Far to often to I hear the excuse "I do not have the tools but only the skill to go after my dreams". While this it probably true, it shouldn't be the reason you hold yourself back. Yes your excuse is the only thing holding you back. Don't let your limited resources (aka a picture perfect house, a jaw dropping closet or dreamy #bossbabe office) keep you from your dreams! As a photo stylist my dream office would looking something like Sugar Cloth's, beautiful white floors, white marble counter tops, endless probs. My house would be all white looking like it was just photographed for Domino Magazine. But let's be honest, I live in a 800 sq. ft home where I have converted my second bedroom into a closet/office. My kitchen is old school, laminate countertops and the kinda fridge from 1980, ya know the white short kind. My floors, are wood but definitely not photo worthy! But I can't let these little things called "reality" keep me from moving forward. So I went searching for solutions. I started out with your basic white core board from Hobby Lobby, but have recently ventured into a few new backdrops. Find my steps & tips below!
Tile Floor // 2 Steps
First stop, your local Habitat for Humanity or any resale store. I found a box of tiles of all sorts for $5 and figured I would use them some how or another. Lowe's was my second stop for adhesive & grout, some how a few other things like succulents & paint chips ended up in my cart, just couldn't help myself. I have come to the conclusion I can't walk into a store with out buying something...
Step one: use an adhesive to glue the tiles to a backing, I used a thick piece of plywood. I wouldn't recommend anything large, the sheet will be super heavy once it is finished. You will need to let your sheet dry over night. Be sure the backing is strong enough it does not bend.
Step two: add your grout. I purchased a white powder grout and slowly added water till it was similar to the thickness of peanut butter. I used a paintbrush to smear the grout across the tile but any tool will work. I let this set for few seconds before wiping the excess grout off the top of the tiles. Let this dry for about a day just to be sure everything is in place! You can clean the top with a damp rag, if any grout is stuck use a sand block to sand it down!
Faux Wood Floors
Have you ever just wondered the aisles of Lowe's? Well if not, do and if it has been a while find a day you are full of creative juices and just get lost for a bit. I was looking for plywood for my tile backdrop and I stumbled on an aisle filled with wood paneling. Pretty much anything that is in the wood department can be cut down so don't ever let size be the determining factor. I had the piece cut in half so A) I could get it in my car, that was a struggle in itself, bring a boy or at least a friend & B) to paint one white, so now I have doubled my backdrops.
Marble Faux & Real
Ever see those desk shots on marble... most likely all the credit should be going to contact paper. Tricks of the trade, you don't need fancy countertops for a beautiful marble shot. I have searched everywhere and found that Lowe's has my favorite soft look. But you can find it anywhere! But if you are going for a different look, head to Home Goods and pick up a cheese board! They are around $10-15 and make the best layering for some dimension in your shot!
The Bed Photo // White Sheets
Ever see those super cute "working from bed" shots or clothes piled up on white sheets? Love this look, but really hard to recreate when you don't have white sheets! Well yall they are super cheap at Walmart! I purchased the twin top sheet and you would never know it wasn't my actual sheets. You can lay it over your bed or just simply on the floor!