Picture Ledge DIY

15 Materials
30 Minutes

Looking for a very easy woodworking project that is perfect for beginners? Build this picture ledge DIY by using our free woodworking plans! These shelves are a great way to decorate your walls!

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This hallway obviously needed a makeover! We still had a bare piece of drywall hung where a doorway used to be for this bathroom that we renovated last year and converted into a master bathroom.

Step 1 Cut wood.

Using a miter saw, cut the wood down to size. There are three pieces total for each shelf. Our shelves were designed with a 1x3 piece on the back, 1x3 piece on the bottom and 1x2 on the front side. Our shelves are 4 feet wide, which fits well in the hallway space that they are going in.

Step 2. Drill pocket holes.

On the bottom piece of wood (one of the 1x3 pieces) drill 5 pocket holes with a Kreg Jig. We spaced them out 1" from the edges and then 1 foot spacing between each pocket hole. The pocket hole placement is detailed in the woodworking plans, which can be found in the Extras tab.

Step 3. Attach front.

Using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws, attach the front piece to the bottom.

Step 4. Fill pocket holes.

Using pocket hole plugs and wood glue, fill pocket holes for a more finished look.

Step 5. Attach back.

Using wood glue and 2" finish nails approximately every 5 inches or so, attach the back piece.

Step 6. Sand.

Sand the entire shelf well with an orbital sander and 80 grit sandpaper for shaping and then with 150 grit for finishing.

Step 7. Stain.

With your stain of choice, apply stain on the entire shelf. Alternatively, you could also paint the picture ledge shelves! We used Dark Walnut stain by Miniwax.

Step 8.Seal.

Once stain has set in, apply polyurethane over the entire shelf.

How do you like the shelves all styled up and pretty?

So pretty, right?

If you love this DIY picture ledge and want to learn more like it, be sure to check out all of our woodworking tutorials in the archives here!

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  • Melissa Turner Melissa Turner on Jan 24, 2021

    How did you hang the these?

  • Vickie Vickie on Nov 16, 2021

    I love the paint color you used. Could you tell me what it is?

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