Creating a Backdrop for my Booth

Cleaning before painting.

I've mentioned before that I'm working on improving the display at my furniture booth. It's always a work in process, but I plan to focus on the walls to create a backdrop for my furniture. I found these louvered doors recently at the ReStore for a few bucks and thought they would make a good foundation for the backdrop on one of the three walls that I have to work with.

A pair of louvered doors from the ReStore.

I realized after I brought the doors home that they were taller than the walls at my booth. The store does not permit any items taller than the walls, so I plan to have my husband cut the bottom panels off to create two shutters instead. I'll use the panels to create another backdrop on one of the other walls.

Before image of louvered doors from the ReStore.

In the meantime, I didn't want to wait until my husband has the time to cut the doors, so I decided to go ahead and paint them. I'll touch up the paint on the cut areas afterwards.

But first the doors needed to be cleaned. I'm fairly certain no one reading this needs a photo of me cleaning the doors. However, I must point out this is an extremely rare photograph of me with manicured nails, ha ha!

Rare photograph of me with manicured nails, lol.

Back to the project at hand . . . I choose French Linen for a warm neutral color for the backdrop. I decided to make the doors reversible and painted the other side in a mixture of Louis Blue and Paris Grey (which I call Bluey-Grey). Versatility is key as the booth set up is ever-changing.

French Linen paint.

The louvers on the doors are fixed so I used the tip of my angled brush to paint the frame where it meets the wood louvered slats. I used the flat side of the brush to paint the front of the slats.

How to paint louvered doors.

I painted the perimeter of the louvered panels and then filled in the rest.

Painting louvered doors.

The first coat went on quickly and I painted the second door while the other dried. Both doors got a light second coat. I wasn't going for perfection and let a bit of the original white show through for a bit of dimension and a weathered effect. After the second coat was dried I flipped the doors over and painted the back side of the doors in the blue/grey color.

First coat of paint applied.

I needed to bring the doors inside for the time being, so I tucked them behind a cabinet in my breakfast room. I sort of like them here and think they would look great with a wreath hanging on them.
Louvered doors tucked behind a cabinet in my breakfast room.

I didn't seal paint since I'll be doing some touch ups after the doors are cut. But I gathered together some items to demonstrate how to use the doors as a backdrop in a staged vignette. The pieces I used weren't ideal (mainly the colors used), but the layout concept is more to the point for this blog post.

French Linen Side:

Louvered doors painted in French Linen.

I didn't have an s-hook handy to hang the wreath, so I just used a clothing hanger. I have a white wreath in the booth that will look great against the French Linen.

French Linen color for backdrop.

The original white shows through for a weathered effect.

Bluey-Grey (Louis Blue + Paris Grey):

Louvered doors painted in Louis Blue and Paris Grey.

 It's a little difficult to see in the photo, but here's a side-by-side of the two colors on the backdrop:

French Linen on left. Louis Blue and Paris Grey on right.

Building a Staging Vignette:

Design elements for a booth space.

The staging I used today was just to create a quick set-up for the blog photos. I will use different items in the booth, but I wanted to share the concept I used to create the vignettes.

Each display was created first with 3 rectangular areas for the background (outlined in the photos below in pink). In front of that I built three more rectangles (outlined in yellow). Then I started filling in the rectangles with smaller items. I will try to incorporate this plan when I add the backdrop to the booth.

Using the rule of thirds to create a vignette.

Create a backdrop then add layers to create a vignette.

Well this sure ended up being a long post about some old doors. But if you made it this far then I thank you indeed for hanging in there to the end! Stay tuned for more updates as I continue to work on improving the staging and styling of my booth space.


  1. Very helpful! I too have a booth space that presents staging challenges.

    1. I'm glad you found the information helpful Sonya.


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