15-Minute Ledge Shelf

Have you seen ledge shelves around at Ikea, Home Goods and just about any place that sells home decor?  I have and I ♥love♥ them.  They are so versatile and look wonderful with little picture frames and memorabilia perched on them.  I want them….lots of them….but $$$$ is a bit of a problem so I have just been looking at them and longing for them until now.

Guess what I did?  I made one….yep….I sure as heck did and just between you and I…..it was unbelievably easy and took only 15 minutes.  I made this first one for my husband for his shaving gear {he collects vintage razors} but I am moving on next to make them in varying lengths for the living room…and the next set will be white.  I can hardly wait.  For now though I wanted to share this one with you and show you just how darn easy it is to make.  You could whip up a bunch of these for the upcoming holidays to give as gifts.  Include some frames with pictures of the kids and you can cross Grandma off your list.

What you need:

Wood ~ I bought some hobby cut wood at Home Depot {2 pieces} ~ .5 x 3.5 x 24 Poplar wood

and {1} 1x2x8 piece of wood {this is enough for 4 shelves and is the little piece at the front edge}

Kreg Jig

Self-Tapping Screws {Kreg}

Saw {I used an Olson Coping Saw}

Wood Stain {Minwax Cherry}

Paintbrush to apply stain


How to:

The hobby cut wood was already the size I needed so no sawing necessary for these pieces.

Cut the 1x2x8 to a length of 24 inches using the saw.

Use the Kreg  Jig to place 6 pocket holes on the bottom center piece of your wood ~ 3 on each side slightly staggered.

Attach side pieces to your bottom pieces using the self-tapping screws.

Sand edges of cut wood piece on each side for smoothness.

Stain ~ allow to dry.

Wax and buff.

Voila!  That’s it.  Now wasn’t that easy.  I am a total novice and this DIY Ledge Shelf took only 15 minutes of actual hands on time {the stain drying wasn’t added in}.

Is your mind working now about where you can put these?  Mine is ~ I’ll keep you updated with my new shelves as I make and hang them.

If you love DIY for the home, you can check out my DIY Home Board on Pinterest.

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  1. Love these! Thanks for sharing — I’ve gotta make some for myself. xoxo
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  2. These look great! I wanted to make some for our house but I ended up buying two from Ikea. Maybe next time I can make some instead – you made it look easy! :)
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  3. AMAZING! I am so impressed with your idea, mastery of all those tools and tutorial! Beautiful MB!!!
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  4. Beautiful job! I love this!!!!
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  5. Great idea! Thanks for posting this. I was thinking these might be good for my new office space that I’ve been working on.
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  6. Such a beautiful shelf! I’d love if you’d link up to The DIY’ers! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-diyers-31.html
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  7. totally putting this on my to-do list (or maybe ethan’s) lol. pretty as always!!! thanks so much for linking up at The Humble Brag last week and hope to see you back tonight!
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