• Decor,  Painted Furniture

    Making new paint look old

    I love the look of old, aged and worn. It shows in my scrapbooking and mixed-media projects and I’ve managed to carry it over to my furniture pieces that I redesign. I’ve tried to do clean and neat – honest I have. It just doesn’t work for me. It never feels finished. So even though this vintage cabinet looked so dang cute once the paint was done I knew I…

  • Ramblings

    Picking violets for grandma

    Can there be anything more beautiful and refreshing as the bloom of spring flowers in Michigan? At the same time, is there anything more daunting than a yard and garden full of weeds? The older I get the more I appreciate the beautiful spring blooms and the memories that accompany them – like the violet. The lovely lavender and blue blooms of this beautiful wild flower seem to spring up…

  • Decor,  Painted Furniture

    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.…

  • Painted Furniture,  Ramblings

    Through the years

    ***post written by Rachel Poniatowski*** 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,…

  • Decor

    In it for the long haul

    I’m whooped! The back aches from all the driving and I have a garage full of treasured finds that will need to go through some intense cleaning tomorrow. The old guy, my friend, Cathy, and myself spent the day traveling West on US-12 for the annual Heritage Trail Longest Garage Sale. It was our first time and we’ve already discussed plans to attend next year’s sale. I drive an Equinox…

  • Ramblings

    Crowd-pleaser salad travels well

    It seems I always need a quick-and-easy dish to take to potlucks, picnics, reunions and on short road or kayak trips. A food that doesn’t need constant refrigeration. Something the majority of people will eat. And a dish you can take in a reusable container that you can leave with the host. For the past several years it’s been a pasta salad recipe that the old guy found in one…

  • DIY

    A magnetic attraction

    We’ve been in our new location going on eight months now so I guess it’s really not so new anymore. I’ve always felt bad because we never had time to paint before we moved everything in and then it’s just been busy keeping up with classes, custom furniture painting and painting pieces to sell in the Studio. This week’s workload was a little light so I got the itch to…

  • Paper Crafts,  Scrapbook Crafts

    Remembering Grandpa

    Dennis and I were talking this morning in his room about junk that needs to be sorted and gotten rid of. As I was looking around he mentioned the stack of his mom’s pictures. They were sitting under a shelf in a storage cabinet, just out in the open. Under the pile of photos was a little brag book of photos called ‘Grandma’s Show-and-Tell. We opened it as we turned…