I ADORE this fun series from Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke
I pretty much only like to decorate my house with my family pictures. It just makes me so happy seeing their faces and remembering the stories behind each photo! I have a few gallery walls going on in my house…so I knew I didn’t want to do another one…but I love spaces where you can get a ton of photographs in one kabang! So I decided to whip up these fun photo ledges—perfect for those of you who are indesicive and want to rearrange a bunch of time! They are also great if you have so many random frames –you don’t have to be all matchy matchy! You can paint them all one color with spray paint–or print all black and white photos–so many fun ways to doll it up!
and here’s the best part! You can make each shelf for $3 each! So this whole display was $12!!! (seriously…I already had each frame!)
okay…let’s talk DIY!!! it’s REALLLLY easy! pinky promise. I bought 6 pieces of wood in total 4 of the big pieces (they were 6 feet long–2 1/2 inches by less than one inch wide and on the end caps of the lumber aisle at home depot. $2 a piece. Dig through and make sure they are as straight as you can find! and 2 pieces of the smaller size it’s only 1 1/2 wide…and they are about $1.15 a piece. I actually cheated and found myself in the molding aisle–I only needed 2 pieces for 4 shelves and at $4 a piece I couldn’t pass up a a fun decorative edge. If you stick with straight you can get this realllly cheap.
You will also need a hammer, nails, wood glue, and paint or stain…all stuff I had on hand.
I have a scroll saw at home…so I cut my own. But if you know you measurements before you buy home depot will cut them for you for free!)
Each 6 foot piece was cut in half (one for the back of the shelf and one for the bottom) and then the molding was cut to size (you just need one per shelf…for the front!
and stain…(or paint..or distress) I still on the fence about going back and painting these shelves white. My kitchen table is wood…and my mantel on my fireplace is wood…so I felt like it needed some natural unpainted wood to tie it in. and assemble. I used wood glue…then I had a nail gun (cause i’m pretty cool….not really) but a hammer and nail does the same-plus you get a workout and get to skip the gym! okay..here’s what the shelf looks like…the molding (or front piece) is flush with the bottom and has a lip to prevent the frames from sliding off the shelf. The back is taller than the front pieces (which is mostly hidden by the frames) but that is what you nail into the wall so you need to be able to hammer and shoot nails in without the front piece getting in the way….
Measure out where the studs are in your wall (insert weird joke about husband being a stud) and measure out how far you want the shelves spaced apart (word to the wise, find your biggest frame and go from there) I actually had a big clock I wanted to stick on the top shelf…but after it was all said and done it was a little too close to the ceiling for my liking. I contemplated taking all the shelves down and moving everything down about 6 inches…but then I remember it was me and i’m lazy.
also. use a level. These shelves are pretty noticeable when not even!
You guys ready for the hardest part????
styling it! I have rearranged about 50 times. put some on the floor…moved all around. added plants. moved plants. added a star…hated the star.
and in all reality…I’m still playing around. Ever since I have taken these photos I have still swapped things out. I kept in some pops of colors–cause color is my favorite. But who knows what will change in down the road.
I did put up a fun instagram frame…
for more about these fun marquee letters go HERE
I made my own canvas in a pinch by ordering a large photo from Costco and wrapping it around a shoe box lid and hot gluing.
13 article of faith is from HERE
for this printable you can go HERE
now..since you know how to do these easy peasy ledges…check out my roundup of all the different ways to use them!!!