Shimmy Shake Wall Art

I spotted this gorgeous wall accent on Pinterest  found HERE

However, the 20-step instructions and time commitment gave me a headache. I thought I could probably come up with something *similar* pretty easily.

After a weekend trip to Home Depot to pick up some paint, I saw a display of wood shims and got an idea...

I then picked up a piece of inexpensive trim and a thin piece of plywood. We went with a small sheet (36''x30'' I think) that was just $6.99 The shims were $1.48/pack of 12 eight inches wood shims. I also picked up a small trial-size can of stain.

Here is my version of that pretty wood panel in 5 simple steps, which took about 20 minutes from start to finish:

1. Gather materials and prepare the plywood.
I started with laying out the piece of plywood and cutting the trim to frame it. Because the trim was so small, I had a difficult time trying to do a miter cut (i.e. the corner cuts), so I ended up doing straight cuts. I knew the trim frame would barely be noticeable anyway.
2. Decide on a pattern
I then laid out the shims in different directions to see what pattern I like best. I love the natural variations of the shims!
I liked horizontal the best and decided to do the whole panel that way.

3. Start gluing!
I completely forgot to pick up wood glue, so I ended up trying my hot glue gun and it worked perfect! I alternated the direction of the shims row by row. *I recommend laying down an old towel or some cardboard, as the glue can be messy and the shims are a little dirty.

This took all of about 10 minutes.

4. Stain away!
 I then did a thin coat of stain over the entire piece. I wanted the grain to show through, so I used a semi-transparent stain in a medium color.

5. Add a hook on the back to display. Step back and admire your work!

Obviously, this is much smaller and not nearly as pretty than the inspriation pic. However, it can be made to any size you need, takes less than an hour and is very affordable. Plus, it can be stained/painted to fit any decor. 

*If you already have extra trim, stain and plywood around, this could be done for a few bucks.

This is going in our extra bedroom that we spent the weekend painting. I can't wait to show pics of the room later this week.

Have a great week! love, S


  1. I love natural elements in homes. Great job!

  2. Holy. Crap. That is fan-frigging-tastic. Just found you on the KC Bloggers Meetup page and am so glad I did. LOVE this wood piece you did, talk about supah-fly-TNT!!!


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