That’s right folks, you read that correctly! A glimpse of the kitchen in this post because we are actually nearing completion and have a date (range) we’re aiming for. We think we should be able to share the entire room with you by mid-November!! For real.
Meantime – we’ve started to add details into the space to give it some texture and personality. I listed wood shims as a material I was going to use in my upcoming projects in our last post. And here’s how I used them:
(PS! Pin that image! ^^^)
Not going to lie – this project started out as one thing and slowly morphed into what I’ve got there. I’ll do my best to explain how I did it. In the end, it’s quite simple – it just took some measuring and figuring.
First things first, I measured my shelf space. It is 12″ x 33.5″ wide – such a random measurement. I sorted through my stash of cardboard to find a piece that I could cut to those exact dimensions. I ended up duct taping two pieces together to get the right length. Then with a ruler and level, I drew a line directly down the length at the 6″ centre mark.
I measured one package of shims (none is a standard length) and they were all around16″ long. I decided to divide that by 4 to give me 4″ shim pieces. Then either with my scissors or a hack saw, I sawed and sawed and sawed until I had a whole bunch of 4″ pieces. Some of them were just too thin and flimsy, so I discarded them. I tried using a power saw, but the shims were too delicate and kept breaking – so while tedious, the hack saw was the best method.
Here’s the fun part – and how I got around having to do any math. Starting at my centre line, I created my ‘middle arrow’. Then I just filled in the spaces around it. That gave me a good sense of how many more pieces I needed, and which ones I didn’t like, etc.
Then I glued down my middle arrow using just plain old carpenter’s glue. I put heavy books on it and let it sit for several hours. Then I brought it up to the shelf to make sure it would fit!
The next step is to glue down all the filler pieces. But before doing that, I marked them all with a pencil in precisely the spot they’d need to be cut in order to make them flush with the cardboard. Again – no lies. This took a while. I’d mark a handful – then cut and glue as I went. This avoided too much movement or shifting in my layout.
The last step was to apply some basic Minwax Wood Conditioner to the whole thing with a synthetic bristle brush and lint-free cloth and then go over that with some Minwax Whitewash stain. It took a couple light coats to get the ‘yellow’ tinge out of the shims.
And at about $1.50, I can’t argue with the price or the extra oomph it gives to that corner of the kitchen 🙂 Of course, it’s not perfect, but that wasn’t my intention. I wanted something rustic, textured and a conversation starter. I mean – it wouldn’t be ‘us’ if we didn’t take *some* sort of risk, right?
Next week, I’m back with another fun and simple project AND part two of our spilling the beans series… we’ll reveal some secret plans! Can’t wait!