distressed wood photo prop

I have had several of you email me asking me what I was using in some of my photo shots to get the distressed paint, so I thought I would share with you what it is exactly.  I have used this distressed wood photo prop in a few of my latest “product photo shoots”.  Ha—That sounds a lot fancier than it really is!

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{mississippi mud brownie recipe}

Do you remember the Mr. and Mrs. Anniversary sign that I shared with you a few months back? Well, I reclaimed that wood from an old bench swing that we inherited when we purchased our house 8 years ago.  We had great intentions to spruce it up again but it sat under our porch…F.O.R.E.V.E.R!  Chances are it wasn’t going to happen.  So I rescued it from the garbage can…literally minutes before the garbage man came.  I took this picture after my husband so heroically pulled it out of the big black garbage can.


I saved the wood that we did not use and knew someday I would find another use for it.  I finally realized I could use it as a fun way to add some interest and texture to my photos for this here blog of mine.

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The boards were pretty much the same length after we removed them from the swing.  So, I simply took an old piece of scrap wood, that we pulled out of our kitchen soffet in our recent kitchen remodel, and covered it with Gorilla Wood Glue.  Then placed the wood planks on the wood.

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I added some heavy cans to weigh it down and give the glue a good hold to form a good seal and let it dry for a good hour or so.

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Then I took some Minwax Polycrylic Sealant that we had laying around and gave it three coats allowing it to dry between each new coat.

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This will prevent the paint from peeling off any further and it worked like a charm.

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It has provided a fun way for me to add some interest and texture to my photos.

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{homemade lemonade recipe}


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  1. says

    This is such a great idea. Although, I must admit, I want it on my coffee table to use as a vase for a fun display!

    Thanks Amy!

    • says

      You could probably turn something like that into a table top pretty easily. Throw some trim around the edge of it and you are good to go.

  2. says

    Love it. I should probably do “product photo shoots” more often instead of running outside for the brief 10 seconds I have a day to actually document what I’ve done that day. LOL! You are such a good example :)

    • says

      Ha! Well, I do use the term “photo shoots” lightly. I just leave this out on my covered back porch and take my pictures right there. The word is definitely more fancy than what I actually do. It just makes me sound cool :)

  3. Suzanne says

    That’s a wonderful idea! The texture adds a lot to the photos without detracting from the subject.

  4. says

    Thank you for sharing this…it gets me thinking outside the box. Even though I don’t have this type of wood around the house, I’m gonna keep my eyes open at thrift stores, yard sales…even if I see something set out on trash day!

  5. Harmony says

    I’m your newest fan! I just spent the last hour searching your blog and all things wonderful. I’m totally in love with all the photog tips. And as a newbie photography hobbiest I really appreciate the tips. Trial and error takes FOREVER! Thanks for all your great stuff. :)


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