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I have a fun post for you today. I am going to show you what it is like behind the scenes in the DIY blogging world. The pursuit of the perfect Pinterest-worthy picture leads to some crazy things behind the scenes.
One of the things I loved most about Kristen Duke’s photography class at Haven, was her behind the scenes shots. She showed us the beauty shot of the product or DIY project, then she pulled back and showed us what was going on just outside the camera’s view.
I try to keep it as real as possible around here, but I also want to show you my projects in their best light. I worked hard for them, and I want you to see them how I do. Often times, I share projects before the entire room is done. So, the area I am showing you might be picturesque, but the rest of the room behind the camera might be crazy.
Halfway through shooting my new magnetic photo trays and bar cart, I realized I wanted to share with you the reality around the beauty shot. This is a great example of a space, where I am sharing a project in an incomplete room. The primary reason for the chaos in this room is budgetary, since we are not ready to put in the kitchenette area. That doesn’t mean I can’t make part of the space awesome. I believe a home happens out of order, and that is okay.
Here we go…here is what was going on all around me as I photographed the new bar cart area:
Whoa, right?! Okay, let’s talk about what is going on. I am still working, over a year later, on refinishing this retro dresser. The project always gets put on the back burner. The dresser will be the media cabinet for the basement family room, if I ever get it done (it’s close). In my defense, the matching highboy dresser is finished. Where the dresser is sitting now, will be the kitchenette area with a small fridge, sink, and microwave.
What’s all that stuff on top of the dresser? Styling rejects. I still have a lot to learn about styling. I pulled together lots of things from around the house to style the bar cart. The things that didn’t make the cut remained on the dresser. The sour gummy worms did not make it onto the cart, but you bet I ate a ton of them while working.
The rug situation. I was trying a layered look. I liked it, but the pattern and color of the bottom rug wasn’t working for me. I put down the chevron rug, before deciding to swap the pillows for chevron pillows. You can see in the final shot above, I removed the chevron rug and used just the faux sheepskin (totally borrowed from my son’s room).
Do you see all the black plastic sticking up around the cork flooring? That is because I have not finished the baseboard in this area. Until we determine cabinet placement for the kitchenette, I did not want to install the baseboard. I temporarily nailed one piece to the wall behind the bar cart for the photo shoot.
Other interesting things of note, as we move in closer and look at the things on the cart. The little teal bucket on top holding the stevia packets, has a little surprise inside. I did not have enough Stevia to fill the bucket, so I put a spare lemon in the bottom of the bucket to fill up some of the volume.
I wanted to fill the lantern on the bottom shelf with napkins, but only had one pack of napkins that went with my color scheme. To make the stack look bigger, I put a small wooden plaque under the napkins.
The drawer holding popcorn on the middle shelf is long. It would take a lot of popcorn packets to fill it up. I used what I had on hand, then stuffed a few clear plastic cups in the back to hold the popcorn upright. Right now, the cookie jar is empty.
So, what do you think? Is it crazy to work so hard on a beauty shot amidst the chaos of the full room? Do you appreciate having a well-styled reveal photo? Do you like seeing what goes on behind the scenes?