My Staging Wall

My staging wall has gone through quite a progression, it tells the story of the growth of my business in photos and is kind of a fun story to share.

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When I first began painting furniture, staging wasn’t even on my radar. The first piece I ever sold, sold just like this, really? I mean, I turned a profit, but it’s nothing to brag about. That’s in my garage, and even a foot I hadn’t completed??

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When I first started painting, it was summer, so I moved out to the backyard, painting while the kids swam. I got fancy and used my vinyl fence as a backdrop, even added some staging items, ooooh!

But then, winter rolled around, and I had to bring them indoors. I had zero wall space in my home at the time. This is my breakfast nook, not even room to back up for a photo.

Then I moved to the garage for painting, and driveway for pics. My garage door was the best large, open surface to photograph against, at least it was a neutral color. My staging was bad, so bad, makes me cringe

And there’s my sewer clean out, front and center!

It slowly got better, very slowly. Staging got some symmetry and balance. I learned to coordinate accessories with the body and hardware colors.

Sometimes simple is better.

Then I started working with Dixie Belle, and I wanted to be good and improve my pics. It’s been a constant challenge.

I appreciated always having natural light, it’s the best. I learned that mornings had the fewest shadows on my house. Staged in wind, rain, you name it. The only edits I use are cropping and watermarking.

Everything I saw, said you needed a clean, white backdrop. I had no available wall, my garage was piled high in every corner and I couldn’t store a large backdrop in my already tiny workspace.

So we came up with this- Bi-fold doors. We used three of them that could be folded and stored.

It was only so large so I had to crop my photos very close. The concrete was still visible so I picked up a natural fiber runner rug.

Building our own home from scratch was our dream, and a huge luxury, I take none of it for granted. In that, I got to design my workspace, and that always included a staging wall.

When we first moved in, my staging wall wasn’t textured or painted, so my first pieces came indoors. Notice the rug because we have no flooring, and missing baseboards.

So I added texture to the drywall in my workspace (turns out I’m pretty good at drywall texture!). A coat of paint, the exterior trim paint on our new home was the most neutral, Behr titanium. I painted the exposed concrete stem wall in Dark brown so it looks like a continuation of the flooring and added a piece of base moulding.

I imagine a decorative finish on this wall someday, but the first pics out of my new space exceed my expectations! Totally worth every step along the way and all the effort to make it a reality. The natural lighting is to die for, a great view to pick up in pics, feels like an indoor space as opposed to the 3rd bay of our garage.

Who knows of this is the final version, but for now I am thrilled!

This Post Has 19 Comments

  1. Carla F

    Very inspiring! Thank-you.

  2. Tynisa dixon

    Thank you so much.We newbies have been talking about staging and you blog it so I shared it.

    1. Brandy K.

      Thank you! It’s a struggle, I totally get it!!

  3. Cyndi

    This is exactly where I am in my struggle with staging! I’m currently using the garage door or trifold shutter doors that I store in my booth. Neither are great but seem to be my only options at the moment. I need to start praying for a new house!! LOL

  4. Jen

    Awe, I remember your garage shots❤️ You must be having so much fun building your space!

    1. Brandy K.

      Working with what I had at the time! It served me well 🙂

  5. Tina Brown

    This is great, Brandy! I love seeing the progress you’ve made. Even with doing this for 1 year I can see better quality with each new piece and the staging that I’ve done. It only gets better from here! You’re an inspiration and I get so much out of each of you’re videos, poats and blogs. Thank you!

    1. Brandy K.

      Isnt it amazing how those pics track your progress!

  6. Lorin Small

    Such a beneficial post! I love that you utilize the window like that. Following the changes was fun.

    1. Brandy K.

      Thank you! This has been a long and tough struggle!

  7. Selma Vieira

    I love your work. Brazilian people love.

  8. creekwaterwoman

    This was fantastic! I’ve been painting for a year. Accidentally. But I’m hooked and I am not a creative art person. I never thought I was, anyway. I attempted to stage my first painted bureau. LMFAO. It had 1970’s wood paneling behind it but a cool painting on the dresser! I only discovered you very recently and only found your videos a few days ago. Today I found your blog. 🙂 I love your work. And I love your style when you are are doing videos. I’ve already learned so much from you. Thank you! And thank you for simply sharing your knowledge.

  9. Diana Amann

    I just love your pieces, your straging is so great!! How do you get the “Brushed by Brandi” on your pics?

    1. Brandy K.

      Thats my watermark, i had it made by a graphic artist and overlay it on a photo app

  10. Jan Marini

    I am in the process of getting a large Tuff Shed as my new workshop and plan on drywalling at least one wall for staging. I dread the thought of punching multiple holes each time I hang a different picture.
    You consistently use different decor items on your staging wall. Do you make holes in your drywall for each one or do you use removable picture hangers?

    1. Brandy K.

      Yes, my staging wall looks like swiss cheese up close, it is due for patching and painting after @ a year

  11. Leslie Clarke

    Wonderful blog! You are such an inspiration! Hope you are well. Question. What lighting kit do you use, if any?

    1. Brandy K.

      I dont use a lighting kit. I prefer 100% natural light for the truest colors

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