The only problem: Massachusetts' only Ikea is kind of a roadtrip in a direction I don't normally travel, and picture ledges for Hannah's nail polish collection weren't meriting a trip and my gas.
However, I DO have some big box hardware stores in close proximity to me and here is the inexpensive and easy idea I came up with.
PVC BRICK MOULDING (I used 8 feet, cut into 4 2' lengths)
Spackle/nail hole filler
This is really self explanatory - here is the basic "design". I basically made ledges, or very narrow shelves, out of moulding.
1// Cut your molding into 4 even lengths
(oops! "one of these is not like the other"…I missed the class on measuring)…
if you are not comfortable with a saw you can ask your hardware store to cut the moulding for you. They would probably measure a bit better than me. :)
2// Nail the first piece onto the wall, placing a nail right in the center.
This way you can check for level, tweak the position of the moulding if needed, and then add nails to either end of the molding. Don't worry too much about driving the nail all the way into the moulding yet, just get those suckers up on the wall.
5// After sinking the nails, fill with spackle, let dry for a few minutes and give those spots a quick sand.
6// Paint the front of the ledges to disguise your filled nail holes and then you are good to go!!!
This turned out to be a much less expensive alternative to the Ikea ledges.
The Ikea Ribba ledges are $9.99 for a 22" length - I would have needed 4 = $40.
One 8 foot length of moulding, chopped into 4 24" pieces = $12.50.
Even if you have to purchase nails, nail filler, and paint, this way is still less than 4 store bought ledges.
Easy to make, easy to install, and the gratification from doing it yourself = priceless!
Have a wonderful day my lovelies!