Pottery Barn Knockoff Picture Ledge

Pottery Barn Knockoff Picture Ledge
DIY Pottery Barn picture ledge


These picture ledges are all over Pinterest.  I've seen them used for displaying pictures as well as displaying books in kids' rooms.  I've even seen some made out of scrap wood from wooden pallets.  Since I've been trying to improve my photography skills, I wanted more space to display some of my pictures that I was really proud of.  I wanted my picture ledges to have a clean, modern look like the ones at Pottery Barn, but I didn't want to pay Pottery Barn prices.  Luckily, I had all the materials.  I just had to buy the wood and the paint. 

Materials:
two 3.5 x 1 inch pine boards
one 1.5 x 1 inch pine board
wood screws
a drill 
wood glue
finishing nails
hammer
awl
wood putty
paint

Make sure to carefully choose your boards at the store.  
Choose wood that's free from any defects like warping or knots.
DIY Pottery Barn picture ledge

Lightly sand the boards.  Wipe off and remove any dust after sanding.   Pre-dill holes and then secure the two 3.5 x 1 inch boards with three wood screws.  Glue the 1.5 x 1 inch board to the front and wipe off any excess glue.  Let dry.  Once the glue is set, secure with five finishing nails.  Use an awl to set the nails and fill in nail holes with wood putty. 

DIY Pottery Barn picture ledge

I primed the shelves and once the primer was dry, I spray painted them black.  You could paint them any color you wanted or stay with the natural wood color.  Did you recognize my pictures?  Now they have a great place to be displayed and enjoyed!  I drilled two holes in the back of the ledge and secured it to the wall with screws.  I was lucky there were studs in the wall exactly where I wanted to hang the ledges.   

DIY Pottery Barn picture ledge

A four foot long picture ledge at Pottery Barn costs $59.00.
I made mine for $13.00 and that even includes the paint!

$5.52 for two 3.5 x 1 inch pine boards
 $1.88 for one 1.5 x 1 inch pine board
$5.76 for black gloss Rustoleum spray paint
=$13.16

DIY Pottery Barn picture ledge

I'm really not good at working with wood.  Before I discovered Pinterest, I felt really intimidated about even the simplest woodworking project.  I'm still not good at it, but I'm gaining some confidence after trying some simple woodworking projects like

 this welcome post
welcome post
 

and this planter box
diy rustic planter box made from pallet
 

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Inspired by this pin for a wood picture ledge.

45 comments:

  1. Great idea for these shelves. I pinned it! Thanks for linking up at Saturday Dishes.
    Blessings,
    Diane Roark
    www.recipesforourdailybread.com

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  2. I love how these turned out! They really look like the real thing! Would you mind to share this at the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop? I love seeing easy DIY projects like this (and my readers love it too!)

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    1. I did Carrie! Thanks for the invitation!

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  3. I really want to make a few of those but we are looking to move (cross my fingers) soon so I think that will have to be a project for the new house. Yours look amazing and they are made of real wood which the ones at Pottery Barn probably aren't!! I want mine to be that brown black to match my feet on the couch and the end tables so I am going to have to search for the right paint but I might do white and make the frames all black and see if that looks good.

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    1. True, but real wood also means they're pretty heavy! I was lucky that there were studs in the wall exactly where I wanted to hang them!

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  4. Not familiar with mantel pictures like this but seem a great idea. Have seen collectors display plates, etc. On similar rails high in a dinning room or kitchen. Thanks for this great idea.

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    1. I hadn't thought of displaying plates on ledges like these. I like it and think it would look great!

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  5. Hi! I'm visiting via A Delightsome Life Home & Garden Party, and I'm so glad I did--what a great idea! I'm a bit like you--not completely sure of myself with building projects, but I might actually be able to do this one! Have a great rest of your week, Diana

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  6. Love these ledges! Glad you were able to make some for so cheap! Pinning! :)

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  7. Great Idea!!
    I am co hosting Fluster's Creative Muster Link Party and I want to thank you for linking up!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  8. These ledge shelves are really big right now. You did a great knock off! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  9. Seriously? Only $13 to make these? Pinned!!! Thank you! I'd love for you to come link up at Skip The Housework Saturday, live now! http://www.reasonstoskipthehousework.com/skip-housework-saturday/

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    1. I did Melanie! Thanks for the invitation!

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  10. Great idea and love how easy they are to make! Pinned! Thanks again for linking up this week! :)

    Marti

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  11. Great project! I just bought similar shelves from Ikea, or I would totally be all over this! Thanks for linking up at the Weekend re-Treat Link Party!

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    1. I wish there was an Ikea store where I lived.

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  12. I love your version much better. There's just something about real wooden shelves. These look easy enough even I might try them. Great idea!

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  13. Thanks for linking up at the Link it or lump It link party. I love this idea and I love an awesome PB knockoff. great job!!

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  14. I have these in my entryway and love them! Wow! Pottery Barns are pricey! I got mine at IKEA. I love this tutorial though because you could paint them any color to match your decor. Awesome! Thanks for sharing at the Happiness Is Homemade Link Party! Awesome post! I have pinned it to the Happiness Is Homemade Party Board. I can't wait to see what you link up next week!
    Cathy
    APeekIntoMyParadise.com

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    1. Several people have told me that you can get these shelves at Ikea for $9.99. I love Ikea, but don't have a store in my area. Also the picture ledges at Ikea are slightly shorter than the ones I made and only come in black or white. I agree that it would be nice to paint them any color of your choice.

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  15. I love this! I was just looking on BBB about ordering one...now I'm going to show this to my husband to make. Thanks for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  16. Soooooo cool!!!! They look great!

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  17. Great idea! I like how you did a price comparison:) Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

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  18. These are awesome! What a great knockoff. And so much cheaper than Pottery Barn! I'd love for you to come link up at The Makers going on right now at TinySidekick.com. Hope to see you there!

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  19. Okay, honestly...I like your wood ledge better than the Pottery Barn one!! I've never tried any of my pins. Maybe I should get started. Thanks for the inspiration. -Tabitha (www.tabithafletcher.com)

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  20. I love a good Pottery Barn knock-off! I like that you can not only make them any color but you can customize the length too.

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    1. I agree Shelly! Several people have commented that you can buy these shelves even cheaper at Ikea for $9.99, but if you want to customize the size and color, making them yourself is a good way to go.

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  21. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

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  22. This looks terrific - wonderfully like the Pottery Barn original - beautifully done! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  23. This is such a great idea!! I actually have several pictures that need hung up. Thanks for stopping by Tell Me About It Tuesday.

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    1. I'm terrible at hanging pictures! The nice thing about these shelves is that you can easily change the pictures that are displayed. No more trying to hang pictures straight or more holes in the wall!

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  24. I love how they turned out. My daughters room could use some! Thanks for sharing at the party! Theresa @DearCreatives

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  25. Love your idea for picture ledges. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  26. Looks great, and I love that dark color! Thanks so much for sharing this at Creativity Unleashed; pinning it for sure!

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  27. I look at these every time I'm in PB . Thank you for showing how to do it for less! Wanted to let you know I'm featuring this when my link party opens up tonight.

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  28. Even though you might find them for less $$ elsewhere, using your tutorial one can build them to fit their needs and customize with paint! Thanks for sharing this at the party this week! I am featuring it on my Facebook page today and have pinned it to the You're gonna Love It Tuesday board on Pinterest :-)

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  29. These look Awesome and I sure love the price tag!

    ~Ariean http://onekriegerchick.com/

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  30. Thank you for linking to Whimsy Wednesday last week! I featured your Picture Shelves stand in my featured project post!
    You can see it here http://www.ohmy-creative.com/home/10-diy-made-wood-home-projects/

    The party is open this week...stop by and link up!

    Have a great week!
    Susan

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