D.I.Y. picture shelves

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D.I.Y. picture shelves

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Project Overview

All it takes is a few pieces of timber and you can make a picture ledge to display your favourite pictures. This easy-to-follow D.I.Y. project will help transform your blank wall into a work of art. Continue to step-by-step instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut your timber
2 Pre-drill the holes
3 Apply a bead of glue
4 Assemble the picture ledge
5 Screw the ledge together
6 Putty the holes
7 Paint the picture ledge
8 Measure and mark the wall
9 Pre-drill the holes for the wall anchors
10 Insert the wall anchors
11 Putty the holes
12 Decorate your ledge
  • Step 1. Cut your timber

    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.
  • Step 2. Pre-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.
  • Step 3. Apply a bead of glue

    Run a bead of glue in line with the holes you drilled on both pieces of timber.
  • Step 4. Assemble 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.
  • Step 5. Screw 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.
  • Step 6. Putty 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.
  • Step 7. Paint 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.
  • Step 8. Measure 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.
  • Step 9. Pre-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.
  • Step 10. Insert 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.
  • Step 11. Putty 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.
  • Step 12. Decorate your ledge

    Once the paint has dried all that’s left to do is put up your favourite photos, pictures or artworks and enjoy.

Tools and Materials


  • Cordless screwdriver with Phillips head bits
  • 2.5mm drill bit
  • Drop sheet
  • Hammer
  • Hollow wall anchor gun
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Paint brush
  • Paint tin opener
  • Pencil
  • Spirit level
  • T-square


  • 64mm x 14mm x 1.5m dressed pine x 2
  • 42mm x 19mm x 1.5m dressed pine
  • 8–13mm hollow wall anchors
  • 30mm timber screws
  • Cavity wall fixings x 2
  • Multipurpose filler
  • Paint
  • Paint stirrer
  • PVA wood glue
  • 240 grit sandpaper

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