Make A DIY Picture Ledge & How To Style It

5 Materials
$20
1 Hour
Easy

Is it wrong to sprinkle adorable photos of your kids or gorgeous printables all around your house? If it is I don’t want to be right!


Family photos & beautiful prints really make a home feel cozy, the trick is to display them without it looking cluttered.

I really was a huge fan of the eclectic gallery walls with huge letters & all different frames, but since having Eli I find myself leaning more towards simple.


Let me show you how

Supplies:

Picture Shelf Supplies:

  • 1×4 Select Pine Board
  • 1×3 Select Pine Board
  • 1×2 Select Pine Board
  • Stain
  • Pre-Stain (optional)
  • 2″ Screws
  • Wood Glue
  • Small Finishing Nails (optional)


Shelf Size

For my shelves I wanted one longer one (6′) & one shorter (4′)

  1. First, pick out nice straight pieces of wood, I used select pine & really looked them over for imperfections. It takes 3 boards per shelf so for my two shelves I bought six boards.


2. Next, I measured my boards & made sure each set was the same length. I only had to cut a 1/4″ off of two of the boards to make them match.


Pre stain

3. Now that the boards are cut it’s time to apply the pre-stain to the wood. I don’t always use pre-stain when I am staining but this picture ledge is going to be a focal point for the room so I want it to be right!

After 1 coat of stain

4. After applying a layer of pre-stain you can immediately apply the regular stain. I went with Minwax Golden Pecan, after using it on our  DIY outdoor table I have become a fan!

Attaching Back & Ledge

After the stain dries you can start assembling! One shelf took me a total of 10 minutes to assemble, I told y’all fastest DIY ever!


5. Start with attaching the 1×3 middle piece to the 1×4 back piece. Use wood glue & clamps to hold the two pieces together.

Securing back & middle

6. From the back of the 1×4 piece, secure the two pieces together using 2″ wood screws.

Attaching front piece

7. Now that the middle & back pieces are attached it’s time to attach the 1×2 to the front. Use a layer of wood glue & clamp them together.

Extra security

The wood glue is probably enough to hold the front & middle piece together because there won’t be any weight on that piece, but I have a toddler so I also nailed in small finishing nails along the front.

Wood Filler

If you do use nails, Minwax makes a stainable wood filler. Apply it to the holes & then do a little touch-up stain along the front.

Attaching the shelves to the wall

This part took me the most time… hanging the frames. As a general rule any picture frame shelf or artwork should be hung at eye level. My first DIY picture ledge is 50″ from the ground & the smaller picture shelf in 17″ from the long one.


I attached the picture wall shelf with a few 2″ screws, making sure to hit studs. Don’t worry about the screws because the picture frames will hide those.

Ta-da

Not bad for a 1 hour DIY picture ledge project!


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Have a question about this project?

1 question
  • Susan Feaver Neufeld
    Susan Feaver Neufeld
    on Oct 12, 2020

    So, for eye level - whose eye are we using? lol I'm 5 ft nothing and my son is 6'1" - big difference there lol

    • Darlene Merritt
      Darlene Merritt
      on Oct 12, 2020

      Lol, Susan . My husband was 6’6” and I am 5’5”, so our eye levels were quite different , as well . We just sorta averaged and hung things that looked best to us .


      I love this project and really want to try it. I think Home Depot will cut boards , since I am afraid to use a circular saw 😲

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