DIY Faux Distressed Wood Backdrop

Date
Jun, 23, 2014

Happy Monday friends! Hope you all had a great weekend! I had a fabulous time working on some projects, spending time with a friend who came to visit and relaxing at the beach 🙂 Can’t get better than that!

So if you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the photo I posted on Saturday of a little something I was working on. A couple of you guessed it was a headboard, which of course put new ideas in my head, but I’m here to reveal to you it’s true identity!

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DIY FAUX DISTRESSED WOOD BACKDROP

Finished Faux Distressed Wood Backdrop

As many of you know, or if you’re new around here, we rent a little apartment with not much natural light. Our living room is also painted a not so pretty brown that I just never put the effort into painting. Honestly, I’ve never been truly happy with any place in our apartment that I stage my photos.  Yes, I’m probably being too picky, but I can’t help it!

So when my blog got it’s new look last week, you may have noticed the wooden background, which I LOVE. This got me thinking…why don’t I make a wall similar to the background and use it as a backdrop to take my pictures against! BRILLIANT!

STEP 1: GATHERING AND PREPARING THE WOOD

At first I thought about making it out of pallets. I scrounged up about 4 of them and totally forgot about how much of a pain they are to take apart. The hubs has a broken pinky right now and isn’t very useful. So, I recruited one of my friends to come over and help me.

With hammers and crowbars and a lot of sweat, we got most of the wood off of 3 of the pallets. Taking a look at the pile, I knew it wasn’t going to be enough, and really didn’t want to deal with taking more of them apart.

I’d gone to Home Depot and looked around for wood there but really didn’t see anything that would work for what I wanted. I ended up going to a local lumber yard and explained what I wanted and placed an order. I probably should have asked to see the wood first because when we went to pick it up later, I realized they’d given me 2x4s. Just a wee bit thicker than what I needed.

The hubs was not amused. I’d already payed for the wood and at this point I just wanted to get this thing built. We loaded up the car and headed home to start building!

Building Wood Backdrop

STEP 2: BUILDING THE WALL

Since this was just going to be leaning up against a wall, it didn’t need to be super sturdy. We used more 2x4s as the support beams and simply nailed the others as shown in the photo.

Pretty sure our neighbors hate us with all the hammering we’ve been doing lately. Oops 🙂 Once I had them all nailed in, we propped it up against the wall on our porch and I’m pretty certain it won’t ever move from that spot haha. This baby is HEAVY. I’ll worry about what I’m going to do with it in the winter when the time comes 🙂

Built Wood Wall Before Staining and Distressing

STEP 3: STAIN

To achieve the distressed look the next step was to stain. I used Minwax’s Dark Walnut.

Dark Walnut Stained Wood Backdrop

STEP 4: PAINT & DISTRESSING

I actually really like the way it looked stained, but that wouldn’t match my blog’s background, so I carried on. So, I grabbed some white and light grey paint that I had laying around and a large paintbrush. Using a VERY small amount of paint on the brush, I lightly brushed it on.

White Paint to Create Distressed Look on Wall

Painting Wood Backdrop

Painted Wood Wall Before Sanding

I did about 3 coats and was planning on doing some extra distressing with a sanding block, but it was just taking the paint off so I left it as is.

Finished Wood Backdrop After Sanding

And that my friends is my new pride and joy! It turned out even better than I imagined and hopefully now everyone will understand why I wanted to build a wall 🙂

It may not match my background exactly but I’m ok with that and can’t wait to have my own little photo studio. Even if it is on our front porch 🙂 Neighbors DEF think I’m a crazy person.

 

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63 Comments

  1. Reply

    Paula@SweetPea

    November 20, 2014

    I need to put this on my “to do” list! I really like this!

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      brepurposed

      November 20, 2014

      It was the best decision I ever made! 🙂

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        Geoff

        February 24, 2017

        What are the rough dimensions of the wall I am trying to talk my wife into letting me build one of these for her side business.

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    Mary Beth|Cupcakes and Crinoline

    July 13, 2014

    This is such a great idea and such a smart use of space! I have a small house and I’m always having to move things out of the way for pictures. I am adding this to my ‘must-make project’ list and pinning. AWESOMENESS!

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      brepurposed

      July 13, 2014

      Thank you so much Mary Beth! I can definitely relate 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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    Michelle from Weekend Craft

    July 2, 2014

    I have plans to do something similar just smaller scale! What a great Tut! Thanks so much for linking up last week at Creative Spark Link Party! Hope you stop by again today! http://bit.ly/1vvIGjo

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      July 2, 2014

      I’d love to see yours when it’s done! Always love linking up at your party 🙂

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    Lisa at Mabey She Made It

    June 30, 2014

    I love this Bre!

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    Carrie This Home

    June 27, 2014

    I love how this turned out Bre! It’s such a great way to decorate when you’re renting. Thanks so much for sharing this at Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop–this is going to be one of my features at our next party!

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      brepurposed

      June 28, 2014

      Aw thank so much, Carrie! Hope you have a great weekend 🙂

  6. Reply

    5redherrings

    June 27, 2014

    Love this!

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      brepurposed

      June 28, 2014

      Thank you!!

  7. Reply

    Melissa @ Simply Sweets by Honeybee

    June 26, 2014

    I so need one of these in my life! It’s gorgeous!!!

  8. Reply

    Rachel

    June 25, 2014

    Love it! How did you get the new 2x4s to have not straight edges (it looks like the unfinished ones have some character on the sides)?

  9. Reply

    Justine Y

    June 25, 2014

    Looks great! I love pallet/wood backdrops! And pallets ARE a pain to rip apart, I did an accent wall in my son’s room adn it looks awesome, but it took a LONG time to collect and take apart all those pallets!

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      brepurposed

      June 26, 2014

      Thank you! Oh my gosh, yes they are a pain! Good for you for sticking to it and doing a whole wall!

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    katjeter

    June 25, 2014

    Beautiful! I’m pinning this and adding it to my (ever-growing) to-do list!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      June 26, 2014

      Thanks Kat! It doesn’t take long at all 🙂

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    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    June 25, 2014

    Wow! What an incredible finished piece. The combo of staining and white-washing gives it such a weathered vibe – – I would have never guessed that this wasn’t reclaimed wood. Well done, my dear! Looking forward to seeing this action in your blog photos to come!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      June 26, 2014

      Aw thank you so much, Lauren! It turned out even better than I expected and was so easy to “distress” 🙂 You’ll be seeing lots more of it around my blog!

  12. Reply

    Erlene

    June 25, 2014

    Looks fantastic. I really like how it came out when you “distressed” it.

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      brepurposed

      June 25, 2014

      Thanks Erlene! It turned out even better than I imagined 🙂

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    Jillian

    June 25, 2014

    LOVE this project! Definitely adding it to the to-do list 🙂

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      brepurposed

      June 25, 2014

      thanks Jillian!!

  14. Reply

    shonee

    June 24, 2014

    Looks awesome! I totally want to make one now 🙂

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      June 25, 2014

      Thank you, you should!

  15. Reply

    Nicole B.

    June 24, 2014

    This is a fabulous idea!!! And I love that it kinda matches your blog background 😉

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      June 25, 2014

      Thanks Nicole! I tried to match it as close as possible, good enough for me!

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    Havalah

    June 24, 2014

    that is awesome! I’m pretty sure our last neighbors thought I was crazy too. I’ll do anything for the best light and inside just doesn’t cut it sometimes. I definitely need to make one of those. So happy to just find your blog, I love it everything about it!

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      brepurposed

      June 25, 2014

      haha I know right?! My husband thinks I’m pretty crazy too, but you gotta do what you gotta do! So glad you stopped by and thank you for the kind words!

  17. Reply

    jarrahjungle

    June 24, 2014

    This looks so good, Im really into the wood look. Hey it even matches your blog background!

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      brepurposed

      June 24, 2014

      Thank you! That was the whole idea 🙂

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    Selene Galindo

    June 24, 2014

    I need to make one of these ASAP!! I love the look of distressed wood and it would make one fabulous backdrop!!

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      brepurposed

      June 24, 2014

      It certainly does, I’m loving it!!

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    Kelly @ A Side of Sweet

    June 24, 2014

    This is AMAZING! I might steal this idea to make a new blogging backdrop! So, so awesome.

    Btw, found you via the social media challenge for #SITSblogging! 🙂

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      brepurposed

      June 24, 2014

      Thank you SO much Kelly! Feel free to steal my idea 🙂 I’d love to see yours if you do! P.S. What is the social media challenge for #SITSblogging?!

      • Reply

        Kelly @ A Side of Sweet

        June 24, 2014

        Good question! SITS is a blogging group and right now they have issued a summer challenge to help us grow our social media following. You were one of the recommended accounts that Twitter suggested based on other people I follow. A lucky find for me! 🙂

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          brepurposed

          June 24, 2014

          Oh awesome!! I’m so glad it brought you to me! I’ll have to check it out 🙂 Thanks for heads up!

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    howdothejonesdoit

    June 23, 2014

    Wow! You go all out! I love the new background on your blog too … it all looks so nice! I thought I was doing good with a piece of white fabric taped to my wall and draping over the top of a shelf for ebay pictures;0) Classy, eh?!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      June 24, 2014

      haha thank you so much! go big or go home right?!

  21. Reply

    Christina

    June 23, 2014

    This is a great idea!!! I never really thought to make a background for photos. So smart! It turned out awesome! 🙂

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      brepurposed

      June 23, 2014

      Thank you Christina! I wanted my photos to look consistent and since I sell most of my pieces anyway, I figured a little backdrop would be perfect!

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    Kristi

    June 23, 2014

    SOOOOO pretty!!! I’ve been dying to try my hand at some whitewashing! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how it turned out!!!

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      brepurposed

      June 23, 2014

      Thanks girl! This was my first time trying it and I couldn’t believe how easy it was 🙂

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        Hara

        October 27, 2016

        Hi,

        I love this! I want to create something like this for my baby’s first birthday. I’m planning on a rustic camping theme for his first. What kind of wood did you use and about how long did it take you to complete? I would appreciate any tips and information. Thank you!

        Hara

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          brepurposed

          October 31, 2016

          Hi Hara! That sounds so cute! I used 2x4s for mine but it made it super heavy. I would probably recommend something a little more lightweight for what you want. You could get a piece of plywood cut at Lowes or Home Depot to the size you want and then use strips of balsa wood that you can find at the craft store which are super light to get the look of the panels. That might be a good option for you!

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