Making a decorative picture shelf

This is a wonderfully simple shelf that is great for a child’s bedroom. You can get fancy with a jigsaw or scroll saw to cut curves and shapes. Add your skills with a router for decorative edges or engrave designs. Use your creativity with paint techniques, stamps and or stencils to personalize.

Step-by-Step Directions


Cut boards: cut 2-1"x4" boards to desired length for each shelf you are making (or have them cut at the home center). One board for the shelf, other for upright (backer board). You can make all straight cuts or slightly round the outside corners of the shelf and the lower corners of the backer board. Use a glass, can or other item to trace the size curve you want.


Assemble: drill pilot holes in shelf & partially install nails that will attach the shelf to the upright board (backer board). Apply Loctite Power Grab to top edge of backer board, position shelf and install nails. Cut triangular pieces of wood to use as shelf brackets. Apply Loctite Power Grab to right angle edges of triangles and press in position under shelf. Due to Power Grab’s Instant Grab, no nails are required for this step.


Hang the shelf: mark the studs on the wall with tape or pencil just below or above where you want the shelf to be placed. Position the board/shelf where you want it hung, level it and draw a line at the top of the shelf. Now, transfer placement of studs to the board and drill holes using a countersink bit. Secure shelf to studs with wood screws. Screws need to be long enough to go through the thickness of the upright pegboard, wall covering (in our case ¾" drywall) and penetrate the stud by 1½". If you are not mounting into studs, use heavy-duty anchors and appropriate screws.


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