Monday, 12 May 2014

Aged Wooden Boards -DIY backgrounds for food pictures

If you have been following my blog you will  be aware that I have been collecting old scrap wood to create a collection of backgrounds for my food photos. In my last post I shared how I used pva glue and acrylic paint to create some cracked finished wood  boards.In this post I am going to share how I created an aged wooden platform to use for my food photos.
I had recently visited a garden centre where I had managed to source some aged off cuts of old fencing that the garden centre had thrown away. I also goggled how to make inexpensive stain for the wood using wire wool and vinegar.Below is a tutorial of how I created my wooden board.

Materials:

For Board:

7 strips of wood approximately 18 x 6 inches.
Few  nails 1.5 cm long(depends on thickness of wood)
Hammer
Paint brush
Bin liner
Empty Jar
Hack saw
Sandpaper
Old rag
Rubber gloves

For Stain:

Wire wool
Vinegar

Method:

1. In a glass jar add the wire wool and top it up fully with vinegar, place the lid and put the jar in the garage for 2 weeks.After two weeks open the jar in a well ventilated room ( the smell is very pungent) and you will notice that the wire wool has rusted and the vinegar has turned brown in to a stain.Strain the mixture into a clean jar and discard the rusted wire wool.


2. Cut the wood so that you have 7 pieces roughly the same length.They don't have to be cut  too perfect.


3.Place 5 pieces of the cut wood side by side as shown in diagram 1below and place the remaining two pieces horizontally as shown on diagram 2.
Diagram 1                          Diagram 2

4.Nail the  pieces 6 and 7  to the the pieces 1-5 as shown in diagram three with a grey dot. You may want to add a few extra nails to secure the pieces together.(Make sure the nails are not longer than the thickness of the wood.)

                                                                          Diagram 3


5. Using the sand paper sand away any splinters and wipe the wood with a damp cloth.
6. Place the bin liner on the floor and place the wooden board on it, using the brush paint the stain on both sides of the wooden board.To achieve a darker colour apply a second coat of stain after first coat is dry.I applied a single coat to one side of my board and a double coating on the other side so that I had two different finishes.
7. Leave the board to dry for 24 hours.

Finished Board top side



Here is a a picture showing this side of the board used in one of my photos.



Finished board bottom side


Here is a picture using the back this side of the same board in the photo below.



I am really pleased with my board as it has given me two different looks and finishes.

61 comments:

  1. What a brilliant idea - and just what I needed!

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  2. That looks amazing. Well done. Just goes to show what you can do with wood. I love it

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  3. oh my goodnes, this is genius! I've just raved about it to my husband. I don't think I currently have a need for a prop like this, but I am going to search for a need - I just want to have a go!

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    1. Mahala I hope you get the inspiration to make one soon.

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  4. sounds like lots of work, but if it works for you maybe can work for someone else)

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    1. Actually it was too too difficult, hardest part was cutting the wood with my hack saw which was truly blunt.I need to invest in a new blade.

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  5. That's a really effective idea, and it definitely adds something to the pictures you've taken - you should be pleased indeed!

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    1. I am really very pleased and proud of the finished boards.

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  6. these look brilliant and definitely add a rustic feel to your photos. well done, great handiwork! x

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  7. Fab post, I was just eyeing up something like this on Pinterest. Have sidelined a load of old pallets to make a load of different wood effects. Genius idea

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    1. Lucky you , I can't walk past a builders yard or skip without thinking OMG I could do something with that wood!!!

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  8. What a great idea! I will definitely be showing the hubby this post and get him on the job :-) x

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  9. This is such an amazing idea, and the end result looks beautiful. I agree with Louise it gives a very rustic look to your photos.

    Georgie xx

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    1. Thankyou Georgie I am really pleased with the result.

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  10. What a fabulous background! Nayna you're the most talented lady, surely you should organize some teaching classes how to make things like that ;) I'm the first one to attend!

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    1. Sylvai you are most welcome to come around you know that.

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  11. This is so good - I love your photo prop tips to bits!

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    1. Thankyou Mammasaurus, watch this space more tips coming soon.:)

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  12. things like this are fab for photo backgrounds, can be covered up too if you wanted so has multiple uses!

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  13. That looks so effective, I really must start to make more effort to style my photos, it makes such a difference.

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  14. great idea, I aint allowd to play with mens toys as hubby calls it , he says us woman shou.dnt play with screws and hammers incase we hurt ourselves, haha x

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    1. lol your comment had me in hysterics. You will have to persuade your hubby to make one for you instead.

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  15. What a fantastic idea, the finished product looks amazing!

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  16. Wow - what a fantastic idea. You really are so creative and clever - thank you for sharing.

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    1. Its all thanks to you tube and google for tips and tricks.

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  17. What a great idea! Looks really effective!

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  18. I love the home made stain that you made. It's really effective. The boards look great in your photos, they make such a difference.

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    1. Louisa and they were in expensive to make too which is a bonus.

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  19. How clever is that 0 I never would have thought of that but I'm definitely going to try it now!

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  20. Very effective - makes the subject of the photos stand out

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    1. Thanks Kara I love both the finishes they are so good.

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  21. Such a good idea!! Your food photos look really good! (:

    L x

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  22. Looks great and really adds to the photos :)

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  23. wow such a brilliant idea will definitely try it

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    1. I hope you do they are really good for props.

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  24. Simple, elegant, and beautiful! Thanks for posting :)

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  25. This sounds like fun. I've never used props in my photography but I love the idea of homemade props. I did some refinishing of furniture when I was young but never could get into it. Maybe now,when I am older. Alana

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    1. I love my props infact I have a guilty obsession for them.

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  26. Thats a fantastic idea and really does make the photos look great :)

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  27. wow that's such a fantastic idea! I must try this! x

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    1. Fritha I hope you do .I love my boards.

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  28. These are so cool! So much cheaper than buying wooden planks as well. Very Pinterest worthy :)
    India x Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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  29. Simple yet so effective, I love to get stuck into craft projects :)

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  30. A great idea, perhaps make another one and paint it white and you will have no end of back drops

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    1. Great Idea Heidi, but for that I will have to go and visit the garden centre again to get the wood.

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  31. That is such a lovely idea and makes a brilliant rustic back drop to images!

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    1. They really do look great I am so pleased with them.

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  32. What a great idea, I should try this for my pictures x

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  33. N, Please can I order some boards of you? Seriously. I mean that.

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    1. Sure Bintu, email me your requirements.

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  34. Nice wooden board.. I want to have one too but here in Brazil can't find any old planks any where.. I am still in search .. maybe one day I'll find them some where.

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  35. Love the natural wooden effect the best. There is a rustic charm in old wood that makes everything pop up and look beautiful.
    Sonal@simplyvegetarian777

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  36. Great idea!!! Looks so vintage!

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  37. What a good idea for adding a lovely rustic look.

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  38. love the look and the fact that we can "recycle" what otherwise would be waste!

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