I’ve been wanting to “up the game” in my furniture staging. Since I don’t haul my pieces inside to take pictures, I’ve been looking for some new options like a faux hardwood floor photo prop. I saw a painted and stained floor on pinterest. However I didn’t really want to go to the trouble of painting my lines on the underlayment I purchased for under $12 at Home Depot.
Underlayment is for subflooring, and it’s sold in a 4x8 sheet. Eight feet was a little longer than I needed so I cut it to size.
Instead of painting my lines on the underlayment, I used a Sharpie Oil Paint Bold Marker and Drywall T-Square to keep the lines straight.
After drawing the long lines east to west, I then drew the shorter lines north to south. The beauty about the Sharpie pen is it dried really quickly, and it was ready for stain in no time.
I used some Minwax Hickory Gel Stain , applying it with an old paint brush and then wiping off the excess with a rag.
You can see where I wiped off the gel stain I just applied.
After allowing the gel stain to dry, I applied some Minwax Semi Gloss Polycrylic with a foam applicator.
Hardwood Floor Photo Prop
Voila! here it is in use when I staged my dresser tv stand! I already had the stain and poly on hand, so the only thing I had to pay for was the underlayment and the Sharpie. So, I have a new faux hardwood floor photo prop for less than $20.
This is of course great for staging furniture pieces, but it could also be helpful for budding photographers.
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Wowza! Gail, you made my year with this tutorial!! I’ve been wanting a much larger vinyl backdrop, but couldn’t find one. Now I can make my own. Yippee!
Awesome Susan! I'm so happy you found this tutorial for the faux floor backdrop.
Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
Happy to feature you at our party this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!
Denise on a whim
So clever! I really need to get making this for my photos! Thanks for the idea 🙂
what a great idea! I need to get some backdrops so everyone doesn't see my paint splattered floor and unfinished projects around the stuff I make.
WOW! This is amazing! Thank you for sharing
Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
Oh you clever girl! That is a totally awesome (and thrifty) idea Gail! It looks like the real deal!
This is awesome!!! Just what I needed 🙂 Thank you for sharing.
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. Happy to inspire you.
Brilliant! It really does look so authentic.
Cynthia - Clockwork Interiors
What a great idea, Gail!
What?!! You made it?! Wow Gail this was totally genius! You are my HERO!! Pinned!
You know me... I'm a HUGE fan of faux wood floors! I totally give this TWO THUMBS UP! Great job Gail. Patricia
Amazing idea! I may have to create one! Love it!
Hi Gail! Haven't dropped a comment in a while. You now have a Wonderful!! prop / idea. I love it. I could use that under my sewing machine table to keep strings off the carpet. Sewing strings/small pieces of fabric, etc on carpet is not a good mixture for tidiness.
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Julie @ follow your heart woodworking
Great idea, and you could do something different on the back, so you have two looks.
You have amazed me yet again!
Beautiful as always! You are such an inspiration
Oh Wow.....looks great, like a real floor.....Great job.
Your so clever...!!
WOW!!!! What an awesome idea and an fabulous back drop for a photo shoot. You have really kicked it up and I am sure that will be lots of people giving this a shot.
I think I'm going to need to do this too! I don't have the energy to schlep things in and out of the house for pictures, my garage studio is where it all happens anyway.
Such a great idea!
Genius! Seriously genius. Fantastic idea. Will have to do this when I get into more furniture painting.
Another great idea. I have been thinking about doing something similar to the subfloor in some of the rooms in our house. Instead of staining, I am thinking about painting the subfloor white and then drawing the lines to make it look like and old painted hardwood floor. Old carpet needs to go but, I'd like a cheap alternative to new flooring for a while. You have inspired me to think more about this.
Robin @ Redo It Yourself Inspirations
What a clever idea! It looks amazing, Gail!