DIY Wood Background for Products

First off, happy fall y’all! Okay, technically it’s not fall just yet. But, it’s back to school time, which means fall. Am I right?! Who am I kidding I’ve still got my 4th of July decorations up.

Anyways! Now that fall is creeping up this is the most perfect time of the year to start getting down to business, perhaps revamping your business? Rebranding? (Psssst .. I have an entire article dedicated to branding your shop here) How about re-thinking the way your products are displayed online? Because you know, the way your products are displayed are a key factor of whether or not a customer will purchase your product.

A few weeks ago I really wanted to put more effort into marketing my products, so I took a photography class and I learned so so much. After learning how to work my DSLR camera I wanted to build a nice backdrop I could use for my products. Okay, so I should probably use the word “assemble” because I can’t build anything for sh*t 😉. I have zero building skills so I knew that I had to find a workaround. You can read more about that below.

Here is the full list of supplies that I gathered for my project:

  • 4 poplar boards .5″ x 3.5″ x 48″
  • Wood glue (I used Gorilla)
  • Walnut stain for wood
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Staining brush
  • Sand paper or a sanding block
  • Hammer (optional – not required)

About my supplies:

I found my wood in the “hobby wood” section of Home Depot. You could ask a worker where that is or you could look up “Poplar Board” on the Home Depot website and see what’s available at your store. The website will tell you what aisle and bay the wood is located at so you can pretend to know what you’re doing at Home Depot just like I did!

You’ll want to cut your boards in half so they’re 24″ long. If you don’t have the power tools at home there’s usually a person who can cut the boards for you at the store.

Next you’ll want to find a wood stain (I used a dark walnut) and pick up a staining brush as well as a regular paintbrush and don’t forget the wood glue (I used the brand Gorilla brand). One last thing, find some sand paper or a rough sanding block. You’ll have to go to a craft store such as Michaels to find the acrylic paint.

Once you’ve got your supplies in order you will have to plan your project accordingly. Since you’re going to stain wood and it will require drying so make sure you check that the weather will be nice for a few days. You will have to stain outdoors because doing it inside can be dangerous with all of the fumes.

When you have the perfect day to start your project put on some old clothes and lay some old towels on the ground outside to start your project.

Now before you start assembling the entire thing, if you want to achieve a really rustic effect at the end you’re going to have to beat your wood (woah, the sounded really r-rated). But seriously, take out a hammer and put some knicks and dents into the boards. I used both sides of the hammer to beat the boards up. Here’s a quick example.


Once you’ve beat your wood it’s time for fun!

First, lay down 6 of the boards all next to each other and leave little spaces in between each of the boards so the cracks are noticeable but don’t have too much space between.

Once they are all lined up perfectly draw lines of glue horizontally across the boards like the photo shown below. 

Next, lay one of your extra boards on top of the glue.


Do the same thing to the opposite side of the board that way all of the planks will stay in place once the glue dries! Once you’ve finished let the glue dry for at least an hour.

Once it’s dry it’s time for staining. Wear gloves to protect your hands, old clothes and a mask if you’re not sure you can handle the fumes. Wood stain is powerful. I actually love the smell of it.

Dip your staining brush into the stain and gently remove the excess by scraping the brush along the sides of the can, then lightly brush the stain onto the entire board except for the bottom.

Let the stain dry for an hour or so then add a second coat and let dry outside for 24 hours. 

Pro tip: don’t leave your project in the path of your sprinkler like I did.

When the stain has been completely dried it’s time to start painting. So grab your acrylic white paint and gently brush it on your boards in an up and down motion. When you achieve the color you like you can let it dry for another 24 hours.

When it’s all dry again you can start the fun part, distressing the wood! To do this just take your sand paper or sanding block and sand the paint down until the dark stain starts to show through in some areas.



And that’s all there is to it! Easy, right?! I love that this project required no cutting or power tools. Tag me in your finished projects on Instagram, my user is @christinaceoblog