Gallery Wall Picture Ledges

A few months back I shared my gallery wall picture ledges over at City Farmhouse.
Today, I thought I'd re-share it here on my own blog for anyone who may have missed it.
These ledges were super easy to build, and they made such a statement in my living room.
The picture ledges allow me to freely switch around my pictures without creating any nail holes, or worrying about messing up a whole wall arrangement

This project, even though it looks like something big, was actually super simple to make.
I first went to Lowes and picked up three 8 foot long boards; one 1 X 4 and two 1 X 2's. 
I then had Lowes cut the wood at 5 1/2 feet with the remainder being 2 1/2 feet. 
 Total cost was about $11.00. 

 To assemble my ledge, I used wood glue and glued 1 of the 1 X 2's onto the 1 X 4 and the second 
1 X 2 was glued to the front of the 1 X 4.  
Which sounds more complicated then it actually was, so please just refer to the picture below.
After It was glued together I secured it with screws.
 (please note that I used bigger screws to attached the pieces together and not the small nails shown).
 Next, I stained the wood using these two stains. I first used the gray driftwood stain and then layered it with the special walnut. The result was a pretty weathered-wood look.
Before hanging my ledges, I laid them out on the floor along with my frames.
 This was so that I could  measure the distance I wanted them to be apart.
Painters tape was applied to the front of the ledges for measurement.
 I then removed the tape and applied it to the walls which really helped with placement.
 I used really long screws to attached the ledges to the wall. 
 I also used a leveler to make sure that my shelves were straight.
Once the ledges were hung, I filled them up with some of my favorite pictures.
 All of the boat pictures were a free download from Freckled Laundry and can be found HERE.

 One of my favorite pictures ever has got to be this one of my boys on a camping trip when they were little. Those sweet little faces are so precious to me.

Also on the ledge is one of my driftwood starfish (tutorial can be found HERE).

 I know I'm going to have a lot of fun rearranging the pictures on these ledges. 



  1. I just love that look! Thank you for the instructions. :)

  2. Yes thank you for posting! It looks beautiful and fresh and pictures of the kids priceless..thank you

  3. I love the paint color in your living room, Would you mind sharing the brand and color ?

  4. This turned out beautifully, I love that you showed how you used the blue painters tape as your guide for hanging everything, great tip!!

  5. Hello, I was wondering if after using the driftwood stain your wood looked gray? I am using your tutorial to make these ledges and after the first stain it doesn't really look like your photos. Let me know. Thanks!

    1. Hi Laura, yes, the driftwood stain should give your wood a gray color, By adding the Special walnut stain over the driftwood stain should give you a weathered finished look like mine. GOOD LUCK!

  6. I really like your arrangement with the shelves and pictures, you seem to have a theme. I also want to put some family pictures on the wall in my stairwell going upstairs. My wall is an off white color and I wonder if I should paint my frames white or black. I wonder if black is going to be too dark against the wall and if I should have all the pictures be black and white. Maybe that would give the picture arrangement a more blended look. What do you think?

  7. How did you attach the front piece without screws showing?

  8. I really like the pictures holders I'm going to make some thank you for sharing they are amazing


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