Picture Ledge – DIY

Hey guys!!

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Now on to the fun stuff!

I have been sharing my bedroom revamp over the last week or so.  Today I wanted to share my shelves I made for under $15!  These are the same type of picture ledge I made for my oldest son’s room, but I took a different approach on mine.  I am hoping to show you just how versatile these babies are!  You can see the full set of plans for these on Ana White’s site!

I will also be showing a few more details on how to build these with your Kreg Jig®.  This is a great first project for those of you that still haven’t pulled your Kreg Jig® out of the box!  This is also another excuse to put a Kreg Jig® on your Christmas list!

You can totally make these using wood screws and glue, but the Kreg Jig® makes it easier, prettier and sturdier… Good combo! ;-)

For each shelf you will need three boards.

2 – 1×4 and 1 – 1×2 cut at the same length

You can get these at the hardware store already cut at 4, 6 and 8 ft.  You can also have them cut them for you.

I started by setting my Kreg Jig measurements.  This is easy!  I set the bit length to 3/4″ because that is the width of my wood.

I also set my top piece to 3/4″ like this…

I made pocket holes down each of my bottom boards (1×4) just like this…

Easy!

To attach my boards I also used Gorilla Wood Glue.

I started by adding a line of glue and putting 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws into my pocket holes.

And a longer view….

Your last step is attaching your 1×2 to the front.  I added a small line of Gorilla Wood Glue and attached it using finish nails.  I didn’t worry about filling the holes because I wanted these shelves to look shanty! ;-)

Easy Peasy!

Seriously… You have no excuse to avoid your Kreg Jig® anymore!  The time has come.

I have lots of stained pieces in my room, so I knew I wanted to balance this with some white.  I decided to use our distress painting method to achieve the look I was wanting.

I started by staining both shelves with Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Kona.  You can buy this at Lowe’s!

rust-oleum wood stain

After that dried I gave everything a coat of the latex paint I have on my trim.  You can also spray paint, but I had the latex handy!

After that was done I went to town sanding it down.  You can see a full tutorial on this distressing paint method that Ashley shared HERE.

Here is how mine turned out…

Yup… I kind of love it.  I added a few modern frames to balance out the shanty and I was done.  Here are a few more pictures!

Hope you like them!!

You can see a few more posts on my bedroom below…

DIY Roman Shades and Panels

DIY Toy Box or Blanket Box

DIY Farmhouse Desk

Thank you so much for stopping by!! Let me know if you have any questions!  Have a great Wednesday! ;-)

~Whitney

  • http://profiles.google.com/marmstrong6 Melissa Armstrong

    Loved this! Thanks for the awesome and easy tutorial. You’re making style and design clueless people like me feel like rockstars! I made sure to link you in my post! http://thedizzymom.blogspot.com/2013/02/photo-gallery-wall.html#

  • Nancy

    Love these shelves, you said to use 2″ wood screws but what size? #8 #10 etc I don’t want to split the wood and as a noobie I could use the advice thanks

  • Jeanice martin

    Love it!!!! 2 quick questions…. Where did you get the little white flowers? Also, did you make the LOVE sign? Jeanice

  • C.Pastir

    LOVE YOUR IDEAS!

  • ana white

    YOU AMAZING LADY!!!! That is all.

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Ditto! ;-)… You are great!

  • Trina

    WOW! These shelves look amazing and so easy to make! I think I’ll be breaking out the hubby’s new Kreg Jig before he does! I have a quick question for you….how did you mount these to the wall? Approx how much weight will they support? Thanks for the awesome tutorials, I plan on making several of your DIY projects!

    • http://www.facebook.com/lilhui8 Julei Fiedler

      hello, did you ever figure out how to hang yours to the wall? or how much weight they will hold? thanks!!

  • DB

    I love love love y’all – you have to win the contest !!! You are the best !!!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      You are so sweet!! Thank you!!

  • alaskagurl

    I can’t wait to try these!!! They look amazing!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Thanks so much!! Good luck! ;-)

  • Jen

    I just got my Ana WHite picture ledges built & mounted! love them!

  • Jenn

    I love it & pinned it!!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Thank you so much Jenn! ;-)

  • Stacy Grogan

    You have lovely taste and style, so wish you could come to my house and help me :) wtg, nice job!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      You are so sweet! Thank you!!

      Sent from my iPad

  • Giggling Gerty

    They are gorgeous!!! Almost saved enough for my kreg. THANKU for such detailed pics on setting it up too, that’s awesome!! Just a quick question … u probably answered it in post and I’m just blind but how many coats of paint did u use? Thanks again! Juanita

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Hey! I did 2 quick coats on these! ;-)

      Sent from my iPad

  • Misty M

    LOVE these!!! Thanks so much!!!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Thank you Misty!!

      Sent from my iPad

  • mcgrimus

    I like these, but I’m not sure I’d use the Kreg jig to attach the two pieces; you can easily drill holes from behind and screw them together that way (using panhead screws, if you like).

  • mcgrimus

    I like these, but I’m not sure I’d use the Kreg jig to attach the two pieces; you can easily drill holes from behind and screw them together that way (using panhead screws, if you like).

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      I mentioned that in the post as another option. I prefer the Kreg myself! Thanks!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      I mentioned that in the post as another option. I prefer the Kreg myself! Thanks!

    • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.m.beck Lisa M Beck

      There is so many options for assembly. You can assemble as shown in the tutorial. You could alternately use the Kreg to attach the front trim first, and then use screws through the back piece to attach it second. No matter how you assemble, the shelves are gorgeous!

      • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

        Thank you Lisa! Totally agree! ;-)

        Sent from my iPad

  • JoBeard

    How are these attached to the wall? I could sure use them!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      I drilled directly through the back board into studs on the wall. I didn’t worry about covering them because I knew the frames and decorations would… Hope this helps! ;-)

      • http://www.facebook.com/lilhui8 Julei Fiedler

        hello- can you please tell us another way to mount these to the wall…i want to make several but want to hang them where there are not studs available in all the places. thanks!!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      I drilled directly through the back board into studs on the wall. I didn’t worry about covering them because I knew the frames and decorations would… Hope this helps! ;-)