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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Cedar Plank Picture Ledge

Cedar Plank Picture Ledge

I have been wanting to put a picture ledge in this room ever since I moved in (I think...anyway, it's been a while).  And every time we entertain I think about how our guests have nothing to look at on that huge blank wall. 

Well, we were having company on Friday night, so on Thursday I thought, 'Just do it.'  

So I went to Lowe's and got two 2x6x8 cedar planks and 4 brackets and some polyurethane.  Well, last time I did one of these I only used poly, and it brought out a nice, rich color in the wood.  So I wanted to do that again, but I screwed up and bought water-based poly instead.  It didn't do the same thing as oil based poly, so I had to add some stain.  

Cedar Plank Picture Ledge

I made sure to put the knotty edge toward the front because I love the imperfections.  I also loved this twisted wrought iron bracket.  It had an oil rubbed bronze finish that matches my first floor hardware.
Cedar Plank Picture Ledge

This plank, however, was a bit too rough on one side, so I had to put it on the underside.  It didn't stain very easily, either.  But all the rest of them were smoother, so they look great.  
Cedar Plank Picture Ledge

So I don't know if you can tell, but the two different planks were uneven by just a little bit. Cedar Plank Picture Ledge

Here's the proof.  Grrrr!!
Cedar Plank Picture Ledge

So I ran to the garage in search of something to fix my problem.  Bada bing...a door knob plate thingy.
Cedar Plank Picture Ledge
It worked.  :)
Cedar Plank Picture Ledge

Tada!  My little guy was helping me by being my model.  I just love the way it turned out.  And I love that I can move all the pictures around whenever I want.
Cedar Plank Picture Ledge

Cedar Plank Picture Ledge

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