Thursday, November 12, 2009

Pottery Barn inspired picture ledges

I love you Pottery Barn.

Too bad I have never purchased a single item from you - and probably never will, because you're just TOO EXPENSIVE!!!

I am, however, lucky enough to be the recipient of the world's most awesomest diaper bag from Pottery Barn Kids (yes, awesomest is a word) that a dear friend got for me.

Unless any other dear friends want to buy me something from Pottery Barn (which you are more than welcome to), you will never see anything from that store in my home.

Here are two reasons why:

1. You can usually find the same looking stuff at Ross or Marshalls (it may not be the same quality, but at this point in my life I'm not really looking for longevity)

2. You can MAKE the stuff yourself.

Let's explore Reason #2.

Here is Pottery Barn's Modern Ledge

4 ugly picture frames from the Salvation Army bursting with potential: $5

1 6 foot long 1X2 cut in half: $3
1 8 foot long piece of Brick Moulding cut to size and mitered: $10

I gave the poor outdated picture frames a new fresh makeover, and painted all my other materials with some satin finish black spray paint.

Next you take your favorite tool: your handy dandy husband (unless of course, you're Shanty2Chic), to attach the 1X2s to the wall. We (I mean He), just used 3.5 inch long screws and hung them directly into the wall.

So then you end up with your anchors. If I did this over again, I would have gone for the the 1X3 or maybe even 1X4. 2 inches was not nearly as deep as I wanted.

The next step involves power tools, although I'm sure you could do this with a miter box and a really strong arm. We (he) mitered the trim moulding so that the moulding fit together like a box:

Then we (he) took a nail gun and nailed these pieces directly onto our anchors. I did not want it exactly flush on top so that there would be a little lip to rest some frames against. (I still need to touch up and paint over the nails, but I'll get to that when my next 1,000 projects are done).

The final product!  Shield your eyes from the horrible natural wood color blinds. One of my next 1,000 projects is to make a faux roman shade for that window.

The vision:

Getting Closer:

Pottery Barn's Version: $90 WITHOUT frames
My Version: $18 WITH Frames


  1. Very impressive. Love the room. It looks great!

  2. This absolutely what I have needed! I was checking out wall ledges at Bed Bath & Beyond ($30). Thank you!
    ~ Jill

  3. Absolutely darling! I wish I was as handy as you! Great job!

  4. I just did my own PB version too! The key is to rest the pics against the wall and overlap eachother, love that look!

  5. what is the software you use for your "vision"?

  6. Wow...AMAZING job!! Can you come to my house & make me some of those?!? Pretty Please!

    PS - did you make the pics behind the crib & the animal prints? VERY there a post on how to make those?

  7. Love your blog! I too will never have anything from Pottery Barn except for their catalogs...I will be making this very soon!

  8. I'm with you. I love, love Pottery Barn but they are way too expensive, especially when there's store out there like Home Goods and Marshalls. I love getting inspiration from Pottery Barn but have to create the look on a cheaper budget.

  9. Great project

    Why do say that you'd use 1x3 or 1x4 anchors if doing it again? Is it that the shelves are not deep enough to support taler frames without toppling?



  10. these are some really great stuff! loved it!

  11. Very clever and a great DIY. I have to say, however, that PB does have some good deals if you watch their sale and clearance sections. I also find plenty of PB items for a fraction of their original cost at yard sales and on Craigslist!

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