Crafty Things,  Eco Things

Recycling / Upcycling Styling

The brief – “Create an inviting space for brides, grooms and families to meet, discuss wedding plans and to have their portraits taken. It must also reflect the photographer’s (my lovely husband Darryn) relaxed and down to earth style”.

The outcome – For furnishings I re-used the couch and timber slatted room divider from the previous studio and teamed them with some secondhand treasures! A rustic, paint splattered trestle table, rusty metal and timber stools, white stand (that was looking very sorry for itself after suffering at the hands of a very bad restoration job. We stripped it back at the top to uncover a gorgeously weathered patina and then painted the base!), coffee table (rescued from a scratched french polish disaster) and as for the main timber desk and chairs… these funky retro secondhand finds were absolutely fine as found.

The accessories were also up-cycled! Many of the small frames around the studio I  picked up for $1 or 50c at various secondhand haunts. I then gave them a spruce up and they look fabulous. In the process of restoring one we managed to smash the glass… no matter, now a perfect frame for one of my homemade ceramic chalkboard hearts (Go to to order your own!).  The vintage cameras are gifts to my hubby from myself and his dad over the years. The tea-light holders I rustled up quickly by raiding my preserving jar stash and tied a strip of twine around each one. In some I placed a cylinder of paper taken from a French novel in which I’d cut out two heart shapes. GORGEOUS! Darryn had lots of interest in those  from brides at a recent bridal expo, might have to add those to!

And… voi la. A welcoming, creative and recycled space for the new home of McKay Photography.

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