Posted by Ash & Eileen
Do you have a bunch of picture frames lying around and a couple hours of time on your hands? Since our move, we still have boxes of pictures frames taking up way too much of our closet space. However, we are one ample box lighter, due to the awesome picture ledge that Ash made. It was easy to build, and it looks quite elegant in our living room.
As I was digging through the box that held the white, cream, and grayish frames, I thought about a gallery; however, I already had one on a neighboring wall, so I wanted something different for this collection of pictures.
One of Ash's least favorite chores is hanging pictures up on our walls. You should hear how he tries to procrastinate the task, let alone see his expression when he languidly follows me around the house with a hammer and nails. And, his least favorite part is when I ask him to hold the picture up to the wall, as I direct from across the room saying, "A little bit left, nope too much...." With my indecisiveness, that goes on for a little too long before I usually end up putting the picture somewhere else.
That being said, I knew Ash would love the idea of not having to hang any of the picture frames in this hefty box and instead have the pictures rest on a photo ledge.
Would you know he had both photo ledges built in a couple hours? He used all scrap wood, and then I painted with furniture paint for a nice finish.
Here are his instructions on how he built these simple photo ledges:
I came up with a very simple design for the shelf. Here is an exploded 3D diagram that I created in TinkerCAD to show how the pieces came together:
I was able to use all scrap wood left over from previous projects. I cut the long pieces to the appropriate length. Eileen used the length of the love seat as a basis for how long she wanted the shelves. Then, I formed the triangle support ends with my miter saw (this is one of my favorite tools - check out my other favorites).
After that, using some wood glue, clamps, and finishing nails, I attached the pieces to each other. Once the wood glue dried, I used the orbital sander to smooth down all the surfaces to make the different wood segments blend into each other seamlessly.
Since it was scrap wood, there were a few gouges here and there that I patched with wood filler and sanded down to a smooth surface.
Finally, my painter, aka Eileen, gave the shelves two coats of paint, and then it was ready to be mounted to the wall.
In mounting, I secured the shelves to the wall using two lag bolts, directly into two wall studs. The heads of the bolts stood out slightly, so to help blend them in, I covered them with some white paint to match the shelves.
Looking back, if I had some Forstner bits at the time, I would have countersunk the lag bolt heads to make them flush with the wood surface.
The cost of the project was free, as we had all of the material in our garage; however, I estimate the project costing $10 for the wood plus a quart of paint.
I loved the way the picture shelves turned out. Ash built them so quickly, and without any trips to the store for additional materials, which is always a plus! I think it took me longer to arrange the pictures than it did for Ash to construct them. (I'm super slow at arranging things...)
Everyone who visits has been commenting on how much they like them. A few people have said, "Have these always been here?" That is one of my favorite comments because it goes to show how perfect they look where they are.
Not to mention, Ash was so pleased that we didn't have to hang all those frames. I haven't told him we still have two more boxes of pictures in the closet. I'm not quite sure where they are going either. Maybe another picture ledge will be forthcoming.
Here's another angle of our new picture ledge. The more I look at it, the more I love it - and it was a lot easier than creating a gallery, and unlike the gallery, I can easily rearrange the picture frames too.
What's your favorite way to display your pictures? I would love to hear from you. :)
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