fab furniture photo studio, phase one.

The potting shed is well on its way to becoming a fab photo studio!

First up, I scraped the existing pink walls and then used the hose to power wash the interior.

summer house beforeAt that point, I realized that there was yet more scraping to be done.  Sigh.  I hate prep work.

Next came two coats of white over everything.

white studio

This is some serious whiteness.

Time to add some interest to the floor.  I contemplated a damask stencil, but in the end I just had to go with my standby fave, a diamond pattern.

Out came the tools of the trade.

photo studio floor supplies

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t like to tape when I paint a floor.  The taping takes so much time, and you go through so much tape.  You also have to deal with bleed thru.  Of course, you could tape it all, then paint with the base color again to prevent paint bleeding under the tape.  But, then that is another step as well.  Personally, I’d rather just draw the pattern on the floor and paint it in freehand.  I have a pretty steady hand for this, but a good angled brush makes it fairly easy.  Also, it really doesn’t have to be absolutely perfect in here.

I started by finding the exact center of my floor, and then I started measuring out from there, using a square to keep the lines nice and straight.

photo studio floor process

If you look closely, you can see that I originally drew a smaller square, but then decided I wanted them a little larger.

After several hours of back breaking work (seriously, I am getting too old for crawling around on the floor for 4 hours), I have a fab floor that I totally love!

photo studio floor

I think this is going to make an awesome backdrop for furniture photo shoots.  As I have found with my grey and white striped walls in the house, pretty much any color furniture looks great with this combo.  And on the rare occasion when it just doesn’t work, I can always throw a rug down.

Just for kicks, I decided to do a trial run photo shoot.

photo studio chair

As I hoped, the studio does work like a big walk in light box.

photo studio bee balm

So far, so good.  Next up, Ken and I came up with a great solution for that back window.  We’re going to work on it next week.

I also am revamping the cabinet that will go back in here and contain my photo props.  Stay tuned!

11 thoughts on “fab furniture photo studio, phase one.

  1. Most excellent Linda! Love how the diamonds on the floor repeat the ones in the window! Like your bee balm too we grow that here.
    I just read your reply on your stairs last night I am sure you will figure it out.


    1. That bee balm can get away from you if you’re not careful. I bet it can really go to town in the south! Also, I keep planting what is supposed to be pink bee balm, and ending up with red down the road. Luckily it’s planted in a spot where the red works.


    1. Thanks! I think it’s going to be fun to have a spot exclusively for photo shoots. Don’t think I’ll use it in the dead of winter, but most of the year it should be great.


  2. Great progress. I have tortured my back a few times painting diamonds on my floors too. Once you recover you can revel in the beauty of a great painted floor. Kudos to you for freehanding it. I extended the agony by taping but I had to prime and then apply two coats. Looking forward to seeing how you treat the window. Are you thinking shutters?


    1. I’d love to say I did that on purpose, but I never even noticed how the diamond pattern on the window and floor matched until you and Victoria pointed it out. Duh!


  3. I can’t believe you did those diamonds by hand – they really turned out beautiful. And I had to go back and look at the the pictures too – to see that the diamond pattern was in the windows. LOL Good eye for several of your blog watchers!


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