When I had my walls repainted last year, I just couldn't bear to mar them with nails and indecision; it has stayed bare this entire year.
This is a great and simple Ana White design. It is three pieces of wood, any length. The back and bottom are 1x4's, and the front is 1x2. I simply attached them with glue and nails and applied the first coat of primer. Then it sat in the garage for ..... a while. I just can't decide whether to paint it a crisp white, or keep it the wall color and let it blend in.
|unfinished ends before sanding and wood filler|
So I decided to hang now, paint later. I really can only make one decision at a time.
Not planning on having a lot of weight on the shelf, I didn't need to go to a lot of trouble to anchor it, but since I had three studs along the length it was easier to use them. I pre-drilled into the board and the studs at one time to make sure I wouldn't have a hard time drilling in; the fourth screw went into the drywall only, and I used a drywall anchor to secure that. The pictures hide all the screws, so I didn't spend a lot of time and energy (well, none really!) filling or hiding those.
It's not going anywhere!
And now I get to play: arrange, re-arrange and change as the mood dictates.
My only regret? That I didn't make it longer! I'm thinking this one will be moved at some point to make way for one that fills up the space more.
At the whopping cost of $11 for this ledge, I think that won't be an issue. I see a lot more of these in my future!
Does the lovely golden wall plate bother anyone? Well it does me! I have new switches and plates on hand, and am slowly replacing those!
Check out Ana's original plan for the "$10 picture ledge" here: http://ana-white.com/2010/10/plans/ten-dollar-ledges!