If you saw my post yesterday about the rustic Christmas trees, did you notice that they weren’t staged in front of my privacy fence like I usually do? I have rigged up a new system. I got the idea from my friend Catherine (Freddy & Petunia) while I was at Haven in August.
Here is the dresser bench. You can see that it’s not the perfect solution—the drop cloth is a little wrinkled, but it looks better than this one:
This is what I used—a 9x12 drop cloth, a 2x4x10, 2 bungees, and a staple gun.
I stapled the drop cloth to the 2x4, and suspended it in front of my “paint booth” with bungees. When I’m done, I sort of fold the bottom up over the 2x4 a couple of times. Like I said, it’s not perfect, but it works for now. Ideally, I’d like to get a cardboard roll, maybe from a carpet store, so that it might be easier to put away.
I suppose if you know how to edit photos, you may be able to fill the background with a different color.
I closed up the summer shop yesterday, meaning I put away my work table, and stored would be projects until Spring. We are suppose to turn cold and get some snow and ice. It’s time to think about opening up the winter shop in the basement. Because of my shoulder injury I didn’t use that shop at all last winter.
I worked feverishly yesterday trying to get this kid’s bench painted. Here it is after a coat of DIY Primer and 1 ½ coats of semi-gloss. This is one of the projects that got moved into storage. It still needs a few touch-ups, hardware, and something soft—perhaps pillows or a cushion. Even though it’s not finished, I wanted to show you an update.
It was almost dark as I finished up, so I couldn’t test my new backdrop to take this picture.
Do you have a secret to staging/styling your painted pieces? I don’t have room in my house, nor am I able to drag them in even if I had a place to make them look homey. Do you have any suggestions to make my backdrop work better? Spill it! I’m all ears! I have a few months to perfect it.
EDITED to ADD! I came up with my own solution--It's a DIY portable Wall to use as a backdrop.