You guys know how much I love picture ledge walls. I’ve posted about them HERE and HERE and in passing about a million times. I can’t think of a better way to display family photos that is more organized but still feels casual and organic.
Before we came to do her home makeover, Lucy had a large gallery wall of small photos in her entry, which was so sweet and fun, but she needed more storage/organization and something a little lighter for that small space.
IKEA sells a GREAT picture ledge that even comes with a routered line for holding the frames more securely in place. It’s an amazing price at only $15 for a 45″ length, but for Lucy’s hallway, I wanted something a little more chunky that we could also use to install wall hooks.
So I went to the hardware store and picked up a few 8′ lengths of primed pine in different widths. Here’s a quick sketch of all the pieces I used:
The basic idea is a bigger board acts as a base for both the ledge and the hooks. A medium sized board is the ledge and then two small boards act as the caps for the edge of the ledge and the bottom of the base. I think it is a clean and balanced look!
Just like Martha suggested, we screwed the ledge right onto the wall. We used a stud-finder to make sure the shelf was secure (this $10 stud-finder is changing my life!) and a level (obvi!) before we committed.
The cast iron hooks are from Schoolhouse Electric. They are little sculptural works of art! We also screwed these directly into the wall through the wood of the ledge base. They’re not going anywhere!
Before we came out for the install, Lucy sent us a dozen of her very favorite photos of her family members. Kate edited them to all have a similar look and feel with the high-contrast black and white, and then we had them printed at Costco. This little wall makes me so happy. I love that Lucy has a cheering section in her entry to greet her every day!
ENTRY SOURCES AT A GLANCE:
Paint color – Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace (OC-65)
Rag rug – two IKEA rugs stitched together!
Stool – Juniper Studio
Cashmere throw – Parachute Home
Frames – Target, IKEA and Aaron Brothers
Orange bag – Winter Session