I wonder—are you impatient like I am? When I get something in my head, I just feel the need to get started and see it through immediately. My daughter Jamie is the same way…wonder where she gets it? I had this brilliant idea that I needed a new photography backdrop for staging my furniture pieces.
My friend Catherine gave me the idea to use a drop cloth backdrop, and I’ve been using it for months and it’s worked well.
So, I got these ideas for some photography backdrops and floors but we are in the dead of winter. We had a couple of nice days in January, and I made a run to Home Depot to buy some 2×4’s and such.
I had never really framed a wall before, but it went together really quickly. Of course it would have been easier if I hadn’t had to bend over so much while building it on the ground.
I had to trim one of the pieces of drywall to fit my frame. You will see why in a minute.
I secured the drywall to the new frame with screws.
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Then I built the portability of my new wall! I used 2 small furniture dollies and some 2×4’s to allow my wall to be moved around. I put 2 gate handles on each side of the wall to help roll the wall around. This is the carport where I normally do my painting with my Homeright Finish Max. You can see that this new portable wall will not fit in the carport. This is also where I hang my drop cloth backdrop.
Now I have to tell you like my mom use to say “Do as I say, not as I do”. My wall is a little tipsy, and might be prone to being blown over by a big gust of wind. As long as I have it parked up against this carport, it’s not going anywhere. If you choose to use furniture dollies, I would definitely recommend using the larger ones.
While the drywall mud was drying, I got busy ripping some thin plywood (underlayment) on the table saw. Because a full sheet is difficult for me to handle, I ripped my pieces a little over 12” in width. (Plank on the right) After I got all my 12” pieces ripped, I then ripped those in half to be about 6” wide. (planks on the left).
I used washers as spacers and my Ryobi Airstrike Stapler to attach the planks.
Although I could have made each plank extend the entire length of the wall, I chose to cross cut some so that it would look more realistic in pictures. I did follow a pattern working my way up the wall.
I filled the holes, then used a quick coat of diy chalky paint (as a primer) on my new plank wall. You could stain your plank wall if that’s the look you prefer.
Remember earlier when I told you that I had to trim the drywall? This is why. The garage door clearance is right at 8’. However, these trim boards are more like 7.5 feet from the driveway. I measured many times to make sure that this portable wall would be as tall as possible, but still clear the boards. I tested to make sure it really would clear the opening as soon as I got the wall secured to the wheels (dollies)
I do not know what that line is that appears to be on the drywall? Maybe it’s a shadow?
Here is the wall at work allowing me to stage this dresser tv stand. You might want to check out the EASY DIY hardwood floor photo backdrop.
Here’s what it looks like all set up with the baseboard and the flooring. I’m really thrilled that the idea in my head actually worked to become a reality.
The actual width of the wall is 8’, however the space between the dollies is about 77” which may cause me to be a little creative with larger pieces.
Even so, it’s considerably taller than the drop cloth backdrop is.
As of now, the drywall side of this portable wall is unfinished due to the snowy winter weather we have been having. I will update this post when it’s finished. In addition, you will see it in use in future projects.
I feel like a little girl at Christmas. I’m so excited to use my new toy!! Do you think you could use your very own Photography Backdrops and Floors for staging your “beauty shots” ?
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