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    Hanging pictures on the wall is tedious. You have to measure the distance between each one, space them perfectly, make sure they're level, and then as soon as somebody walks by they're crooked. Then, when you want to change out a picture, you have to either find one that exactly fits the spot you already have, or rearrange the whole wall. Rather than deal with that nonsense, I decided to make a couple of shelves.

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    I used two 1x3s, to form the base and back of the shelves, and a 1x2 for the lip on the front, to stop the pictures from sliding off. I clamped them together, and attached them with 2 inch wood screws, making sure to pre-drill the holes so that the wood wouldn't split. It took me about an hour per shelf, but that's only because my little friends ran off with my C-clamps and I had to keep moving one wood clamp. If you have more than one clamp, it's really only a 10 minute job. For a wider shelf, use something wider than a 1x3. I'd also recommend mounting the front lip on the top of the base and then drilling from the bottom, instead of in the front like I did, because then you won't see the screws. But, eh, live and learn. 
    
   
     I painted the shelves with leftover trim paint to match the chair rail and crown moulding in my bedroom. 

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    After the shelves were dry, my husband and I used 3 inch wood screws to mount them on the wall, making sure they were hung from studs. The only level I have was  freebie that came with a drill, and not very good at determining if a surface is, in fact, level. So I just measured the distance from the ceiling to each end of the shelf to determine if it was level. Once the shelves were on the wall, and the level was in the trash, we put a few pictures on the shelves, and they look great!