I don’t know if you have noticed, but lately, I am really having fun with walls. It might be that with a baby on the loose, I can’t have as much fun with accessories. Instead, I have turned to walls to unleash my creativity because he can touch those all he wants without damaging them or hurting himself. Already in this house we’ve done more wall treatments than we had total in our last house over 7 years! Today I wanted to share with you 6 easy wall treatments you can DIY in a day, a round up of simple to do ideas I’ve tried. I can definitely attest to the fact that each of these takes a day or less.
What did I say? If you look at that image above, 4 of them are from this house, which we have lived in for 5 months, and 2 are from our old house.
- Color blocking: I wasn’t going to get into this trend of color blocking. That was my plan. However, after painting our bedroom black, I felt like the space above the headboard needed some excitement. I purchased one pint of paint, taped off a simple shape, and away I went! You can read all of the details and steps I followed here.
- Stenciled Walls: I am constantly getting asked about our “wallpaper” in our entry, but guess what! It’s stenciled! I used a huge stencil that I cut into pieces and worked my way around our entry creating twinkle stars. I stenciled this traditionally, but used a small sponge brush rather than a stipple brush. You can find all of the details here.
- Temporary Wallpaper: I added adhesive temporary wallpaper to Wilder’s nursery in our new home. I shared the entire step by step tutorial here, but I can tell you I finished it in less than 2 hours one morning before he took a nap! I have worked with regular wallpaper as well, such as in his old nursery closet, and I have to say I definitely prefer the temporary paper. It is easy to unstick if you make a mistake and need to fix, and when we are done with it, it will be much easier to remove. I wouldn’t say I will only ever go with temporary though because honestly it depends on the pattern… some papers I love only come in paste-on, and that is really not too difficult either. (You can read about that here.)
- Sharpie Wall: If you don’t like to mess with paint or paper, a sharpie can be a great way to add interest to a wall. I’ve seen several other bloggers share ideas over the years, and it’s something that I did in our old home. I did use a stencil to outline each shape, but I created a sharpie sheep wall. I am sure that the new owners have painted over it by now, but it was a simple way to add interest to a little wall in our entry. You can check out my DIY here.
- Hand Painted Mural: A hand painted mural can be really easy to do! I just shared my hallway mural with all of the steps I took here. All you need is an idea, paint, and a little trust in yourself. The best part is that it’s not hard to paint over if you end up hating it. This mural was actually not my first time doing something like this.The above photo is so old, but you can see that hand painted faux bois nook Emmy had in her Maryland bedroom at one point. She was really into ALL THE COLORS at that time in her life as well. 😉
- Wood Planking: This is the most labor intensive of all of these projects and required the most math. (I figured I should point out that math part.) Chris and I were working with an angled wall which offered a bit more of a challenge. Even with this being the most challenging of the wall treatments I have tried, it truly was not that difficult. You can read my full tutorial here.
There you have it! Make use of your upcoming weekend, add interest to your home, and give one of these ideas a try; if I can do it, you can, too!