Food photography can be very challenging, but very fun. I enjoy playing with the food and props to create an eye-catching composition, but it can be difficult to find the right lighting and backgrounds for the pictures. We don’t have very much natural light in our kitchen, so I end up taking the dishes over by a window, which is why a portable surface is ideal. My best investment so far has been a marble slab because it creates a light, non-distracting surface and allows the food to be the main focus. However, I wanted to add a little more variety to my recipe photos, so I decided to make my own distressed wood background. I found this tutorial from Gimme Delicious and followed her steps, but used stain instead of paint for the base coat. It was pretty simple to build and adds a nice rustic feel to the images.
- 1 Pack of plank paneling
- 1 Can wood stain (I used red mahogany)
- 1 Can white paint
- Wood glue
- Old rag/brush to apply stain
- Paint brush (the cheap, wide bristle kind works well)
- Apply wood glue on the grooved side of the plank, then press the second plank into the groove and lay flat to dry. Repeat until you have 6 planks connected. I made two boards, each 6 planks wide.
- Use an old rag or brush to coat the planks with stain and let dry. You can either leave them like this or add paint for a distressed look (I left one plain and used white paint for the other).
- If you want the distressed look, use a paint brush to paint a light coat over the stain. The trick is to use a small amount of paint and quickly brush it over the stain in shorter strokes. I found that brushes with coarse bristles work better than fine. Let dry and then you’re good to go!