Picture ledges just make any area look gorgeous. It’s a way to display a ton a pictures without the space looking cluttered, which I do not do clutter. About a year ago I went on a hunt for some 4 foot picture ledges for my hallway. I wanted two, because one would look stupid plus I love pictures! I looked everywhere….and I mean everywhere. Google shopping, Etsy, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Menards, Target, Walmart, Amazon, and any other home decorating store you could think of. When I get an idea in my head I don’t stop until I get it done.
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With that said, it is hard to find any picture ledge over 36” which was a foot too short for my liking. If I did find one that was 4 feet, then I either didn’t like the finish (I wanted stained wood – preferably my favorite Special Walnut stain), wasn’t long enough, or was waaaaay out of my budget. We are talking at least $50 per shelf and they went up from there!
So I kept saying to myself…those are only three boards screwed together. I can totally do that right?! Well To make it even harder on myself I wanted pocket holes on the bottom of the shelf so I didn’t see any screws (or hole filler) on the front of the shelf. I know…super picky…but like I said before when I get an idea in my head I go for it. Well ladies and gentlemen, picture ledges are EASY. Do not be intimidated by pocket holes (like I was). There is a fantastic little tool called a Kreg Jig which you can get here. There is a mini jig which runs around $20, but I went for the $40 one because I know myself and I will want to do more projects that involve pocket holes in the future. If you need a little video explaining how to use this tool check this tutorial out here. It saved me and convinced me to get this Kreg jig.
Anywho, once I gathered up my supplies this project cost me around $70, but that includes the cost of the jig. Without it the cost was only like $30 for TWO shelves that are 4 feet long. If you don’t mind seeing screws on the front of the ledge then subtract the $40 jig and you will only spend around $30! That $30 includes stain and a protective finish, if you already have it your talking about $10 for some wood and that’s it. Menard’s sells some pine boards that are exactly 4 feet long in lots of different sizes and are a few bucks each. No saw necessary! Have you been looking for some picture ledges? Sign up here and get FREE building plans with a supply list! Customize these for any length you need and let me know how you did!