Today I am sharing a quick and easy DIY we did in the Airbnb. I recently added some warmth to our TV niche with a wood shim accent wall!
We inherited a rather empty and cold TV niche in the Airbnb (not complaining as I looked at it as a blank slate).
A quick reminder this was a distressed property that we bought on Auction.com and was filthy when we got it.
You can see the entire Reno here.
If you are a regular here (and I hope you are), you know, I love a good DIY accent wall!
You can see another of my favorite accent walls here
Before I decided on an accent wall, the plan was going to paint the inside walls with SW Naval as the downstairs of the space was going to be filled with blues and greens.
That idea went by the wayside when I ended up painting the bar area located to the right instead.
I thought a wood element would warm the room up nicely, then I remembered that I had ordered waaaaay too many shims from Home Depot (we are taking advantage of curbside service during the pandemic), and I had ordered 10 packages of extra-long shims instead of one.
So instead of returning the extra shims, I thought I would use them up.
We began with cutting five packages in half to give us a variety of lengths.
I then painted the back of the niche so that if any areas showed through the shims, it would not be white.
I used the SW Naval paint I had on hand.
We then capped off some of the random holes left for cords.
Next, I dragged out our trusty Pneumatic nailer and some wood glue.
I began nailing from the top (knowing the TV would cover any mistakes) and worked my way down.
Overlapping the shims as I went.
I also choose any pieces that had knots or irregular grain so that they were in places that would show.
I liked the character and warmth the wood shims add.
Because my sizing was off, each row needed one shorter piece that I cut to size at the end.
A few pieces around the outlets needed a touch of glue because they stuck out a bit.
You can see below some of the blue peeking through in the picture below.
Finished shim wall.
I ended up capping off the outlets in the bottom half and shimmed over them.
We don’t need them at the Airbnb, and they can be removed if the next owner of the home wishes.
In the end, I decided on staining the shims.
I had leaned toward painting or whitewashing them when I started.
But I do love the warmth of wood.
So I stained them with Minwax stain weathered oak.
Here are a few words of advice- basically, what I would do differently 🙂 in case you are thinking of making your own shim project.
First, I would have stained the shims before attaching them to the wall.
Staining after is so much more time-consuming!
I would also paint the wall behind to match whatever color the shims will be- maybe a light brown instead of the blue.
But, since I wasn’t sure what I wanted the final project to look like I lived with it for a bit before I figured out what I wanted.
I LOVE the added warmth this DIY Wood Shim Accent wall added.
I love how the shims added so much warmth!
We finished the bottom (on the floor) with a painted board cut to size and then added another board so we could have a bookshelf for books and games.
I lived with it for awhile and decided to add a shelf.
The black 10 inch shelf brackets I ordered from Amazon and attached with wall anchors.
Quick, easy, and inexpensive DIY’s are my favorites!
Until next time,
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