DIY Vintage Wooden Backdrop

Browsing through Pinterest one day I was inspired to make a Vintage Wooden Backdrop to go with my new magnolia wreath (inspired by watching Fixer Upper…I LOVE them!) In only a few steps I had just what I envisioned. Stick around and see how simple it is.


  • 1X4s (enough so you can make the size backdrop you need)
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • grey wood stain
  • white chalk paint
  • sander
  • fine grit sandpaper
  • hand saw and mitre box (or have the guy at Lowes or Home Depot cut your wood for you)
  • rag
  • metal connectors
  • screws
  • saw tooth picture hangers


  1. decide the dimension of your backdrop and cut your 1X4s to size (I knew I was hanging my wreath on it, so I went a bit bigger than my wreath)
  2. sand all edges of your wood cuts; they get ragged and you want rounded, softer edges so they don’t look so brand new
  3. stain your wood
  4. once your stain is dry, paint with chalk paint; two coats should do it!
  5. hand sand where you want the distressed look to show through 
  6. align your wood slats the way you want it (I purposely chose some pretty beat up wood and I made sure to put those where the wreath would NOT cover up that charm)
  7. flip your wood over and screw each connector to the back of the wood so that your slats stay put together
  8. add your sawtooth picture hangers at the top – I put two hangers on my backdrop because it was a bit heavy and thought it would be safer with two

I used a finishing nail and used that to hang my wreath on the backdrop. I eyeballed the whole thing and hung the wreath with that plastic thing that holds the price tag (I never took the tag off because I knew it would work well to hang without me doing any extra work!)

See? Simple. Farmhouse. Vintage. YAASSSSSS.

love & cupcakes,

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