Have you ever wanted to design a wooden wall backdrop for your photography studio but didn’t know how? Neither did I- so I decided I would give it a shot. My final result is an 8×8′ wall & 8×6′ floor that was pretty simple to make and looks amazing! Here are some test shots of my little guy, I love how the wall turned out!
Read below for step by step instructions along with links to buy what you need to get this project competed in about a weekend!
My first stop was to my Local Lowes so I could scout out the best wood for my project. I didn’t want to have to nail a bunch of pieces together and I wanted something sturdy but not too thick. These Untreated Wood Siding Pieces did just the trick! The pieces are 4x8ft so I figured I would buy 4 pieces all together and have the friendly staff at Lowes help trim two of the pieces down to 4×6′ so I wouldn’t have such a large floor. So, that gave me (2) 4×8 pieces and (2) 4×6 pieces. The great thing is they slide into each other with a tongue & groove design so they can line up snugly. The wood total came to about $175.
Because the wood was pretty heavy I had help carrying it outside. There I started with hand sanding to get rid of the rough edges. Then I used a leaf blower to get all the dust off. Mr Missy B decided this was a good time to get some artistic action photos of me at work.
Since my arms felt like falling off, I did a second sanding with this Ryobi Sheet Sander. It was inexpensive enough to be worth it and it did the job much faster than I could with just my muscles.
Every big project needs some good musical inspiration, Bob Marley Pandora hit the spot!
I started off with a coat of Minwax Dark Walnut Stain, the first coat was nice and dark. I used a paint sponge to get the bulk of the stain on and then a narrow brush to get the nooks, crannies and seams. I was so happy I put gloves on, they were black by the end of the day and I can only imagine how hard the stain would have been to get off my hands! And yes, my gloves are pink. And they are awesome. I had to girl it up a bit.
I let the first coat dry overnight in my side yard. I placed plastic painters drops below the wood panels so I wouldn’t stain the concrete. I did accidentally stain the side of my house in a couple spots though, oops.
Once the first coat dried, I was able to see how the color had absorbed into the wood. I decided I wanted a little more depth in the color so for the second layer I got another can of Minwax Oil Stain in Red Oak. The cans of stain cost about $10 each and I used about 1.5 cans of each color.
Once I finished applying the second coat, I allowed the panels to dry overnight again.
Once the panels were dry, I used Tack Cloth to pull off any fuzzies or dust that may have stuck to the stained wood. After I was done, I sprayed a quick, light coat of Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane to seal the color. Then, I let the walls stay outside about a week so any oil fumes would off gas & dissipate before I put the panels into the studio.
One of the most important things to remember when working with oil based paints & stains is proper storage of the used rags, brushes etc. If not stored properly, the rags can spontaneously combust. I bought a couple of simple plain paint type cans which were inexpensive and easy. Safe storage & disposal is easy and you can get step by steps HERE
I used a handheld studfinder to find the studs in my studio wall. Then, using 2.5″ wood screws I drilled into the studs on each section. I left the floor floating since I didn’t want to damage my nice wood studio floor. The weight of the panels keeps it in place. Plus, this will make it easy to move the floors if I choose to switch the floordrop during a session.
Here it is! Securely mounted to the studs and solid as can be without being too heavy.
Here are some shots of the finished product. This is Mo my French Bulldog, he seems to approve of the new backdrop/floordrops.
TOTAL Cost with materials approx $230.00
I hope this DIY Tutorial inspires you to get your project started! If cost is an issue or you have a smaller space you could easily use just (2) 4×8 panels cut in half. Or, you can change the way you stain the wood, the possibilities are endless!
If you found this tutorial helpful, I would love your comments. I’d also love for you to share this post…you can also pin photos in Pinterest to keep track of this DIY as well.
Once you are finished I would love to see your wood walls! Please feel free to post links of your wood walls in the comments section below! Happy painting!
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