Fixing Up A Wall Without Spending A Fortune

It doesn't feel like the last time I updated this blog was nearly three months ago, but with the pandemic shutdowns stretching into month seven, that's where we find ourselves now.

The wall before we painted it.

For the past year, we've had drywall patches on our wall as the previous owners mounted a television on the wall. We patched it up and tried to find the same shade as the existing wall colour at Home Depot.

While we thought we found the right colour a few weeks ago, after applying the paint and allowing it to dry, we could see that the paint shade was slightly a different colour. It was extremely obvious, so we decided we needed to find another way to hide the issue.

The wall we needed to fix up is a pretty big one. When I measured it, it was 8 feet by 13 feet. Wifey and I considered buying a large piece of art to cover the off coloured drywall patches. I did some research and depending on the size of the artwork, the price could range from $200 to $500. The problem with the smaller pieces is that because the area of the wall is so big, the art work would need to be proportionally as big without looking like it's out of place. 

Instead, I looked into getting a different shade of blue to create an accent wall. 

What is an accent wall?

Well before HGTV, I didn't know either. However, an accent wall is a wall that can have a different colour, shade, design or material from the other walls around it.

In our case, I selected a dark royal blue colour to mesh with the existing light greyish blue.
After buying paint (two small 936mL cans), a paint roller, rollers, and a paint tray, the final total ended up costing us only $91.33 and a Sunday morning. I bought more paint than I should have and now we have a full can in reserve. I suppose for the next time we repair a hole in our accent wall. 

It's not perfect, but it's not as obvious.

Still, the cost was much lower than what it would have cost to outfit the wall with some art. 


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