all painted!

Article first published as DIY whiteboard for food photographyon Technorati.

For the longest time, I thought that food photographers who had those white washed boards lived in Florida because there’s no way you could take pictures outside of your picnic table year-round. Then I realized… duh! They made a white board!

So a few weeks ago, I went to Home Depot to pick up the cheapest wood they had, got one of the guys there to slice it in half for me, came back, nailed it together and painted it. Best part? It was dirt cheap! The wood only cost $5.00 ($1.25 a panel) and I had some white paint left over which more than did the trick.

Below is a DIY of how you can do it yourself!

the perfect cupcake!
Everything just looks so much more elegant with a white washed wooden table!


Here’s what you’ll need-


  • Paint & Paintbrush
  • 4 panels of 1′ x 3′ x 8′ wood
  • Nails
  • Hammer

You can easily find it at a hardwood store near you and shouldn’t cost over $1.50 a panel. You’ll want to slice all four boards in half (they should be able to do it for you for free at the store). Using one half, you’ll want to slice it into thirds (you’ll have one 1/3rd panel left over; you can use that to mix the paint).

nailed down

1) Start out by lining the boards flat on the ground and side by side. Make sure that nice side is facing the ground and the bad side is facing upwards. Then, taking one 1/3rd segments, place it perpendicular to the boards. Then hammer a nail into the middle.

hammering the nail in

2) Proceed by hammering a nail into the side and eventually one to each board. Make sure you’re using thin nails.

diy white board

Repeat on the other side

aligning it on the side

Make sure everything is aligned and nothing sticks out


Time to mix the paint!

time to paint!

Start painting away!

on the side

And there you have it! Easy to lift and carry. You’ll want to let it dry overnight.

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