DIY Triangle Accent Wall for Less than $3

As you may already know I have been working on my new office space and am loving how it’s coming together! I still have A LOT of projects to complete, but am enjoying creating a space just for me. It’s nice to be able to do what I want in a space without wondering if Eric will like it or not, ha.

Today I am sharing how I created a super easy DIY triangle accent wall for less than $3!

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We are renting the house we are in and I have painted enough rental walls to know I don’t want to paint any more. Instead I wanted an easy, less permanent solution for the dark beige walls in the office. It’s funny considering how often I paint things, but I think it’s the painting it back before we move that I find daunting.

I have known that I wanted incorporate some more graphic elements and patterns into the space and am enjoying all the triangle inspiration floating around.  When I came across this PIN of the photo below {which doesn’t lead anywhere, booo}, about using contact paper for temporary wall decor I instantly knew it was the perfect solution for me!

I love the idea of gold or black triangles against a white wall,  but our walls are a dark beige so I went with white to create more contrast. Not to mention we had a tiny bit of white contact paper leftover from recently lining the shelves, yay!

First I  created a couple sample triangles and then tested out a small area on the wall to see how it would look. The contrast was perfect and I instantly fell in love! We didn’t have enough contact paper for me to cover the whole wall though so I picked up 2  rolls @ $2.97 each, even though the accent wall only wound up needing 1 roll.

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Here is the same contact paper from Lowe’s website.How to Create a DIY Triangle Accent Wall for Less than $3 - UpcycledTreasures.com

I scaled down the triangle template I used on my DIY Sharpie Rug and then printed it out to use as a template. My triangles were 3.5 inches wide and 4 inches tall. I then traced the template onto the back of the contact paper using a pencil and a remote to keep the paper from rolling up on me, which was a bit of a pain.

How to Create a DIY Triangle Accent Wall for Less than $3 - UpcycledTreasures.comHow to Create a DIY Triangle Accent Wall for Less than $3 - UpcycledTreasures.com

After I had a decent amount traced out I started cutting the triangles out and then Eric helped me get started on figuring out the placement.

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We decided to space the triangles 10 inches apart horizontally and 5 inches vertically.

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Um we probably should have measured the wall and then divided that by the number of triangles we wanted to get the right measurements but it was midnight and we sorta just starting slapping them on the wall. In fact, I forgot to take a good before photo until after a couple were already on the wall, oops. Gotta love our cable modem on the floor in the background too, ha.

How to Create a DIY Triangle Accent Wall for Less than $3 - UpcycledTreasures.com

It went really fast once all the triangles were cut out and the most difficult part was probably removing the backing from the shapes. Seriously though it was SUPER easy and even though Eric left me for the land of nod, I finished the wall up within a couple hours. It wouldn’t have taken as long except I had to cut more triangles in between. Sorry for some of the grainy photos but I took them with my phone because I was too lazy to grab my camera.

How to Create a DIY Triangle Accent Wall for Less than $3 - UpcycledTreasures.com

DIY Triangle Accent Wall for Less than $3 - UpcycledTreasures.com

I did have to wing the spacing on the right side and top to get the look I wanted so there is a half an inch difference here and there, but again measuring your wall and shapes first would prevent this if you knew exactly how many triangles you would want. I am impatient but I promise I’m working on it :)

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Despite my triangles and spacing not being perfect, I still love how it turned out. Not to mention my new desk looks awesome in the space too, which I will be sharing with you soon :)

Of course I left my mess there to clean up the next day, but if you saw my printable you wouldn’t be too surprised.

How to Create a DIY Triangle Accent Wall for Less than $3 - UpcycledTreasures.com

How to Create a DIY Triangle Accent Wall for Less than $3 - UpcycledTreasures.com

This is a great temporary wall solution for renters and also anyone that likes to change their space up frequently. Did I mention how easy this triangle accent wall was to put up and how easy it is to remove? I’m seriously blown away with how easy it was and can’t believe I never tried it before.

So if you can’t afford vinyl decals or don’t have a silhouette machine, why not pick up some contact paper and dress up those walls? Can’t go wrong with $3 and you can always remove it if you don’t like how it turns out, or change your mind.

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By the way, I recently got a new lens which allows me to take photos of an entire room, which is so exciting even though I still love my old lens for close up shots.

As an example of the difference here is a photo with my old lens:

How to Create a DIY Triangle Accent Wall for Less than $3 - UpcycledTreasures.com

And here here is a photo of me standing in the exact same spot with my new lens. What a difference a lens makes! Of course I still need to work on my photography…

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So what do you think and what kind of temporary wall solutions have you used? 

Here is an updated photo of the space from my creative workspace tour:

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    • says

      Hi Christine, it looks like the comment may have been from Katie at Addicted 2 DIY but I just checked out the post and that’s a great knockoff! I also just pinned your front porch which looks super cozy and those moss hearts are adorable! Thanks for stopping by!
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    • says

      Haha. It’s funny because I don’t mind painting and yet I reallllly tried to get out of painting the office just to avoid having to paint it back. We will see how it looks once I start filling it up with more decor, otherwise the paint may just need to come out :)

      Thanks for stopping by!
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  1. says

    I love love love how this turned out! I’ve been dying to do this to our entry wall forever but our walls are really textured and I just don’t know if it will have the same look if the paper is all bumpy. After seeing how cute yours is… maybe I should just try before I decide a definite no. I’m totally pining this beauty.
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    • says

      Haha, yeah our house is filled with beige too and I don’t mind it as much in the rest of the house but wanted to jazz up my office space. I think brighter colors could look really good on light beige walls but ours are really dark so white seemed like the best option. Thank you so much for stopping by!
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  2. says

    What a great idea! We use vinyl and stuff like that all the time for walls but I never thought to use it as an accent! I found you via Remodelaholics!

    Cheers!
    Amanda

  3. says

    This is fantastic! I am a big lover of wall decals and this just turned out excellent. Plus, it’s a great thing for people like me who constantly have to move & can’t paint the walls. Thanks for sharing!

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