DIY Weathered Wood Photo Backdrop
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One of my blog goals this summer is to update a some of my recipe photos. I have a few from the very beginning that were snapped with my phone or just not very appetizing looking. I may even update some that were taken this past winter in my kitchen. (Most of those photos aren’t bad, just a little yellow from my kitchen lights. We’ll see if I get to those, it can be hard to squeeze in picture taking with 2 hungry little
monsters sweeties hanging from my apron strings…)
I am always on the look out for pretty dishes, tablecloths, place mats or backdrops I can use to dress up my food photos. I’ve had a weathered wood backdrop on my to do list for a while, but I kept putting off the trip to Lowes for supplies.
I finally got it done and love it!
We do have a garage full of supplies and tools, but I wanted this project to be simple. (And it was… why drag out a bunch of tools and get hot and sweaty when you can work in the AC and use a little glue…) Here is how I made it:
Supplies needed for a weathered wood photo backdrop:
- Shims (they come in different sizes, mine were 12 inches long and came in a pack of 42, I bought 2 @ $3.87.)
- Wood for the back supports (I bought 3 1/4X3X2 aspen planks @ $1.24 each.)
- Wood glue (I used Elmer’s wood glue that I already had.)
- Paint (I used paint I had on hand- The blue was a sample I had for my laundry room, leftover white paint and some of my Ralph Lauren tea stained glaze.)
- Clear coat sealer (I used one with a matte finish.)
|Oops, just added a little more gluing than intended to my project…|
Step 1: Glue all your shims together so they make a flat level piece of wood and let dry for about an hour.
Step 2: Line up the support pieces, using the shims as a guide on how far apart to space the supports.
Step 3: Add glue to the support pieces and place the shims. Let dry. (I placed a few heavy objects on top of the drying shims to help make sure they dried securely and flat.)
Step 4: Once the glue is dry, add your paint. To achieve a similar effect as mine, I applied one thick coat of regular blue paint, and let it dry. Then find something to distress the wood. (I could only find was a very heavy chain. It was so heavy, all I could do was drop it a few times on the wood.)
Next , with a wet rag, I rubbed my dark glaze over the entire panel, then rinsed the rag and wiped away most of the color. (You could mix water with a dark color to get the same effect.)
After the glaze dried I did the same thing with white paint- mixed it with water, wiped it on and then wiped the excess off.
After it dried, I finished it off with a quick coat of Valspar matte finish spray sealer.
Isn’t it pretty?
In this picture, I used Photoshop Elements to change the background to a dull yellow. (At the time I looked up this link, Elements was on sale for $63. That is a good price!)
I am thinking about adding some dark stained shim pieces to the back side so I can have 2 looks in one. I need to find some dark water based stain next time I am at the craft store.
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.
oooo…good idea.I definitely don't have alot of already there backdrop locations at my house.
Oh I really think this is a great idea! I like the thought, too, of making a second colored stain on the back side so you have more options. Found you through I should be mopping the floor.
Love the double sided idea! Store one piece but have two different looks. Very ingenious and will be looking for it in your photos! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy. Hope to see you again soon!
What a fabulous idea. And that IS a great price. Thanks so much for linking up at Mop It Up Mondays. I'm featuring you tomorrow!
Found your post from the feature at Nifty Thrifty Things. Cool idea. Thanks for showing us "how to". Love it. Hope you'll stop in at Quirky Vistas and see what's up at my place.
Great idea! Thanks for sharing. Hugs and blessings, Cindy
What a good idea, and simple to make. Anyway this blue color is one of my favorite.I usulaly use my blue bin box for it ,I know quite ridiculous, your idea is brilliant! Thank you,I try to make one.
I love this.. I have been wanting to do one like this.. but keep putting it off too! lol
Thanks for the inspiration!
This is awesome. I'm doing a vintage/rustic/elegant themed wedding and just might do this for a photo backdrop. found you via a blog hop and am now a follower.
This is BRILLIANT! I've wanted this kind of background forever, without super big spaces between the slats. This method is where it's at!! I'd love for you to share this post at my link party. 🙂
This is a great tutorial, I was wondering if you would link it in my Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop. Here is the link:
I would love to have anything that you would like to link.
Adorned From Above
Awesome! Thanks for sharing this. I just might make one myself!
I love this. My husband is the one who is always asking when he will "be able allowed to touch his food plate" since I also am taking photos in my kitchen. I would love it if you would share on Tout It Tuesday! http://www.claimingourspace.com/2012/06/tout-it-tuesday-10.html
So smart! I always try to use the same corner in my dining room, but the light is terrible. This would work so much better. I'm hosting my weekly link party now and I'd love for you to join in at http://www.thenymelrosefamily.blogspot.com/2012/06/whimsy-wednesdays-15.html
It turned out great! Do you know what the name of the blue color is? I love it!
Very nice, please link it up with me today at Wow Us Wednesday.
that is so awesome! I need one of those….hummm…..now I am thinking!
SOOOO COOL!!!! I want one!!!
Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!!
yep pretty is right!
I REALLY love this!! I need to make one of my own!! Hope you can link this up at my trendy tuesday party. http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2012/06/trendy-tuesday-4.html
what a great tip
Great idea! I love the color you chose!
great idea! love it! im your newest follower.
xoxo janean @http://www.howikeepsane.com/
Great project and idea! Thanks so much for sharing it.. definitely going on my to-do list 🙂
That is just lovely! A good backdrop makes things look so much better! I really should stop using my fridge as my backdrop!!