Wednesday, November 9, 2011

DIY wall ledges.

Decorating our new house has been a very slow process. I've got all these big ideas but when it comes to actually executing them, the time to do so is nowhere to be found.
We've got this great little area off the kitchen and dining area that's meant to house some sort of buffet or hutch. We don't have either of those pieces, and even if we did, we don't have any special china or dinnerware to be stored in it. I needed to come up with something to put in this space, because it was just staring me in the face every time I looked at it. I've always loved the look of wall ledges for displaying photos and small decorative items, and i figured that would be the perfect solution for such a large space.
My go to source for ideas and inspiration has always been the ever-so-pricey Pottery Barn. While my style is gravitating away from that particular style, I still find things I like from time to time. Such was the case with the PB Holman wall ledges- loved the idea, not the price. So being the DIY'er I am, I decided to make them myself. A trip to Lowes, $14 in lumber, and 30 minutes (not including staining time, of course) was all it took for 2, 6-foot custom made wall ledges.

I still need a few more frames, particularly in the top right corner where I had a picture fall and shatter everywhere (a wind gust came through the house, and slammed a door shut which made the house rumble a bit. Surprisingly, nothing fell during the earthquake we felt last Saturday!). I also need to swap some of the photos out, as I'm aiming for an all black and white gallery. All these photo frames were hung in different areas in our old home- and I like that they match only by color. I'm really happy with the way these turned out for just a few dollars!


Meredith said...

I agree! What a great project!

Kacie said...

Those look fantastic! Great job, and I love the stain color you chose!

Freckles Chick said...

OK, I totally spent way too much on my Holman ledges from PB (I had a giftcard otherwise I wouldn't have bothered). Yours look beautiful & for a fraction of the price!! Why didn't I think of DIY?!

It's been a while & I just wanted to drop in & say:
* Congrats on your darling Kylie!! Those blue eyes melt my heart.

* Congrats on the new digs!! I'm in total envy of your stamped concrete patio.


Sarah said...

Wow, you continue to amaze me!!! These are awesome!! I wish I had your DIY skillz. Way to make a potentially awkward space be a real focal point:)

Uhm, did you say that Kylie is going to be one in a month?! No freakin' way!? How is that possible? Gosh, the time really does fly by, I thought she was was younger than Maura. Do you have big plans for her birthday? Must be tough on top of Christmas!

PS. I ended up ordering the PB Kids Fair Isle stocking for Maura with my gift card. It came the other day. Love the design...but that sucker is huge!!! It's like the same size as her! Now I'm going to have to buy her way more stocking stuffers just to fill the thing;)


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