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See how we added warmth with a DIY wood shim accent wall

Hello!

Today I am sharing a quick and easy DIY we did in the Airbnb. I recently added some warmth to our TV niche with wood shims!


This was a inexpensive and Easy wood shim project!

This was a inexpensive and Easy wood shim project!

We inherited a rather cold TV niche in the Airbnb (not complaining as it was a blank slate). A quick reminder this was a distressed property that we bought on Auction.com and was filthy when we got it. See the entire Reno here. If you have followed me, you know, I love a good DIY wood accent wall!


Before TV Niche

Before TV Niche

At first, I 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 wood would warm it up nicely, but 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.


Extra long shims being cut in half.

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 Naval paint I had on hand. We then capped off some of the random holes left for cords, I am guessing. Next, I dragged out our trusty Pneumatic nailer and some wood glue.


Pneumatic nail gun are also available to rent at most home improvement stores.

Pneumatic nail gun are also available to rent at most home improvement stores.

I started nailing from the top (knowing the TV would cover any mistakes) and worked my way down. I slightly overlapped 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 in those shims. 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.


Installing wood shims on wall

Ta Da! Finished shim wall.


Finished before staining

Finished before staining

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 them when I started. But I do love the warmth of wood. So I stained them with Minwax stain weathered oak.


Choosing a stain.

Choosing a stain.

Here are a few words of advice- basically, what I would do differently 🙂 if you are thinking of making your own shim project. I would have stained the shims before attaching them to the wall. Staining after is time-consuming and I would paint the wall behind to match whatever color the shims will be. But, since I wasn’t sure they sat for a bit before I figured out what I wanted.


Before adding the shelf.

Before adding the shelf.

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. The brackets I ordered from Amazon and attached with wall anchors.


We added a bookcase

We added a bookcase


Yay! Warm and cozy shim wall

Yay! Warm and cozy shim wall

Quick, easy, and inexpensive DIY’s are my favorites!

Until next time,

-Libbie

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  1. Carol Karl says:

    Oh, this is really lovely. The texture it adds is wonderful.

  2. What a difference in that space! Warms it up and very welcoming.

  3. Michelle says:

    Quick, easy, inexpensive and sooooooooo gorgeous 😀 What a brilliant idea.

  4. I love a beautiful accent wall. This one is beautiful and useful.

  5. Amy says:

    This is gorgeous!!! Such a great idea.

  6. This is absolutely gorgeous. I love the look and it goes great in your home. This project is just up my street. I will be having a go at this.

  7. Sara says:

    Fabulous look!

  8. That looks so great! Visiting you from the hearth and soul link up. laurensparks.net

  9. meegan says:

    Such a fun and creative DIY project, Libby. I just love the texture and detail. Thanks for all the inspiraation.

  10. Kim says:

    Wow, this wall is gorgeous! I love that it matches the floor. So cool! Pinned

  11. Linda says:

    How lovely this is. The accent wall is a wonderful addition. I am happy to feature your wood skim accent wall at Love Your Creativity on Sunday. Happy Valentines.

  12. I’ll be featuring you! Thanks for sharing with us at the To Grandma’s house we go link party!

  13. Julie says:

    This is awesome!! Beautiful!!

  14. Beth says:

    Simply AMAZING! You’d never know that wall was covered in shims! I’d love for you to join us over at the Creative Crafts Linky Party every Wednesday through Sunday
    https://creativelybeth.com/creative-crafts-linky-party-29/
    Followed and Pinned! 🙂
    Creatively, Beth

  15. This is absolutely AMAZING. I love a wood accent wall, but to create one with shims? A great WOW factor while being easy on the budget!

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

  16. Cindy says:

    This project is amazing!!! I am thinking of walls in my home that would be perfect for a shim wall! Thanks for sharing! BTW, I found this post as a feature in the Charming Homes and Gardens link party!

  17. Marie - Interior Frugalista says:

    Wow, this is gorgeous! What a great idea for an accent wall and especially one with a television. Thank you for sharing it with us at the Snickerdoodle Party. I will be featuring you this weekend!

  18. Melissa Tomlinson says:

    What a wonderful idea! I love it! It turned out so great!

  19. Christin says:

    So pretty! Great diy!

  20. Marie says:

    It definitely adds warmth! What a clever idea.

  21. Danielle says:

    Oh I love this! What a smart idea to use shims, and so budget friendly!!! What would you estimate the cost of this project to be (if you had to buy the shims?)

  22. Morgan says:

    This looks so great! I also LOVE that chair!

  23. Niki says:

    This is beautiful! I’m in love! Thanks for sharing on Traffic Jam Weekend with Life as a LEO Wife! Like I said on your cedar wall post, you have to share this with our DIYers on Happiness is Homemade at https://LifeasaLEOWife.com! This turned out so great!

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