It’s time to get real. This whole blogging process has forced me to be a lot more open than I normally am. Every post is putting a little bit of me out there, which is something that I’m just not used to doing. Blogging has forced me to improve in areas that I don’t excel in (eh hem – photography) and continue to do the things that I love (like everything DIY) and share it with all of you! Although I am loving the overall blogging process, challenges and all, I must admit, there are parts about all of this that I just don’t love doing.
Staging photographs is one of those areas that is not my favorite. I told you I was going to get real in this post, so let me be honest with you. I usually dread setting up a project before photographing it. Most of the time, I exclude everything else from the picture and just take a photo of the object (a big “no-no”, I know). But before we get to that dilemma, let’s talk about the part I enjoy – painting and creating! This post contains affiliate links, marked with an asterisk. Feel free to read about our disclosure policy here.
I found this metal cart at an estate sale, and although I actually liked the green, it was a bit scratched and dinged up, and I didn’t think the green would appeal to many others, so I decided to spray paint it. I used Rustoleum spray paint in a satin finish and gave the cart two coats of paint.
I found this paper at a local stationary store and knew it would be perfect for my little cart. I laid it out and folded the ends so that the edges matched the inside lip of the cart. After cutting out each piece with a rotary cutter (nice clean, straight lines), I marked the corners off and cut the pieces off.
I sprayed each piece of paper with Clear Acrylic Spray* (this helps the paper to remain in tact when applying the top coat later on) and let dry. Then, I used Loctite High Performance Spray Adhesive* and sprayed both the top of the cart and the back of the paper, and with a steady hand, laid down the piece of paper.
After it dried, I applied 3 coats of Satin Polycrylic*, in the hopes of creating a strong finish to withstand use as a drink cart.
So, when I finished up this vintage metal cart, it was time to figure out how in the world I was going to photograph this large object and make it look semi-nice. Yep, I’m not even looking for beautiful here, just “nice”. Ugh. Welcome to my least favorite part of this whole process.
But then, as I started to get going, I actually began to enjoy this one. As I’m starting to develop my design style and collect unique finds from various sales, I realized I have a lot more options to choose from.
Some vintage blue mason jars, a copper watering can with sunflowers from the garden, and a basket and kitchen towels I had laying around the house…maybe this cart isn’t looking half bad.
Oh yeah, those chairs are vintage wooden folding chairs that I found at a thrift store a couple of months back and painted. They’ll be for sale at a flea market I’m selling at in a couple of weeks, but for now, they’re props!
I finally learned how to use my camera in manual mode, so taking the pictures is no longer a step I dread. In fact, once I’ve dragged myself through that process of staging a photo, I actually enjoy taking photos of it.
Right, so I think I actually made it look nice. But I told you I was going to get real in this post. Even though I enjoyed staging this photo this time around, it’s still not my cup of tea (or water).
Here’s the reality of this photo shoot:
One of the wheels in missing. (How do I loose everything? I had it a month ago…)
My gravel driveway is about two feet from that photo shoot. Gross.
Those are weeds, not grass.
I really still don’t enjoy staging photos.
But here’s what you get to see!
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