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How to Paint A Wall Art Accent

Hello Friends,

Have you ever thought about painting a wall art accent?

If so, then you’ve come to the right place.

Today’s post shares how to create a unique wall accent with crisp, clean lines.

And Wednesday’s post will share how to paint a mini-mural.

How to Paint A Wall Art Accent


When the Fall ORC started, Linda (our wonderful host) announced that there are over 350 participants. And because of the high participation rate, we have a chance to make over 350 new friends and be inspired by over 350 new rooms. 

So fabulous. Right?

Wall art accents are easy with a few simple tricks | #wallartaccents #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens |

I mean, for me, it truly is fun to learn new things and be inspired to move out of my comfort zone.

Case in point, this post and the one that will follow are inspired by three sweet and talented gals that I found during the last ORC.

One day Racheal from Banyon Bridges, the reigning queen of murals, posted a simple mirror accent on Instagram that launched a thousand ideas in my mind.

Wall art accent inspiration from Banyon Bridges | #wallartaccents #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens |

A few days later, Natalie and Kim from Home Ec, posted this little beauty on Instagram.

Wall art accent inspiration from Home Ec | #wallartaccents #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens |

And at the end of the day, I knew that I knew.

“Geesh, I just gotta get me some of those lines…..”

So here’s how to make it happen.

Prepare Space for Oversized Artwork


For once, I had my thinking cap on when the electricians were here. And I had them position a recessed light in the ceiling to shine light square in the center of the space between two openings. If you have this option, please do this. It helps so much to highlight and add to the look of any artwork.

Artwork Placement

Then a 36-inch mirror was centered between the open spaces along the long wall. And I did keep with traditional rules for hanging art work. The mirror’s center is about 57-inches from the floor so that it matches average eye level.

And with the lighting and mirror in place, the space is finally ready for paint.

Getting started with a wall art accent | #wallartaccents #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens |

All of the stripes and the big black box behind the mirror were created by eyeballing and taping. Yes, I could have put the process on a grid, but was just too lazy. LOL.. Seriously, I was.

You’d think I would have learned my lesson about using grids with the hand painted wallpaper, but no.

Here I go again.

How to Tape Off Stripes

First, when applying the tape, make sure to use a level. I may eyeball the size and shape, but can’t eyeball keeping tape level across a long wall.

Now, in the photo below, the blue tape is the sealer tape and will protect the current color on the wall.

And the masking tape is the spacer tape. Masking tape is dirt cheap and is the easiest way to ensure that stripes are perfectly even.

Simply add strips of tape for as wide as you want the newly painted stripe to be.

In this case, I made the top black stripe the width of one run of masking tape and the bottom black stripe the width of two runs of masking tape.

Once all of the blue tape is in place to protect and seal the original wall color, REMOVE the masking tape…..and the mirror/artwork. 

Proper taping is one of the keys to creating a wall art accent | #wallartaccents #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens |

A Secret to PREVENT Leaking Under the Blue Tape

Burnish the blue tape edges. Burnishing just means to press down the edges of the blue tape super hard so it  better seals to the drywall.

THEN…and this is KEY…. Paint the edges of the blue tape into the area marked for the new paint color with a light coat of the current wall color. In this case, the color is white.

I’ve painted rooms for years and have burnished and top coated thousands of feet of tape. Trust me, it really does help prevent leaking. Plus, Racheal does this, too, so you know it has to be good.

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In the end, the mirror is hanging according to traditional rules, but the black box and the stripes are painted slightly off center. I did this for interest and fun….also for balance. And it really works for this room.

You’ll see how well it works in the room reveal (Week 6).

A wall art accent surrounds a 36-inch mirror | Learn how to get crisp, clean lines on the blog | #wallartaccents #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens |

Take Home Message

Just play around with the tape until you find the design you want. If you have access to a grid, then give that a try. The trick is to let the inspiration set you free to create your own design. 

After all, it’s only paint. So you get a lot of mulligans….. LOL..

A wall art accent ties color and style from one room to another | #wallartaccents #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens |

And that’s all there is to it.

Click here to see how to plan and paint a mini wall mural.

A wall art accent in mini-mural form | Learn how to create crisp, clean lines on the blog | #wallartaccents #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens |

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And, as always, thanks so much for stopping by.



  • Reply Marie October 16, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Oh my goodness, Susie, I love this! It makes that gorgeous mirror pop and talk about a statement wall. I’m super excited to see that mini mural with such MCM vibes.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 16, 2019 at 6:36 pm

      Thanks so much, Marie. I’m so excited to share some new things….outside of my comfort zone. XO

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