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DIY: Picture Ledge Shelves

Have a lot of pictures but nowhere to put them? Find that you want to keep organized and put your goodies on display? Expert DIYer Kristina Barbee shows us how you can create shelving with just a few pieces of wood and stain. It’s a great way to show off some pictures and declutter your home at the same time!

I’m finally starting to settle into my office and quickly realized that I was short on storage and needed a quick DIY solution.

I really lucked out with my new house – the owners left a lot of extra building supplies and we had a huge pile of scrap wood that I quickly dug into to create these quick and easy shelves!


  • Scrap wood in sizes 1×4 and 1×2
  • Wood Glue
  • Screws
  • Stain


The Project

  • Cut two 1×4 pieces of wood the same length (I did 24″ long shelves) and glue them in the shape of an L (for the back and bottom of the shelf). I used soup cans to help keep the wood piece up right.
  • Once dry, screw in 3 screws- one on either end and one in the middle- for extra support.
  • Glue the 1×2 (cut to the same size as the 1×4 pieces) and glue onto the front of one of the 1×4 for the front ledge.

Side note: I also added extra screws for support to the front, but using finishing nails would look so much better. You wouldn’t need to use any wood filler to fill in the holes.

Once assembled, sand and stain!

I told you that this was easy!


I kept the same containers from my old office organization project and that really helped me save some money on reorganizing my new office.

I really love these shelves and once I get the time again, I’m creating two more for the other side of my sewing table for the rest of my knick knacks!

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About the Author: Kristina Barbee shares her DIY adventures on her blog My Own Home.

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