• 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, 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. Mom and me on opening day, September 7, 2013. We…

  • 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 so space is at a premium and we make every inch count. It takes a lot of skill to load so much stuff into such a small space but we’ve got this. The old guy was relegated to the smaller…

  • 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 put some paint on a wall. I tested four or five colors last week and not one was well received by the majority so I finally settled on the beautiful light grey we had at our first location. There was…

  • 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 the pages we could see our two youngest kids grow up right before our eyes. Those photos brought back a flood of happy memories as both of our parents are gone now. We were fortunate our kids were able to…

  • Cardboard Crafts,  Paper Crafts,  Ramblings

    Breaking routine

    I spent the weekend with inky fingers, creating art with my peers at Artiscape in Dublin, Ohio. I had so been looking forward to the annual weekend-long event. My friend Cathy and I travel together – she’s the driver. We left Friday morning and took nearly the whole day to get there, stopping at any antique store along our path. We even ventured into one estate sale where we scored some interesting objects! We took a little side trip to Wapakoneta to visit Gild the Lily, a lovely little antique shop we visited about three years ago. We were so glad we made to effort to get there because Glenna,…

  • Decor

    From cabinet to chalkboard

    Discarded cabinet doors are pretty easy to come by, especially if you have a friend or neighbor upgrading their kitchen. They’re also easy to up-cycle into a number of projects so we usually have a stack sitting around the Studio. When a client asked if we could make personalized bulletin boards for her grandchildren I suggested using the cabinet doors rather than buying bulletin boards to use as the base. Each cabinet door got a light sanding and thorough cleaning. Instead of a cork board I split the cabinet doors into a chalkboard and a magnetic board. I used Rust-oleum’s Chalkboard Paint and painted the entire base and frame. That…

  • Art Journal,  Paper Crafts

    Making messy fun

    In the Studio we’ve been offering Art Journal classes for well over a year. In January of this year we started a new version of the class titled ‘Art Journal Adventure.’ We’re working in a smaller format. I think the pad is about 5 inches by 9 inches. I’m really liking the smaller format and we’re able to keep the classes to its two-hour time limit. As much as I enjoy the creative process, at times I tend to lose sight of that when I’m teaching. It’s my students who often remind me why I started teaching in the first place. My goal in class is never to aim for…

  • Canvas,  Decor

    A canvas of many layers

    It’s been a while since I’ve felt inspired to work on a canvas but now the ideas are just bursting around in my head and I can’t get them out fast enough! This is a 12-inch by 12-inch canvas. There’s such a variety of techniques showcased on this canvas. We’ll make these gorgeous flowers from hand-dyed coffee filters. The flowers are die-cut and I’ll show you how to roll them and to use several shades of paints to make them come to life. Pretty lace and silk ribbon is added – with a pearl-head stick pin – to create a shabby-chic look. Students will work with plaster gauze, paper strips…