DIY Moving Blog Workstation

Y’all, I’m gonna be completely transparent here.  I started this post 7 years ago. SEVEN.YEARS.AGO. For some reason, I just kept procrastinating. Maybe because it wasn’t food? I honestly have no idea, but it’s happening today, my dear www friends.

THIS is something that has completely changed how I work from a photography standpoint. My (now) ex-husband made this based on what I told him I needed. I absolutely adore this thing. 

This all-in-one workstation has wheels, storage space on the bottom, interchangeable wood slats in different colors, and metal pipe poles on the back holding interchangeable backdrops. I wanted to share this will y’all because I get so many inquiries regarding it. I’m going to show you photos, and give you a list of materials at the end of this post. The only thing I would have done differently is use wheels (casters) with brakes. 

Now, what you see below looks a bit different than what it looks like today. Not only have my prop and photography collections grown, but this handmade piece of furniture is so important to me and my work.

2013 – 
Blog Workstation on Wheels

2019 – 

Notice the difference here; we added galvanized pipes on the back side to hold interchangeable backdrops.

Where’s the little photog props on the bottom you ask?

They’re right here – 

Now I have shelving to hold my props, and that’s not even ALL of it. This is what 9 years into food blogging looks like!

Mark named my rolling station a BWOW (blog workstation on wheels). Now, he just calls it my WOW. If there’s one thing I could say about Mark – he just loves to make shit. If I mention something I have in mind that will make life easier for me, typically he’ll make it happen.

“THIS is something that has completely changed how I work from a photography standpoint.”

Me

If he doesn’t know how to do something, he’ll figure it out. At that point it becomes personal for him and the end result is usually better than what I had in mind to begin with. Needless to say, he’s type A and a little OCD.

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I wanted something that I could use as a photo shoot table, that would store most of my blog props (yeah, right), and be portable. I was sick of the whole setting up and taking down job in the middle of my kitchen floor by the windows.

This is really no big deal if you’re comfortable using a table saw. You won’t catch my ass using it, but I’m fortunate that he’s a skilled man.

This is Mark cutting the boards to make the frame.

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Frame built.

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IMGP6826 He made interchangeable wooden planks that he sanded down for a distressed finish after painting, however, this is optional.  IMGP6793

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Planks before sanding.

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Planks after sanding.

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The wheels on the bottom are 4″ Carlisle casters. The only thing I would have done differently is to buy the casters with locks.

Remember when I told y’all that he’s my Sparky? Look – he really is…

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sparky Ha!

Here’s your list for Home Depot!

1 sheet 3/4″ plywood
4 2x4x8 framing studs
10 feet 1 inch molding
2 4x4x8 posts
1 box 1/2 in wood screws
1 box 2 1/2 in wood screws
9 1x4x8 pine boards
4  4″ casters
Paint
Stain
Sandpaper
2  3′ x 1/2″ round threaded galvanized pipes
2 1/2″ pipe flanges

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