Julia’s Gallery Wall and DIY Photo Ledges

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Julia’s Gallery Wall and DIY Photo Ledgesby househomeon.Julia’s Gallery Wall and DIY Photo LedgesHappy Memorial Day! We hope you find time today to relax with family, reflect on the holiday, and refresh yourself for the week (um…relax, reflect, refresh–I promise that wasn’t planned!). About a month or so ago I showed you my living room. It is without a doubt the most relaxing room in my house. Mostly […]

Happy Memorial Day! We hope you find time today to relax with family, reflect on the holiday, and refresh yourself for the week (um…relax, reflect, refresh–I promise that wasn’t planned!).

About a month or so ago I showed you my living room. It is without a doubt the most relaxing room in my house. Mostly because it’s 99% done with design but also because it’s basically an adult-only zone. We keep toys out so that it can be a more serious place to sit and talk.

When we first started designing the room, we were a little stumped by our large side wall. Stumped because the wall is so big and because it has an angle.

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Decorating on an angle is just tricky. I love gallery walls, but I wasn’t sure what shape the gallery wall should make with the angled wall. So I decided the best way to make use of this wall was to use shelving.

After buying two relatively short shelves on Amazon (about $60 total), I was so disappointed that the shelves were literally collapsing under the weight of the photos. Um, no thanks. So while considering our options in Lowe’s one night, the hubs and I just decided on the spot to build the shelves ourselves. And to make them twice the length. Cause we go big when we’re at home (see what I did there?!).

And our shelves? Under $20 for BOTH. Yep, 1/3 of the cost of the smaller, less supportive shelves that we bought (and returned). So let me share with you how YOU can make them!

First we started with two 1X4 MFD boards and four 1X2 MFD boards. They were 8 feet and both came in white. We bought these exterior wood screws to use on the backs of the boards. We chose exterior over interior because they are longer which meant a sturdier shelf. *I’ve seen some tutorials that use wood glue on the backs of the boards instead. I trust the screws over the glue…

About every 18 inches into the 1X4 boards, we drilled holes on the back. We lined up a 1X2 board perpendicular with the pre-drilled holes in each 1X4. We drilled through again so that both boards now had holes in preparation for the screws. This 1X2 is providing the backboard of the shelf (which again is why we used bulkier screws that guaranteed sturdiness. They aren’t seen in the end so their large size didn’t matter to us). Then we flipped the boards over and lined up the second 1X2 board on the opposite side of the 1X4. We used a Brad nail gun to periodically nail the boards in place.

Gettin’ my nail gun on. We made sure each nail was sunken in to the board, then covered the nail spots with wall patch repair mud.

We then primed and painted the shelves so that they looked flawlessly white!

We hung the shelves by using our stud finder and simply drilling screws through to the wall. These screws got covered up by the photos we placed on the ledge.

These shelves are SO sturdy and I love how they fill the space! I can’t believe I was originally planning on using smaller shelves, because these longer shelves are exactly what the angled wall needed!

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I LOVE looking at our gallery shelves every day. A great way to fill a big space!

Tell me what you think of the shelves!

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