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Old 14th of January 2011 (Fri)   #1
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Question Distressed Wood Background... how?

Hi all, I'm looking to create or buy a distressed wood boarded panel that I can use as a floor or a background. My question is where would I get the wood from or how could I create the aged effect?

I'm in Manchester UK.

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Default Re: Distressed Wood Background... how?

you might have a look at tongue and groove laminate flooring to see if they have anything suitable. I did this test shot to find a suitable blanket for a "hanging baby" shot and used this section of laminate flooring as a background. I assembled 10 planks for the shot, and then disassembled them afterwards as storage space is limited for me. I simply leaned the assembled unit against the wall with duct tape holding it in place. If shine is an issue, you can spray it with dulling spray, available at any craft store. I THOUGHT I would get shine from this but did not, but in going for a worn barnwood look, you might have an issue there.
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Default Re: Distressed Wood Background... how?

I was actually looking at getting several styles of wood floor to use as backgrounds, too. One of the things I thought about doing in order to have a steady stand to hold the flooring was to get 2x4's and have a grove in them for the flooring to slide into once the flooring pieces were assembled. The 2x4's would have a base to support the entire "frame." This would all be portable, relatively light and provide a safe base for the flooring pieces.

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Maybe this?

Not sure how realistic this would look, but it would definitely be a lightweight solution.
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You mentioned create so I will assume you have some woodworking skills. The easiest and fastest place to get distressed wood is shipping pallets. Another source would be old buildings, drive around out in the country find and old barn or shed (one that's falling down) and ask the owner if you can have some of the wood
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