Homemade Wooden Photo Backgrounds (And A Story)
Ever since I saw how easily Lori and Lindsay made their own wooden photo backgrounds, I’ve been begging my husband to help me make some too. First let me say that I am not artistic. I knew I would need Paul’s help on this; he’s definitely the artist of the two of us. He loves woodworking and he has no problem spending hours upon hours in the garage.
Since we’ll soon be leaving our personal garage for a shared one in the city, he made these for me while cleaning out the garage. He came across some white oak and pine scraps that he used for building a boat two years ago. This leads me to a story that I’ve wanted to share on the blog for a long time; I talk about Paul so often here and thought it would be fitting to share how we met and how we got engaged, it’s a great story. Actually, it’s the best story I have to tell!
In January 2010, I started taking a class at my church in which I was in a group of young adults. I had recently moved to Kansas City, started attending this church and really wanted to just meet people my age, with similar interests.
One of the leaders of that group (and also the music leader for the class) was a guy named Paul. He had a guitar and a dry sense of humor that I couldn’t help but be drawn to. I remember him telling the group about the boat that he was building. Everyone jokingly called him “Noah.” We went on our first date about 6 weeks after the class started. There was BBQ and blues music involved and it’s safe to say I was knocked off my feet.
Paul continued to work on the boat during that winter, although I think that meeting me slowed down the progress. It was an amazing process to watch. It was nearing the finish line in late May. Paul’s birthday is June 12 so he decided that we would launch it the following day at a lake near our house. He worked tirelessly for those last couple of weeks to get it finished. Fiberglass, sanding, stain and paint filled his hours but it was finally done.
I made a picnic of boiled shrimp (his favorite), hummus and pita chips, strawberries and wine. We loaded everything up and launched the boat on a beautiful summer evening. We rowed out to the middle of the lake, ate our picnic and watched the sun begin to set. (I’m not kidding, typing all this out gives.me.butterflies.) As my wine glass got low, Paul asked if I needed more. He took my wine glass, turned around, set it down, and then turned back around with a diamond ring. He even got down on one knee, in the boat, as he asked me to marry him.
Obviously, I said yes. The ring did not end up in the lake, as both our moms were concerned. I was so surprised and telling the story still makes me weak in the knees. I couldn’t have planned it out any better myself.
We are great partners, loving this life that we get to live. My husband is so patient with me, supportive, loving and generous. He’s my best friend and my other half. I thank God, every-single-day for the blessing that Paul is in my life.
The specifics of the photo backgrounds:
The black one is made of pine planks. Paul made “tongue and groove” cuts with a router and then we wood-glued the planks together It’s painted with flat black paint. Just after the paint was applied, I took a clean rag and lightly swept it across to allow some of the pine color to show through.
The stained one is made of white oak planks, routed as described above and wood-glued together. It’s smaller than the pine background. It’s stained with different wood stains on each side. One stain is called “Golden Oak” and the other is called “Red Chestnut.”
If you’d like specific measurements or details on routing and/or wood glue, email me, and I’ll get the info from Paul.