Lights, Camera, Action – Furniture Restoration Video Tutorials

Okay, you know the story – just because you’re husband might be a builder, doesn’t mean he has time to add that extension you’ve been wanting on the house, right? Or just because he might be an electrician, doesn’t mean that extra power point you’ve been wanting, get’s installed right away. Or maybe your husband creates amazing web designs or builds databases for clients all day long … doesn’t mean he is jumping up and down with excitement when you ask him to create a web site for your “Mommy Blog”, am I right? Or maybe the excitement is there, but the time is limited and all he wants to do when he gets home from work is put his feet up and chill with the family – I get that.

My husband, Marty, is an audio/video guy – yes, the guy that does sound and/or video production at corporate events, conferences, music festivals, concerts, TV shows, and all sorts of things that make his job sound a bit exciting. He’s that geeky that he’s recently turned our home into a what’s called “Smart Home”. We bought a whole bunch of Home Automation lighting and kitted out most of the rooms with device controlled smart bulbs. Pretty neat, huh?


So here’s where I need to put in my disclaimer: that up until now, I have been recording and making my own video tutorials. I HAD to say that, in case you’ve seen any and thought that was Marty’s work … I mean, I’m sure I look TOTALLY pro and all that, but when comments start coming in like, “you need to turn the music down” and “I can’t hear what you’re saying, the room is too echoey”, “can you zoom in a bit” – NO, I CAN NOT, it’s just ME! Little old me, trying to make a tutorial video with information so you can learn how to do stuff!! I am not a professional videographer – LOL – which is seriously what some people think when they find out that my husband is. Gosh, what does your husband do? Really? You mean, you both have different professions? Well, some couples do, but we don’t. But having said that (all in fun, by the way), I have picked up a few little tricks along the way, and I do get a lot of technical help – I mean “HEEELLLPPPP!!!” kind of help.

Anyway, I have an amazing husband, who’s heart is willing to do ANYTHING for me. He’s my number ONE fan and extremely supportive of what I do. Who else could I call when I’m out at a garage sale or Second Hand shop staring at the FIND of the DAY, only its too big to fit in my car … “Honey, there’s this really cool table …”

“Okaaaay, wheeere is it”, he says with as much excitement as he can muster (tee hee).

Seriously, he’ll do anything for me. So it’s NOT because he hasn’t wanted to help me make tutorial videos in a “more professional manner” (said with most posh accent I can attempt). We simply find it hard to co-ordinate our schedules to get it done.Video 02 1

Most people think that making a great video is as simple as setting up your camera and shooting. Well, that’s actually what I HAVE been doing, so it IS achievable, people, and I still think you can gain valuable information from a non-professional video, just as you can with a good quality one. Good content/information is a vital part of your video. But when asking Marty if he could help me create some video tutorials, I could guarantee we wouldn’t be setting up a simple camera and tripod! No … we end up with the lights, the lapel microphone, the side monitor, and all kinds of skeletal looking contraptions surrounding our Canon 7D DSLR …

Video 02 2 Video 02 3But – now that we have shot the videos and he is part way through the editing process … oh my goodness, the difference is incredible. Now we get to zoom in for close ups like these …iRestore Resitations.Still002
iRestore Resitations.Still003Using good lighting is just as important for video as it is for still photographs.Video 02 4I might get Marty to help me with a feature blog about making videos some time.

I look forward to bringing you tips on using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint products as well as other home DIY projects and tutorials. I almost have one ready that will show you how to use “resists” when trying to achieve a two colour layered look for a distressed paint finish…iRestore Resitations.Still004And I will also be showing you a few methods that I use for transferring graphics to wood or painted furniture…MVI_0046.MOV.Still002

But for now, I’d love to show you my first video which is a promo for our Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint workshops.

Here it is:

If you’d like to book a workshop in your area you can find Miss Mustard Seed Milkpaint workshops here:

Australia/New Zealand: www.refinished.com.au

USA/Canada/Europe: www.missmustardseedsmilkpaint.com

I hope you enjoyed this video and I look forward to bringing you some tutorials really soon, so head over to my Youtube Channel and hit SUBSCRIBE to make sure you don’t miss out on receiving new videos when they are posted.

 Fun fact:

This space we are working in, in our house is actually a part of my husband’s home recording studio. I kind of … invaded it … with furniture. But he still loves me. You should see me madly packing things away whenever he has to bring a client around, covering over with drop cloths, etc. Here’s a view from an upstairs internal loft, of the space I now call “my workshop”. (I let him call it a studio every now and then).video tutorials 12

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    June 29, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Fantastic…and so funny! Great tips and love reading the backstory. Thanks so much for sharing this Sharon.
    For The Love Creations

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      June 29, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Ha ha. You’re welcome, Sada. xx

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