Today I’m sharing my plans to build DIY picture frame ledge shelves inspired by Ikea’s Mosslanda line…and for under $10 each! If you’re looking for a wall decor solution for a slim space, this is a beautiful and affordable approach.
DIY picture ledge shelves (Inspired by Ikea’s Mosslanda)
I’m finally getting around to sharing this simple but beautiful woodworking tutorial for DIY picture ledge shelves inspired by Ikea’s Mosslanda line. We have the Ikea Mosslanda shelves in R’s nursery, and they are great. But we live kinda far from an Ikea, and I hate having to pay Ikea shipping, so I decided to whip out a budget version of these for downstairs.
I actually finished building one of these back in February, but it sat around waiting for me to build a second and decide what color I wanted to paint the wall they were going on! I know, nothing like a project dragging on and on and on…
But they’re done, praise be! And they look lovely. AND I did a nifty video to accompany the step-by-step tutorial. Be kind, my video skills are still pretty busch league. 🙂
Here’s what I used.
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- 1×4 pine lumber, some primed already, some not. I just bought whatever was cheapest knowing I would be painting it all.
- 1/2 x 2 pine hobby board
- Beacon Adhesives Timber-Grip wood glue
- Paintable caulk
- Paint and brush
Cut list for one shelf:
- (2) 1 x 4 x 4 (I bought a piece of 1 x 4 x 8 and cut in half)
- (1) 1/2 x 2 x 48″
And here’s how I built a DIY picture ledge shelves.
Step 1: First I squared off the edges of my 1 x 4 x 8 piece by using my miter saw to just shave a bit off. The ends are never perfectly square, it seems.
Then I cut the piece in half. I’m calling this a 4-foot shelf, but in realize it’s just slightly under 4 feet.
I also squared off the ends of the lip piece and made sure all three pieces were exactly the same length.
Step 2: Next I used my orbital sander to quickly polish up all three pieces and sand down any splintered edges.
Step 3: I wanted to attach the back and bottom pieces through the back of the back piece to hide the nails. So I clamped the bottom piece to my workspace (good side up if there is a preferred side) and ran a line of wood glue along the back edge.
Step 4: I then pressed the back piece up against the glued edge firmly and used my nail gun do secure everything in place.
Step 5: Once the back and bottom pieces were constructed, I ran a line of wood glue across the front of the bottom piece. Then pressed my lip piece in place, attaching it using my nail gun.
Step 6: I used paintable caulk to smooth out any seams, as well as fill nail holes. Once it was dry, I painted the shelf using two coats of black paint.
To hang, I found where I wanted to hang it and located the studs. I then marked where on the shelf the studs would be and used my drill and drill bit to pre-drill holes for hanging. I used regular wood screws and just touched up the screw heads with a bit of black paint to help them blend in.
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