Studio Space: Before and After

I’ve always wanted to have a studio space to take pictures in, so we transformed our garage into a great place for meeting with clients and taking awesome portraits. It took a ton of energy to finish up because I got discouraged throughout some of the way (you’ll see why), but everything came together. I couldn’t have done it without my dad’s handy craftsmanship and Megan’s support.


This is what the wall looked like before any painting.

This wall has been p-p-p-p-p-p-rimed.
This was a pretty useless tool closet, and it was ugly, so it had to go.All gone. Oh and I found a black-widow but I didn’t take a picture of it.Wide-angle
The “studio” before.What a mess. This was after I took down my “studio” backdrop.Painting the nasty garage doors. The color kept seeping through and I had to repaint them about 3 times. I finally learned my lesson and asked someone at Home Depot what the best paint was that didn’t bleed through.Primed the walls on the left side.Eck.More painting.Both garage doors “done”.Megan helping cut inCleaned it up a little bit.
Starting to come together.Wide angle
Okay, here is the big problem. This is where I got discouraged. Right here. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with the floor. I thought I wanted an epoxy but they cost way to much and you NEED to have them done professionally or you will regret it in 3 years.

I decided it would be a good idea to paint the floor white. I saw it in some studio pictures and would look nice to bounce light everywhere. But you lose control of the light. After I had painted the floor with a WATERBASED paint (not oil), I thought it would be easy to scrape off. Boy was I wrong. I bought Goof-Off, which is about $20 per can and poured it over. The fumes. Oh man, those fumes got to my head. Luckily I never passed out and I had good ventilation but that stuff is toxic, so be careful. Goof-off barely worked, it would kind of mush the stuff around but it overall didn’t work.

So I bought a scraper and that killed my back.

So I used a powerwasher and it finally did the trick. It was crazy how hard it was to get off.


Long story short: DO NOT paint cement floors with a water-based paint unless you plan on leaving it there forever.

My dad disappointed in my decision. (not really). You can see the scrape marks.
Almost done, this took about 3-4 hours of power-washing.
Finally finished. What a nightmare.Cleaning up a little more.Filling the cracks.It was right after I filled the cracks that I figured out what I wanted to do with it…wood flooring! Here we are putting down some padding that protects it from moisture and keeps in heat.
Doing some cutting.My dad is a master-carpenter.
Padding is down.Laying the pieces.Megan relaxing after her hard work.It looks like my dad is doing all the work. He kinda did.Everything is down!My dad built these awesome sliding doors to hide the water heater and air unit.Studio backdrop is up.Building a frame for the new wall.3 doors down.Cutting some plywood for the shelves.Wall part 1 is up.
Back to messiness.Still pretty messy. Just needs to be cleaned up and we are done!And here we are. Enjoy some coffee my dear friends!Sit in luxury on our beautiful purple couches!Want a white backdrop? No problem!A gray (grey) backdrop! Indeed!Come watch a movie on the big screen. Talk with me about your project or your wedding or your life (also works as a therapists office).There is still a little work to be done, but for now I think it looks pretty darn good.

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