Week four means we’re halfway through the challenge – yay for progress! At the same time it also means we still have another four weeks left. That’s definitely a good amount of weeks to finish this project on time.
As a quick recap I’ve previously posted about the plans & before photos for the space in my week one post. I also shared some progress updates for week 2 and week 3. Now it’s time to talk about the accent wall project for our entryway that I’m working on as part of this challenge. I decided to divide this post into two separate weeks because it turns out I have a lot more to share about wall treatment options than I first expected.
But first things first let me walk you through this little entryway area and what kind of changes are needed to make it perfect. When you walk in from the front door there’s actually very little space and there’s also closet doors on both sides of the entry. That means there’s not enough wall space for an entryway console table right by the door.
There is however a small hallway leading to our den that’s right across the entry. One of the walls on this hallway is actually the first thing you see when you walk in. That’s why I decided to turn that area into our entryway landing space. Currently it houses a white oak bench that I originally built for our bedroom in our old place. I still love the look of it but for better functionality I’m going to attempt to re-build the base to make it higher so that it works better as a console table here.
I’ve used painters tape to mark the height options on the wall so that I could better eye ball the size that works best. The standard 30″ console table height is most likely the best option here (which is the lower tape line in the photo below).
Accent wall options
My initial plan for the accent wall that’s going to be behind the console table was to use a removable wallpaper. But after researching my options I realized it would not only cost $150-$200 for this small wall area but also take upwards of a month to get my hands on. So I figured hey, why not just DIY. DIY is always a good idea, no?
If you look at the options listed below it’s pretty clear to see why DIY is once again the winning strategy. I’m ALL about achieving the same (or similar) results with less amount of dough whenever possible.
Don’t get me wrong I think a wallpaper option would look absolutely stunning. But keeping in mind that we’re only living in this home temporarily it doesn’t make sense to spend hundreds of dollars for this wall. The line art style is trending now but I’m not entirely sure if I’d get tired of it too soon for it to be worth $200. Ultimately each decor decision is very much dependent on each person’s unique living situation and for our situation an expensive wall treatment isn’t the right choice at the moment.
Option 1: removable wallpaper (cost: $150-$200)
Option 2: wall decals (cost: $60+)
Option 3: DIY faux wallpaper/wall decals (cost: $10+)
For the DIY option there are actually countless of different ways to go about it. Here’s just a short list of my top 3 DIY accent wall options:
- Washi tape decals to create a faux wallpaper effect
- Paintable contact paper decals
- Printed-at-home decals
Next week I’ll continue this post and share more details about different DIY ideas for creating a budget friendly accent wall. I’ve come across some very creative ideas while looking for inspiration for this project and I can’t wait to share more about them! I will also reveal which DIY technique I’m using for my entryway accent wall.
To do list:
Get rid of storage unit & old desk Move bookcase to the place of the old desk Add new double desk to the place of the old storage unit in the corner Get new chairs for the desk
- Add a full length mirror to the back wall to create a more spacious feel
- Build entryway console from old bench
- Create a feature wall behind entryway console table
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The One Room Challenge is a design challenge sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens. Twice a year 20 featured designers are selected to transform a space. During the eight weeks of the challenge they share their progress with weekly updates.
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One Room Challenge Spring 2021 Schedule
Week 1 – The plans (May 6-9)
Week 2 – Progress & challenges (May 13-16)
Week 3 – Budget & Products (May 20-23)
Week 4 – Entryway accent wall (May 27-30)
Week 5 – Entryway accent wall (June 3-6)
Week 6 – Small home office storage solutions (June 10-13)
Week 7 – It’s all coming together (June 17-20)
Week 8 – Final reveal (June 24-27)