I’ve had this project in my mind for a few months now. It was inspired by a printed pattern I had seen in the window of a shop. I couldn’t remember exactly where I saw it, but I was pretty sure it was a cool shop we had passed when we were in London in November. Great story right? Crafty DIY project inspired by a European city… Then, two weeks ago it hit me… It was JCrew at our local mall! I just about died laughing when I put it all together!
Well, JCrew or London, I sure am glad it inspired me…
For under $20 we created DIY Wood Shim Wall Art
I wanted something with BOLD color, and a modern feel, that married well with a bit of industrial flare!
How’s that for a Before and After?
Who knew our dumpy oak piano could be such a show stopper? (You can read all about that little makeover right here
Here’s a peek at the details- I love how my DIY light works with the Wood Shim Art!
Even though it looks pretty complex, the process was super simple and the longest part of the process was waiting for the paint to dry.
Here’s how we did it:
#1- Purchase Long Wood Shims
We bought 5 packs of these from Lowes for $3.84 each. They sell two sizes, so make sure you go with the longer of the two 11 7/8″ (yellow package).
#2- Cut the ends at a 45 degree angle. I used my miter saw and cut each piece- I started with one at a time, then did a little math in my head, noticed it would take me… 2.7 years, and then started cutting five at a time. Worked like a charm!
#3- Paint Your Shims I created a little spray paint zone in my basement and used all my leftover spray paint colors. When you’re painting, just make sure that you put half with the angle to the left and half with the angle to the right or you’ll be stuck with one sided arrows!
After they had dried I was left with this awesome assortment of color!! I used about 13 different colors, but I also think doing the whole project in various shades of one color could look pretty epic too!
#4- Make (or use) a Plumb Line Once we decided where we wanted our center point, we needed to get a straight vertical line to follow.
We took a nail, some bakers twine, and a socket to DIY a little old plumbline. Nail it in and voila!
#5- String Line your Vertical I love my string line… seriously, I use it all the time! We put it at our top and bottom marks (created using our plumb line) and then snapped that baby to give us a guide line.
#6 Determine your Pattern This step saved us major time. Use the floor to get your layout right and then installing it on the wall is a breeze. We wanted our pattern random and we wanted varying lengths and heights.
#7- Glue it on the Wall Rather than using 300 tiny nails (that could very easily splinter the shims) we opted for Gorilla Wood Glue. It was simple to use, will hold securely, and won’t damage my walls completely (the way liquid nails would).
Following our pattern, Jess glued and I placed the arrows. Shims are very imperfect, so I had to be okay with tiny gaps and just kept using the center line to keep things straight.
Even before it was finished, we knew we were obsessed with it!
We finished it off with some fun accessories and the coolest light fixture ever, and called it a day.
There were a lot of DIY elements around this project, so to find out details about other projects, you can check ’em out below., We’ll be posting more about them in the next few weeks, so just hold tight. 🙂