DIY Photo Background

I’ve been making-over furniture for several years but I’ve never really had a place to take real photos of the finished products.

Most of my photos were taken quickly when clients were on their way to pickup and you could always see the tell tale signs that I was working in a glorified shed.

I attempted to make a photo wall inside my warehouse unit but there was never any room and there was always furniture wall-to-wall and the lighting was horrible so I just took pictures where I could and just lived with it.

That was until I found out that another unit was available 4 down from mine. So I jumped on it!

NEW Staging Space

I was worried about adding the extra overhead but I was able to use the back of the unit to store overflow and furniture waiting in the queue to get a makeover. That freed up the whole back of my unit to paint even more furniture every week which has already paid for the new unit.

So what I did was make the front of the new unit into a staging and photo shoot area. Anyone can do this in any kind of room. You will be amazed at the photos you can create. Seriously I was shocked and the best thing was the first item I photographed in my new setup sold in less than one minute. MIND BLOWN.

So do you want to know how I did it?

You know you do… so here’s the deal….

Supplies that you will need to build an 8×8 backdrop:

  • 9 – 2x3x8’s
  • 2 – 4×8 paneling sheets
  • box of 2 1/2″ screws
  • Liquid Nails
  • Black Sharpie Pen
  • White Chalk Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Nail gun with 1 1/2″ brads
  • Drill

Cut List: 5 – 2×3’s cut to 4′, keep the remaining 4 2×3’s at 8′

* note this will make 2 4×8 finished panels

Supplies for a backdrop floor:

  • 2 Sheets of 4×8 Plywood
  • Black Sharpie Pen
  • 4′ level
  • 1 Quart of Stain (I used Minwax Classic Gray)
  • Gloves
  • Stain Pad


building the frame

I bought two 4×8 paneling boards from Lowe’s. It’s the kind with the faux wood grain and vertical ridges.

I was trying to get a Shiplap look without all the work so I decided to turn the panels horizontally and stack them on top of each other.

So FIRST I had to build a frame. I used 2×3’s because they are cheap and lightweight.

Assemble the frame by ligning up your 2x3x8 pieces parallel to each other with space in between for the support structure.

Place a 2x3x4 at each end inside the 8′ pieces and screw in the sides with the 2 1/2″ screws.

Insert the other 3 cut pieces spaced evenly and centered in between the ends and screw in place with the 2 1/2″ screws. Repeat these steps to build the second panel.

Closeup of Panel construction
attaching the paneling


After the frames were built, I attached the paneling sheets with liquid nails and tacked on with brads.

Panel finished

Once everything was set I attached the two walls together and lifted it into place. I used a Sharpie pen to draw a black line in each panel groove then I used white chalk paint to white wash over the surface of the panel to cut down on glare. I didn’t paint it solid I let a little bit of the background shine through to give it a little character.

attaching both wall units

I also made a faux wood floor with a sheet of 4×8 plywood. I used the less expensive sheets that had more grain and they were only $20 each so it was a bargain. I originally was going to buy a rug but the one I wanted was $200 and that was NOT in the budget. So plywood it is!

Draw “plank” lines with a Sharpie and a 4′ level

Once you have drawn all of your “plank” lines and end joints on the sheet of plywood you can add little dots where the nails would go. This is optional but I love the way it turned out.

Now you’re ready for Stain! I used two coats of Minwax Classic Gray and then let it dry for 24 hours.

If you’re like me… Waiting for paint and Stain to dry is always the hardest part. So good luck with that!

The next day I was able to get everything up and start taking pictures!

backdrop complete

So as I stated in the beginning of this post my first pictures were very successful and the piece sold in less than one minute from when I clicked POST!

BOOM! Just like that and I was rolling out more pieces with more photos and selling even more than before. I would call that a successful investment.

Here are the very first photos:

I hope you enjoyed this post and find it helpful in setting up your own photo backdrop.

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