I've seen really awesome gallery shelves all over Pinterest, and decided I needed a set. I followed the instructions in this link- http://ana-white.com/2010/10/plans/ten-dollar-ledges . There were a few modifications that were necessary however.
I started with enough material for six shelves, the man at Home Depot was nice enough to cut it to size for me. Cost for the wood $9.00.
My husband turned it into a father daughter project with our 11 year old. With a few instructions she was able to drill all the pocket holes for the shelves. This is where the instructions I found on the internet needed to be altered. The video I watched said to use 2 inch screws, well these were to long, we ended up using 1 inch screws.
To drill pocket holes you need a special jig, that comes in a kit and was super simple to use. The kit comes with everything you need and it was $39.00. This is what I used as bribery when recruiting my husbands help, new tools always works.
I had these frames that I picked up for $10.00 at Walmart during Christmas. Up until now they have been hanging out under my bed with the dust bunnies. I new I needed them at the time, I am glad listened to my inner voice when the rest of my family was telling me I didn't need them.
Black is not my favorite color, so I gave the frames a quick paint job with some white spray paint. Since he broke his foot and is no longer using his bike ramp the slanted surface was great for painting.
Lucy asked if she could do rest of the painting, which I was more than happy to let her.
The only thing left to do was pick up my pictures from Walgreens and hang the shelves. Total cost for the shelves $60.00 this included the wood, jig, and paint. If you have the jig they could be done for $20.00.