Saturday, October 11, 2014

DIY Reversible Wood Backdrop

I've been wanting a wood photo backdrop for my blog and Etsy photos for a while now. After some Pinterest inspiration and a trip to the hardware store, I finally figured out a nice and still cost effective way to do it!

DIY reversible wood backdrop, Over The Apple Tree

So first of all, I came across this great tutorial on Pinterest from Love And Olive Oil for a distressed photo backdrop...check it out. If my way doesn't work for you maybe theirs will. I found the wood supplies that they referred to in their tutorial, but after I added it all up, it was more than I wanted to spend. While at Lowes, I ended up finding these square pieces of wood, 23"x23" and just under 1/4" thinkness. They were only about $5 a piece, now we're talking! With some power tools at home, I could make this work! I had some scrap wood already to use for the center pieces. Since I had paint and any other supplies I needed already, all together I only ended spending just under $10!!! 


DIY reversible wood backdrop, Over The Apple Tree

This wood is pretty thin so cut carefully because it may split. I didn't mind if the cuts weren't perfect because I was going for the rustic look anyway. I cut this into six pieces, but it's up to you how wide you want the pieces to be. 

DIY reversible wood backdrop, Over The Apple Tree

After cutting the wood, I pieced it back together in the order it was cut so if the lines weren't perfectly straight, it wouldn't be obvious. Now I just used a nail gun to attach the cut pieces to the center pieces. flip over and do the same for the opposite side. At first I thought just the two pieces for the center between the two sides would be fine, but after I had it together I realized that since the wood is thin, I needed another piece in the middle for support, especially if I put something heavy on here.

DIY reversible wood backdrop, Over The Apple Tree

DIY reversible wood backdrop, Over The Apple Tree

DIY reversible wood backdrop, Over The Apple Tree

I painted one side white and the other side is a kinda grey stain. I did this by watering down some acrylic dark grey craft paint, brush it on one board at a time and then use a clean cloth the wipe the excess.

DIY reversible wood backdrop, Over The Apple Tree

DIY reversible wood backdrop, Over The Apple Tree

DIY reversible wood backdrop, Over The Apple Tree

DIY reversible wood backdrop, Over The Apple Tree

DIY reversible wood backdrop, Over The Apple Tree

This backdrop is perfect for my Etsy photos!

DIY reversible wood backdrop, Over The Apple Tree

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31 comments:

  1. Hi Laura, wow the photos really do look nice with the wood backdrop you made. I always thought it was a special app used!
    Julie

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  2. Hi Laura! Great idea and it seems like an easy project. Thanks!

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  3. I love your backdrop, especially since it's reversible. I have a few, and I love how they enhance the photos. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle! :)

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  4. Love this!! And I seriously love that you have two finishes to choose from- awesome idea for bloggers and Etsy-sellers alike! Thank you for swinging by Snickerdoodle Sunday with your latest make- I hope you'll come back next time! :)

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

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  5. That's a great idea. I especially like that it's reversible.

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  6. Stopping by from Your Design this Time link party. Love this! We're always trying to find new backdrops fro photos that fit in our budget.

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  7. I love this! What a fabulous idea for blogging or Etsy pictures, seems so easy. Pinning.
    Found you from Snickerdoodle Sunday :)

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  8. Lauren, I love this! Beautiful finish on both sides and perfect for your Etsy photos but also for food shots :) xooxox Thanks for sharing at Twirl and Take a Bow! ox

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  9. I really need to make a wood backdrop. I have a few tiles that look like wood planks but you can't stack them as a backdrop, only as a floor obviously. I love both the finishes.

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  10. What a neat idea! I really need to think about doing something like this!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up!

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  11. Cool idea! I would love to have several of these for backdrops for my photography work. It looks so simple - thanks for sharing this with us...now all I have to do is get my DH to make it for me. :)

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  12. That's a great idea!!! Never though of building backdrops for my photos... Thanks for sharing! :) Found you at the Pin Worthy Wednesday link up

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  13. This is great! Thanks so much for sharing. I really appreciate it. I'm pinning it to my blogging board.

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  14. I made myself a similar background, but I think mine is too big. I find it difficult to find somewhere to keep in when I'm not using it! My problem was I was too lazy to cut down the piece of board I bought, yours looks a perfect size.

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  15. I'm so glad to see this! What a perfect way to make your own backdrop. I really like the idea of painting each side differently so that you have the option to use a different color with the same piece - so smart!
    Thank you for sharing with us at Wake Up Wednesday!

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  16. what a great idea! Reversible is so clever, I can't believe I never put two and two together... sorry for the pun ;)

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  17. What a wonderful idea! I have wanted something like this for my photos. Definitely pinning this idea, thanks! :)

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  18. How smart! We are featuring it Monday at YDTT! :) Thanks for linking up!

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    1. That's fantastic Amber, Thank you so much!

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  19. Love this idea! I may have to do this myself!

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  20. Thank you for sharing your post with Pin Worthy Wednesday this week. I'm posting this to out group board on Pinterest.

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  21. well isn't THIS awesome?! perfect for stationery/paper goods. thanks for sharing :)

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  22. I need to make some of these so badly! Thanks for the how to and for linking up at The Makers!
    Corey @ TinySidekick.com

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  23. I love this tutorial. Thank you for linking it up. I didn't think about making a plank just for photos, but it makes sense! Way easier than to always have to find a rustic table top. Hope you'll still by again (with a fun Halloween idea?!) Will you?The party is more fun when you're there!

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  24. I love this background! You have been featured today at McCall Manor today. Thanks for linking up to the party. :)
    http://www.mccallmanor.com/craft-projects/spotlight-on-you2987/

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    1. That's amazing, thank you so much Holly!

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