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Tag Archives: Church

It’s like making a Giant Painting…

…overheard while eating chicken soup on a tuesday night…and the rest of the sentence was, ” but it takes three years of your life and a ton of money.” Michael was referring to the renovation of White Church Gallery, specifically the altarpiece we’re working on. This past weekend was all about putting some wood up […]

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Ode to an Arch

We’re working on the Arch. It has served as a backdrop since we bought the church. This is how it first appeared: Removal of the dropped ceiling revealed: Yikes. We tried to pretty it up! Yeah, I guess. It was temporary. And as long as we’re in memory lane, when Mom turned 70, we dressed […]

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Sand-tastic

The time has come to address the floor. It really contains the last of the remaining nastiness and crud from the past. Wanna help, boys? That’s OK. I wouldn’t want a cat tail to get caught in the machinery. So we drove into Bad Axe to rent a couple of sanders: one big drum sander […]

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Big Jobs in Small Places

It’s time to address the ceiling of the Church. Like any self-respecting church, it has a high ceiling made of wood and hard to reach. It’s old, stained, and has been the home of many a spider and fly over the years. So our  initial job is to prime it with Kilz. As its name […]

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Midwinter Jicker Boots

Midwinter Jicker. I looked it up. It’s not a real phrase, according to Scrabble and the dictionary, but I know it’s real because 1. I’m in it and 2. Lots of other people are too. Dr. Seuss knew about it- he made it up. It’s perfect. It’s the anomaly of weather at this time of […]

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Merry Christmas from White Church Gallery!

– The White Church Gallery

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Visitors Bearing Gifts

A little backstory: I’m not from Michigan. I was born and raised in upstate NY, in a suburb of Rochester NY. I moved to Michigan to work at the Longway Planetarium in Flint, MI, after living in the NYC area for several years. I’ve been happily in Michigan around 15 years now, and the ONLY […]

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Repair, Restore, Remake

Those are comforting words. Repair: to fix what’s wrong. Restore: to bring back what once was. And when you can’t restore or repair, then remake! Do what you gotta do. As you know if you’ve been following the story of the White Church Gallery, or perhaps better known to locals as the Grindstone City Methodist […]

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Scraping, Painting.

We’ve started painting the outside of the Church. The first investment was a “Paint Eater.” Scrape, then paint. Scrape some more, then paint some more. Two coats of Sikkens white does the trick. You can hear the sucking sound as the old wood takes it in. Upward! Pretty! Now the north face… Scrape, paint, scrape, […]

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Colonial Slate Grey

That’s the color we picked for the enormous roof job on the Church. (It’s on the bottom left.) Scaffolding is up, weather is reasonable, and things are progressing. As you can see, the roof is rather steep, and the bell room especially so. I don’t envy anyone this job, but we have contracted the best […]

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