When I first started blogging a few months ago, I really had no idea what I was doing. My backgrounds consisted of a few fabric napkins.
After taking the time to take a close look at the pictures that my favorite bloggers were posting, I realized that backgrounds could really set the mood.
I took it into my own hands (and with the help of my Grandfather), to build my own table tops. Since I don't have the space, or money, to buy multiple tables, building different table tops seemed like the best idea.
The first one I built was this one. It's a two sided table top, the other side looks like this, in blue. After that one, I simply painted an old wood plank I found in a closet, shown here. It has a rich texture that shows well in pictures. I like white backgrounds because they don't compete with the food. Plus it reflects light better, giving the photograph a dreamy effect.
Today, I'm going to show you how I built my newest faux table top. Shown in the first picture.
The measurements and materials are just suggestions. Use whatever you can find. These are just general guidelines for you to have in mind when building yours.
Total cost was under $10.00
This is what you need:
First Step: Arrange the wood pieces on top of the wood plank, the way you want them. As you can see by the picture, I didn't have enough wood pieces to cover the entire surface, that's ok. Make any changes now, before starting to nail them down. This is how the final product will look like.
Look at the edge on the picture below. I wanted to give my table top a raised edge look, kind of like a serving tray. So I put an extra wood piece on top of the normal layer. I did that on the entire edge.
Second Step: Nail the wood pieces together. One by one. This step takes time, depending on how big the table top is. You may need to use more than one nail per wood piece. I had to use two. One on each side.
Also nail the extra wood pieces to create a raised edge.
Third Step: Take a look at the final product. Decide if that's what you want. Come up with any changes. I didn't want to stop there. The way it looked by now was fine, rustic and handmade. But I wanted to paint it.
Fourth Step: Prepare the paint. I used a Bone White paint color. Just regular, hardware store paint, used to paint walls. In a small container, I mixed 1/2 cup of paint with 3 tbsp of water. Mixed it well with the paint brush, to get it ready.
You can use it without adding water. I wanted to give a wash, instead of applying thick paint. The final product looks lighter that way. It's also less shiny.
Fifth Step: Start painting. I had to be careful because the paint was very watery. Let the surface rest for 5 minutes before adding each layer of paint. I had to apply 5 layers to achieve the color I wanted. It's up to you to decide how you want yours to look.
I decided that I didn't want to paint the entire surface. That way, I had two new surfaces to use as backgrounds: a rustic wooden one and a white elegant one.
Sixth Step: Take a look at the final product. The paint is still wet in this picture, so I couldn't decide if that's the look I was going for yet. Let the paint dry completely before making any final decisions.
I'm happy with my table top. It looks rustic and elegant just like I wanted. The raised edge looks different from any other surfaces I've seen.
Remember that you can use any color, material and measurements you want. The final look is totally up to you.
You can see the white side in use on the first picture of this post.
The natural (non painted) side, can be seen in use on this post.
Let me know if you built your own!