Mid-century Modern up-do

My sister called me recently because they’d been out looking for a new dresser with her adult son. They weren’t finding what he really wanted – never mind the fact that most of it was made of pressed board – so she decided to call me to see what I had. The only dressers we had in our stash at the time was a set of MCM chest and dresser – solid wood. We went back and forth about sizes, colors and what we could do. I sent over several Pinterest pictures of what my dressers could look like with an up-do.

He settled on the 9-drawer dresser. Trust me, it wasn’t pretty and I wasn’t sure if a young adult could understand my vision but we got it all worked out and I began the project.

I started with my usual prep of a thorough cleaning inside and out, removed all the hardware and legs then lightly sanded it all down. Now I could really see what I had to work with. The top needed some wood filler due to the fact it had been scooted around upside down on a garage floor. Once the filler was dry the dresser got another sanding and cleaning. I have no pictures of all of that because it was pretty darn cold outdoors and I just wanted to get it done and indoors.

It’s the first time I’ve worked on MCM and managed to save the look of most of the wood. It was also my first time for working with Benjamin Moore’s Advance in a satin finish as well as Minwax Gel Stain. I’m pleased to say I would use both products again without hesitation. The gel stain was so easy to apply and it covers a host of imperfections.

The dresser is all done now and ready for pick up next weekend and I must say I am very pleased with the final product. It’s solid and pretty darn heavy and it’s been updated with a modern twist for a very nice young man.

If you’re local to Livingston County or the Lake Orion area we would be happy to give you a quote to freshen up a piece of furniture for you. We also have our pieces for sale in The Vintage Farm House in Holly.

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Farmhouses and wildflowers

What’s with this weather this year? I’m waiting for it to warm up just a tad so I can get out in the garage and get going on some new projects. Rachel is having the same dilemma. We’ve both been painting what we can indoors but then I have to sacrifice the living room and even though the old guy doesn’t complain about it I know he’d rather not have furniture sitting around on drop cloths. What’s a furniture flipper to do?

29510879_2157446414484571_3985685348218575703_nI’ve been working on small paper-crafting items and signs for the new booth space Rachel and I moved into in January. We have a great space in The Vintage Farm House in Holly that we just love. Lots of wall space for those hand-crafted items and plenty of floor space for our furniture. Rachel has found the cutest metal signs and décor that we’ve added as well. Be sure to visit Holly and check out our new shop in The Vintage Farm House soon. We’re usually out there on Wednesdays or Thursdays restocking so stop and say ‘Hi’ if you see us there.

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Rachel and I were kicking around some thoughts the other day and decided to change the name of our business to more reflect how we operate nowadays. How do you like ‘Salvaged Wildflowers?’ We use so much color in our salvaged furniture pieces that sometimes our booth looks like a field of wildflowers – of course, we could sometimes refer to ourselves as salvaged wildflowers too! When we wrote it down we knew it just fit!

We’ve made the changes on our Instagram and Facebook page, but Facebook wouldn’t approve the new name so we have started a brand new page! Please visit our new page – Salvaged Wildflowers – and give us a like and leave a comment. Hope to hear from you soon – and if you know where Spring is please tell me!

 

 

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.

 

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!