We show you how to make your own DIY Wood Photo Backdrop for blog projects and food photos in a few simple steps!
We’ve been meaning to make some wood backdrops for our blog photos but we weren’t exactly sure where to begin so we kept putting it off. Last week we finally decided to just do it, I wish we hadn’t waited so long! The wood backgrounds were so easy to make and we are loving the look of them in pictures!
To complete the project we bought 2 1 in. x 6in. x 8 ft. Tongue & Groove boards and 1 of these 1 in. x 6 in. x 8 ft. boards. The difference is that the first boards have a smaller bead board pattern on the back and aren’t really 6 in. wide they are 5.5 in. (don’t ask me!) so we needed more of them to make a large enough backdrop. We had all of the boards cut into 30 in. pieces. We chose tongue and groove boards because they are easy to snap together when we have them out for photos and then break them apart for easy storage. We also liked that the boards had one side that looked like bead board and one side that was plain. That way we got two different looks for the price of one!
When we got them home we wiped them down to get any dust off and then we stained the boards with Varathane Weathered Gray wood stain.
Once the stain dried we watered down some white acrylic paint and used a brush to whitewash the boards. I put the paint on quickly and then used a cloth to wipe some of the paint off, then added a little more paint. I tried to keep the paint looking a little streaky since we wanted a distressed look.
The watered down paint dried fast so I let it sit for a couple of minutes, then before it was dry I took it out to the garage and used a plastic putty knife, the kind you use for spackling, to scrape the paint off. Sorry no pics of that part it was completely dark outside and I was busy scraping! I just ran the spatula back and forth over the paint and little streaks were pulled up. I also used a metal tool, I think it was an old paint can opener, to do some deeper scratches. My goal was to scrape up the white paint without removing the gray stain.
It worked and I love the look! We put 5 of the boards together to make our white and gray backdrop. We stained the other boards with a brown Ash stain. It’s just as beautiful.
We had pictures to take the next day and we’re loving the look of the brown wood in the background. We’ve still got two sides to do so if anyone has any suggestions on colors or textures let us know!