Cabinet doors are perfect recipe for boy’s rooms

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 way the kids could even write in chalk on the frame if they wanted.


Chalkboard paint takes several coats and it needs to dry between each. One of the cabinet doors had a divider, the other did not so I cut a piece of trim to attach down the center and help to secure the metal flashing.


I adhered metal flashing to one half of the cabinet door with caulk and secured in place with trim. Each board is personalized with the children’s favorite hobbies. Lance is big on music and Shawn, the younger, loves Star Wars. I was able to add a shelf to the top for Shawn so he could display some small Star Wars toys. An upside-down drawer pull is the perfect resting place for chalk.


I decoupaged vintage music sheet papers to trim out the board for Lance and added some music note stickers to jazz it up a bit.


When they were all done I used chalk to season the boards for use. The boys loved them and because they are chalk and magnetic, no worries of thumbtacks falling to the floor!

A canvas of many layers

hand-dyed coffee filter flowersIt’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.

wax on canvas

Students will work with plaster gauze, paper strips and gesso to create texture and movement in the background.

Acrylic paints are layered over gesso with a hint of shimmer added with Ranger’s Pearl Paint Dabber.

Who doesn’t love the look and smell of beeswax? I’ll share techniques for using beeswax to add a soft look to your project. And then, how to age the entire piece.

This class kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 5. Class runs till 4 p.m. Check out the info on our calendar for all the details you need to know or call the Studio at (517) 618-7700.


Studio continues to evolve

We often get asked just what is Green Door Studio. Truth be told, we don’t really have it figured out quite yet. We’re still evolving.

When Rachel and I decided to open this business a little over two years ago our thoughts were that we would offer classes and sell our painted furniture. Over time the business has changed a bit but remains pretty close to what we had in mind.


We still scour estate sales and auctions for pieces to redo and now we’ve expanded to custom painting.

dining_set_green_door_studio_720The custom painting has kept me really busy lately and I have commissions waiting to come in well into February.

Green_Door_Studio_snowman_class_2Classes run the gamut – from how to make a burlap wreath and ATC’s to art journaling, scrapbooking, card-making and mixed media. Students recently learned to use a Styrofoam ball, plaster gauze and an old bed spring to build an adorable snowman with tons of personality!

At the end of October we made the decision to move our business after scouting out a variety of locations. We didn’t go far – just about three miles North but our space is more open and nice and bright. We really like our current home.

Green_Door_Studio_snowman_classThe classroom area is spacious and roomy. It seats up to 10 comfortably and is still cozy and intimate – just the way I like it!

Green Door Studio is not your typical cutesy home decor/gift/craft store/studio. There’s no pretty fairy lights hanging from the ceiling and no mood lighting. We cram it in and sometimes I’ll admit it ain’t real pretty.

We sell some craft supplies – inks, glues, paper pads – Kaisercraft and Graphic45 with some Prima in the mix.

You’ll find furniture pieces – mostly good, solid, vintage project pieces (take as is or we’ll paint it for you) and painted pieces. The odd little piece of this or that comes and goes – rusty bed springs, brass pieces, vintage bingo numbers and the like.

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12313834_1740780649484485_4970115663827805801_nWhen you’re in the area (6105 Grand River, Brighton 48114), stop in and say ‘hi.’ The coffee is always on!