How to Make your own Beadboard Photo Backdrop



I'm sure you've seen gorgeous up close and personal photography like this one here......



and this one here.......



and wonder what the heck surface they are taking their photos on? Whenever I see food photography I always look at the backdrop and ponder how I can replicate that gorgeousness!


I knew the product in the top image was beadboard but the only beadboard I've seen in my local hardware store is sold in 4' x 8' sheets......way huge and more than I'll ever need!


Until.......


While browsing my Home Depot I found this:




Individual beadboard panels!! Did you know these were around? Maybe they have been for years and I'm just figuring this out now :)


Here are my supplies for making my own beadboard backdrop:




The 1 x 2 I had cut into 3 pieces that were 28" in length each since knew I wanted the entire backdrop to be 32 " wide. In each beadboard plank there was a handy groove for the next piece to fit into place.




After linking the panels all together I applied the wood glue to the 1 x 2's and evenly staggered the three pieces to fit over the backside of the panels.




Just to be safe I 'clamped' them overnight using some heavy items from my den.




Ta-Da!! Project complete! Easy work for photos that make a statement, right!?!


I had my son hold up my new beadboard backdrop and laid out a simple roll of brown kraft paper for this photo here. No distracting backgrounds for me anymore :)




 I'm sure there are many other ways to stage a great close up picture. Do you have any neat tips or tricks? I would love to know what you use as a backdrop for your photos :)


Have a wonderful weekend!



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39 comments:

  1. Well I guess I am behind too because I've never seen the smaller pieces either. I actually have been using just 2 large boards painted & set together, but this would be much nicer :~) Thanks for the heads up Brooke!

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    1. Okay, glad I'm not the only one :) And these pieces came already white....extra bonus! Thanks for reading!

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  2. Brooke,

    This is so very cool, I had no idea they came in smaller packages! Your creativity is endless my friend, I think I need to run to Home Depot soon ;)

    Hugs, Tanya

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    1. Thank you Tanya!! I was so glad to find them too :) You amaze me as well! Thanks for the encouragement!

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  3. Wow, I had no idea you could buy in smaller packages. That is awesome. Your newest follower from the Friday Fun Party. :)

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    1. Thanks Kathy! Happy you're following :)

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  4. Sweet. What a lovely idea!

    Hopping by and following your lovely blog (FB, Twitter,and Pinterest).

    The Quiet Mom blogging @ How to Cook Fresh Artichoke Recipe

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  5. I need that beadboard--how much was it? Great job with your project.

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    1. Thank you Sandy! The beadboard was $12.27......great deal!!!

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  7. We used this beadboard in our bathroom make-over and you are so right, it makes a wonderful back drop. Maybe I will start staging stuff on the toilet lid for pictures. Just kidding.
    Traci

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    1. That's funny! Just cover the lid with a pretty piece of fabric :) I agree, beadboard is the best for staging!

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  8. Ooo, I love beadboard! I seriously want to make my own, too. I would love for you to share this at my link party!!

    Kathryn
    destinationcraft.blogspot.com
    http://www.destinationcraft.blogspot.com/2012/08/destination-cutesy-monday-27.html

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  9. What a great idea! I have to look for this!
    Found you via Craft-o-maniac!

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    1. Thanks Becca! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  10. I can't get to Home Depot fast enough! Thanks for telling us about this.

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    1. haha :) I know! Good luck with your project!

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  11. Great job! I am always looking for a good backdrop for my photographs for my blog as well. This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I'm totally in love with your blog! I'm so glad I found it!! p.s. I forgot that I'm working a day ahead...your table will be featured on Wednesday. Oops. =)

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    1. Thank you Shatzi....I totally love your blog too!! Thanks so much for the feature :)

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  13. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Great idea!!! Thanks for sharing this...I'll definitely be using this!

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  15. Thanks for sharing this project! I was just dealing with being frustrated with my backgrounds.
    Blessings,
    Carrie

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  16. I love it.. I have always wondered and its one of my to-do lists but I have so many things I want to do..:)

    Thanks for sharing at create & inspire

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  17. What an awesome and easy idea! Thanks for sharing. Feel free to stop by.

    Kimberly @ mypinterestreality.com

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  18. AWESOME Brooke!!! I will TOTALLY try this!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

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  19. Such a great idea Brooke! I'm going to be on the lookout for this at Home Depot :) Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

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  20. Great idea, it's odd but I was just looking for a tutorial for this very type of project. Most called for cutting down the big pieces of beadboard. I had no idea that they made panels, so much better for me to work with. Thank you for sharing at A Crafty Soiree! I've featured your post in the newest one. It will be up at midnight EST tonight, please come by and check it out when you can!

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  23. A second rail molding tops the flat panel above to complete the look. Both the beadboard and the flat panels are painted or stained the same color.

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