DIY Photo Backdrop with White Barnwood EasyOff Mural

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 in front of my new white Barnwood Easyoff Mural Backdrop.

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

"My backdrop may be faux but photographs 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 while under the influence of pain meds.

DIY Photo Backdrop with White Barnwood EasyOff Mural


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

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

DIY photo backdrop MDF wall

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 the disaster room we call a bedroom, 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/InteriorFrugalista.com

This is what the back side of the photo backdrop wall looks like to give you an idea of how to construct it. Sorry for another blurry picture.

How we constructed our White Barnwood Photo Backdrop/InteriorFrugalista.com

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

How to apply the mural

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

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

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/InteriorFrugalista.com

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/InteriorFrugalista.com

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/InteriorFrugalista.com
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/InteriorFrugalista.com

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/InteriorFrugalista.com

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 and I captured it in a quick video. Sorry for the quality of the video. Again, I should not have been operating machinery under the influence of pain meds. Plus this was my first EVER video on the blog and we had poor lighting.


When you're determining the size you need to order, it is recommended you add an extra two-inches all around. The excess was easy to cut off using a sharp utility knife and a straight edge.

Removing excess off the White Barnwood EasyOff Mural Photo Backdrop/InteriorFrugalista.com

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

My EasyOff mural is only 6' x 5'6", too small to cover a wall but perfect for a photo backdrop. I would have loved it to be 6-feet tall and there is an option to print the image larger but at the risk of pixelation and unwanted blurriness. The recommended settings ensure a nice sharp print and so I caution you to pay careful attention to the maximum sizing options should you want to order a mural.

What to do with those extra 6-inches?

Proper Sizing for EasyOff Mural Photo Backdrop/InteriorFrugalista.com

We covered the shortage with crown molding glued onto the MDF photo backdrop.

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

Looks intentional, right?

I'm on the fence about whether I should keep the trim white or age it with dark wax or glaze. What do you guys think?

White Barnwood Easy-Off Mural DIY Photo Backdrop/InteriorFrugalista.com

I couldn't be more happy with my new white barn wood photo backdrop wall!

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

Now, here's another very cool thing about these EasyOff murals, 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.

You can find the EasyOff murals at InkShuffle, a Canadian company based out of Toronto.

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

If you have any questions about my new photo backdrop, please leave them in the comment section below or press the Contact Me button at the top of the blog to drop me an email. I love hearing from you!


DIY Photo Backdrop with White Barnwood EasyOff Mural

2 comments

  1. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I need this in the worst way! There is absolutely no place to photograph in my house! This is amazing! Pinning!

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    1. So glad you found this helpful, Susan! Like you, I had nowhere in this house to take decent photos of my furniture makeovers. If you have a garage, this is perfect to set in front of the garage doors when taking photos outdoors.

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