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I’ve been asked multiple times how exactly I turned my dark barn wood into a creamy white washed color. I had originally only done the floor drop part, but decided to also do the backdrop and make a blog post about it for all of you! So here it goes.


Turn this                                                                                                          into this!

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What you’ll need:

Barn Wood (Mine is approximately 5ftx5ft)

2 5ft planks (or something to raise the wood)

A tarp (If you’re doing it inside)

Paint brush

Paint Bucket

(Not pictured) a bucket for the glue

2 bottles of Elmer’s glue (Just the regular kind)

White sample paint from Home Depot (80z)

A sample paint of Behr Ultra Cornsilk in a matte finish (8oz)

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Lay out your tarp and put the 5ft planks horizontal about 5 feet apart. Lay your barn wood vertically across these planks. This just raises the wood off the ground a bit.

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Get your paint and glue ready. For the glue I just squirted about half a bottle at a time into an old Tupperware container. For the paint, I put about 4oz of the white paint in the bucket, and then filled it with about 1/2 cup of water. You may have to mess with the amount of water to paint. The first time I used too much water, and it all just soaked into the wood. If that happens, just add a little more paint. It’s better to start off with too much water than too much paint.

If you want you can use separate bushes for the glue and paint. I didn’t. Dip your brush into the glue and paint it on like the picture below across the whole plank.

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Then dip your brush into the paint (I suggest dipping it into the top part of the paint, thats more watery. If you scoop from the bottom you’ll get more paint.) and immediately paint over the wet glue. The glue causes the paint to crackle a bit, giving it more of a weather looked. You should have one plank that looks like this now:

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Continue this process of glue-paint for each plank of wood.

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You can see that the paint soaks into the wood as it drys compared to the plank on the right which was still very wet.

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Once you finish it should look like this:


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Go over it again with more watery paint (no glue this time). Now let it dry over night!


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When I did this the first time I thought I was done. But I realized that the wood was so white, it was almost blue. I went out in the garage and found some extra paint samples and found the cornsilk color. It added the perfect warmth to the wood!

I used about 50% paint and 50% water, and just brushed it on top. Here is the final product!


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A couple things to mention- my wood is *very* old and weathered. You are not going to get the same effect with brand new wood planks.

Never leave babies unattended or put them straight on the wood. I always use buckets/blankets/fluffs underneath baby’s delicate skin when sitting on the wood.

If you found this tutorial helpful, please comment or share! I would love to see what you come up with if you decide to try this out. 🙂

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  • April 25, 2015 - 3:32 am

    Amanda - Wow wow! So cool! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2015 - 3:53 am

    Lauren Penney - What a great post! Now I just need to find me some old planks! Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2015 - 12:46 pm

    lorena coelho - Sweet!! thanks for the tip!ReplyCancel

  • April 26, 2015 - 7:07 pm

    Julie - Great project! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • April 26, 2015 - 9:30 pm

    kari - Now, I need to pay you to fly to CA to do this for me! Love it! XOXOReplyCancel

  • May 1, 2015 - 10:21 pm

    Estela Giargei - What a great weekend project. I love it. And the images look great on it! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • May 4, 2015 - 3:41 am

    Heather - Wow, this is great to know! I’m definitely keeping this in my back pocket 🙂ReplyCancel

  • February 18, 2016 - 9:10 pm

    Michele - Love this! I am going to use this guide when I paint my floors! Your work is beautiful! Thank you for sharing 🙂ReplyCancel

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I’m so excited that its getting close to that time again…. Summer! You know what that means? More family sessions! I love living in Portland, but we only get a few months to savor the warmth and sun. Spring gives us a peek at what’s to come! I was so happy that we got a perfect 65 degrees and sunny day for this little family photoshoot. One of my favorite places to shoot in the Spring and Summer is my Grandma’s old willow tree on her property. When the leaves start to grow it creates the most perfect and loveliest diffuser to the warm evening light <3

I am now booking Spring/Summer family sessions, so if you would like to have photos like this of your family, send me an email!


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  • April 3, 2015 - 8:21 pm

    catie - So Pretty!ReplyCancel

  • April 5, 2015 - 3:48 pm

    Jamie - Lovely images!ReplyCancel

  • April 6, 2015 - 12:34 am

    Anna - Adorable little girl and family.ReplyCancel

  • April 27, 2015 - 6:13 pm

    Heather - I love these!! You really infused the season into this session and the result is lovely 🙂 And that baby…OMG. Precious.ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2015 - 11:23 am

    Julie - Beautiful work as always!ReplyCancel

  • May 4, 2015 - 1:56 am

    Amanda - Gorgeous light and background for these family photos. So pretty!ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2015 - 3:45 am

    Bethany - What a happy baby girl…very sweet session!ReplyCancel

  • May 12, 2015 - 12:56 am

    laura - That baby girl is beyond adorable – those eyes! Melt my heart. What beautiful images you’ve captured.ReplyCancel

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 I had the adorable miss Charlotte in my studio a few weeks ago! She was unsure about the whole picture taking thing the first round, but she decided she’d give me a few smiles after coming back for a second try! Big sister Sophia wanted a a few photos too! I think Charlotte is going to have pretty red hair like her sister 🙂


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  • March 24, 2015 - 7:01 pm

    Jenny Miller - I cannot get over how gorgeous these are, fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • March 26, 2015 - 1:34 pm

    Julie - These are adorable. Love them!ReplyCancel

  • March 28, 2015 - 12:46 am

    Lauren - Oh my goodness, I can’t even handle those cheeks!ReplyCancel

  • March 29, 2015 - 5:34 am

    Jamie - These are beautiful! Gorgeous session!ReplyCancel

  • April 1, 2015 - 11:50 pm

    Lauren Penney - Oh my! The edible rolls!!! I love it.ReplyCancel

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    Amy - Oh my goodness! The cheeks! Such a cutie!ReplyCancel

  • May 12, 2015 - 1:21 am

    kari - Gah…I just want to smoosh that adorable baby girl! XOXOReplyCancel

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I decided it was time to post another newborn session on the blog, this time a baby boy! Theodore had his session last December, and he was oh so sweet! I got to photograph his big brother while Theo was still in his mom’s tummy, I love watching how fast these babies grow up <3Portland Oregon Newborn PhotographerPortlandNewborn PhotographyTigardBaby Photographynewborn photography in portlandPortland PhotographernewbornChildren photographynewborn photographer portlandOregonSimple photographySimple newborn

  • February 24, 2015 - 5:16 am

    Bethany - Beautiful baby and images!ReplyCancel

  • February 24, 2015 - 11:42 pm

    catie - love!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2015 - 4:09 am

    Amanda - These are adorable! I love the black and white photos! I am a sucker for B&W!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2015 - 7:13 am

    Megan - This is a beautiful newborn session! I love the soft organic feel 🙂ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2015 - 7:11 pm

    Lauren Penney - What a sweet little boy! <3ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2015 - 8:28 pm

    Anna - Adorable little baby.ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2015 - 8:46 pm

    laura - Gorgeous work! And so, so sweet.ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2015 - 9:07 pm

    kari - I’m always so impressed and inspired by you! Great work!ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2015 - 9:31 pm

    Julie B - Beautiful little oneReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2015 - 9:56 pm

    AnnMarie - Gorgeous session! Love the black and whites 🙂ReplyCancel

  • March 1, 2015 - 2:15 am

    Lauren - What a sweet little baby!ReplyCancel

  • March 9, 2015 - 9:43 pm

    Jenny Miller - such a cutie, love every single image!ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2015 - 12:44 am

    lorena coelho - Awwww these are adooooorable!!!! Love your site!ReplyCancel

  • March 15, 2015 - 2:32 am

    Jamie - Ah! What a gorgeous collection of images! Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • March 16, 2015 - 3:04 am

    Rebecca - These are adorable! Love the ones in the knit wrap all curled up! XoReplyCancel

  • March 31, 2015 - 2:28 am

    Vikki - Gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

  • April 1, 2015 - 11:10 pm

    Bethany - Gorgeous work…he looks so snuggly all curled up on the cream fur.ReplyCancel

  • April 2, 2015 - 2:46 pm

    julie b - These are perfect! What an amazing session.ReplyCancel

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I was thinking Sunday night how perfect it would be if Colette happened to go into labor the next day. I had absolutely nothing to do! And what do you know, I get “the text” the next morning! I headed to the hospital at around 11:45am, when she was at 5cm. By the time I got there (40 minutes later) she had already progressed to 9cm. Not even 30 minutes later, after not even 5 pushes, beautiful baby Pearl made her appearance at 12:59pm.



  • March 1, 2015 - 2:11 am

    Rebecca - Oh that baby is so cute and alert! Amazing photos to have for their family!ReplyCancel

  • March 6, 2015 - 11:50 pm

    Amanda - Birth photos flood my heart with so much emotion! I loved giving birth to my babies!ReplyCancel

  • March 8, 2015 - 6:48 pm

    laura - Wow, these images are incredible! Such an amazing gift to be there to capture this journey so beautifully for this family!ReplyCancel

  • March 15, 2015 - 7:12 pm

    Lauren Penney - What amazing memories you’ve captured for this sweet family! I love every single one. <3ReplyCancel

  • March 15, 2015 - 9:46 pm

    Vikki - Oh wow! These are so special!! Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • May 12, 2015 - 12:25 am

    amy - you have so beautifully captured such precious moments!ReplyCancel

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