Dallas Ft. Worth Family & Newborn Photographer - DIY Double Sided Backdrop

July 12, 2015  •  6 Comments

This past weekend I enlisted the help of my husband to make me a new backdrop for my studio! I knew what I wanted but I needed his help to 'get it done'! My studio is pretty small so I needed something that had 2 different looks but didn't take up too much space. And also, was easy to switch out! So, here's my double sided wood backdrop! 

You will need:

(10) 8ft wood slats and 6inches wide. I got mine at home depot and to be honest, they were more expensive than I thought they would be! We had the guys at Home Depot cut the 8ft pieces in half so I now had 20, 4ft pieces. 

(1) Quart of white paint. I had them do a custom color match to my bone colored seamless, then chose 1 shade lighter. So it's more of an off white. 

(1) Quart of dark wood stain. I chose a dark walnut. 

Some paper towels or rags & paint brushes

Step One: 

Sand the edges of your planks. Mine were pretty splintered so my awesomely handsome husband sanded the edges for me:

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Step 2) 

Start staining the planks. You need to paint it on, wait a couple minutes and then wipe it off. It was messy and my awesomely handsome husband did it all while I  took pictures. 

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Step 3) 

Paint the other side of the planks your light color. My husband had a little helper for this job and it made the process go by much faster... or slower. Either way, it was cute and I took more pictures. 

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Step 4) 

Wait for them to dry... line them up and proceed to take pictures! The planks are not connected in anyway. They're lying directly on the floor and I just push them together. So far I haven't had any issues with them coming apart. There's a curtain rod in front of the planks that are standing up. This prevents them from tipping forward.  The whole process (besides over night drying) took about 3 hours and we had an extra set of little hands helping so overall it was a quick project. 

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My little helper wanted me to take his picture before I had everything set up! 

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Comments

Dana Menendez Photography
I haven't had a problem with the boards warping yet. They're always in the upright position against the wall. I suppose it could happen, but it's not very humid in there, which I would think would cause some of the warping. I leave the boards right where they are, only moving them when I need to flip. I put my bean bag and stand over the boards.
Soula(non-registered)
Dana, This looks incredible! I tried this myself and it was great, my boards were heavy too, but after a short time the boards warped and wouldn't lay evenly anymore. :( Now I can't use them. Do you have suggestions for preventing this from happening? Also, do you always leave boards on the floor in this position (whether its the dark or light side), or do you need to move them for other set-ups? Curious how you would store them - that was the other issue I had. Thanks!
Dana Menendez Photography
The boards are not connected in anyway. They're laying right on the floor (in these pictures there's a laminate floor under them, but I'm going to remove that so they'll be directly on my carpet). It really only takes a few minutes to flip the boards, so maybe 5 mins?
Kimberly(non-registered)
Hi Dana!
Thanks so much for sharing this awesome post!!!
I was wondering if the boards are connected in anyway and if not how long does it take to flip them around one by one.
Thanks again.
Dana Menendez Photography
They're heavy enough that they stay together. If I notice a gap, I'll just push them together more but so far they're staying put pretty well.
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