A 3D wall quote is an easy and affordable way to make a big impact in a space. Choose a quote and put leftover wall paint to good use.
The large, 2 story wall in our living room caused me a lot of design headaches when planning our living room makeover. Every accent wall idea I thought up didn’t seem to be large enough. And if it was large enough, then it was WAY out of my budget. When I read a blog post about creating a 3D wall quote, I decided to create one for myself. The wall quote created the perfect accent wall in our tall living room.
My husband finished painting the giant wall in our living room just before we left for our European vacation. We painted over the fleshy peach color with Sherwin Williams’ Mink. Mink is a lovely dark gray with a few brown undertones. It complements the wood trim in our house perfectly. But also still feels like a modern color.
I wanted to decorate the large wall with something fun. But I also didn’t want to distract the eye from the beautiful color. I read a blog post about hanging 3D wall quote on the blog, Chris Loves Julia and it inspired me. A 3D quote on the wall would look perfect on the wall. Rather than paint my quote in a different color, I decided to use the leftover Mink paint.
I played around with quotes for a few days. I wanted something about HOME (cliche, I know) that reflected how we feel about our home. Then, I saw the quote “Love makes a house a home” on Pinterest and decided to shorten it to “Love makes a home.” Short and sweet. I went to JoAnn Fabric and Craft for my letters because their paper mache letters were on clearance. Each letter cost $2, plus I got 15% off my total purchase, so I spent less than $25.
Creating a DIY 3D Wall Quote
I set up space in the garage to paint all of the letters. The letters were painted them Sherwin Williams’ Mink, the same as the wall. I wanted the quote to be monochromatic, rather than compete with the wall color. Painting the quote a different color than the wall would make it too much of a focal point. I wanted the wall to have a visual impact, but not compete with the large fireplace as the focal point for the room.
I used the work table in the garage as a makeshift “frame” to decide the spacing between each letter. This was the easiest way to determine the spacing. And it worked perfectly! I spaced the letters exactly two inches apart. I measured the two inches as I went, just to ensure uniformity. There are five inches between each word in the 3D wall quote.
I measured the dimensions of the table. Then, I used painter’s tape to create a rectangle in the center of the wall. I didn’t want the quote perfectly centered, but I didn’t want it to look lopsided either. Since the living room doesn’t have curtains yet, I hung a scarf about five inches from the window on the right. This helped me visualize the curtain placement and keep the placement balanced. The pile of unfolded laundry helps with that visual balance too. 😉
Hanging the 3D Wall Quote
Then I started attaching my letters! I wanted the letters for the 3D wall quote to be removable. Just in case I ever changed my mind, I didn’t want to patch a bunch of holes later. Ultimately, I used Command Brand medium picture hanging strips to hang the letters on the wall. I placed half of a picture hanging strip on each side of the letters. Cutting Command strips in half is a great hack for not using too many unnecessary strips.
At first, the letters did not stay attached to the wall because the wall wasn’t clean enough. I wiped the area with a small amount of rubbing alcohol to clean it. Once the wall dried, I tried hanging the letters again. They stayed after I used that little trick! *The 3D wall quote actually hung firmly in place for 7 years. From 2013, until we sold the house in 2020!*
I used a small level to level each letter individually. Then, I used a large level to level the words.
I absolutely LOVE how this project turned out! I lay on the floor in the living room and stare up at its beauty. It adds the perfect amount of visual interest to the wall. The color is the star, but you still notice the quote right away. And the monochromatic 3D wall quote won’t compete with any patterned curtains and pillows I add to this space.
What do you think of this fun 3D wall quote? Are you obsessed like me? 😉
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This is AWESOME. I have an accent wall almost that exact same color. You have totally inspired me!
Thanks Kim! 🙂
I love this! Was not expecting it to be the same color as the wall but it looks fabulous!! I have some large bare areas in my house and might do something life this.
Awesome! Send me pictures if you do! 🙂
I LOVE this project! I want to find a wall where I can do this!!
You better send me pictures if you do!
I LOVE IT! What a great idea and props to you for getting such a great deal of the letters 🙂 Can’t wait to see the curtains and pillows!
I really like it. To be honest I wasn’t sure I would but i think it being in the same colour as the wall really works! Glad your site is up and running again I got worried yesterday 🙂 xox
So awesome. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
Love it! It turned out really well. 🙂 Can’t wait to see the gray wall in person!
It’s even better now because I finally got those stubborn letters to stay put lol
That is so cute! I love how they turned out!!
THIS IS WONDERFUL!! i want to do this now. and really? you did it all the night before your trip? did i misread that? really! GIRL!!
Hahaha! You totally misread it! I bought all the stuff the night before we left and then I did this the weekend we got back. I’m not that crazy lol 😉
Such a great project….it turned out awesome!
Super fun and modern! Turned out great! And that is an awesome paint color!
Thank you! I LOVE the color!
I love how you made them the same colour as the wall! I think it makes a way cooler statement that way.
That turned out great! I’m also kind of jealous of your ability to pick the perfect grey. When we bought our house I planned to paint our bedroom light grey and our bathroom a darker grey off the same paint swatch. The “grey” in our bedroom turned out more blue. Ug. So I made my husband pick the grey for the bathroom, I’m pretty convinced it looks purple.
Thanks Mary! And grey is hard! I spent a lot of time at the paint store comparing swatches. I usually hold blue and green swatches up next to the grey I’m looking at to see how true it is. Then I paint them in like 4 different spots on the wall before I pick one.
That looks so freaking cool! I already pinned it and I can only imagine how fast it will spread like wildfire on Pinterest!!
Thanks! Fingers crossed!
What a beautiful way to decorate your wall.. love the sentiment and the monochromatic theme~
Amie @ Pinkapotamus
I really LOVE what you did with the paper mache letters! It looks awesome! I also love the paint color you chose–pinning this now. I’m glad you got your website issues fixed–I can’t imagine how stressful that must have been. Stopping by from Serenity Now (my post was #3 Orange and Chocolate Halloween Cookies)
Thank you Carrie! Happy to have you visiting!
OBSESSED!! I love the way this looks! I have been meaning to get out “Life is Good” quote back on the wall. Maybe I’ll take you lead and paint the letters the same color as the wall! 🙂
Thanks so much Erika!
I’m so behind on blog reading, can you tell? I really like this a lot! The color is great and the saying is adorable!
Great saying! “Love make a he” is a good one too. But I can understand why you didn’t want to keep that. 😉