Upcycled wood shim frame

Upcycled Wood Shim Frame

A few months ago I picked up this tattered old frame from Goodwill, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, but for $3.99 I figured I’d eventually find a use. So when I was walking through our garage the other day and noticed some shims in our stockpile of wood, I knew just what I wanted to do with the frame!

I’ve been meaning to add a little spring color to our home and planned to do just that by creating an upcycled wood shim frame!

To get started you’ll need just a few simple items:


Wood Shims or lath boards


Polycrylic urethane

Wood Glue

Upcycled Wood Shim Art

I started by measuring the back of the frame, where the shims will later go.


Did you spy the Goodwill price tag I forgot to take off? Sometimes life is just too short to worry about removing price tags.

I cut the shims to length using a miter saw.

up cycled wood shim art

I did a quick dry fit to make sure everything lined up. Then got busy painting. I didn’t want a perfect paint job. So I’d paint, then brush a little water over it, then add a little white paint, until I achieved something I liked. I don’t even think you can technically call it whitewashing. But whatever you call it, I was pleased enough with the results.

upcycled wood shim art

While the shims were drying, I painted the frame white. Then when all the paint had dried, I ran a bead of wood glue on the back of the frame and inserted the shims.

upcycled wood shim art

You’ll want to put something heavy on the shim so it adheres nicely to the glue. I used sugar and flour from our pantry, but I’m confident you’ll come up with something a little more conventional.

When I was satisfied the glue had dried, I turned it over and whaddya know? New life for an old frame! And I finally have that touch of spring color in our home!

Upcycled wood shim art

I love how versatile frames are! How have you used old frames?

Upcycled wood shim art


Upcycled wood shim frame

About Amanda

I’m a Minnesota mama of three, wife of one, and human to our 4 legged canine friends Charlie and Jack. I’m a lover of all things DIY, coffee with cream, summer nights at the lake and good craft beer.


  1. This is so adorable! I love the color combo’s. I did something similar to this last year, but I did not frame it. I love this idea so much!
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  2. Very cute! I always have a good supply of goodwill frames on hand! Never know when inspiration will strike! Lol! Love this!

  3. That was such a great idea to use wood shims as an art piece. The artwork looks great. I also love your display. Everything works well together.

  4. Love this! What a great way to add some color.
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  5. Oh my goodness Amanda! We LOVE this project – so creative and resourceful! Looking in the garage now for the materials :) Thanks so much for sharing with us at Something To Talk About Link Party!
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  6. I have so many old frames like that but I couldn’t figure out what to do with them. I love this. Simple but adds color.
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  7. This is so cool! – I just love it! I’m visiting from Two Uses Tuesday blog hop & now I’m following you on facebook & twitter.
    PS – I also wanted to invite you to hop on board the Great Blog Train (blog hop)(today is the last day to link up) – we are traveling to British Columbia CANADA: http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/2015/04/the-great-blog-train-28-giveaway.html

  8. This is so cool. I love the colors.
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  9. Thanks again for sharing this post at Seasons on Saturday link party!
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  10. What a great way to add some color to your home! Thanks for sharing with us at Pin-Worthy Wednesday!

  11. What a fun and easy idea! I love the colors you chose. We would love for you to join us at Party in Your PJs, our weekly link party

  12. Such a great idea to use up some scrap wood in a beautiful way! The colors you picked are perfect for spring :)
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