2 Chicks Home and Market owner Elsie Russell has always been a lover of interior design, furniture and staging. When she opened her shop three years ago, she hoped to share her love of decorating with others.


In the art shop’s upcoming class on galvanized art, she will be showing attendees how to use recycled, upcycled and repurposed materials to make home decor. The galvanized initial and Mod-podge class will be held May 5 at the Denison studio.


“When I was younger, I worked for a design and furniture company for many years,” Russell said. “I always had my hand in design. I have always had my hand in design. When I moved back to this area when my children were small, I loved watching staging and design shows.”


She loved it so much that she became a licensed stager for vacant and occupied homes.


“I fell in love with paint and the creative process,” Russell said. “I fell in love with the pieces and recycling and upcycling. I found a lot of really cool products that I could redo.”


Now, Russell said that 2 Chicks Home and Market brings in a lot of people who enjoy the same things. She said that the shop sees a lot of women that like to redo items to make money and to help restage their own homes.


“Along with our paint and other items, we sell local honey and grass-fed beef,” she said.


During the galvanized class, Russell said that people will first pick out a letter from those provided.


“The piece will be painted,” she said.


After painting, the class attendees will uses Modge Podge glue or another type of glue on the piece of iron.


“Everything that we learn, people can then go and do from home,” Russell said. “We also have a DIY painting class where we teach people about the items we have here and then we teach them how to use the information to make an item that they can take home.”