My home photo studio reveal

Make your own photo studio - reveal via Funky Junk Interiors

At long last, I can finally use this little spare room as a real live photo studio!

Make your own photo studio - reveal via Funky Junk Interiors


This area resides under our back patio that was closed in to create an extra room. With loads of windows, it had great bones but just needed to find a useful existence rather than a messy office.

As luck (?) would have it, a power surge knocked out a computer in this room, making it available for whatever I desired.

Make your own photo studio - reveal via Funky Junk Interiors


Make your own photo studio - reveal via Funky Junk Interiors

This area is beautifully BARE for whatever I wish to bring in and shoot. I’ll deal with the pile of wires still attached to the wall soon. 🙂

white plank ceiling in photo studio Funky Junk Interiors

The tongue and groove pine covered ceiling was started 7 years ago and finally wears a beautiful white coat of paint to give it the treatment it deserved.


pipe curtain rods white sheet window treatments

The simple window treatments are gauzy thin twin sized sheets. They make the perfect sun break yet still allow light in.

white sheet curtain length puddle on floor

They are just long enough to slightly puddle onto the floor. They are perfect, thrifty, non fussy and so light and pretty.

pipe fitting curtain rods unique window treatments

The curtain brackets are real outfitted pipe fittings. And the strings holding up the sheets are from… I’m going to keep you in suspense until I do up the tutorial… you’ll never believe it! 🙂

pipe fitting curtain rods unique window treatments

The treatments have a very lazy casual beachy styled appearance and are totally washable.

white room photo studio farm table worktable on wheels

This old farm table once in someone’s garage workshop is the perfect place to stage whatever my heart desires. The rustic wood top is the perfect matte rustic neutral backdrop for most anything. I’ll show you how I change out the table top in a moment.

wheels on farm table

The legs received some wheels outfitted with a peg, found from the thrift store. A hole was predrilled into each leg, then the castor slipped in. Done in seconds. This makes the table a dream to move in whichever location desired.

photo studio props

This side of the room houses backgrounds and larger props. If I desire a bead board table top, I simply plop the panel on the table and call it done.

photo studio props

I ran out of sheets, otherwise the french doors leading into the house would have been treated as well. Will slip in that photo here when it’s complete.

I’m just thrilled with the light. The room seems to handle photography nearly any time of day in any weather. Here’s an example of how well this room performs light wise.

clear ball jars photography natural light

This shot was taken with no lights on in the room.

wicker basket photography natural light

The white curtains are providing the perfect white backdrop.

natural light photography

And that table is just all too perfect for my own style of things I like to shoot.

sunlight inside photo studio

If the sun is out, it’s easy to pull the curtains closed and continue. However the odd time it’s nice to incorporate direct sun for certain looks as well.

concrete floor texture in photo studio

The floor is amazing. The day ‘my cat pulled up the carpet’, I fell in love with what I saw as is, just a skim coat over concrete. Lovely neutral texture which always looks awesome in photos.

pretty backyard mountain view

pretty backyard mountain view

The main window looks out into my vegetable garden and mountain back drop view. It’s a really pleasant place to spend some time! So pleasant in fact… I’d love to add a cushy club styled chair on wheels so I can read here on a rainy day too if desired. My very own girly room. 🙂

white room ceiling farm table stool photo studio

sunroom photo studio white room Funky Junk Interiors

My oh so light and bright little photo studio… it’s really done!

All the makings of the photo studio are HERE

Creating pipe curtain rods and sheet curtains via Funky Junk Interiors

Part 2 – pipe curtain rods and sheet curtain tutorial and video HERE

the start

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92 thoughts on “My home photo studio reveal

  1. Donna your studio is gorgeous, I would never want to leave. You have given new meaning to the idea of covering your windows with sheets.

  2. Oh my gosh. I love it! I need one! I am so jaelous!! And so proud of you to finish this room just for you. And yes do put a comfy chair in there with a food stool and make sure you use it to get some rest too.
    Did I say I love it, and that I want one too!!!!!

  3. Oh! Beautiful … ♥
    We’re in the middle of a substantial refurbishment. The painted ceiling looks so neat. I think I will treat the ceiling in our basemant like this … makes it so more friendly!
    Have a good day with lots of love,

  4. It looks incredible, Donna! You definitely need a comfy chair in there, because that view of your yard and the mountains beyond is gorgeous! Actually, I’d put a hanging hammock-style swing in there – it would almost seem like you were swinging from a tree branch outdoors!

    Angie @ Knick of Time

  5. It turned out AMAZING Donna! Excuse me while I have a tiny bit of photo studio envy. 😀 Enjoy your new space. It is beautiful.

    Mary @ athomeonthebay

  6. So I am pretty much in love with your room!! I love every single detail!!
    Oh my goodness your yard is so beautiful too! I am thinking I would never want to leave 🙂
    It is too stinkin’ hot in Texas to even think about having such beautiful green plants ~ All of my flowers are already dying from the heat and it makes me so sad ~

  7. Donna that room is amazing! Your shots will come out beautiful in there (as if they don’t already!)….
    If there is one thing I need after I master this camera that is a place to photograph. I always seem to have something weird in the background… you have a great space Donna! Enjoy your photo time!


  8. oooo Donna I loooove it!!! It is gorgeous, bright, cheery, comfy, inviting!! I seriously could go on foreverrrrrr!!! The view of your garden, shed and mountains are breathtaking!!

  9. Donna I love your new room, it is awesome for photographs. Beautiful view too. Love your curtains and I bet your mop is a little thinner now, but your curtains look
    great. Good job girl as usual.

  10. At last…. May I come up and you can take Glamour Shots of me if I lose twenty pounds? The misty northern light and your skills might make me look better. How about a shot of me ironing linen on your old ironing board? Ann

  11. I cannot get over how fabulous this room is. I love it and everything you have chosen to go inside…not to mention the views. Oh, Girl, you are so very talented and so very lucky to have had this room to work into an over the moon and back photography/reading/ whatever you want kind of room. I love the idea of changing out the table top for shoots! Lovely, Just lovely.

  12. Truly amazing! And I’m with the others who guessed your strings are from a mop. That was my guess as soon as I saw them. Wanna know how I know? A couple of weeks ago at a yard sale I bought what I thought was a package of rustic looking string, but it turned out to be a mop head, lol! Oh well, I threw it in the crafting stash anyways. : )

  13. Congrats on being featured with your creative headboards on BH&G Ezine! I have been following you forEVER! It is so nice to see you get the recognition you deserve! I know I have taken some major inspiration from you! (Especially during the holidays!)

  14. Oh this is just fabulous! I am so happy that you have been able to make yourself a place for shooting photos. I have a perfect spot on my front porch that almost always has great lighting and it makes it so easy to get a good picture. Good for you! It’s wonderful. Lisa~

  15. Donna, your studio is fabulous! I would love a room like that with the view to go with it:) Another knock out transformation ~ you’re too much!! Great job, Shelly

  16. Before I read anyone else’s guess–I think the strings are from a mop, the great old fashioned string ones…? Love the studio; planning on copying your curtain rods soon. Congratulations on a beautiful job!

  17. OMG!! This is perfect for you! I can see why you love it You did a fantastic job!! Not sure I would ever want to come out of there and back to reality if I where you!!!

  18. It’s beautiful & I love the idea of the sheets for curtains… hmmm, gives me an idea for my place! Thank you for that!!! =)
    btw, GORGEOUS backyard view!

  19. Just found your site …oh boy I have some fun reads ahead of me! 🙂

    I am a newbie blogger and new to the blogging world as well. Love this room ! : )

    Joined your party / thank you for hosting!

  20. Can you say Jealous? OMG I am so jealous of that room and views. I don’t know how much I would get done in there. I’d be staring out the windows all the time.

  21. A life-size lightbox in your home!?!?! So jealous. Forget the club chair, I’d install a Murphy bed on the wall (in all white wood/bedding of course) and sleep in that room! Btw – my guess on the drapery ‘rings’ is that you repurposed pieces from a rug that was torn up. I found all kinds of uses for one after my pup thought it was an oversized rope toy. 🙂 ~

  22. soooo awesome! I knew that was Mop String! How creative!!! Love it all! Soooo thrilled to have found your blog! I have been on it for the better part of the last 3 days! And yes, I like using a lot of !!!!!.. Especially when something lights that “excitement fire” in me, as your blog surely has! I soooo enjoyed your “story of hope” as well. God Bless you and your sweet boy and your journey. Praying your health is completely restored, as i could not find anything more on it on here. † <3

  23. I am so encouraged by your blog! I am a beginner-though-aspire-to-be-professional photographer sticking only to outdoor settings. A client’s request is forcing me to create an indoor “studio”. I have a dark room (no windows) and my favorite room in the house: a fairly large (17×14 feet) sunroom. For some reason it didn’t occur to me that I could somehow control all that crazy light and use it as a studio! If you wouldn’t mind responding with advise on how to successfully block super harsh light and esp shadows I would be forever grateful. Will just one layer of something similar to what you’re using suffice? I’ve tried using a white sheet and it didn’t work. Should I try doing double layers of different thickness on ALL windows? Any advice would be appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you in advance!

    • Hi Nadia, I’d try blocking all the windows with a sheet. The key is not having direct sunlight hit your subject. Diffused is the way to go! You may also discover different times of day are best. Since your room is a sunroom, maybe you can create a backdrop against some windows if you don’t have any other background to use. It really depends which way the sun is coming in. Sounds like a fun challenge!

  24. Donna, what could I possibly add but more praise, I love all white rooms and once did one in a dark basement guest room. moving on, as a very practical person living through a deep freeze at the moment, how do you keep the room warm in this cold? ps Dimplex makes a wonderful little old fashioned electric fire stove, works great, heats well and looks so cool. (I have a black one bought at Home Hardware. ) ann

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