Finally, Accent Wall

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Finally, grey accent wall, by TwoPlusCute

We finally have a finished accent wall in our living room. Way back in July, I took the living room by storm and painted every wall. Every wall except the accent wall that is facing the sofa. For months, we sported a quirky and totally artsy wall, decorated with…paint swatches.

Finally, grey accent wall, by TwoPlusCute. Paint swatches 1


As time passed, the swatches multiplied like bunnies,

(by the way, check how to DIY your own perfect grey and greize):

Finally, grey accent wall, by TwoPlusCute. Even more paint swatches!

Well it was about time to finish that part of the living room so,

I employed help:

Finally, grey accent wall, by TwoPlusCute. Toddler pretend play, painting a wall.
Child labor: The Cute earning her living.

With an extra set of hands (to do pretend painting and move my tools all over the place), it was a breeze fun challenge but it certainly made things less boring and our little one happy.

[For anyone that is worried about The Cute, the paint tray is dried out, the wall is dry and the roller is washed clean and dry (or you’d hear me yelping”NOOOooooo!”). We are at the point where I am gathering up all supplies.]

Without further ado…Oh wait a minute, you should see how it used to look. This is the old color, from when I was scraping the popcorn ceiling:

TwoPlusCute: Removing popcorn textures is easy, with step by step images, several tips, some dust and a lot of information. Not as much dust as you might think.

And this is now:

A gorgeous grey accent wall, by TwoPlusCute

See the shine up on the ceiling? I made that! Well, I removed the popcorn ceiling and sanded for an eternity, in order to get that shiny result – and that is just plain flat paint on that ceiling.

This photo shows the color more accurately:

Grey accent wall in living room with lighter grey for the surrounding walls, by TwoPlusCute

Much, much prettier:

Grey living room accent wall, by TwoPlusCute

I have big plans for a low console-slash-sideboard under the tv but meanwhile, we use the two sidetables I made last year using the tutorial I mention here. I slid a basket to keep the many cables and plugs in one place (until the aforementioned console comes to make everything better).

Finally, grey accent wall, temporary solution for the V cords and plugs, by TwoPlusCute

I felt like something was missing though…

Aaah, much better:

Grey accent wall in living room, tongue in cheek suggestion for styling furniture, by TwoPlusCute

And as soon as she reached for the plugs, she was out of there. I got her out that is and gave her a hand sander (don’t worry: she can’t sand hard enough to produce the – dangerous if inhaled – dust) and a clean brush and she happily went about all the walls of the house with them.

Hours of entertainment I tell you! 🙂

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11 thoughts on “Finally, Accent Wall

  • February 8, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    LOVE the new wall color! Fabulous job on the ceiling too. The Cute is the best accessory in your photos. 🙂

  • January 31, 2016 at 5:27 am

    I can feel your pain with popcorn ceilings… I removed two walls and had enough for the rest of my life!
    I love the color you chose, it looks brighter and bigger now. The helper is sooo cute!

    • January 31, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      I see you are a fellow de-stippler!
      Glad you like the result. 🙂

  • January 29, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Much, much nicer! I laughed when you said the paint swatches were multiplying on the wall. And yet that was a smart thing to do. I made the mistake of buying a paint, having it look gorgeous in the morning light and then in the afternoon it looked like…. well, we are too kind to mention that here. And the cute is just too cute for words!! 🙂

    • January 29, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      I’ve made the same mistake with paint – I think we all have. 🙂

  • January 26, 2016 at 12:55 am

    Love the gray custom color! It makes a huge difference and looks wonderful with the wood flooring. Cute makes an excellent accent piece. lol Adorable that she helps out mom. 🙂

  • January 25, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    It looks great. Well done, and yes that will keep her and you entertained for hours. The room is so much brighter.

  • January 25, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    I definitely agree with “much much prettier”! You picked a good color. And I checked out the popcorn ceiling link too. That was a HUGE and messy job! It seems like it was worth it though. 🙂

    • January 26, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      It was totally worth it. I smile every day I see that room now, while pre-paint I whined to hubby.


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