Food Photography Background Boards
Every food blogger knows that a good photography background is a must to style your food photography photoshoots. It makes a world of difference to the end result of your photos! So I headed off to my local hardware chain and bought me some pine boards..
DIY all the way
This was a DIY project I was excited about. I bought a board of 67cm in length, and asked them to cut it for me into 3. I had a plan. The plan was to use both sides of the boards and to finish them off with different colours. That way I would have 6 diy food photography background boards! How cool is that!
Time to choose colors
When it came time to choose the colors, I knew that I wanted a dark background, something like a dark brown but it needed to have a warm tone to it, and then I wanted to experiment with blue. So.. that´s what I bought. In the image above you can see the colors I decided on. They are both matte varnish paint.
Let the fun begin
I started off by sanding the boards lightly. Then proceeded to paint them but didn´t like the effect that the paint brush was giving. The layers were far too thick, therefore I changed course and used an old ragged cloth. Hence why you see this ugly cloth in the image above. Let me tell you this old thing made all the difference!
Just look at these!
Look at the image above, here you can see three of the 6 completed boards.
1) On the first one (at the top) I added thin layers (three) of the dark brown paint with the cloth. By rubbing the varnish into the board and allowing it to dry inbetween the layers. I also sanded it at the end when all the layers were completely dry to achieve a vintage look.
2) The second one went much faster and all I bascially did was to add streaks of the brown paint randomly on the board and then rubbed it in really well with the cloth, allowed it to dry and then sanded it.
3) This blue one was done the same way as the top brown board (using the blue ofcourse) but after the layers had dried, I used the same technique as number 2 by adding streaks of brown paint randomly and then rubbing it down really well. Once it dried, I also sanded it.
These are only 3 ideas, experiment with the colors you have and don´t be afraid to mix them. Be creative! These are your background boards.
The proof is in the pudding
Or perhaps in this case, the proof is in the post *smile*. In the above image you can see two of my latest post where I used some of my new diy food photography background boards. I just love them! The best part is that they didn´t cost much!
- 1 x 67 cm board which cost me 12€ (not sure what you would pay for it in the States in $)
- 2 tins of small matte varnish (blue & brown), which cost me 6€ and 8€ respectively.
- sanding paper = 0.75c each (I used 2)
- old ragged cloth = free *smile*
Total cost = 27.50€ devided by 6 boards (1 board cut in 3, using both sides) = 4.58€ per board! Not bad at all!
I still have some leftover paint (allthough I bought the smallest containers I didn´t use more than half of it) and think I might use it to revamp an old piece of furniture. This girl loves any diy project and I´ve been wanting to do something like that for the longest time..
Hope you guys enjoyed this post and that I inspired you to go ahead and make your own diy background props for your next food photography photoshoot *smile*