How To Create and Install An Arched Wood Accent Wall

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DIY Arched Wood Accent Wall

This is the last post before the kitchen reveal is LIVE!

We are no strangers to accent walls. We love ’em.

shared girls room with floral and hunter green feature wall with white metal crib and vintage woven headboard

To date, my favorite wall we have done in our house is the nursery accent wall in our shared girls’ bedroom. Every time I go in that room, I am so happy with it.

We have also done a removable wallpaper wall in my office, a “wallpaper” made out of fabric in our old cleaning closet and then of course the board and batten in our hallway.

But today is about to be a goooood one.

blank wall painted Sherwin Williams Pure White with coffee pot sitting on

I’m going to take this arched wall and show you how to install a super fabulous wood accent wall for DIRT cheap!


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  • Fluted wood trim
  • Jigsaw
  • Large piece of cardboard/poster board
  • Wood clamps
  • Scrap piece of straight wood
  • Paint in color of your choice (we chose Behr Black)
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Caulk (we got black caulk since we painted ours black, but if you’re doing another color, you can just get white)

Building Your Arch Wood Accent Wall

cardboard template on wood trim for arched kitchen accent wall

Your first step will be to measure your wall width. You can have a shorter wider arch or your arch can be slimmer and a bit more dramatic.

We wanted ours to somewhat mimic our wall arch that we had to make because of the new steel beam in our kitchen.

Ours is a total of 13 boards across, with the outer 2 being shaved down a few millimeters.

cardboard template on wood trim for arched kitchen accent wall

Butt all edges of your boards against your flat piece of scrap wood so that you can ensure they’re all at the same height.

Secure your boards together with your clamp and then lay your cardboard template out and trace it on your boards.

Step back and eyeball it to make sure it looks right and the top of the arch is in the center of your middle board.

I would also suggest to lay your boards out on your wall where they’ll go to make sure they fit.

We did this, but I couldn’t take a photo of it since we needed both of our sets of hands to hold boards. And some still fell off the wall and bonked me in the head. Cost of doin’ business, as they say.

man using Ryobi jigsaw to cut wood for DIY wood accent wall in kitchen

Using your jigsaw, cut on the line you drew to create your arch.

man using Ryobi nail gun to nail up pieces of trim for DIY accent wall

Using a nail gun, nail your pieces to the wall.

If you’d like extra reinforcement, you can also use wood glue, but we just went with nails and I can assure you it’s not going anywhere.

DIY arched wood accent wall

Once your pieces are up, now comes the super not fun part of filling nail holes.

I hate that part.

Once you’ve filled nail holes and sanded, get to painting!

This project can be done in an afternoon or a weekend, which is awesome.

inside of kitchen cabinet showing screws

If you’re just doing your accent wall, after you paint, do your caulking and you’re done!

But because we wanted to add shelves, we actually attached them on the inside of our pantry cabinets. You can see the screws in the far back.

wood open shelves in front of DIY accent wall

The shelves aren’t even stained. We just added a coat of poly to a 1×10 and stuck them up.

Since we went with a super dark black, we wanted to leave the wood natural for some contrast.

DIY accent wall ideas for kitchen

I am absolutely in love with how it turned out.

We were having such a hard time trying to figure out what to do because the cabinets don’t go all the way to the ceiling so we were trying to determine whether to do an accent wall that stops at the top of the cabinets or goes all the way across when we both had a lightbulb moment of arching it to match the hallway.

arched DIY wood accent wall

Seeing it next to our arched hallway I am 100% confident we made the right choice in adding this arched wood accent wall vs. any of the other ideas we had floating in our heads.

DIY wood accent wall painted black with open shelves and a coffee station and beverage fridge

Shoutout to my favorite medical professional – Dr. Pepper.

greige kitchen cabinets and DIY arched wood accent wall with beverage fridge and coffee bar

This is serving as both our coffee station and somewhat of a dry bar.

We don’t keep a ton of alcohol in the house always, but at least now we have a place to put our wine glasses.

philodendron plant in black planter on open wood shelves

Oooooo and see what I done did there?

I got myself a plant that is hopefully hard to kill (a philodendron) and I’m going to try to keep it alive! I’m not saying I want to be a plant lady now, but I have to say, I really like having something green on those shelves over there.

We’ll see if I can keep it from passing away.

But for now, I’m going to indulge in a Dr. Pepper and look back at our handiwork!

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