I decided I wanted to put up a couple of picture rails in the studio over that big cabinet. I went to Lowe’s and bought 2 preprimed – 1×3’s that were 12′ long and had them cut into 5′ lengths (gave me 4 – 5′ with a couple of 2′ left overs). I clamped two of them together and pre-drilled some holes.
Then I took them apart and applied a bead of wood glue along the length of the shelf board.
Re-clamped and used some drywall screws ( 1 1/4″) to attach the shelf board to the back board and let them dry. Did the same thing to the other 2 5′ boards.
I had some 8′ trim pieces in the barn. I’ll use these for the front of the shelf board so my picture frames don’t fall off. I cut the trim pieces to 5′ and painted everything – Behr Semi-gloss Bright White. Then waited for everything to dry . . . . .