Making new paint look old

I love the look of old, aged and worn. It shows in my scrapbooking and mixed-media projects and I’ve managed to carry it over to my furniture pieces that I redesign.

I’ve tried to do clean and neat – honest I have. It just doesn’t work for me. It never feels finished. So even though this vintage cabinet looked so dang cute once the paint was done I knew I was going to distress it and add some age to that new paint and stain.

This little guy was pretty darn sturdy but the back flap was loose and when I removed the door from the cubby the framing on that was loose as well so I realigned everything and glued, screwed and clamped all the pieces back together.

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The next day everything was tight and good to go. After a good sanding and cleaning the piece was ready for paint. I used a mix of Behr and my Pixie Dust Paint Company additive to mix my own chalk-type paint.

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I painted the entire cabinet in the green paint and used white stain on the drawers and door.

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To get that aged, worn look on the new paint I apply Dark Umber furniture wax, which is a dark wax from Vintage Market & Design. I do not use clear wax first. I apply the dark wax directly to the new paint and you can see how in my video.

This vintage cabinet is solid and sturdy and has years of life to give to somebody. It’s available and you can find the info in our Etsy shop and on our Facebook page: facebook.com/gdoorstudio.

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The ups and downs of change

Did you miss us? I know it’s been ages but everything seems to be falling in place and getting back on track and I really miss sharing our adventures with all of you. Please continue to follow along and hopefully we’ll all have a grand time once again!

So…the Studio closed in November. Our landlord decided to retire and put the building up for sale and it sold rather quickly. The new owners are remodeling and I’m sure it will be really nice when done, but I just couldn’t face the thought of moving once again so after Rachel and I discussed it, we opted to shut the doors on the Studio. We’re continuing with our refurbishing and painting and we’ve rented booth space in Holly at The Shops at 101.

The move and closing was long are arduous. I didn’t want to just put it all in storage without sorting it so the old guy and I lived with boxes stacked in our living room, dining room, spare bedroom and garage for several weeks. messy-2

I sorted each box before moving it to storage. Donated several car loads of items to the Salvation Army and Scrap Box, gave stuff away, and trashed some until I could finally walk through my house again.

I’ve been busy with custom painting as well as painting items for our booth. And through it all we celebrated Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year and tax season. We helped Rachel and Kevin lay a new floor, cut and nail trim and organize the basement, giving her a space to paint. Rachel came and spent two days this week so we could move from one storage unit to a larger one for my painting. And I cannot wait to just be able to go and paint!

I really didn’t think I’d be done in time to decorate for Christmas but we made it and had a really nice holiday with family. We got news that our son, Kevin, was moving from Oregon to Tennessee, which is wonderful because now they’re only a days’ drive away!

Yes, I miss seeing everyone who came to classes and sharing our everyday lives and stories. I’m trying to keep up with you all through Facebook, stamp club and book club and any way that I can. Hoping to see more of you when the weather improves.

There have been changes all around, that’s just the way life goes, and I tend to go with the flow. The old guy and I are adjusting to me being around all the time and him telling me how to cook! I’ve always loved cooking and have been doing quite a bit of it lately, but he keeps trying to offer suggestions – last night I had to tell him I was cooking and he could leave the kitchen. But, seriously, it’s going very well and I like that if the weather sucks I can stay home and indoors!

Some of you had seen the king-size sleigh bed I was working on just before closing the Studio. It turned out beautifully and the customer just loves it. I asked her for a photo and I was blown away when I received it! We don’t always get to see our pieces in the clients home so this was a real treat. And, if you don’t believe a little paint can totally change the way you look at your furniture, this may make a believer out of you.

This is what I started with. It was so large I had to ask the old guy to come down and help me turn it around and lift it to the table.

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It all had to be sanded and cleaned thoroughly before any painting could be started.

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Then, because of the dark wood (and we were taking it to white) it all had to be primed then 2-3 coats of paint.

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But just look how beautiful- straight from a magazine!

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So stick with us on this blog or follow us on Facebook. We’re doing away with the email newsletter which comes through Email Contact so the blog and Facebook are your best sources to keep up with us for general news. For custom quotes contact us by private message through our Facebook page or text or call me at (517) 518-2464. We can also be reached through our email: thegreendoorstudio@yahoo.com

Take care and welcome back!

Through the years

On September 7th, Green Door Studio will have officially been open for 3 years. We started out on this crazy adventure after I was laid off from my job. I had always dreamed of having my own business, and my mom was out of her mind enough to be a willing participant. Since then, I have gotten married, moved around, had other jobs, quit working, and became more involved again in the business. Mom has been the consistent face of the business, and has worked her butt off to make it what it is today.

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Mom and me on opening day, September 7, 2013.

We went from having a fairly empty shop:

to having a very crowded shop:

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in a brand new location:

This journey has been a whole lot of hard work, but luckily we’ve had wonderful friends and family helping us along the way, from one location to the next. The most amazing of all is my dad, who helps us with pretty much everything.

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(I’m a little surprised he hasn’t disowned us yet.)

While we do paint furniture in our own styles:

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we also do custom paint jobs with either your furniture or our unfinished furniture:

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and large variety artsy classes, which are always a great time:

and we have a great selection of home decor and accessories:

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We have also recently become a stockist for Pixie Dust Paint Company, carrying the company’s full line of mineral paint additives and all-natural, vegan-friendly finishing waxes.

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Our three-year celebration begins Wednesday, August 31st and ends Saturday, September 3rd. On Saturday, come enjoy light refreshments, creating a fall-themed tag, and discounts including 10% off purchases $50 or more or 15% off purchases of $150 or more. (Sale excludes custom-paint quotes, classes, and previous purchases.) Discounts are valid Wednesday-Saturday. We will be spilling out into the parking lot, weather permitting, with every piece – finished or unfinished – that we currently have at the shop, in storage, and at our houses.

Candy Scraps will also be a vendor on Saturday, so come check out her garden-themed pieces and more.

Green Door Studio is located at 6105 Grand River Ave, Brighton, MI 48114. Our phone number is (517)-618-7700. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.