DIY Wood Shim Table

5 Materials
2 Hours

Got another great DIY for you! This is a cute little table makeover that I whipped up at about midnight on Friday… I’m a night owl.
I was joking with my inlaws on the weekend and I was telling them that I do all my best DIYs between the hours of 9pm and 2am — funny, right? But actually true.
Take a look at this wood shim table makeover and let me know what you think!
diy wood shim table
This is the table before 

diy wood shim table
I got this old side table from my father in law which he gave to me so long ago I can’t even remember so I thought it was about time that I did something with it!
In fact, he even gave it to me before I discovered the amazing world of DIY.
I’ve wanted to do a wood shim table top for a while now and I thought this tiny table would be perfect to get me in the swing of things.
diy wood shim table
I got this pack of shims at Home Depot for just a little over $4.00 and I didn’t even use half of them.

diy wood shim table
Before I attached the wood shims, I gave the table legs a fresh coat of paint. I used Lazy Linen from Country Chic Paint — one of my personal favs.

diy wood shim table
Once the paint had dried, it was time to have a little fun with the wood shims.
I used Liquid Nails to attach them. This is got to be my new favorite thing! It’s so easy to use.
diy wood shim table
I staggered the shims to achieve the look that I wanted. This did require me to cut the shims and I used a pair of heavy duty scissors. They actually work quite well since I was cutting off the thin ends of the shims.
diy wood shim table
I gave the liquid nails a couple hours to set and then I stained the table top with Minwax stain in Cherry.
diy wood shim table
So, what do you think??
diy wood shim table
Would you believe me if I told you I got those mirrors from the dollar store?

That’s a Dollarama purchase! $3 a mirror and they look great! You just never know what you’re gonna find there.

diy wood shim table
Same with the little glass jar — another great dollar store purchase!

diy wood shim table
Let me know what you think of this DIY makeover by commenting below!

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diy wood shim table
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  • Georgia Ames
    on Mar 30, 2019

    Is the table top smooth or rough and uneven? Cute

    • James W. James
      on Apr 2, 2019

      Based on the photos this is still rough and uneven.

      Shims are not smooth unless you put the effort into making them so. Plus, shims are wedges which means it would not be flat. I believe the idea of this is to make it look "rustic."

  • Larry Penning
    on Mar 30, 2019

    Why couldnt you use the table as it looked originally? The finish looked very good!

  • DC
    on Mar 31, 2019

    Was this originally a piano bench? If so could you still open it up for a bit of hidden storage too? I think you have come up with a nice little corner area for yourself

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