If you are an avid Tumblr and Instagram user, then you are all too aware of those really cool pictures with those iconic distressed wooden backdrops. I figured, if you and I want to up our photography skills, then we need to get in on the distressed wood backdrop. This diy is going to get us there!
planks of wood (pallet wood works great)
2 long planks of lightweight wood (long enough to reach across the planks of wood)
wood stain (optional)
drill bits and countersink bit (optional)
sandpaper in 80
120 grit (optional)
paper towels or a rag
What you see here is what you are going to be making. Several flat long boards and two brace stretchers made of wood.
Lay out the wood planks beside each other, allowing for small gaps between each one. You should sand them first, then lay the stretchers across the planks, situating them at the edge of the planks. This will allow you to use both sides of the board as a backdrop in different colors.
Connect the stretchers to the planks. Sheet metal screws are advantageous because they can be recessed without needing to use a countersink bit first.
Stain or paint the wood in whatever color you'd like to show through the top coat of paint. As you can see, a natural stain is applied to the wood.
Now that the stain is dry, it's time to distress it.
Wipe a generous amount of petroleum jelly on any part of the wood you'd like to be distressed. I focused on the area where the planks meet, and also randomly wiped some in streaks across the planks. Don't spread it on the entire surface,just the distressed parts you want.
Paint the ENTIRE board with two coats of paint or until no more wood tones show through. Do not use primer— you want the paint to come off easily in the next step.
After the paint has cured for at least a few hours, you can begin scraping it with a metal spatula to remove the paint. Focus on the areas where the petroleum jelly was applied and then lightly scrape across the surface of each plank. The paint will easily come right off.
After scraping the wood, sand some spots across the planks with a rough sandpaper.Don't overdo it; you want to reveal some of the wood tones underneath without stripping off the paint completely with the spatula.
Now that you've got the exact look you want for your distressed backdrop, you can opt to apply a coat of MATTE FINISH polyurethane to prevent more paint from peeling or chipping.
If you're clever, you will flip it over and repeat the process but with a different paint/stain to achieve a different effect. This will get you two backdrops out of one!
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