We just bought our first home a few months ago. It is taking me a long time to decorate, because I am more picky about what goes on my walls. I saw this shelf and I knew I had to build it. It was really simple to do. I even did it without my husband, and that is huge for me. I have step by step pictures on how to make this shelf on my blog.
Ana's Barn Beam Ledges are very simular, but I turned them and added molding to the front.