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Tag Archives: Renovate

2014! and Love News

This is a bit of a love letter to 2014. It was a busy year! But a lovely one. And only good things to come in 2015. The Church will be open by June. How do we know? How could we possibly be open in 5! Five! 5! months? With a punch list a country […]

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Confidence

I recently had a conversation with a lovely woman I met while out shopping for mid-century furniture in Berkley, MI. Somehow we got on the conversation of renovation and we quickly connected about our feelings of confidence when it came to approaching a project. She had painted a brownstone. I had painted a church. The […]

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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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Drywall!

I’ve been in the habit of bolting out of school on fridays and driving north. I say goodbye to the Astronomy Club kids, hop in the car and drive two hours in the waning but magnificent burnt orange sunlight ’til I make my way to Grindstone Corners! I get to the church with some pent […]

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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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It Ain’t Easy!

So what’s been going on this week? Let me show you, and you can guess… Darn, you guessed it! The Church is being wired. Now that the plaster and lathe is gone, we can wire the walls for electricity before we add insulation and close her up with drywall. Outlets under the windows and in […]

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Church on Mars

Well, technically the Church is still in Grindstone City, Michigan, but the landscape has changed. Early in the summer, I was excited to mow the church plot of land with the John Deere. Then came the Big Heat! By the Party in late July, little green was left… except for the army green Party tent! […]

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Workin’ It.

The season of summer slid right into fall, and still we are scraping and painting. I personally find scraping to be fairly therapeutic. I guess the boys think I need this therapy because they let me do it! With no interference. Now since I am the author of this recorded history, I will not come […]

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The Cross

Not much big lifting went on in the Church this weekend. But we did some fine inspection of various beloved features, including what lies behind the cross. And I don’t mean the incredible and humbling story of Jesus being crucified for our sins. I mean the quatrefoil with intact glass, for the most part. Not […]

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Blue Shadows

I’m just in love. And across the lane, the Peer House. Beautiful! We are blessed to be able to resurrect the old Church and hopefully the spirit of the folks who toiled and lived here. – The White Church Gallery

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