Back in this nursery inspiration post, I mentioned wanting some picture ledges above the glider for a little reading nook. Done!

This was a very, very easy project. There are so many different ways to do it too. I’ll tell you how I did it, then give you some links to other sources.


  • 1″ x 2″ x 4′ premium pine (front)
  • 1″ x 3″ x 4′ premium pine (back)
  • 1″ x 4″ x 4′ premium pine (base)
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Kreg jig + screws (1 1/4″ in this case)
  • Clamp
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Four 2″ screws
  • Level

1. Cut shelves to length

I wanted two 24″ shelves, so I made three simple cuts, slicing each piece of wood in half. I lightly sanded rough edges.

2. Get Kreg Jiggy Wit It

I put the pieces in place and make a couple of marks where the screws would go. Three to hold the back to the base, two to hold the front lip to the base.

Then I drilled the pocket holes.

3. Piece It Together

This is much easier to do with a clamp so your wood doesn’t wiggle. Also, ATTACH THE SMALL FRONT LIP FIRST. If you do the back one first, you won’t be able to get your drill in place to attach the front lip. (The pocket holes are hidden, but they’re drilled into the 1″ x 4″ base piece)

4. Patch It, Prime It, Paint It

I skipped any wood patching (the holes are hidden by books) and went straight to priming.

I used premium pine, which meant no knots, which meant I didn’t have to worry about using a stain blocking primer. So a basic coat of aerosol primer did the trick.

I painted it white with an Olympic exterior paint we had from touching up our front porch last summer. The stronger enamel meant I got to  skip the whole polyurethane step.

5. Hang It

I wanted to make sure I drilled these into studs (books are heavy!), so first, I found studs in the wall. Then I aligned the picture ledges to where I’d normally hang them and marked where the two studs and ledge aligned.

I drilled a couple of pilot holes, then hung them on the wall (in the studs!) with two 2″ screws each. Obviously, use a level!

I may go back and dab white on the screws for better blending.

Easy access book shelf: Done-zo. Obviously, this will just hold a few favorites. We’ll need a solution for all the other books we’re bound to receive and buy. But we’ll jump that hurdle when we get to it!

Other sources: Ana White (ledges sans Kreg jig!) and Yellow Brick Home (similar, and based on the IKEA Ribba, which is what I was going for).

3 Responses to Nursery: Picture Ledges

  1. How exciting! You’re expecting! Talk about changes…happy for you and your hubby. Y’all are so adorable together. Cute nursery! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. Always good to catch up with blogging friends. :) Can’t wait to see a photo of your new little one.

  2. I see more changes than just the book shelves. Are you going to give us a glimpse of the whole room? I see new curtains!

    • Paige says:

      eventually! going to share the real projects, then the overall room when it’s done. curtains are nothing fancy, just from target :)

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