To make this D.I.Y. project easier, you can have your three pieces of dressed pine pre-cut at your local Bunnings. You can make your picture ledge any size you like.
2Pre-drill the holes
We're going to be joining our three pieces of timber together in a U-shape. Use the 2.5mm drill bit to pre-drill five holes near the edge of one of the 64mm x 14mm x 1.5m pieces of timber and five holes near the edge of the 42mm x 19mm x 1.5m piece of timber.
3Apply a bead of glue
Run a bead of glue in line with the holes you drilled on both pieces of timber.
4Assemble the picture ledge
Lay the piece of the 64mm x 14mm timber (without the holes) on the workbench, this is your base. Line up the other same size piece to make an L-shape. Line up the 42mm x 19mm piece of timber to make the U-shape. Wipe away any excess glue.
5Screw the ledge together
Make sure the edges of the ledge are all flush. Use the drill and the 30mm timber screws to join the back and the base together and then the front ledge and base together. Make sure the holes are recessed in the timber.
6Putty the holes
Use the Spakfilla to putty the screw holes in the timber. Let it dry and sand the putty back to create a smooth surface. Wipe away any dust.
7Paint the picture ledge
You can paint your picture ledge any colour you choose. We used Dulux Casper White. Stir the paint thoroughly before using it and apply as many coats as you need, ensuring the paint dries thoroughly between coats.
8Measure and mark the wall
Once you've decided where you want your ledge to go, measure and mark the height you want it to be. Use the spirit level to draw a straight line across the wall.
9Pre-drill the holes for the wall anchors
Have somebody hold the ledge in place while you pre-drill the holes for the wall anchors using the 2.5mm drill bit.
10Insert the wall anchors
Use the hollow wall anchor gun for this. Finger tighten the screws, then tighten with the drill, so the ledge is securely attached.
11Putty the holes
Putty up the holes where the wall anchors are. Let the putty dry and sand it back. Paint over the putty on the ledge so that it matches.
12Decorate your ledge
Once the paint has dried all that's left to do is put up your favourite photos, pictures or artworks and enjoy.
Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.
Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.