DIY Food Photo Board

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I love photography. How I went 35-ish years without realizing how amazing photography is, is beyond me!

I love being able to compose a shot and capture an image that is both artistic and beautiful. It truly amazes me. If you’ve ever tried to take a picture, especially one of food, you know how important the background is. Well, that’s the basis for today’s post! We’re going to make our own custom bead board background!

Gorgeous DIY food photography background made from beadboard!

Okay, here’s what you need:

Gorgeous DIY food photography background made from beadboard!

I bought (well actually no, I didn’t, jay bought) the bead board slats in a pack at Home Depot. You can do this process with any type of wood or boards you like; I just really liked the decoration of bead board. One pack is enough to make two photo boards, but I’ll just demonstrate with the one today.

Step 1: Open the bead board pack and divide in half. Glue 6 slats together with Gorilla glue or Liquid Nails and let dry on a flat surface overnight. This will make one board. (repeat with the other 6 slats for the second board)

Gorgeous DIY food photography background made from beadboard!

Step 2: Using a foam brush, stain one side of the bead board with your choice of stain. I used Dark Walnut, from Minwax. Let dry overnight.

Gorgeous DIY food photography background made from beadboard!

This is what the board looks like stained and dry. It’s pretty just like this! But, nope, we’re not done yet…

Gorgeous DIY food photography background made from beadboard!

It’s time to paint! I purchased these sample size paints from Home Depot in flat finish, for a dull look.

Gorgeous DIY food photography background made from beadboard!

The colors I chose are Haute Couture (red), Illusionist (purple), and Mossy Bench (teal). You can use any color or brand of paint you’d like, just make sure it’s flat!

Gorgeous DIY food photography background made from beadboard!

Step 3: Paint. Using a 2 inch paintbrush, barely dipped in paint, very lightly brush paint over the top of the stain (this is called dry brushing). You do not want very much paint on your brush for this process, and in fact, less more.  Avoid heavy and uneven coats; the lighter the better! You can always go back and add more. For how to dry brush paint and age wood, please watch this video. Paint the whole board this way and then let dry for several hours.

Gorgeous DIY food photography background made from beadboard!

This is what it looks like all painted.

Gorgeous DIY food photography background made from beadboard!

The last step is to age the board and to do that, you’ll need a few pieces of sandpaper.

Step 4: Using 150 grit sandpaper, rub in the same direction as the grain of the wood to remove paint from darkest areas, working to the lighter areas. You don’t want to remove too much at a time, so start lightly at one end and then gradually work your way across the board. Repeat as desired.

This is the fun part, get creative and make it your own!

Gorgeous DIY food photography background made from beadboard!

And when it’s all done, this is how it looks! Love. It! You’ll want to do the back, and the other board, and probably a few more because they’re so easy to make and they look amazing in photos! You can make one in every color!

Gorgeous DIY food photography background made from beadboard!

I didn’t seal or finish my boards, since I often repaint them, but if you’re worried about wear and tear, I’d recommend sealing them with Minwax Finishing Wax. It’s easy to apply with a clean white cloth and adds that extra protection (just remember if you seal them, repainting them will require sanding off the finish first).

Have a question or need advice about this project? Post a comment below and let’s chat!

Gorgeous DIY food photography background made from beadboard!

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17 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I was actually planning on making this this weekend and I was over here like, um, where do I start?

    1. Hi Christy! Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope it goes well! Let me know if you have any questions about the project, I’d be glad to help! Have a great weekend!

      1. Thanks. I have glued the boards, now I’m waiting to dry. Because I’m a bartender and I sometimes showcase cocktails, I’m leaving one stained, but I have bought sample paint and will do the other using the sandpaper method. This is really fun!

        1. How cool Christy! I can’t wait to see them, you should post a picture on my Facebook page and share them! I love success stories! πŸ™‚ Have a great day!

  2. This is a great idea. I’ve been trying to figure out how to do something like this for a while and I’m not crafty but might actually be able to manage this,

    1. Hi Laina! LOL! You sound like a few of my blogger friends! You’ll be happy to know, they were able to build these, so I hope you can too! Feel free to holler if you have any questions, I’ll help any way I can! Good luck!

  3. This looks so great. I really do need to do some of these for my photos. Great tips!

    1. Thank you so much Elizabeth! They’re super easy, you know you want to make these! HAHA! πŸ™‚

  4. This post is great! Just started a blog and these boards will come in handy. Thanks for thr step by step instructions.

    1. Oh thank you so much Diana! You’re so welcome. Contrats on the new blog!!

  5. Way a great tutorial!! I must make these now…so simple, but so necessary for the perfect background.
    Thanks Kristine!

  6. Diana @ Soulful Necessities.com says:

    I made my boards this past weekend and they turned out great. Thank you for the tutorial.

    1. Hi Diana! I’m so glad they turned out great for you, I use mine all the time! Have a great day! πŸ™‚