A few weeks back I did a shim sunburst mirror project. Apparently I got shim fever because a few weeks later I got another project idea to do with shims.
In my master bedroom next to the closet door was a bare wall with a lonely chair. The wall has stayed bared for some time because I could not decided what I wanted to do with it. Should I put shelves, art work, mirror, pictures or a wall decal? What to do?
I decided I didn’t want to do pictures because I already had one wall full of pictures. I didn’t want do shelves because I was afraid we’d take the shelves out when coming out of the closet. A mirror or mirrors was also out because there are already mirrors up on other walls. That left me with the option of art work or a wall decal, but the walls of this house are textured. I hate textured walls! Which means also no wall decal, art work it is then.
When we were still living in Tulsa I made a blackboard/pin board with a pallet but, in this house I no longer had a place for it. That’s when I go the idea to glue a bunch of shims to it and see what happens. All I did with the pallet before was clean it off and remove any nails that were sticking out. I then glued a simple thin board on top. Unfortunately I can’t remember what kind of board it was, but for this purpose any thin wood board will do.
I bought several packages of both short and long shims. I then took a few of them and painted them yellow and blue and started gluing them randomly on the board. Some met edge to edge and some of them I overlapped. As you glue the shims on you will need to weigh them down with something to let them set. I found that if I didn’t do this some of the shims did curl.
There is really not rhyme or reason to my pattern. I just glued them on how ever inspiration moved me. My goal was to create a patchwork kind of pattern. Here you can see it from the side and see how some of the shims overlaid each other creating texture.
Then I asked the handy husband to screw hanging tabs on the back and hang the very heavy pallet on the wall. I also found a cool shelf kind of thing and thought to use it as small table.
It’s not perfect, but I am digging how it looks. The best part? It was crazy cheap. Free pallet, $20 in shims, some old cans of spray paint and a butt load of glue. TA-DA funky art work for the wall. And, I don’t have to stare at a bare wall any more. Win-win!
Sharli Polanco says
This looks great. I totally want to try it. What kind of glue did you use to attach the shims? And do you buy shims at Home Depot? I’m not familiar with them.
Also I just used your Sancocho recipe and my Dominican in-laws were impressed. I made some of my own modifications, but thank you. It’s always satisfying when this “gringa” impresses any Dominican with with my “cibaeno” abilities.
I used wood glue to attach the shims. I found my shims at Lowe’s in the door department. Glad to hear the sancocho helped you get in with the in-laws!
Heather || Heather's Dish says
So. I’m making this soon. And I think you need to have some DIY tutorials on our next hangout 😉