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Since I have begun the process of decorating my new home (which I am affectionately calling Chic Villa), I have tried to come up with affordable ways to create an impact without breaking the bank. I love creating feature walls, and while you can create an accent wall with just paint, everyone seems to have done that -- I like to think outside the box. With this simple rope feature wall, you will have your guests saying WOW from the moment they see it! The rope wall really adds an interesting texture to any space. If you don’t want to use natural rope, you can used colored yarn, ribbon, or even leather. The possibilities are endless if you just use your imagination. (Image: Ashley Hafstead)

How to DIY an accent wall with just a hammer, nails and rope

Since I have begun the process of decorating my new home (which I am affectionately calling Chic Villa), I have tried to come up with affordable ways to create an impact without breaking the bank. I love creating feature walls, and while you can create an accent wall with just paint, everyone seems to have done that -- I like to think outside the box. With this simple rope feature wall, you will have your guests saying WOW from the moment they see it! Everyone will ask how to do it in their home. Plus the best part is it's affordable and incredibly easy to do. If you don’t need a whole wall, try this method to create a headboard or even a statement ceiling in a half bath. The rope wall really adds an interesting texture to any space. If you don’t want to use natural rope, you can used colored yarn, ribbon, or even leather. The possibilities are endless if you just use your imagination.

What you will need:

  • A hammer
  • LOTS of nails (I found that 1-3/4 inch roofing nails work perfectly).
  • A step stool
  • Rope: I used sea grass rope that is approximately 4.5m in diameter (from Amazon)
  • Patience and time

Now that you've got your tools, let's walk through the steps.

  1. Outline the wall on all four sides with nails.
  2. Tie the rope onto the first nail, preferably in a corner.
  3. Follow the nails and outline the wall with the rope. This will give you a more finished look once the wall is complete. Once you reach the corner where you started, tie the rope off on the same nail you started on.
  4. In no particular pattern, sporadically hammer nails into the wall inside your rope outline. I tend to create diamond-like patterns across the wall, but this is a fluid process and there is no right or wrong way. Pro Tip: Make sure to put four nails around any outlets (see photo).
  5. Tie the rope to any nail and begin filling the wall. You can feed the rope around the nails vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. Again, there is no right or wrong way of doing this. Once you are at the end of one ball of rope, simply tie on another to a nail and repeat this step until your whole wall is filled. Pro Tip: Periodically step back to see what section needs a bit more rope in order for the wall to look even. The more rope you add, the more full it will look; alternatively, if you want a more minimalistic look, simply use less rope.

But the most important step is to HAVE FUN with it! This DIY home project is worth every minute of time you put into it. As soon as you step back and see the final product, it is really impressive -- I’m a photographer by trade and even I don’t think pictures do this rope wall justice. This fun feature wall will have you hooked on finding more DIY projects that will add unique elements to your home without breaking the bank. Lucky for you, I'll be chronicling several of my finds right here on DC Refined over the next few months, so stay tuned!

You can follow Ashley's first-time homeowner series as she renovates #chic_villa here!

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