The photo ledge is the new gallery wall. This trend will be everywhere this year and for less than $20 you can DIY your own!
We're lucky enough to have three spare bedrooms upstairs. One serves as a guest room, one as a "man cave" and the last as my craft room. I'm excited to finally give some personality to my space! A photo ledge seemed like the perfect addition. I can change out pictures and artwork as often as I'd like without making new holes in the wall (which Matt appreciates!).
I opted to paint mine, but staining will work just as well. The first thing you'll want to do is decide how long you'd like your ledge to be. The wall I chose is pretty large, so I decided 5 feet would fit the space best. I'm a very visual person, so suggest using painters tape to tape off different options.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
1. (2) 1x4 x 5' boards (or whatever length you decide). Pictured right in the above photos.
2. (1) 1x2 x 5' board. Pictured left in the above photos.
3. Wood glue
5. Drill & drill bit
7. Hammer & finishing nails
8. The paint or stain of your choice & paint brush (type depending on paint or stain)
10. Stud finder
Step 1: Head to Lowe's or Home Depot to pick up the wood boards needed and any of the other materials you don't already have. Luckily Mathew had everything I needed! There will be pre-cut boards (which tend to be less expensive, but not guaranteed to be the identical same length) or you can pick up one piece and have a team member cut it to the right length for you. While picking your boards, look for ones that are as straight as possible with the least amount of bowing.
Step 2: Paint, or stain, the three boards.
Step 3*: Now let's build this thing! Take both 1x4 x 5' boards. Lay one flat. (Board 1) Apply wood glue to the 1'' side of board 2 and stack it on top of the bottom board, lining it up to the edge. Secure with clamps
Step 4*: Apply glue to the 1'' side of the board laying flat (board 1) and place the 2'' side of the 1x2 x 5' board (board 3) on the glue and secure with clamps. I waited until the glue dried in step 3 to move forward to step 4.
*Check out the photos for a visual guide on these steps*
Step 5: Remove clamps and use finishing nails to secure the boards.
Step 6: Patch and paint/stain the ledge, if needed. I used patching and a little paint to camouflage the nail marks.
Now it is time to hang the photo ledge!
Step 7: Take the stud finder and run it along the wall you plan on hanging the ledge on. Mark where the stud starts and ends then a more definitive mark for the center of the stud.
Step 8: Place the ledge in the location you want to hang it. Mark on board 2 with a pencil in the center of the stud. As you can see in the photo below, it may be in random spots on the board.
Step 9: With your drill & drill bit, pre-drill holes about an inch down from the top. If you don't pre-drill, the wood could splinter and break when you drill the screw in.
Step 10: Take the level and place on the ledge. Match your pencil marks on the board to the pencil marks for the center of the stud.
Step 11: Drill the screws into the pre-drilled holes and erase the pencil marks.
Step 12: Style the ledge &enjoy!