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November 10, 2015

DIY White Barnwood EasyOff Mural Photo Backdrop {with Ink Shuffle}

Good Morning Friends,

I was hoping today was the day I could tell you that I got the okay to resume normal activities. Unfortunately, that's not the case and I have a few more weeks of physiotherapy under my belt.  I've been itching to head down to the workshop to get dirty with some paint.   I've got so many projects on the workbench queue.  But I am so excited that when I do, I can share those completed projects front of my NEW PHOTO BACKDROP!

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, a few days before my surgery I shared a photo of a lovely parcel that arrived on my doorstep. Thanks to the good folks at InkShuffle, a Canadian company based out of Toronto, I received a fabulous White Barnwood Easy-Off Mural!

While I received a product in exchange for a review, all opinions, mural choice and words in this post are 100% that of my own. I accepted this offer because I believed it was a product that would bring value to you, my readers.

A DIY White Barnwood EasyOff Mural Photo Backdrop/

Doesn't that Barnwood look like the real thing!

Too excited to wait until after my six-week recovery, I had Mr. Frugalista install it

...the day after my surgery.

Perhaps not a good idea because it is evident in some of the photos that I clearly had no business operating a camera.

Close up of the details on the White Barnwood Easy Off Mural used for my DIY Photo Backdrop/

It took days for me to narrow down my choice from the hundreds of Easy-Off Wall Murals available at Ink Shuffle.  I kept going back to this White Wood Background

There isn't a wall to be had in this house suitable for taking photos. Last year Mr. Frugalista and I built a portable 6' x 6' backdrop that I can easily slide out from a bedroom disaster zone with furniture stacked to the rafters, into our adjacent family room. Initially, we built the backdrop to fold in half (hence the seam in the middle) but that ended up being a nuisance.

DIY Photo Backdrop Before applying White Barnwood EasyOff Mural/

The backdrop used to have white beadboard paintable wallpaper on it.  After the laborious task of stripping the paper from the hardboard, we Mr. Frugalista got busy installing the new mural.

It came in 16" wide panels that are numbered for easy installation.

White Barnwood EasyOff 16 inch numbered Mural Panels for Photo Backdrop/

They are pre-pasted and all you have to do is soak in water for 2 minutes to activate the adhesive. Sorry for the blurry photo...again, I should not have been operating a camera.

Presoak White Barnwood EasyOff Mural Panels before installing on Photo Backdrop/

But first we (hard to relinquish control) HE sized the wall by marking the first row to ensure a nice straight line.

Marking straight line for the first White Barnwood EasyOff Mural Panel on the Photo Backdrop/

They were so easy to hang because each panel has a mark that you line up over one another on the top and bottom.

Line up guides on the White Barnwood EasyOff Mural Panels for Photo Backdrop/

It was really easy to adjust the panels while lining them up and we were surprised by how the paper didn't wrinkle in the process.  The air bubbles that appeared under the paper were few and easily removed with a wallpaper brush.

Two rows completed - easy peasy!

After applying two White Barnwood EasyOff Mural Panels onto the Photo Backdrop/

The entire wall was finished in mere minutes.  Afterward he simply wiped the panels with a cloth to remove any excess moisture.

Wiping excess moisture from the White Barnwood EasyOff Mural Panels on the Photo Backdrop/

Another thing that's so awesome about these murals is that they are Easy-Off which is perfect for renters!  There is no messy scraping or steaming and the panels essentially peel off in seconds without damage to either the wall or the paper!

We decided to put that to the test when we had to readjust the last panel after it was dry.  Here it is captured on video.


Not only did I have no business taking photos while under the influence of the general anesthetic, I definitely had no business taking video!  Sorry, I have to apologize for the quality of that video.  Poor lighting (hence the reason I changed it to black & white), didn't use a tripod, aaaaaaand, this is my FIRST blog video EVER.

When you're determining the size you need to order, Ink Shuffle suggests you allow for an extra 2" all around.  The excess was easy to cut off using a sharp x-acto knife and a straight edge.

Removing excess off the White Barnwood EasyOff Mural Photo Backdrop/

Removing excess from the sides of the White Barnwood EasyOff Mural Photo Backdrop/

Some, not all murals, come in a maximum size of 8'w x 5'h and mine was one of them. My photo backdrop is 6' x 6' but I REALLY wanted this particular mural. I managed to order it in 6'w x 5' 6"h, essentially 6" too short. There is an option to print the image larger, but it may lead to pixelation, unwanted blurriness or color effects. The recommended settings give a sharp print, as was the case with my gorgeous mural. So I caution you to pay careful attention to the maximum sizing options when ordering.

Proper Sizing for EasyOff Mural Photo Backdrop/

So we fixed that problem by gluing crown molding onto the top.

Crown moulding fixed incorrect sizing of White Barnwood EasyOff Mural for Photo Backdrop/

Looks intentional, right?

White Barnwood Easy-Off Mural DIY Photo Backdrop/

In case you're wondering how the backdrop is constructed, here is a picture of the back.  Sorry, another blurry picture.

How we constructed our White Barnwood Photo Backdrop/

I'm so thrilled with my "faux but photographs like the real thing" White Barnwood Photo Backdrop!

White Barnwood Easy-Off Mural Photo Backdrop looks like the real thing/

Ink Shuffle ships by Fed Ex anywhere in Canada and the USA. I was surprised by how quickly mine arrived on our doorstep.

Now, here's another very cool thing, you can create a personalized mural by uploading your own artwork or favorite photograph!  You may not want that photo of Aunt Myrtle's toothless grin as she blows out all 99 candles on her birthday cake, but you may want that awesome picture you took while strolling the streets of Paris on a feature wall.

As I said at the top of this post, Ink Shuffle has hundreds of murals available but they make browsing easy by having them organized by category in their Mural Gallery.

To learn more about the product, here is a link to Ink Shuffle's About Easy-Off Wall Murals.

A DIY Photo Backdrop using an InkShuffle White Barnwood Easy-Off Mural/

I can't wait for my first furniture photo shoot!

I'm on the fence about whether I should keep the trim white or make it look aged.  What do you guys think?

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