I have owned a pair of IKEA RIBBA picture ledges (similar) for a decade and continue to love their functionality. I actually don’t think IKEA even sells this particular style anymore. When I began planning my daughter’s vintage-inspired bedroom makeover, I knew I wanted to include scalloped detailing. I decided to test out a new IKEA hack where I added scalloped wood trim to the shelf.
This easy DIY gave the IKEA shelves so much charm and character! Today I am sharing a tutorial on how to easily make a scalloped hanging shelf using an IKEA picture ledge. To be clear, this can be replicated on any shelving using these simple steps.
How to Easily Make Scalloped Shelf | Tutorial
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Step 1 | Measure the Shelf Length
Step 2 | Measure & Cut Scalloped Wood Trim
Measure the same length of the shelf and mark it on the wood trim. Be aware of where the scallops are cut on each side of the trim and cut them as evenly as possible.
With my first attempt at cutting the trim, I only cut one side. You can see in the image below that the scallop on the left side looks complete, but the edge on the right side cuts a portion of the last scallop. I scrapped the trim piece below and remeasured a new trim piece where the scallop cuts were even on both ends.
The scallops on both ends of the trim should be mirror images of each other so that the piece looks balanced. Although this project is DIY’ed, you never want it to look that way!
Step 3 | Glue Scalloped Trim to the Shelf
Lay the shelf ledge on its back and apply wood glue to the front lip.
I like to use tape and clamps (similar) to attach wood trim and keep it in place. First I taped one side of the trim, then I taped the other side. I added two clamps to the center and taped additional spots to keep the trim flush with the shelf. Let the glue dry for at least 4-6 hours and then remove the tape and clamps.
Step 4 | Sand the Shelf & Trim
Lightly sand the entire shelf, including the new trim piece. The original shelf has a bit of a sheen to it, so I wanted to rough up the surface for the primer to adhere.
Step 5 | Apply Paint Primer to the Shelf
Using leftover primer from our mudroom makeover, I applied a quick coat extreme bond primer to the entire shelf. This primer is made specifically for glossier surfaces, so I knew it would work well on the IKEA shelf material.
Take your time around the scallops to prevent dripping and pooling paint. If you do get any drips that dried, use a sanding block to remove and repaint that area of the shelf.
Step 6 | Paint the Scalloped Shelf
Once the primer has dried, apply whatever paint color you choose. I decided to paint the shelves the same color as the bedroom walls, but any color works. I applied two coats of paint for full coverage.
Step 7 | Apply Clear Laquer to the Shelf & Trim
Even though I applied the extreme bond primer, I was still concerned about the shelving paint getting chipped. We use these shelves to display and store books, so it needs to withstand lots of wear and tear. I used the same pink paint that I used on the walls, which is made specifically for drywall. If I purchased the paint for the shelf separately, I would have bought a type made specifically for furniture or trim and doors.
Last year I completed a fun IKEA hack on our Hemnes dresser and used a Rust-Oleum Furniture Kit to paint it gray. I had plenty of the clear topcoat leftover and decided to add a single coat to the shelves for maximum durability. This comes with the kit and is a matte sheen, but any clear lacquer should work just the same.
Easy Scalloped Shelf DIY Reveal
When the shelves are dry, hang them on the wall and enjoy!
I love the look of the shelf color matching the walls. The shadow detail below allows the scallops to stand out without being too flashy.
Project Materials Used
- IKEA RIBBA Picture Ledge (similar)
- MDF Scalloped Wood Trim
- Sanding Block
- Wood Glue
- Extreme Bonding Primer
- Pink Paint
- Clear Laquer (Similar)
- Measuring Tape
This project was affordable and easy DIY, perfect for beginners. I love that a small detail like scalloped trim has the ability to add so much charm to any piece of furniture.