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This July marks 5 years since owning this home and if you don’t remember, this is what our living room looked like when we moved in:
This living room had so much potential with a large window but it also had dirty carpet, a dated ceiling fan and fireplace, and a lack of lighting otherwise.
While we made some updates to the space on our own, including new hardwood floors, a more modern ceiling fan and comfy furniture, it wasn’t until we did our first floor renovation last summer where we added custom built in bookshelves and an updated tiled fireplace, that we really loved this space.
This is our favorite family place to be together and I had a fun idea planned for that big blank wall! For the past 2 Mother’s Days, Derek and the girls have made me a cucumber trellis and a strawberry cage for our garden, but this year I asked for a DIY picture ledge to hold some larger format frames of our family.
Come May, Derek got to work on this DIY picture ledge project!
This DIY Picture Ledge started with 3 pieces of wood, which Derek cut and sanded. We opted for the below measurements to fit our wall.
- 60″ x 2.5″ (front lip)
- 60″ x 4″ (bottom piece)
- 60″ x 5.5″ (back piece)
Next he wood glued and attached the pieces to form this shape. Screws were used on the underside of the ledge to attach the bottom piece to the back.
Clamps were used to hold in place and he used a nail gun to attach the front.
After one coat of stain and 2 of polyacrylic protectant, it was ready to mount on the wall. We weren’t too particular about the screws being seen as we knew the frames would be covering it in front.
Tip: I wanted to have enough space on the ledge to have some overlapping frames so we made sure it was a little deeper coming off the wall.
Luckily I partnered once again with Custom Picture Frames to fill this ledge with a mixed collection of frames in an assortment of sizes. Some were reused from past projects I created for their blog, frames previously hung in other places in our home and some were new pieces in a larger size. Use code SPOTOFTEADESIGNS20 for 20% off your order with Custom Picture Frames!
- Black Noir Classique – this is one of their most popular frames and I can see why! I have them hung in several places in my house as I love the skinny black frame paired with the wider white mat.
- Sonoma Silver – The two large frames seen here with the grey/black styled look add so much texture to this collection! I have one already hung in my office and love that it pairs well with so many home styles!
- White Bianca – A great classic frame, again with a skinny moulding but this time I opted for no mat to fully fit my 8×10 family photo.
- Kingsley White – Our small wedding reception photo is framed here and I love the texture this frame adds to the collection. Don’t be afraid to mix colors, metals and textures in a statement collection like this!
I love the mixed frame look and CAN’T WAIT to update this space seasonally with different holidays! It will also look great with other home decor pieces mixed in and not all frames.