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Color Block Accent Wall

When we bought our current house we had no idea what a deal we got. Not only did we get a great house, it came with a culdesac of exceptional neighbors. Neighbors that let us borrow their flashlights before we had moved in because the electricity in the kitchen wasn’t working but our fridge was being delivered at 6 pm. Neighbors that taught Matt how to properly cut the perfect mitered corners of crown moudling. Neighbors that bring us fresh bread on Christmas Eve. Neighbors that treat our girls like they are family. When Orchard Supply Hardware asked if I wanted to do a project that celebrated neighbors helping neighbors, I couldn’t pass it up because I’ve learned that being a good neighbor makes a world of difference.

This post is sponsored by Orchard Supply Hardware. All opinions are 100% my own.

I teamed up with the Coral Spring Orchard Supply Hardware store to help transform a space for SOS Children’s Village, an organization that provides a home and resources for foster children. They had a need for a quiet space that they could use for counseling or other one-on-one meetings. The plan was to transform the small room in their community center that was used as a kitchen. A crew from Orchard took on the bulk of the project and I had the privilege of creating a small accent wall.

The Before

After talking with Genevieve from SOS, I learned that they wanted the space to been calm and serene. They had already chosen a color for the other three walls so I wanted to keep the accent wall simple by doing a color block paint treatment with a fun set of shelves for plants.

To do the color block wall treatment for the accent wall, I headed to Orchard got two paint colors – one 20% darker than the other. The paint colors are just very subtly different but it’s noticeable when they are right next to each other on the wall. I painted the top portion of the wall the lighter shade of gray. After the paint had dried I placed a piece of tape a little more than half way down the wall and then painted the bottom portion of the wall the darker shade of gray.

For the shelves, I picked up two three foot pine boards from Orchard, stained them with Minwax natural stain and hung them with brackets. To give the shelves a little more visual height we added some rope to give the illusion that they were hanging.

We picked up some succulents from the garden center and potted them in some plastic planters that I had spray painted in fun colors.

Lastly, I thought it might be fun to have a little spot to hang the children’s art so we ran a piece of rope across the length of the wall and used clothes pins to hang some of the children’s art.

This Good Neighbor Project is just one example of neighbors helping neighbors!

You can visit your local Orchard Supply Hardware and pick up the circular for more spring project ideas!


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  1. Such an amazing project Chelsea! I love how it turned out! And I agree. You never realize how amazing neighbors can be until you truly have ones that you wouldn’t want to live without!