OSKALOOSA — A recently-opened Oskaloosa storefront is bringing new life to furniture in southeast Iowa.

Owner Judy Groenendyk started selling her refurbished furniture and taking commissions in 2017, but only recently expanded her business to its own storefront on the Oskaloosa Square.

Brushed By Jude opened its doors in late October after Groenendyk’s lifetime passion for painting and restoring furniture led her to start doing it for others.

“I’ve painted furniture all my life off and on,” she said.

When she retired from her job as a nurse, Groenendyk found her time consumed more by projects for herself, friends and family.

“My goal when I retired was that I was going to get all of these pieces done that I’d been saving for someday,” she said. “People started asking, so then I thought I’ll do one for myself and one to sell, and it just kind of snowballed from there.”

Patrons can look through the shop for completed pieces for sale, or even bring in their own furniture to be refinished or painted.

“There’s no two the same. It’s never going to be the same in here, everything is different and unique.”

Along with her finished works, Groenendyk also offers classes on various mediums at her store.

Each Tuesday, she hosts a craft-making class with different projects weekly. To ensure enough supplies, Groenendyk asks that interested individuals reach her on her Facebook page, Brushed by Jude, to save a spot.

Other groups, from church groups to wedding parties and everything in between, are also welcome to schedule their own crafting night.

One of the many things Groenendyk prides herself on the business’s homey atmosphere. Patrons can enjoy a cup of coffee while they work on their own projects or look through those available at the shop.

“I’ve had several people come in and say that they feel really welcome here and that it’s cozy,” she said. “That’s kind of what I’m striving for, that people feel like they can come in here and visit, have a cup of coffee, have a place where they can do that spontaneously.”

Those interested in a night of fun or just looking to shop can find exactly what they need at Brushed by Jude.

Whether it be home decor or furniture, Groenendyk’s skills are sure to bring a colorful one-of-a-kind pop to any home.

Shannon Rabotski can be reached at srabotski@oskyherald.com.

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