“Bang for your buck?” asks DIY Guy Nicholas Rosaci. Paint, stain and inexpensive wood shims render a plain wall into a mosaic masterpiece.
– Nelson Pro-Line 8″ Cedar Wood Shims (14 shims / package)
– LePage No More Nails adhesive glue
– Gator fine or medium coarse sanding sponges
– Foam paint brush
– Paint (see Nicholas’ selections on opposite page)
– 3/4” 8’ x 4’ plywood sheets
1. SMOOTH AWAY
Sand rough edges of the shims for a smooth finish and to help the stain penetrate more effectively into the wood.
2. TRUE COLOURS
Determine a pleasing colour pattern and set aside enough shims for each paint colour and/or stain to complete the design.
3. PAINT OR STAIN
Using a paintbrush, paint the front and sides of each shim and let dry. Using a foam brush, apply the dark stain to the front and sides of one quarter of the shims. Rub off excess stain using a paper towel and let dry.
4. QUICK FIX
Starting at the top row, glue the shims horizontally onto the wall in the colour pattern of your choice, making sure the shims point in the same direction. For the second row from the top, point the shims in the opposite direction and alternate this way all the way down.
5. MADE TO MEASURE
Cut the ends of the last shim, to ensure the shims fit onto the wall perfectly if required.
Tip: Glue shims onto plywood sheets and fasten to the wall for a temporary or reusable wall
Nicholas’ Paint Colour Picks:
Saman Dark Oak Stain #112 8 oz.
Benjamin Moore 2056-50 Baby Boy Blue Flat paint – 1 quart
Benjamin Moore 2052-60 China Blue Flat paint – 1 quart
Benjamin Moore CC460 Inukshuk Flat paint – 1 quart
Benjamin Moore 2122-70 Snow White flat paint – 1 quart