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Master Bedroom Picture Ledges

Picture Ledge Wall

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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45 thoughts on “Master Bedroom Picture Ledges

  1. 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…..

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  2. 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!

    Reply
  3. 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!

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  4. DIY Playbook

    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!

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  5. Louise

    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.

    Reply
  6. 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.

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  7. 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.

    Reply
  8. Tara @ Shire Owls

    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.

    Reply
    1. Tara @ Shire Owls

      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. 🙂

  9. Tara @ Shire Owls

    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.

    Reply
  10. Tara @ Shire Owls

    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. 🙂

    Reply
  11. 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!

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    1. 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

  12. DIY Playbook

    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

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  13. Ana V. Ramirez

    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!!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      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!

    1. DIY Playbook

      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

  14. 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!

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45 thoughts on “Master Bedroom Picture Ledges

  1. 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…..

    Reply
  2. 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!

    Reply
  3. 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!

    Reply
  4. DIY Playbook

    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!

    Reply
  5. Louise

    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.

    Reply
  6. 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.

    Reply
  7. 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.

    Reply
  8. Tara @ Shire Owls

    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.

    Reply
    1. Tara @ Shire Owls

      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. 🙂

  9. Tara @ Shire Owls

    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.

    Reply
  10. Tara @ Shire Owls

    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. 🙂

    Reply
  11. 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!

    Reply
    1. 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

  12. DIY Playbook

    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

    Reply
  13. Ana V. Ramirez

    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!!

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      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!

    1. DIY Playbook

      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

  14. 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!

    Reply

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LOVE Picture Frame

Today I want to highlight a project that is an oldie but a goodie.

It’s the L-O-V-E picture frame that we gifted to my mom for Christmas. Here is the original post if you want to create your own.

This project has gotten a lot of….well love here on DIY Playbook. Many of you have recreated the project with your own families, and have even put your own twist on it.

The letters that I made for the project have actually gotten a lot of use! They’ve made their way around my mom’s circle of friends. Some have used them for their own family portraits, and one woman even used the letters for her religious education class picture! Great idea!

I promise it isn’t difficult to create your own letters. All you need is a few poster boards and some black paint.  Also, feel free to think outside of the “LOVE” box depending on how many people you want in the picture. Maybe a last name? Maybe the word SUMMER for a seasonal display? There are oh so many possibilities to make this project your own. Get creative people!

I wanted to bring this bad boy out of the “archives”, just in case you’re looking for a special gift for your own mom or grandma, for this Mother’s Day.

I hope you enjoy this fun project. Please send us a pic at diyplaybook@gmail.com if you create your own version with your family. We would love to see the cute pics!
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The Pinterest Challenge – Winter Edition

Like many blog readers, we are big fans of Young House Love and Bower Power Blog. These women gave us the courage and inspiration to start our own blog…so they’re of course considered “Hall of Famers” in our book!
Anyways, these lovely ladies have a Pinterest Challenge going on and we decided this was a great opportunity to showcase one of our fav projects!

I originally saw the seafoam shutter board on Pinterest via BHG.com.  I immediately thought it was a clever, unique, and adorable idea.

One trip to Habitat for Humanity Restore and I was good to go.

Here’s my original post on transforming these shutters from drab to fab in no time!

Clothespins now hold all kinda of goodies…

Like Bridget’s creative New House Announcement.

Some vintage keys…

And photobooth prints and pictures of my favorite city.

Clothespins help hold everything in place. I even have a few fun clothespins with a geographical twist! It’s simply just a map mod podged right onto both sides of the pin.

I use this West Elm bowl to hold extra clothespins…just in case I want to change things up on a shutter.

I gotta say, I love any sort of Pinterest Challenge. I sometimes feel like Pinterest can be so incredibly overwhelming. Here we are pinning all of these fabulous pins…delicious recipes, gorgeous outfits, and of course DIY projects galore.  Pinterest sometimes makes me feel like a big underachiever. But it’s time to stop pinning, and start doing!

So, I’m oh-so-happy to join the hosts of this Pinterest Challenge and actually re-create a “pinspiration.

I’ll be linking up to these 4 lovelies…so be sure to check out their blogs for all of the link-up action.

Megan – The Remodeled Life
Katie – Bower Power Blog
Sherry – Young House Love
Michelle – Decor & The Dog

So what are your thoughts on Pinterest? Are you pinning and doing? Or just pinning like many of us? 

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Wall of Love

With Valentine’s Day only a few days away, I thought I might do something a bit romantic in our little love nest.

Our master bedroom has a nook with nothing on the wall, and I figured it would be the perfect spot to display some sentimental and personal “art.”

Here’s what I’m affectionately calling our “Wall of Love.”

Personal Wall Art Romantic

Let’s first take a look at the white special dates frame.

Special Dates Art
Those 4 dates are very special to Finn and I. They represent when we first started dating, when we moved in together, when he proposed, and our future wedding date!
I just created them in a word document on my computer, and printed it out on card stock.
I then got out my colored pencils, and drew some hearts after each number. I tried to do a bit of an ombre color scheme..with the green hearts subtly getting darker from top to bottom.

We all know I have a certain love for geography (like the vintage globe in this post). So, I thought the map would add some flair to the simple white frame mat.

I had a $4 wall map left over from a DIY project gone wrong (it happens…often!) With this project, I was finally able to put my map purchase to good use! I just took out the frame map, traced it, cut out the map, and glued it onto the frame. #DIYdoesntgeteasierthanthis

Map Frame Mat

Moving onto the other sections of the “Wall of Love.”

This love quote from 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 was a gift for our engagement. #sosweet

How about this adorable chicken wire frame? My mom found it at the Kane County Flea Market (If you live in the Chicagoland area…go! You will love it)

Clothes pins hold some sentimental items from our engagement night.

Here is the key card from the hotel where we stayed the night we got engaged.

This is Finn’s hospital bracelet.

Funny story…my man was in the hospital for 3 days and got out just in time to keep the Christmas plans with our families. (More on that day here)  We kept his bracelet to remember that love can conquer all!

Here is a card from the restaurant where he popped the question.

Rounding out the “Wall of Love” is this large canvas photograph.

Canvas

Finn’s mom bought us a Groupon for a canvas print from Canvas on Demand (Thanks Kathy!) We decided to use a picture from our engagement night of our large group of family and friends. It is very special to have such a nice picture where we’re surrounded by everyone we love.

I heart this new little area of our bedroom.

So what about you…do you have an area in your love nest to display ooey-gooey sentimental stuff?
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Don’t judge a book by its cover

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Coffee table books and magazines make me smile, plain and simple. These treasures offer a win-win situation for any homeowners. They offer a pop of color to any boring coffee table plus they have the potential to tell a great story to your guests. Here’s a fun stack of coffee table books that does just this.      
Christmas Photo Book
 Don’t be fooled by the red/pink Valentine’s Day combo. This coffee table stack is actually a holiday set of books that allow guests to peak into some of my holiday favorites: sentimental Christmas stories, Paula Deen’s cooking, Oprah’s gossip, and my favorite of all: a Christmas photo album. This album is one that I started almost three years ago and have absolutely grown to love, love, love!  
Christmas book
 Although it’s been almost three years of collecting holiday pictures to build a strictly holiday album, this pretty in pink (and red) album is still in progress. I have not added an official picture or monogram to the front cover because nothing has completely inspired me just yet…  
Christmas Book Cover
 And since I am just moving into the new house now, I wasn’t exactly sure what color(s) to commit to. The bow is just a substitute for now. I took it off of an Ann Taylor LOFT bag a few years back and tied it around the cover to add some color. 
LOFT BagBow
 When I have a clearer picture of where this Christmas album will sit each year, I think I will add a new bow that correlates with it’s new home. Until then, I am focusing on collecting holiday pictures every year, pictures that tell a story of all of that season’s holiday events. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, right?
Traditional Holiday  Photo Book
 My hope is that as our family grows and grows, we can bring out the Christmas album each year and reminisce about old holiday traditions. I hope that we can compare ugly Christmas sweaters, talk about old “Cookie Days” (more on that soon!) and smile about all the holiday hustle and bustle. I try and put at least one picture of each holiday tradition or memory. Whether it be cookie days, Christmas card photo shoots, Christmas dinners with the extended family, or fun holiday outings downtown, I try and capture a little bit of everything. I do need to work on adding even more pictures, because if you’re like me, even the little things (favorite gifts, holiday wrapping styles, tree decorations) are fun to look back on.
 It’s only been three years and I already look forward to looking through my pictures each year. I can only imagine how much I will cherish these pictures years and years from now. 
 A group shot of the larger group each year is so important! It definitely does not have to be perfect… but getting a picture of everyone together will be a wonderful timeline to follow someday. The imperfections make for a good laugh, maybe not now but in the future, for sure.
 Looking back on pictures from just last year makes me smile and look forward to this season’s adventures. 
 I also added little paper creations to indicate the years of each picture grouping. Here’s a shot of the 2010 place card I made that year… 
Here’s my 2011 creation. My favorite part of this one is that I wrote a little note in the Christmas “envelope” and even though it has only been a year, I loved pulling it out to read the note I left for myself from last year’s season. 
 I went with the paint swatch theme for this year’s 2012 place card. With a free paint swatch and a few stickers later… I was done.
 I thought the paint swatch was a great way to summarize what this Christmas season really focused on. Before I pack this coffee table gem back up for the year, I plan on writing a little note to myself on the back of this paint swatch. It just seems like the perfect way to remember the highlights of the season plus it selfishly gives me a little something to look forward to when unpacking my decorations next year. 
I’m only missing one more thing…. 
There you have it, my super simple holiday album. I bought this over sized album on super clearance at Marshall’s a few years back. You can use any size album and find one to match your holiday decor! If you don’t scrapbook and do not want to make the “crafty” place cards for each year, I would recommend printing a simple word document and cutting it to fit your picture size. Just remember, the memories inside are far more important than any creative touches you add, so don’t stress. This coffee table addition will tell you & your guests happy Christmas stories each and every year.
Looking back on old Christmas traditions is half the fun of the season. I can’t wait to use even more of my old Christmas pictures to glam up my home for the holidays. How do you save or display your holiday memories? Do you use anything other than pictures to reflect on past Christmas cheer?
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