The Blue Room
Frustrated by the same old locations and backgrounds, I decided to build a set that looked like an old house. To make things even harder, I gave myself a couple rules I had to follow.
1. It had to be light enough to move around by myself.
2. It had to tear down and fit in my garage so I could park my vehicles inside.
3. It had to have a window to shine light through.
4. It and to be 2 walls that come together in a corner.
5. Had to have a wood floor.
I decided to build it out of 1x4 pine, 16 inches on center and instead of sheet rock I would use muslin background material stretched over the frame like a canvas. I stapled it all across the edges and gave it a coat of primer so the paint would stick. Then I found an old window at a surplus store and bought some trim to make the baseboard and molding on one of the walls. I wanted a textured, layered look to the paint so I used three different shades of blue, starting with the lightest and ending with the darkest. The last two coats I was not worried about good coverage because I wanted the previous coats to show through.
Next I bought 1x12s and stained them to make the floor. Overall I and happy with the results although it ended up costing me more than I thought it would when I started $400-$500. If you find repurposed wood you could cut this in half I’m sure. I recently did a test shoot as shown above. The window still needs window molding so I didn’t shoot that wall yet.