When was the last time you had an amazing hair day?
You know….when you are so all about your hair that you can’t even stand it.
Mine was yesterday.
January 1, 2014.
I flat-ironed it and sprayed this new stuff I found that makes it extra shiny and your split ends almost disappear….and my roots weren’t showing and it was flipping up a little bit at the tips…..with just the right amount of….
….“I might be mom hair…but I’m still amazing.”
I mean…..seriously…..I nonchalantly walked by the sun glass counter at Wal-Mart….twice….
….just to check it out in the odd slanted sun glass mirror.
I had to pause a moment and celebrate great hair…..
…..because you never know what January 2 is going to bring.
My bookcase is having an amazing day, too.
It just got a face lift.
(total aside: don’t you love a smooth transition from hair day to bookcase makeover).
Can you guess what the back is made of?
Tiny hand-crafted pieces of wood recycled from crates brought over on the Mayflower?
Reclaimed wood from a century-old antique?
Pieces of lumber from a historic barn?
They are wood shims.
$3.99 a package at Lowe’s.
Rustic Wood Bookcase Made from Wood Shims
bookcase (at the risk of stating the obvious)
two packages of paint shims
Unpackage the shims and remove the pieces that are too thin or with giant knot holes.
Then saw the pieces of shim in half with a hand saw.
This is not an exact science.
I just approximated half and cut.
Start layering the pieces in a brick pattern.
I tried to match up the thin end of the shim next to the thick part of another shim
to give it more architectural interest.
Using wood glue attach the pieces to the back of the bookcase.
Hold in place with painter’s tape.
Continue until the back of the bookcase is full.
When you reach the edges, cut smaller pieces to fit.
I used the thinner end of the shim and just cut with scissors.
When you are done it should look like this.
Lightly sand any rough edges and wipe off excess glue.
You can also seal it with polyurethane for a more durable finish.
It took me an afternoon and a little patience to make sure all the pieces fit.
It was so worth it.
I love how the project turned out and it was such an affordable option for a little make-over.
I’m just sayin’…..between the bookcase and my hair…..
….2014 is looking amazing.