faux finish table diy

A while back I attended a photography class at Haven.

It’s where I first met Layla….definitely my finest embarrassing moment.

At the class they talked about aperture and focal points and the rule of threes and about a million and one other things to take amazing pictures.  I don’t really remember much about anything else because I got distracted trying to figure out the wall treatment in the room and redesigning it in my mind for the upstairs room.


But the one thing that stuck with me.

The one thing I remembered…..

…..was this amazing camera lens they talked about.

table faux finish

I didn’t hesitate for a second.

I came home and promptly ordered the 50 mm lens.

I have a Canon so I ordered the Canon EF 50mm with a f/1.8 lens.

A week later the lens arrived in the mail.

I jumped up and down and told myself…watch out world for the amazing photography that was about to be….

….and then promptly forgot all about it.

Until today.

Faux Finish

This was supposed to be a post about the finish on these tables.

And I’ll get to the chippy finish and how I created it with craft paint and the story about how I used to co-own a faux finish studio.

There’s time enough for that next week.

Because today when I took out the camera to take pictures of the finish….I found the much touted, but so forgotten about 50 mm lens in the bottom of the camera bag.  And I took it out and put it on the camera and headed out into the back field to take pictures of three random tables stacked up with tool boxes and random pieces of fall leaves from the yard….

….and totally discovered two things.

1.  I’ve been reading too many fall decorating magazines and 2. THIS LENS IS AMAZING.

faux finish table topI mean….can you see it?

See all that bokeh at the bottom of the picture?  (total aside: if you are still learning to speak photography…bokeh is all that fuzzy out of focus stuff that makes your heart beat faster).

I didn’t create that.

The lens did it.

I KNOW….right?

Let’s be all about that bokeh together.

furniture faux finish

Here’s another picture and there it goes again.

All bokeh…all the time.

Because the lens has such a shallow depth of field….it gives you the ability to bring one part of your composition into focus and blur out the rest.

Just like all the fancy photographers do.

Especially the ones in the fall decorating magazines.

how to faux finish furniture

The lens is inexpensive, easy-to-use, creates fancy photos and totally rocked my world today.

But the one thing the lens didn’t do?

It didn’t create the finish on those tables…..

…..those are for us to paint next week.  🙂

You’re welcome rockstar. 🙂

rock star t-shirt

PS  I loaded just a few of the t-shirts into my newly-created ETSY shop.

You can check out the shop here.

And thank you for everyone who sent me a rockstar story….you made me cry and laugh and shout for joy and order some more t-shirts that are changing the world….

….one rockstar at a time. 🙂


  1. Image for Sue Sue

    I use an 18-55mm lens, which I thought was great but I'm suddenly feeling the need to rush off to the nearest camera shop... and estate agents - I totally need a new home with a field! Your photos and the colours in these shots are beautiful, KariAnne.

  2. Image for Robin Stephens Robin Stephens

    WOW, those are amazing pictures for sure! We have a Canon, so I just showed hubby how you're dazzeling the world with your new toy... Gave me a chance to get all geeky with him and even tossed out bokeh a couple times....just to seal the geeky deal. Nice!!

  3. Image for Libby Boyle Libby Boyle

    Thanks for the insight. I've heard about this lens before but didn't know why it was so special. Now I do. Must do some investigating of my own. Congratulations on the Etsy shop. I did the same this week. Took a while to bet my head around all the in and outs, but I opened my shop this week too. Exciting. https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/LibbysLifestyle

  4. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Your pictures are amazing!! You know that there has to be a photographer behind the camera to make it work. Now bokeh is fantastic but I can go one better -- I can make the whole picture out of focus :-) what's that called???Perhaps when I grow up to be a good photographer and my blog grows I can get a bigger camera with changeable lens capacity and a super duper 50mm lens. Pssst - I want to whisper something -- I ordered the rock star t-shirt yesterday. I think I'll wear it while I'm sitting at the computer writing. Gee! I should have ordered several :-( Your photos ROCK!! Big Hugs!

  5. Image for Louise Louise

    Lovely photographs! While the 50mm lens is a great tool, it's the person holding the camera with the great "eye" that makes the picture. Awesome job!

  6. Image for Lisa Pacello Lisa Pacello

    I just love and so relate to the part about being in the camera class, and getting so distracted by the paint finish......i do that all the time. So nice to know we are not alone......

  7. Image for Nancy Nancy

    With twin grandchildren (boy & girl, almost 5) and one due in 3 weeks, I guess I will be ordering a new lens for my Canon. Thanks for the tip and thanks for your blog!

  8. Image for Vicki Vicki

    KariAnne. You continue to stretch and grow in your talents and confidence. Good job! The pictures are beautiful; so full of depth, color, and cause one to get lost reflecting upon fall, cool days, and the enjoyment of the outdoors. Totally aside (as you say), do you have plams to attend any shows or markets setting up a booth anywhere in KY or TN? Would love to attend such a sale if you do. Blessings!

  9. Image for Sue@CountryDesignHome Sue@CountryDesignHome

    Loving the look of those pics! I usually try to achieve that with Instagram or pic monkey, but this would make it so much easier! Just wondering what type of Canon camera you use? I have experimented with many kinds but never found one that produces the quality of photos I am looking for, so I end up resorting to my iPhone!

  10. Image for Kristi Kristi

    Gorgeous pictures...the subject matter is perfect, but the others are right...the person behind the camera makes all the difference! I'm also taking a photography class, but online and learning all the manual settings and what they do is mind boggling! I'm very low-tech! Recently put that same lens on my Rebel and I'm curious if you used manual settings to take these or auto? Thanks for your inspiration...always enjoy your posts!!

  11. Image for Deanna Deanna

    Love it! In our house I shoot a Nikon D3100 and our son shoots a Canon 6D. Our son has an adapter for his camera that allows him to interchange the lenses from my Nikon. My Nikkor 50mm was always coming up missing..so now he has his own! (Canon 50 mm 1.8) LOL! It is an awesome lens and a must have in your bag! The best part is…you don't have to break the bank to buy one! Just love your posts..and those tables are awesome. Can't wait to hear how you created the finish!

    1. Image for Paige Paige

      I have a Nikon D3200, could you tell me what what Nikon 50 mm you have? Or what lens should I get for my carmera? Thank you, Paige duree26@yahoo.com

  12. Image for Erin Kaven Erin Kaven

    I'm always learning from you. Not that I can pronounce Bokeh, but I want it. So I googled and went on amazon and ebay and while I was looking I came across this bokeh wizard kit of filters and thought Wow! KariAnne needs to see these (picturing your beautiful girls in rainbows of hearts) because she is someone who is colorful enough to use them. Me, they'd sit in the drawer and I've vowed to no longer buy things that will sit in the drawer. The lens however, must have! Thanks for my word of the day...bokeh. Here is the ebay link to them http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bokeh-Wizard-Kit-28-pcs-Bokeh-Discs-for-Canon-EF-50mm-f-1-8-lenses-/261621047711?pt=Camera_Filters&hash=item3ce9d4619f

  13. Image for Cindy Cindy

    I've wanted one of these for a very long time and now because of you...I'm getting it! Like you...I learned about this lens and then totally forgot.

  14. Image for Julia G. Julia G.

    Your photos are beautiful! You are so talented and I dont' think it's just the new lens. The colors in those fall leaves takes my breath away!

  15. Image for Cristiana Cristiana

    KariAnne, That is one of my favorite lenses ever, so inexpensive, yet it takes AMAZING pictures!! I love to use it to take portraits of my kiddos!! Love your fall pics! You are just an amazing blogger! You do need to put all your anecdotes into a book!! Xoxo

  16. Image for Jen Jen

    I've heard great things about the 50mm lens from other bloggers and from a recent digital photography class I undertook, but your post sealed the deal. It's now added to my Christmas list! Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing!

  17. Image for Judy Judy

    Karianne, I've said it before and I'll say it again...and maybe some day I'll really do it...I need a new camera!!!. Beautiful, absolutely beautiful and I love the little tables too. Can't wait to see how you did it..Happy Halloween..Judy

  18. Image for NormaJean NormaJean

    Our son has a DSLR Canon. I think he may be getting that lens for Christmas! Thanks for sharing the information and for the demo!

  19. Image for Naomi Naomi

    Great shots! I need to get out and take some with my Nikon. I too have taken a photography class, but the focus was on a DSLR and I have a point & shoot that's 50mm as well. I'm a simple girl and don't need all those lenses to carry around. Hopefully, I'll be able to get out in D.C. during my lunch hour and take some beautiful Fall shots before the trees get naked. Love how God dresses them up so pretty!

  20. Image for Teresa Fields Teresa Fields

    Love, love the pictures. Also love this lens especially the apiture mode. Early last spring I took the jump and bought my first DSLR camera to take a photography class. The lens you've used here is what was recommended and I bought it. While I do love it, I really now need a basic zoom lens. I have trouble taking pictures inside with the fixed lens. While I learned a lot in my class, the instructor has moved and I can't ask questions. I do have a Cannon, could you please recommend a basic zoom lens? Thanks for the help.

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