DIY Rolling Backdrop

For as much as I’m constantly trying to get done, I’m pretty lazy; not in habit, but in method. It can be my downfall, but sometimes, it works to my advantage. I’m reminded by a quote by Bill Gates:

“I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”

Oh, I’ll do the job. I just want to find the easiest way to do it.
Which brings me to a photography related project I recently completed: A makeshift duo sided rolling backdrop. Black & white seamless paper are the most common colors I find myself having to set up for photos & videos, so I wanted to find a way to quickly & easily have them at my fingertips, without having to mess with 9′ seamless paper rolls. I found plans for a furniture staging walls here & set out to make a similar version for myself.


My builder suggested that we use plywood instead of drywall & framing, which was a brilliant idea, because this thing is SO easily movable & drywall would have added at least 10lbs to it. At 8′ tall, this thing is a beast, but so versatile. I couldn’t wait to paint it.


Remember the part about me being “lazy” ? I was picking something up at Walmart & didn’t want to make another stop to get paint at Lowes, so Walmart brand would have to do. This was my first time using anything other than brand name/speciality paint, but I was pleasantly surprised. You don’t need the fancy stuff for this project, folks. Anything matte will do.


One coat of white/black on each side, & it’s finished ! The black side makes for a super fast additional look during photo shoots & the white side is an awesome GIANT reflector. I can also easily throw fabric backdrops up there & roll them all around the studio. It can even be used as a scrim for when I want to block the natural light that comes in when I open the garage door.  I seriously love this thing !

x-SM-broken-matt-hardy-Expensive professional backdrop ? Nope ! Trusty DIY roller 🙂

I know I’ll be getting a ton of use out of this project & will post an update in a few months. Stay tuned to my blog & website, for the results !

Author: Rebecca Hardy

A native New Yorker, Reby Sky took a deep interest in the arts from an early age. Classically trained in ballet & theatre, she began her career in dance, performing in off-broadway venues & competing in dance competitions throughout the United States. Reby has also been featured in numerous instructional dance videos, including "Bellydance Your Way to Cardio" & "Bellydance for Mothers & Daughters".  Also formally trained in classical piano under master-pianist Rosario Garriga, Reby has performed in concert halls throughout the East coast, and attended the LaGuardia School of Music & Art & the Performing Arts - The "FAME" school - as a major in music.  In addition to dance, theatre, & music, Reby added professional football player to her repertoire in 2008; She signed with the LFL (Lingerie Football League) for a brief period of time before resigning for personal reasons.  Working as a successful model, Reby Sky has appeared in numerous national & international publications including, but not limited to Esquire, STUFF Magazine, Supermodels Unlimited, & PLAYBOY. Also making the jump into live media, Reby has appeared on television shows such as SPIKE-TV's "Midnight Spike" as a guest host & on TLC-TV's "Date Patrol" as a guest dance instructor. She has been featured in dozens of print ads and in numerous television advertisements, as well as internationally aired music videos. In 2009, Reby was named Miss Howard TV of the Year by the Howard Stern Show. She is also known within the sports world as the "NY Giants Girl".    Also working in broadcast media, Reby performed as an on-air talent for Sirius/XM Radio on the pro-wrestling show, "Busted Open”. Previous radio experience includes work as a sports correspondent for Clear Channel radio station, 98 Rock in Tampa, FL. Reby was also the host of her own radio show, "Digital Photography on the Radio", on 1010am Sports Radio (CBS) in 2008. In the world of professional wrestling, Reby is best known for her work on TNA Impact Wrestling, where she performed as a wrestler & recurring character from 2014-2017. Sky previously worked as a backstage interviewer, color commentator & professional wrestler for Lucha Libre USA Masked Warriors on MTV2. Reby currently lives in Cameron, North Carolina with her husband & two beautiful boys & is the owner/operator of

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