Booking custom painting orders for 2018

You know that piece of furniture that serves its function, but every time you walk by it you just wish it would go away or that you could somehow hide it? Maybe its the sturdy little side table that is just the right size to sit next to the sofa but the color is so off? Or the china cabinet that just looks so very dark? I can fix that!

I’m getting back into custom painting and scheduling orders for 2018. Can you believe 2018 is right around the corner! After the holidays is the perfect time to freshen your home furnishings. I can help you fall in love with your pieces again!

Let me break down what goes into custom painting your piece. We usually begin with you contacting and sending me photos and dimensions of the piece or pieces you want refurbished. We’ll go back and forth with a few questions so I can get an idea of what you’re looking to have done – Pinterest photos are great helpers for this step. I’ll then send a preliminary quote (this may change once I see the piece in person). Quotes can sometimes change due to repairs, finishes, etc.

When everything is agreed on, the furniture can be delivered to me and contracts gone over and signed.

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This custom job begins with two dark side tables and one TV console.

This is where my fun begins! Before I begin any painting I thoroughly inspect the piece and fix any repairs that were agreed on. Each piece is then thoroughly cleaned and lightly sanded and left to dry overnight. Primer goes on it the next and its left to dry overnight, then lightly sanded and cleaned.

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These pieces have been cleaned, sanded and primed.

The day after that the piece gets its first coat of paint. That coat also sits overnight to dry and is lightly sanded and cleaned the next day. Then the second coat gets applied and left to dry. I’ll add a third coat if need be the day after that.

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This piece has its first coat of paint.

Once the paint is dry, any specialty finishes, such as white-wash, glazing, distressing, etc., go on next and its once again left to dry overnight. The final step in this process is to protect the piece with a wax or liquid sealer. I really prefer to keep the pieces for another few days before they’re picked up because I know as soon as you get the piece home you want to use and decorate it. Paint and sealers usually take about 28-30 days to fully cure to the point of them being able to be used, so its best to put the piece in its place and just sit and admire it for a few weeks before putting it to full use.

It should be noted that painted furniture is no different than unpainted. It can be prone to nicks and scratches, just like any other piece, from toys, pets, wet glasses, hot coffee cups and everyday life. I always recommend the use of coasters and placemats. But, mind you, a painted piece of furniture properly finished will hold up just fine and look pretty while doing it.

Contact me through a private message on our Facebook business page for a custom quote or to have your questions answered.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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!

 

Facing the changes

20140903_101812My gosh! Where does the time go? Thanksgiving is here and it seems like just yesterday I was out West on vacation with the old guy. Thanksgiving dinner this year is at Rachel and Kevin’s. The newlyweds are hosting a family dinner for the lot of us.

It’s been a crazy busy Fall since we made the decision to move the business. We pulled off the move to our new location and with the help of family and some good friends we were able to get the joint organized and up and running without closing for even one day!

I’m back on schedule with the custom painting jobs and Rachel is back to painting pieces from her home. Classes have been running smoothly and you’ll see more pop up on the Calendar soon.

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We’ve made some social media changes by eliminating our web site and just sticking with a blog and our Facebook page. You’ll still find the link to our Calendar and Newsletter here on the blog sidebar.

Please have a wonderful Thanksgiving day however you choose to spend it. Be safe and enjoy!

Linda