Wood Boards for Food Photography ~ This is a quick do-it-yourself post for all my food blogging friends or anyone who has ever wanted to know how to make aged and weathered looking wood boards for food photography or any other project you may need them for.
I’ve been blogging for a little over a year now and for half that time I have been in search of antiqued, aged and weathered looking wood boards like the ones I’ve used in my last four post. To my surprise there wasn’t anyone selling anything like this out there. At one point I thought about buying old barn side wood, but the shipping was outrageous and the colors limited to red, blue and white.
So I finally decided I was going to make my own. I have to tell you I’m not a crafter by any means and I’m not handy-but I am resourceful. Less than 30 minutes later I was I had a car full of wood and paint supplies.
A few notes:
- My boards are approximately 3×3 sq. ft., but make your boards to the size you need. Home Depot has great customer service and they will saw to specification (within reason of course).
- When selecting planks, make sure to lay each piece on the ground to check for oddly shaped or bowed pieces. For a more rustic look, search for the roughest pieces.
- The key to a more weathered look is thinning the paint with water. Darker shades of paint may require more water for a thinner consistency.
Here’s how to make aged and antiqued wood boards for food photography:
- Materials: Six foot boards sawed in half, test size containers of paint, roller brush, paint pan,
- Method: Pour half of paint container in the paint pan and add approximately ½ cup of water (or more to thin to preferred consistency) and mix. Dip roller brush in paint, and then roll it a few times in the pan to get rid of excess paint on the brush. Roll dipped roller paint brush over wood once and let dry.