DIY $10 Art Ledge Tutorial

Hi Friends! I am finally getting around to writing my art ledge tutorial and you are going to love how simple this is!

Art Ledge
That Art Ledge cost me a grand total of $10!!!

Okay so I’m not going to tell you why you need to make this art ledge, because you know I don’t need to sell this project – it’s a no-brainer. I mean, why would you not want to make a custom display ledge for putting up your favorite artworks in your homes! And the fact that it costs $10 to make and requires a total of TWO power tools (or none, if you’re brave) to install is just icing on the cake.

I didn’t want to do any cutting with this art ledge so I just picked a standard size for the wood pieces. 8′ in my case. Let’s just dive right into what you need to make the art display ledge.


  • 2 pieces of 1x4x8′ pine boards
  • 1 piece of 1x2x8′ pine furring strip
  • 2.5″ self drilling wood screws
  • 1.5″ self drilling wood screws
  • wood glue


  • Drill and drill bits
  • Nail Gun
  • Wood Clamps

How To:

  1. Pick up your wood at the hardware store and lay flat to ensure the boards are straight
  2. On a flat surface arrange your boards in the following position:

3) Using wood glue, attach the boards as they join in the picture above making sure they align properly. Clamp the art ledge in four places to secure the boards as they dry. Leave overnight

4) Once the glue is dry, drill your 1.5″ screws from the back piece to the base of the ledge for stability. I drilled 4 screws.

5) You could use the nail gun to secure the front piece at this point but I left it as is.

6) Go ahead and sand, stain, and seal your art ledge with your choice of stain or paint. I used Golden Oak by Minwax.

6) Once the stain is dry and has been sealed, mark the position on the wall where you want to screw the art ledge in and attach with 2.5″ screws. I didn’t drill into studs for this ledge because it was very light and we couldn’t even locate studs in the wall with the shiplap installed. If you’re not putting super heavy artwork on this you should be fine.

That’s it you guys! 6 simple steps and you are done! How’s that for a weekend project? Let me know what you all think and if you end up making this project don’t forget to tag me with #PenniesforaFortune on Instagram!

DIY Desktop

Until next time,


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