In it for the long haul

I’m whooped! The back aches from all the driving and I have a garage full of treasured finds that will need to go through some intense cleaning tomorrow.

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The old guy, my friend, Cathy, and myself spent the day traveling West on US-12 for the annual Heritage Trail Longest Garage Sale. It was our first time and we’ve already discussed plans to attend next year’s sale.

14030830_10207113953352552_1222459977_nI drive an Equinox so space is at a premium and we make every inch count. It takes a lot of skill to load so much stuff into such a small space but we’ve got this.

The old guy was relegated to the smaller portion of the split back seat as Cathy and I manned the front – me as driver, and she as spotter. We make a good team and the old guy tends to find the good stuff we miss so it all works out.

We were told the crowds were lighter today than Friday and Saturday and it sounded like the vendors all really enjoy the weekend and the crowds.

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Did you see those windows in the back seat? What a find! Enough for a class – six, six-pane windows and they’re in great shape! It will take a few buckets of hot soapy water to be able to see through the glass, but then they’ll be already for a great class.

vertical mirror with detailAnd mirrors; the old guy spotted so many beautiful mirrors. I think we came home with at least four and they’re all just gorgeous and very, very old. The silver is worn off one or two in all the right places; can’t wait to get them cleaned up to see what they really look like.

At our very first stop Cathy found a large coffee table (similar to the run she ran over recently. Yep; she really did – just ask her about that one).

We met some really nice people along the way and seen some things we just can’t un-see. It was a really enjoyable day and the weather was perfect.

Cathy and I prefer to eat where the locals hang out instead of the typical chain and a lovely couple manning a sale recommended Saucy Dog’s Barbecue in Jonesville. The place was really hoppin’ and once the food arrived we realized why! Casual dining but really good food – with homemade potato chips!

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As long as I get a lot of cleaning done tomorrow you’ll find the new stuff moved into the Studio come Wednesday. I’ve got the perfect mirror for you!

Blonde desk turns blue

linda_neff_mug_2016It’s been quite a while since I’ve had time to paint a piece for Studio. Between custom paint orders and developing classes I don’t get a lot of free time. This desk has been sitting around the Studio for quite a while and I really wanted to work on it. I found an inspiration piece on Pinterest and knew exactly what I was going to do with it.

My inspiration piece was a shabby white and, honestly, after cleaning and scuff sanding I primed and started painting it white. But when I finished painting the drawers it was beginning to look pretty boring with all that white; new plan. I headed to the paint cabinet and found three cans of left over paint in various shades of blue. I custom mixed till I came up with the perfect color for this two-piece desk and hutch.

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The backing on the hutch had holes cut into it for cords so I removed it and replaced with new beadboard. Every edge got a heavy-handed distressing then I stained over the paint before sealing the entire piece. It looks like a totally different piece with its fresh new paint color.

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This piece would look just as good in a kitchen displaying pretty pitchers and dishes as it would in a study or bedroom loaded with books and photos. It’s for sale and in the Studio.

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Studio continues to evolve

We often get asked just what is Green Door Studio. Truth be told, we don’t really have it figured out quite yet. We’re still evolving.

When Rachel and I decided to open this business a little over two years ago our thoughts were that we would offer classes and sell our painted furniture. Over time the business has changed a bit but remains pretty close to what we had in mind.

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We still scour estate sales and auctions for pieces to redo and now we’ve expanded to custom painting.

dining_set_green_door_studio_720The custom painting has kept me really busy lately and I have commissions waiting to come in well into February.

Green_Door_Studio_snowman_class_2Classes run the gamut – from how to make a burlap wreath and ATC’s to art journaling, scrapbooking, card-making and mixed media. Students recently learned to use a Styrofoam ball, plaster gauze and an old bed spring to build an adorable snowman with tons of personality!

At the end of October we made the decision to move our business after scouting out a variety of locations. We didn’t go far – just about three miles North but our space is more open and nice and bright. We really like our current home.

Green_Door_Studio_snowman_classThe classroom area is spacious and roomy. It seats up to 10 comfortably and is still cozy and intimate – just the way I like it!

Green Door Studio is not your typical cutesy home decor/gift/craft store/studio. There’s no pretty fairy lights hanging from the ceiling and no mood lighting. We cram it in and sometimes I’ll admit it ain’t real pretty.

We sell some craft supplies – inks, glues, paper pads – Kaisercraft and Graphic45 with some Prima in the mix.

You’ll find furniture pieces – mostly good, solid, vintage project pieces (take as is or we’ll paint it for you) and painted pieces. The odd little piece of this or that comes and goes – rusty bed springs, brass pieces, vintage bingo numbers and the like.

To keep up with all the goings-on for Green Door Studio check our newsletter (in the sidebar above) and head over to our Facebook page and give us a ‘like.’

12313834_1740780649484485_4970115663827805801_nWhen you’re in the area (6105 Grand River, Brighton 48114), stop in and say ‘hi.’ The coffee is always on!