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It doesn’t take a full-scale redo to transform the look a bedroom. Often, all you need is a well-placed accent wall. Syndey Lorence—on Instagram as @diysquid—knew that’s what she wanted for her master bedroom. Before, she says, “it was just your average wall. I had some pictures hung on the gray wall; nothing special. This house was built in the 1920s so it already had character, but it needed a little oomph.”
Sydney wanted an accent wall but wanted it to have a special feel—and she wanted it to be cheap. After some thought, she decided to take advantage of shims, which are sold at hardware stores and used in DIY projects to fill in gaps that are too big for putty. “Shims are super cheap and I thought they