DIY Picture Ledge

We have a long hallway in our house that leads to all our bedrooms. It was long, dark, and bare. I love personality and I life in an house and this hallway just wasn’t doing it for me. This is what our hallway looked like. The only color that shown through was the rug. A great rug, but just not enough.

In our old house, we had a ton of built-ins and extra space for pictures and decorations. In our current house we don’t have that set up. We do have a ton of pictures and cool frames from our old house and great frames from events we’ve had over the years. I wanted to figure out a way to use those frames. First, I thought about hanging the pictures on the wall. Then, I thought the better option would be to create picture ledges to place those frames on.

This was definitely the right choice. This project was so easy and quick. I finished it in an afternoon. If you are a beginner or a pro, this is a project anyone can do.

How To Build A Picture Ledge Shelf


3in wood cut to size (2 pieces)

2 in wood cut to size (1 piece)

Trim Screws (2in long)

Power Drill

Wood Glue

Brad Nailer

18-gauge nails 1 1/2 in long

Interior stain (I used Early American by Varathane)



1. Stain the wood and let dry. You can do this before or after the shelf is built. I did mine before, so I could allow for drying time.

2. Take the two 3in pieces and clamp them together in an L shape using the clamps.