DIY Picture Frame Shelf

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I had a shelf up in my daughter’s room as she loves to display her artwork and nature finds from bush walks etc, however we were running out of space on it so I decided to make her a new wall length shelf using timber skirting boards.


I also felt like her room was lacking a little colour and warmth so I decided to incorporate the new shelving I had planned into a feature wall.

Timber for the shelves

I purchased 2 different styles of timber skirting boards to make the shelves. For the bottom piece I chose a style that had a colonial profile so that it would be a nice feature. For the top piece I chose a “bullnose” (as we call it in Australia) skirting, as this would be used as the actual shelf.

I first measured the distance of the wall and then cut my two pieces of timber to size - I made them slightly smaller than the length of the wall to allow some room to later position them into place without scratching the joining walls.

Next, I laid the colonial piece flat and positioned the bullnose piece on top with the back facing up.

Attaching the boards together

I then screwed them together, predrilling first to prevent the timber from cracking. I made sure to put a screw roughly every 30cm so that it would be strong and sturdy along the whole shelf.

Attaching to the wall

I then screwed it to the wall through the bottom piece (colonial). I also added a couple of little hooks for my daughter to hang her jackets etc on.

Before attaching it to the wall I had also repainted the bottom section of her wall in a bright pink shade that she had chosen, so the final result was quite a nice feature, and the grooves in the back of the top skirting board work perfect for keeping her picture frames in place. 👌🏻

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  • Shawna Farmer Shawna Farmer on Jul 24, 2021

    Does it go across the entire wall , how does it look at the ends ? Idk maybe it's screen im viewing from but I didn't see the adjacent wall


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  • Black Hills Rosie Black Hills Rosie on Jul 25, 2021

    Nice work; Especially like the 2-color paint work. What did you do with that cute shelf that used to be up there?

  • Beth Beth on Jul 25, 2021

    I love the whole room! You are quite creative! And here in the U.S.A., we call it a bullnose edge as well. But instead of "skirting" we call it "baseboard". I love to learn what things are called in other places!