Quick and Easy Colorful Photo Backdrops

September 22, 2015 separator Blogging

DIY Colorful Photo Backdrops

Behr sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.

I used to shoot all my blog photos on a plain white backdrop, usually against a piece of white foam board. After awhile I decided I needed a little bit more POP in my life, as you can see from scrolling through my Instagram.

One of the biggest ways I incorporate color into my blog is through bright, happy photo backdrops. Read on to find out how to make your own!

DIY Colorful Blog Backdrops with BEHR Paint

Today’s tutorial shows you how to create your own backdrops with one coat of paint, and you can create these in as many colors as you want, especially since the sample size paint jars are the perfect amount to cover a single backdrop!

Pick several colors that you think are a great fit with your blog vibe. Here’s some inspiration for color palettes if you’re drawing a blank.

DIY Colorful Blog Backdrops Supplies


  • Plywood – 4’x8′ underlayment; have them cut it in half at the hardware store, making two 4’x4′ pieces from each board.
  • BEHR MARQUEE Interior Paint & Primer – one color for each plywood square; sample jars are the perfect size to cover a board, since you only need one coat of paint if you choose a color from the MARQUEE Interior One-Coat Color
  • Mini paint roller
  • Small plastic paint tray
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Lint-free dishcloth

DIY Colorful Blog Backdrops Step 1
1.   Your plywood squares might have some rough edges on the side that was cut at the hardware store. If so, use a fine grit sandpaper to smooth those edges.

2.   Use a damp, lint-free dishcloth to wipe away any dust on both sides and all four edges of each board. Let it dry completely before moving on to the next step.

DIY Colorful Blog Backdrops Step 2

3.   Stir up your paint container, and pour some into the paint tray. Dip the roller in, and run it along the ridges or dots on the top of the tray to distribute paint. Make sure it’s really saturated all the way around.

4.   Begin rolling on paint starting in the middle of the board, working your way out to the sides and edges.

DIY Colorful Blog Backdrops Step 3

5.   Make sure you’ve completely covered the full board with an even layer of paint, paying extra attention to the edges and corners.

6.   You only need to paint one coat if you’re using BEHR MARQUEE mixed with one of the MARQUEE Interior One-Coat Color Collection shades. Some limitations apply based on the surface you are painting. Click to learn more.

If you’ve had the paint mixed with a different color, check it out after it has dried for opacity. If you think you need it, go ahead and roll on one more coat.

DIY Colorful Photo Backdrops


This post is brought to you by BEHR®. Color that’s True to Hue. If you feel it you can find it. Visit True To Hue.​

Behr sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.


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  3. Great tutorial. I just painted my first pink backdrop recently and use it all the time! I love the colors you chose, and I love how you combined three backdrops into one photo. So clever!

    1. Thanks so much, Vanessa! <3

      I’d love for you to share pics if you end up making a set! You can tag with #shrimpsaladcircus

  4. I totally need to do this. I’m with you, I usually shoot against a white backdrop but I want to mix and brighten things up! Also, behr marquee is the only paint I’ll use when painting a room. The coverage is AH-mazing!

    1. Thanks, Tara! Definitely share pics if you end up making a set – they’re so convenient! You can tag with #shrimpsaladcircus

  5. What a great easy way to create multiple backdrops! I’m tempted to go out and buy little cans of all my favorite colors right now 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Hannah! Definitely share pics if you end up making a set – they’re so convenient! You can tag with #shrimpsaladcircus

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