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DIY Book Ledges | One Room Challenge: Week 4

Hi! Patrick here for Week 4 of our One Room Challenge nursery project hosted by Calling It Home and House Beautiful.  This week we highlight DIY Book Ledges placed beside the glider in Baby Girl’s nursery.  I really enjoyed this project for two reasons.  One: it was really easy and quickly came together (can’t say that about every project Diana and I have found ourselves in).  Two: I absolutely love how the book ledges turned out in this space!

If you missed weeks 1-3 you can check them out here:

Nursery Mood Board and Plans

IKEA Algot Closet Makeover

Modern Shiplap Wall DIY

I must say there are good vibes in this room, especially when with my wife and daughter.

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We have 4 ledges at 4ft in length on the wall.  To make the ledges, we purchased  2 1X2 boards and 4 1X4 boards at 8ft segments. Each 8ft board was cut in half and utilized, leaving no scraps! As a cost engineer, I was stoked about the efficiency of material used.

Using a Kreg Jig pocket hole kit, we pre-drill holes to fasten the ledge front and back to the bottom.  This allows the screws to be hid from sight and also provides great strength to the ledge.  Clamps are a must for this step.

We wanted the ledges to have a vibrant yet natural look.  So, Diana used 2 coats of  Miniwax Golden Oak wood stain and 1 coat of Miniwax satin polyurethane to achieve this.

We measured and marked the wall with the studs where the shelves would go. I pre-drilled holes aligning with the studs on the back of each book ledge using a countersink bit.  This gave a nice finished look and made the mounting process much easier.

Our ledges highlight brilliant illustrations that are imaginative and original; like immediate art displayed on your wall in a casual way. They are accessible and easy to switch the look around to keep the wall fresh. So I ask, ‘Why hide such beauty tucked away in a book shelf, when you can easily make a book ledge?’ 

For in-depth instruction on creating the ledges, refer to this post by Ana White. It’s the one we used as inspiration for our ledges. She lays out excellent step-by-step instructions, but you can easily customize the ledges, like we did, to make them your own.

I have read a few books to Baby Girl already and look forward to exploring new worlds within those pages with her when she arrives . 

I’m interested… What children’s book holds a special place in your heart? Let me know in the comments below.


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    April 26, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Love the book ledges!

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    April 26, 2017 at 10:25 am

    These turned out so great! I love how simple they are but they let you make a big impact!

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    Tee @ Beauteeful Living
    April 26, 2017 at 11:56 am

    These ledges came out so nice! Better than store bought!

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      April 26, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks! And much more affordable too 😉

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    April 26, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Aww, the space is really coming together! Great little project too.

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      April 26, 2017 at 7:10 pm
        Thanks Ariel!
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    April 26, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    I love the little side table beside the glider. Where did you find it?

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      April 26, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      I found it at Ross, actually.

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    April 26, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    This room is so sweet and such a great little project too! 🙂

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      April 26, 2017 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks Kim!! 🙂

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    April 26, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    These are adorable for the nursery! love it! and seems very easy to do too!

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    Indya | TheSmallAdventurer
    April 27, 2017 at 6:08 am

    I love this way of displaying books! Just having their spine showing saves a lot of room, but you miss out on seeing all the beautiful covers that books can have!

    I have far too many books to display them all this way, but when I have my own house (one day!) I might choose the ones with the prettiest covers and display them on a ledge shelf, it really is a lovely thing to look at. Looks like this room is really coming together ☺️


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    April 27, 2017 at 8:40 am

    The book ledges are so pretty! Love the stain color!

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    April 27, 2017 at 11:30 am

    these look great! and my favorite part was reading about the good vibes…. such a cute happy family!

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      April 27, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      Thanks Cassie! 🙂 We’re certainly excited for our new edition!

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    April 27, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    They look great! I’m about halfway done with the book ledges I’m building for our nursery, and I just picked up the exact same stain color on Tuesday! I can’t wait to see the finished room!

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      April 27, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      That’s great!! I love the look of the natural wood.

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    April 28, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Love the idea of making them on my own! I was planning on buying as I want to add book shelves to my work room, but now you got me thinking…

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      April 28, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      To make shelves as long as we did, it definitely saved us tons of money by doing it ourselves. As long as you have the tools, it’s a fairly simple DIY. Best of luck!

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    Jamie Lott
    April 28, 2017 at 10:54 am

    You guys are adorable! And I love those shelves. I’ve always wanted to try those myself. Maybe in out playroom? When I finally get to the room that is. 😉

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      April 28, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      I think they would be great in a playroom! I totally understand that it takes time to get to all of our rooms. People expect to move in and get everything done right away. It definitely takes a lot of time…and money! The journey is fun though.

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    April 28, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Love the stain finish on those! I just hung up this exact style of bookshelves for my cousin, and I love how they look with all the books. Can’t wait to see how the room turns out!

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      April 28, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks Andi!! 😉

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    Diane Rath
    April 29, 2017 at 8:37 am

    These are awesome! And I agree, book covers are art and should be displayed as such! Over here, we are partial to “The Pout Pout Fish,” “Little Blue Truck,” and “Llama Llama Red Pajama!”

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    May 1, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    LOVE love these ledges! So perfect for a nursery 🙂 Can’t wait to see the rest of the space!

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    May 3, 2017 at 2:55 am

    The shelves turned out beautifully! Love them!

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