$5 Picture Ledges

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Hey guys!  Hope your week is going great!  I’m back today with a really inexpensive and easy project for your weekend!  If you are new to building this is the perfect place to start.  I actually posted about these Ana White picture ledges a few years ago but I’ve made so many over the years that I thought they deserved a new updated post.  So they are actually picture ledges but I’m using these ones for books and can you believe they cost me $5 for all 3 combined!!!  Insane!  Wanna see them?

This simple DIY was only $5 for all 3 shelves!!  Find out how to make them on the blog.

They’re super versatile.  You can use them for books like I did with these, pictures, even storage.  I have a few in my garage.  I keep all my screws in mason jars on a picture ledge over my work bench and I have a few more that hold all of my spray paint.  You definitely NEEEEEEEEED some of these in your life haha.  So let’s get on to making them.


  • 1x4x8-1
  • 1x3x8-1
  • 1x2x8-1
  • 2″ screws
  • Brad nailer and 2″ brad nails
  • Glue
  • Countersink Bit

Step 1:

Cut all of your wood.  I wanted my shelves to be 30″ across.  Each shelf is made from 30″ of 1×4, 1×3, and 1×2.


Step 2:

Figure out what part of the wood will look the best.  I tend to just hide the uglier sides of the boards.  You will need to use a countersink bit here because you don’t want the screws sticking out against your wall.  That’s this guy…



Step 3:

Screw through the bottom of the 1×4 into the 1×3 using glue and 2″ screws.


Step 4:

At this point I like to sand everything down.  It gets a little tricky once you put the front on.  You’re almost done.  Now just use your brad nailer and glue to attach the front 1×2.  If all you have is a drill, no problem!  You can always attach the front the same way you did the back.  Just use some wood filler when you’re done and nobody will be the wiser!


Now all that’s left to do is paint or stain it and hang it up!  I use 4″ screws through the back making sure I’m going right into studs to hang them up.  Once you fill them with whatever you choose nobody will ever even see the screws.


I love them so much!  I hung them low enough that my girls can reach the bottom two shelves on their own.  And I spy a little bit of the Wall Mount Doll House!


You can switch these up so many ways to accommodate what you want them for.  You can leave the front off, use the 1×3 as the back and the 1×4 as the shelf to you can fit something a little deeper, maybe use a 1×5 (Home Depot has them now, woohoo!) as the shelf although I’ve never done one that wide.  There are tons of uses!  I hope you try some for yourselves and like I said they are a great first project!  If you make this or any of my other projects I would love to see so just tag me and use the #simplylovelylumber on social media!  Thanks for stopping by and come back tomorrow for our second Simply Lovely Lumber Weekly Giveaway!




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