Master Bedroom Picture Ledges

I’m taking an unofficial poll here…

How many of you are totally TV in the bedroom people? I’m talking that bad boy is on your dresser, you watch your favorite shows in bed, and you fall asleep to it on every night. (I’m guessing maybe a majority??)

Now, how many of you say “no way” to a television in the boudoir? Perhaps you’re more of a TV in the family room type group?

Well..we’ve recently switched over to the “no TV in the bedroom” camp. Yep. It happened, and we haven’t looked back.

See we were barely ever watching our television in the bedroom. The only time it was ever really used was when I would watch the news in the morning as I got ready for work. Seemed kinda silly to have a huuuge black box on our dresser, to be used only 30 minutes a day. So we sold that sucker and we were then left with a very bare, very sad looking bedroom dresser area.

Bedroom Dresser Before

I did my best to accessorize and stage the area, but it still needed a little somethin’ somethin’.

Need some more height here

No matter what I put on the dresser, everything just looked puny on the big gray wall. I knew that I was in need of some serious height to draw the eye up and away from that large, dark, piece of furniture.

I didn’t want to create another gallery wall, because we have one we love in our hallway. Instead, I decided that I should use the same picture ledge frames that I used for my brother’s record wall.  That way I could still incorporate some of our favorite pictures and “art” into our master bedroom, and I could easily change out each frame whenever I wanted.

Our New Picture Ledges

One quick trip to Ikea, (okay who am I kidding, it’s never quick. There’s just so much pretty stuff to gaze at…) and I was all set to tackle this project.

Side note: West Elm also sells some beautiful picture ledges.

Picture Ledge wall

I picked up 2 white picture ledges and a wide variety of black and white frames. I hemmed and hawed over going all black, or going all white, but ultimately I decided to do the two-tone look. It worked out great and I was able to pull from a wide variety of frames that we already owned.

Bedroom Picture wall

Just as I did for my brother’s record wall, I used wall anchors and screws to get these up and secure. It didn’t take me more than 30 minutes with my power drill. Honestly, the hardest part was figuring out how to arrange the frames, and then what to put inside each one!

Framed save the date

I ended up filling each frame with an assortment of meaningful items. Above I have some cool vintage keys, a Chicago greeting card, and I also framed one of our save the dates (you can read more about those right here).Scrabble Wall art
Here’s some scrabble wall art that I made a few years ago. It’s traveled along with us from place to place, and it somehow always finds a place in our home. We’re big gamers and this shows off our competitive spirit.

Framed letter

Now this is by far my favorite piece on the wall. It is actually an old letter written by my great-grandmother. This year for Christmas, my grandma made each of the grandchildren a book of letters from her mom. It’s over 50 pages long and it is all handwritten. In it, she outlines her entire life…from her childhood in the 1890’s, up until she wrote these letters in 1981. I read it cover to cover right away. I laughed, I cried, I loved every single minute of it. It is a gift I will treasure forever and I wanted to display one small piece of it in our home. So, I chose my favorite page and framed it for this wall.

Ikea picture ledge and frame

I have a few other fun things up there and it is still constantly changing. I love that I can just change out a picture, a print, or an art piece, anytime inspiration strikes.

Picture frame wall

Even though our television is gone, this wall is still plenty entertaining. It’s filled with our favorite memories and some of the best times from our lives…and to us, it doesn’t get any better than that.casey_sig

P.S. I also added these picture ledges to our new home over our desk. Come check out our office space in our bedroom01-bedroom-desk-area-office

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  • KristyDoyle

    I’m anti-tv in the bedroom! I hate the idea of watching tv in bed. To me, bed is for sleeping and the living room is for watching tv. This looks much better than a tv! I really need to get to work on some photo walls…..

  • I couldn’t agree more! Why not personalize the space instead of having a huge TV take up half the room? Good luck on those photo walls!

  • Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    Yayy I figured out how to post now. Something was wrong with my Disquis account 🙂

    Anyhow, I LOVE this! Unfortunately I am definitely not breaking the man of his TV habit before bed anytime soon. But I started a gallery wall I’ve been wanting to do forever today, with some inspiration from you guys!

  • So happy it is back up and running! Thanks for all the lovely comments…you’re the best! Happy you’re back to tuning in. Congrats on the new title…DOCTOR!

  • Wisconsin Dragonfly

    Casey, It is such a precious letter! Maybe you could frame a copy of the actual letter and keep all the original letters together in an archival safe box. Light will fade the letter over time even with special glass in the frame. I would give a lot to have anything handwritten by any of my Grandparents!

  • Yes so precious! The one I framed is actually a copy of that specific page..so it’s okay if it fades a bit from the sun. I love the idea of a safe box for the letters!

  • Anonymous

    No tv for me….. what paint color is that? Love it! !

  • That would be the perfect thing to put on my dining room wall. I love the mix of black and white frames.

  • Louise you should totally do this! Very easy to tackle and so nice to be able to change the frames around whenever you want!

  • I’m going for it! I ordered the ledges and some frames last night. This will look great next to the new bright white doors of my built in cupboard.

  • Go Louise Go! Be sure to send us a picture when it is all done. We would love to see the makeover!

  • Louise

    Here’s the dining room in progress with the picture rails installed. That thing on the floor is a wall-hung buffet that needs to be refinished. I’m thinking gray with a black laminate top.

    • Louis it looks great! What an awesome way to incorporate some personal pictures and art into your dining space! Good luck with the buffet.

  • Louise

    Here’s the dining room in progress with the picture rails installed. That thing on the floor is a wall-hung buffet that needs to be refinished. I’m thinking gray with a black laminate top.

  • Louis it looks great! What an awesome way to incorporate some personal pictures and art into your dining space! Good luck with the buffet.

  • This may just be the solution I need for our kitchenette! Thank you!

    On another note, I am against having a TV in the bedroom but my husband is for it. At the moment, we just moved so it hasn’t made it’s way into the bedroom yet. We just don’t use in (in my mind) but the 2 times we did (in two years) in enough in his eyes to justify it. We’ll see what happens as we get stuff unpacked.

    • Tara, you’re cracking me up! We were just like you…had the TV in there and turned it on practically never. Good luck unpacking!

    • Thank you! It’ll be a long process- I can tell! I discovered last night the table made it’s way into one of the closets in the master so maybe I won’t remind him it’s there and sneak it into my office. 🙂

  • This may just be the solution I need for our kitchenette! Thank you!

    On another note, I am against having a TV in the bedroom but my husband is for it. At the moment, we just moved so it hasn’t made it’s way into the bedroom yet. We just don’t use in (in my mind) but the 2 times we did (in two years) in enough in his eyes to justify it. We’ll see what happens as we get stuff unpacked.

  • Tara, you’re cracking me up! We were just like you…had the TV in there and turned it on practically never. Good luck unpacking!

  • Thank you! It’ll be a long process- I can tell! I discovered last night the table made it’s way into one of the closets in the master so maybe I won’t remind him it’s there and sneak it into my office. 🙂

  • Jenica

    LOVE! May I ask where the glass candlestick came from? 🙂

    • Thanks Jenica! I think I got it at Pier 1 a couple years ago. I love it too!

  • Jenica

    LOVE! May I ask where the glass candlestick came from? 🙂

  • Thanks Jenica! I think I got it at Pier 1 a couple years ago. I love it too!

  • Hanna Pellissier

    Love the whole thing. The paint color is great! May I ask what it is?

    • Thanks so much Hanna! It is called “Argos” by Sherwin Williams. We absolutely love it. A nice grayish/blue.

  • Hanna Pellissier

    Love the whole thing. The paint color is great! May I ask what it is?

  • Thanks so much Hanna! It is called “Argos” by Sherwin Williams. We absolutely love it. A nice grayish/blue.

  • Brandib

    May I ask where the dresser is from? It’s amazing!

    • Brandi, I think we bought it at Ashley furniture a couple years ago. Hope that helps you!

  • Brandib

    May I ask where the dresser is from? It’s amazing!

  • Brandi, I think we bought it at Ashley furniture a couple years ago. Hope that helps you!

  • Britney

    The shelves look great! I love all the personal artwork! May I ask how far apart you put your shelves? I am wanting to do this in my entry way!

    • DIY Playbook

      Britney, Thanks for the kind words! I would say about 2 feet apart. I just tried to find a good height that would fit the large frames I had on hand. You may want to adjust accordingly depending on the frames you’ll display. Good luck! xo, Casey

  • Summer,
    It really depends on your space and what you want to place on your shelves. I would say the first one is about a foot off of the dresser and then another foot in between the two ledges. I think whatever you do will look great. I’m more of just an “eyeball it” kinda girl. 🙂

    xo,
    Casey

  • keetykee

    Where did you purchase the shelves from and what are the dimensions for shelves?

    • They are picture ledges from Ikea and they’re about 45″ long. Hope that helps! Happy Shopping!

  • TV in the bedroom? Yes, the walls are paper thin here and it lets me fall asleep without hearing anything. 😉 I won’t be using your idea in my room but in my home office it will ROCK – especially since I’m a photographer and this lets me display my work. LOVE it!!

    • Totally understand about the TV in the bedroom. Sometimes it’s a nice quiet noise that can lull you to sleep! Love the idea to display it in your home office with your photographs. Great idea!

  • Good for you Tracey! Love that it has helped you have a strong family unit and marriage.

  • Whitney

    How much space did you leave between the ledges?

    • I’d say like 14″ or so? I just spaced them out after figuring out what picture frames I wanted to put on there. Really you can do whatever works for your space! But ours are probably around 14 inches.

      Thank!
      Casey

  • Mel

    By any chance do you know what the color on the walls is called? I love it and want it in my room but I am having a hard time matching it. Let me know! Thanks!

    • Yes! It’s a great gray called “Passive” by Sherwin Williams. Happy painting!