clever!

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    1. Thank you!! I was nervous for such a statement wall but I love how it is turning out!!

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  8. Oh my gosh I LOVE this! I love the imperfect handpainted look and that stencil is brilliant to keep you on track without being overly regimented. I gotta try this!

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    1. Thank you!! I honestly thought not having straight lines would drive me nuts but as I was painting I realized it gave it that 'custom' look!!!

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  9. Thank you!! I honestly thought not having straight lines would drive me nuts but as I was painting I realized it gave it that 'custom' look!!!

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  10. This looks so awesome! Did your pattern go exactly from corner to corner? I love it, but would probably do something to make it wonky-please come over and help me with this! Ha!
    I'm getting ready to paint my paster bedroom this weekend and the Lowes $15 paint rebate for Labor Day was what made this $100 challenge even a consideration for this space. Gotta love a good paint sale!

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  11. This turned out SO GOOD!!! I love the imperfections as they make it so much more unique. And I hear ya on the paint taking up a nice chunk of the budget... of the $58 I've spent thus far, $48 has been on PAINT. It really is worth it though :)

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