Picture ledge shelves

I needed something badly to go on my wall in my living room and wanted something to display family photos on.

I have seen these picture ledges various places such as:  Shanty 2 chicPinterest, etc…

and thought they would be fun to do on this big blank space I had.

They were very simple to do and a great beginner project.

Which would be me on this project without my hubby!

So here’s what I did

Purchased 2- 1x4x6 & 1- 1x2x6 per shelf.

You can get longer ones, but my shelves needed to be 6′ long.

Pick straight ones.  You’ll thank yourself later!

 I thought I was doing 4 so I quadrupled that.

 Ended up putting 3 up.

IMG_8284

Basic shape of the shelf

IMG_8286

First you want to sand the edges down.

Nothing crazy!  Just a light sand.  I used 120 grit.

IMG_8289

Then pick your favorite stain and go to town.

If you have never stained before it’s seriously easy.

If you can wipe a counter top off you can stain.

Trust me!

IMG_8293

IMG_8294

Now for the fun part!

Set them up how you want them.

I just made sure the boards fit together well before I started nailing.

And they were the sides I wanted showing.

If some are bowed a little, that’s what you glue and clamps are for!

IMG_8297

  I skipped the gluing part.

 Not on purpose.

I really just forgot.

 Don’t skip that step!

I had to reinforce mine with screws from the back.

Before you start nailing run a small amount of wood glue down each board and clamp them together while you nailing.

It will make your life easier in the end!

I found it easiest to rest my gun on a 1×2 so the edge would be

even with the edge of the wood and the nail would go in the right place.

It’s easy to shoot the nail out the bottom.

(I did that a couple of times!)

IMG_8305

I used my 18 gauge Porter cable nail gun.

IMG_8304

And here they are all hung up and decorated!

I wanted mostly all black and white pictures and white frames.

I didn’t want it to look too busy!

Makes me CRAZY!

P.S. I just made sure to screw them into studs because I knew they would be holding a bit of weight!

(I know this picture sucks!  Sorry, I will get a better one on here tomorrow)

I’m pretty happy with how they turned out!

Feel free to Pin away!

Thanks friends!

IMG_8328


signature

Parade of Home Part 4: Marie Osmond’s Home

Marie Osmond’s House Part 1

It really was a beautiful home.

It was called “The Arabesque”

(#24 in the parade)

Quite so with all the arabesque shapes all around the house.

From the iron work on the entrance, to the fence in the courtyard and some in the house.

Enjoy!

IMG_6905

Her house was very stratigically placed at the top of the neighborhood, so she would have privacy.

IMG_6907

IMG_6816

IMG_6818

IMG_6819

Entrance into the Casita

IMG_6822

No Joke.  This was the line to even get into the house!

IMG_6817

IMG_6821

IMG_6823

I loved all the lighting in this house!

IMG_6827

IMG_6828

IMG_6830

IMG_6831

IMG_6833

IMG_6888

IMG_6834

IMG_6835

IMG_6836

To the right of the hot tub you can see a little piece of the splash pad for the kids.

IMG_6837

The drop down in the ceiling in the picture above, is where the wall opened up in the master bedroom to the patio.

I found these pendant lights yesterday on http://www.lampsplus.com/products/pendant-lighting/

IMG_6840

IMG_6841

IMG_6843

IMG_6842

IMG_6848

Isn’t this sink fabulous?

IMG_6844

From the shower you could walk into the sauna.

IMG_6850

IMG_6851

“His” closet

IMG_6845

“Her” closet

IMG_6854

This makeup counter was in her closet with her makeup lights

and sink to wash her hands off after she does her makeup.

Every girls dream!

I just wish I had time to sit down when I do my makeup!

I am sentimental, so I loved the little treasures she had framed around the house.

Like her Grandmother’s jewelry above her mirror.

IMG_6856

IMG_6857

She had a wall of these jewelry cabinets.

3 total.  They were all full length mirrors.

IMG_6858

Part 2 of Marie’s house on the blog tomorrow!

The family room, theater, playroom, guest bedrooms and sewing room.

If you would like more info on the house go to:

http://paradehomes.com/parade-homes/

House #24

Have a wonderful day!


signature

St George Parade of Homes Part 3

These are just a few pics from a house in the parade that I thought were fun 🙂

I love this picture of Christ.

IMG_6461

IMG_6483

IMG_6482

Loving all the wood tile they had everywhere!

IMG_6464

IMG_6477

IMG_6467

There was a few of these hidden nooks.

I’ve been thinking of putting one of these in my house and I think I have the perfect spot.

Now I just have to talk the hubs into it 😉

IMG_6471

IMG_6474

I thought these ants were super fun!

They are made out of a spoon, jewels and wire.

IMG_6472

IMG_6475


signature

St George Parade of Homes Part II

This was another super cute house that I really liked.

It is #21 on the parade website if your interested in any other info

http://paradehomes.com/parade-homes/

The Carolina

IMG_6492

IMG_6494

IMG_6495

Like I said, these houses were super crowded and it wasn’t possible to get pictures without hands unless I looked like a stalker.

IMG_6496

Lots of these swing beds this year!

IMG_6528

I LOVE white woodwork so these houses really spoke to me!

IMG_6497

IMG_6498

IMG_6500

IMG_6550

IMG_6554

IMG_6548

IMG_6525

IMG_6515

IMG_6514

I know barn doors have been a thing for awhile, but I loved them!

IMG_6511

IMG_6510

Dream bathroom!

Free standing tub and marble!

IMG_6516

IMG_6519

IMG_6517

IMG_6518

IMG_6501

IMG_6502

IMG_6503

IMG_6504

IMG_6505

IMG_6533

Loved this little desk area!

IMG_6521

IMG_6522

IMG_6523

IMG_6524

IMG_6532

IMG_6539

IMG_6538

IMG_6541

IMG_6542

IMG_6545

IMG_6546

IMG_6555

I love these stripes!

I’m a sucker for black and white!

IMG_6556

IMG_6557

IMG_6558


signature

St George Parade of Homes

I really enjoyed the parade this year!

I love seeing all the ideas in real life instead of just on the internet.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love me some IG and Pinterest!

It was just so nice to be able to be standing in the room that your drooling over!

Here are a few pics from the first house we saw.

Enjoy!

There outdoor area was fun for entertaining!

Don’t mind Grandma in the corner.

All of these houses were REALLY crowded and it was difficult to get pictures without anyone in them.

  IMG_6458

IMG_6432

Wouldn’t you love to just sit and relax on this swing/bed!  Ahhhh!  Dreamin’…

IMG_6456

This kitchen was fun with the aqua glass subway tile.

IMG_6448

IMG_6441

IMG_6444

IMG_6451

I Loved this bench at the end of the bed!

Black and white is one of my favorite combo’s!

IMG_6434

Cement tile was a huge thing this year.

Not sure that this combo is my fav, but there were some on the floors in other houses that were AMAZING!

IMG_6438

That is the first house for today!  I hoped you liked them as much as me!

Stay tuned for more tomorrow!


signature

Before and After

Gotta love a before and after!

This was our “Junk” cabinet and I was tired of it.

So we’re trying something new.

My philosophy has always been that everything needs a place.

So we’re moving things around.

Organize 157

Basket and jars purchased at Walmart

Organize 161

I’m hoping that having a TV in here will actually help me want to cook!

Organize 163

We have had this like this for a while now and it has stayed clean!

Now go organize something!


signature