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Live.Laugh.DIY. Photo Ledge

Here is a quick and easy tutorial for building a rustic photo ledge!


  • A small can of wood stain
  • A drop cloth or surface you can get dirty
  • Wood glue
  • A foam paint brush or clean rag for applying stain
  • Sandpaper or sander
  • A drill and screws
  • 1 ½ inch nails
  • 1 – 1x2x8 wood board
  • 2 – 1x3x8 wood boards



*I chose 8 foot boards because I wanted my ledge to be long. If you want a smaller ledge you can cut your boards down. If you buy your lumber at Home Depot, they can cut them down for you.

Step by step: 

Apply wood glue to the edge of one 1x3x8 board (your back piece) and attach it to the other 1x3x8 board (your bottom piece). Using your drill, screw the backside to the bottom.




Apply glue to the edge of your 1x2x8 (your front ledge) and attach it to the 1x3x8 that is your bottom piece. Use finishing nails and hammer the front ledge to the bottom piece of wood.




Be sure you wipe away any seeping glue with a wet rag. If you don’t, it will not stain properly. Sand you photo ledge, smooth. Then stain you photo ledge using you foam brush or clean rag. Finally use a polyurethane to seal your ledge. This will make dusty in the future much easier.


When attaching the photo ledge to your wall, be sure you use a stud finder and screw the ledge into the studs!




That’s it. It’s so simple!


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