It is not lost on that that my blog pictures are less than “bloggable”! They tend to be a touch blurry, weird and inconsistent colours and lots of reflection. To my defence, I take most of my craft photos late at night after the kids have gone to bed and I have caught up on some cleaning.
I commissioned the Mr. to make me a photo backdrop that wouldn’t reflect too much and would help bring some consistency to my craft pictures on the blog. He ended up making me a perfect 2 foot square back drop and platform which I couldn’t be happier with! To make one of your own…
You will need:
2 8ft long, 1 inch by 6 inch pine boards
Wood glue (We used Gorilla Glue)
Clamps (We used Bar Clamps)
White wash stain (We used Minwax Water Based White Wash Pickling Stain)
Clean rags and Paintbrush
First Mike cut the 2 pine boards into 24″ lengths using a mitre saw. He glued them together along the long sides using Gorilla Glue and clamped them together using the bar clamps in both directions.
We left this to dry for 24 hours. Use a rag to clean up any glue while it is still wet.
The next day he removed the clamps and happily the boards were holding together very well. We weren’t sure how it would hold as we had never worked with Gorilla Wood Glue before. He then used an orbital sander to remove any glue marks and give everything an even and smooth finish.
When both the platform and the backdrop were finished, it looked like this. I knew I wanted it to have a white wash look so the final step was to clean and stain the boards.
We used this Minwax Water Based White Pickling Wash and a clean paint brush and put on 2 even coats, wiping off any excess to get the desired look.
And this is the finished product! I love that you can see the wood grain through the stain but still gives an even and neutral background for taking photos.
And it works great too! What I also like is at 2 square feet, I can easy tuck this away in a closet or under a bed without taking up too much space. To get even more use out of this project, you can also stain the other side a different colour or use the raw wood to give you 2 background options.
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