Painting the Studio with Behr

home-photography-studio-reveal-1816Pink Elephant, Behr (c/o)

Our first day of painting the storage shed/studio was a long one. From here on out I’ll just call it the studio to make it easier and because “storage shed” is so blah. It took us an hour to completely empty out the 15×16 space, belongings and shelving to our covered patio.

After the studio was empty, we decided to finally make use of the miter saw and it took us about 15 minutes to figure out how to use it – Benjamin half read the instructions while I prodded and pulled on knobs figuring out how I would cut trim – sound so safe, right? I cut baseboards all by myself! Fingers are still intact.


I bought a nail gun on Amazon only to realize you need air pressure. Um who knew that? Maybe like 1% of females. I thought it was like a staple gun. So, off went Benjamin to rent one from Home Depot. We figure it out. Most of our projects we just figure out – welcome to life.

Here’s a before of the empty space, beige walls and cabinets we had to disassemble.


We painted the walls and ceiling with Behr premium plus interior paint, untinted eggshell (my preferred finish) which has primer and is zero VOC and APEO free environmentally friendly.

I decided a pop of color would be fun on the back of the door, because why not, and the color Pink Elephant just sounded adorable. Benjamin had no idea on this game plan but shrugged, he pretty much lets me do anything to the house a long as it doesn’t cost a million dollars.


Pay no mind to my terribly unmanicured nails because when you’re painting – you can’t worry about that!

You’ll have to excuse my lighting – the old lights were in there, very yellow and I had to compensate for the temperature. I like warm lights in the home but in studio I prefer a daylight temperature.


Benjamin used his muscles and painted the ceiling which was so helpful, while I did the edging. I wanted the room to be light and airy and when using strobes the light would bounce.

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It’s amazing how open it feels when everything is taken out and it echoes!


^^ I just put back in the lighting and had my equipment set up – so here’s a better shot of a single wall – my backdrop wall the other day.

Next I will share lighting and all the things we brought back in to organize!

Thank you Behr for providing the paint for my studio project.

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive thrift shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.


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