Day 1 -DIY Paint your Accent wall  - Preethi PrabhuPreethi Prabhu

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Day 1 -DIY Paint your Accent wall 

DIY Paint your wall

I wanted the first post of the series “30 days of DIY” to make a huge impact to the space, this DIY is very easy and doable with a little guidance.

Lots of people think painting a wall is a very tedious job, its not! Moreover, it can be a lot of fun. Lets get to work right away.

What you will need?

  1. Hammer or plyer
  2. Putty blade
  3. 2 or 4 inch brush
  4. A roller
  5. Wall putty (to fill holes)
  6. sand paper
  7. Wall primer
  8. Wall paint (any brand you like i used Asian Paints premium emulsion, 1 ltr paint covers a 10ft x 10ft wall)
  9. Ladder
  10. Select a wall that you want to have as an accent. (Where you want your eyes to rest in the room)


Get to work

  1. Remove nails with a plyer or the back of a hammer.
  2. Line the bottom of the wall with newspaper.
  3. Mix the putty with water and bring it to a chapati dough like consistency. Apply it on the wall with the help of a putty blade and sweep clean. Wait till it dries out ( depending on your weather about 30 – 60 mins) sand the area so the surface is even and wipe the entire wall to remove dust and grime.
  4. If your wall was painted more than 5 years ago the last time, apply a coat of primer first. Or if your wall is a dark color and you have chosen a lighter color for your accent, do a coat of primer. No matter which paint brand you use, the instructions are on the paint can, follow it.
  5. Always, do the edges first on all 4 sides with a brush first and then fill in with the roller. Let it dry for a couple of hours.
  6. The paint – water ratio is specified on the paint can, so mix water accordingly. Once the primer is dry, start applying the color on the edges on all 4 sides to make a frame.DIY Paint your wall
  7. Use the roller to fill inside, roll up and down once to get an even color. Avoid rolling several times in the same area.
  8. Let it dry for another hour or so before you do another coat. Dont worry if it looks a little patchy, once its dry and the 2nd coat is done, it will all even out.
  9. Follow the same procedure of doing the edges first with the brush and using the roller in the middle. It is very tempting to get started with the roller, but believe me, its a lot neater when you do the edges first.DIY Paint your wall
  10. Let your wall dry while you plan what you want to put on it!

DIY - Paint your Wall

P.s. Leave a comment if you have any questions.

Happy DIY month!




10 thoughts on “Day 1 -DIY Paint your Accent wall ”

  1. Lakshmi

    Good to begin the month with your first DIY, Preethi. All the best. I’m so tempted to join you on this journey.

    A great tutorial and very practical instructions on the usage of brush/roller. Only thing I would perhaps add is what grade of sandpaper to buy. AP has a sanding machine too now that I was checking out.

    How about a textured finish for one of the DIYs :)? Just kidding.

    • Preethi

      Thank you Lakshmi, Do join in, it would be so much fun trust me. A light grit sandpaper is what I use, will look at the number and tell you exact.

      I was thinking of trying a texured wall, really!! Just have to find a space for it 😀

  2. Shilpa

    Its such a lovely post and an informative one. Keep penning. Looking forward to more!

    • Preethi

      Thank you so much Shilpa 🙂

  3. Bhuvana

    Very informative will certainly try

    • Preethi

      Thank you Bhuvana 🙂 Let me know how yours turned out.

  4. Lakshmi

    I usually get a 120. How about just one portion of an accent wall as a texture? Would it look good? Something like a crushed butter paper (similar to dapple effect ) or something with leaves may be. Some colors running thr my mind as I write this – green/lime yellow.

    • Preethi

      Crushed paper I LOVE Lakshmi, have gotten it done at a clients place. Will be fun to try!

  5. Disha

    Very well explained DIY Preethi!! Trust me, you have completely transformed the look and feel of your space. Loved your first DIY and waiting eagerly for next one 🙂

    • Preethi

      Thank you Disha 🙂 Dint want any room for doubt. I am already loving the month.