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DIY Picture Ledge

We have a long hallway in our house that leads to all our bedrooms. It was long, dark, and bare. I love personality and I life in an house and this hallway just wasn’t doing it for me. This is what our hallway looked like. The only color that shown through was the rug. A great rug, but just not enough.

In our old house, we had a ton of built-ins and extra space for pictures and decorations. In our current house we don’t have that set up. We do have a ton of pictures and cool frames from our old house and great frames from events we’ve had over the years. I wanted to figure out a way to use those frames. First, I thought about hanging the pictures on the wall. Then, I thought the better option would be to create picture ledges to place those frames on.

This was definitely the right choice. This project was so easy and quick. I finished it in an afternoon. If you are a beginner or a pro, this is a project anyone can do.

How To Build A Picture Ledge Shelf


Interior stain (I used Early American by Varathane)


1. Stain the wood and let dry. You can do this before or after the shelf is built. I did mine before, so I could allow for drying time.

2. Take the two 3in pieces and clamp them together in an L shape using the clamps.

3. Using the trim screws, attach the two pieces of wood together. Screws should be about every 12in apart.

4. Put wood glue on one edge of the L.

5. Place the 2in piece on top of the wood glue and clamp together.

6. Nail together using a brad nailer.

7. Let the glue dry and set before hanging it up.

8. Hang on the wall by using the trim screws to drill the picture ledge into the studs.

Once the ledge is up, you can start decorating!

This is such an easy project, and it made such an impact in our hallway!

What do you guys think?


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