Monday, August 11, 2014

Tips For Painting Floors With Chalk Paint®

Photo courtesy of Typebird Graphic Design
  Chalk Paint® is versatile in many ways, and painting floors is no exception. It can be used on wooden floors as a wash or applied more thickly for a solid application. Chalk Paint® can also be used on concrete floors, both interior and exterior to transform the look in any room.

If you are looking to transform a room in your home, whether inside or out, here are a few tips for painting your concrete floor.
Driveway @ Robyn Story Designs painted in Graphite & Old Ochre Chalk Paint®
Exterior Application
1. Make sure that the concrete is free of dirt and debris (we pressure washed our store driveway)
2. Seal your concrete (concrete is like swiss cheese, has lots of tiny holes and very porous) with a concrete sealer from your local home improvement center
3. Apply your Chalk Paint® with a foam roller. Depending on the look you are wanting to achieve, two coats should give you solid coverage.
4. After your paint is dry, stencil to add some dramatic details

For a full breakdown of what we did to our store driveway click here!

Interior Application
1. Clean floor of dirt and debris
2. Seal your concrete (again, concrete is like a sponge, sealing it will help you use less paint)
Custom Color- 2 Cans Graphite and 1 can Paris Grey Chalk Paint®
 3. Apply your Chalk Paint® using a foam roller, cut in edges with a brush.
4. Apply second coat after first coat has dried
5. After your paint is dry, stencil to add a border, pattern, or unique look to your area

Picture provided by Typebird Graphic Design  
6. After all paint has dried, apply with foam roller, two coats of Annie Sloan Lacquer to seal floor.
Voila!!!! Amazing Transformation!

Stay tuned for more tips and stunning transformations!!!

Send us your before and after pictures to rstorydesigns@aol.com and you could be featured on our next  blog!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Tips on Decopauge and Painting Fabric with Chalk Paint®

 
Beautiful headboard makeover via Robyn Story Designs customer




 There are so many versatile things you can do with Chalk Paint®.

But Painting Fabric??????

Check out this transformation by Sara D on Hometalk that uses Paris Grey and Pure White Chalk Paint® to transform this flea market find into an exquisite piece.
headboard makeover fabric chalk paint, chalk paint, painted furniture 
This beautiful transformation comes from Hometalk Blog

 headboard makeover fabric chalk paint, chalk paint, painted furniture
Check out Hometalk Blog for her transformation

 Want to get started on a project of your own? Here is a list of step by step instructions if you are painting fabric.

1. Dilute the paint with water so that it is thin enough to be absorbed into the fabric. If the paint is hard and crusty when it dries, then it is too thick and needs more water.
2. Use your brush to apply the paint to the fabric in a circular, scrubbing motion.
3. Let the first coat of paint dry.
4. Apply a second coat of paint to fabric if needed.
- See more at: http://www.anniesloanunfolded.com/UnfoldedBlog/chair1/#sthash.j8nieT5J.dpuf
1. Dilute the paint so that it is thin enough to be absorbed into the fabric. If the paint is hard and crusty when it dries, than it is too thick and you need to add more water.

2. Use your brush to apply the paint in a circular, scrubbing motion into the fabric

3. Let the first coat of paint dry completely.

4. Apply a second coat of paint if needed. Let dry.

5. Apply Clear Wax® to fabric with brush (depending on size of piece, work in small manageable sections), almost like you are "pushing in" the wax into your fabric. Wipe off excess with clean lint free cloth. Buff immediately.

Don't want to stop there...try your artistic hand at decoupage!

From drab to fab, this customer followed these simple steps to achieve this look.

1. Paint your piece in the Chalk Paint® color(s) of your choice. Let paint dry.

2. Apply Clear Wax on areas that you are NOT going to decoupage. Using sandpaper, distress letting your wood finish peak through the paint. 

3. Seal your raw edges with Clear Wax again. Apply Dark Wax. Buff.

4. Cut and dry fit your decorative paper to the area that you will be applying. 

5. Using Modge Podge decoupage your tissue paper, or other decorative paper to your piece. 

6. If you would like to, apply Craqueluer Step 1 & 2 on top of your paper and rub Dark Wax on it to give the look of worn paper.
 Have questions??? Feel free to stop by the shop and pick our brains!! We are here to help you succeed!! 
 
Need decorative papers to give your piece that special touch? We have a plethora of papers in the store so stop in today for all your Chalk Paint® supplies!!

Robyn Story Designs
9249 Lazy Lane
Tampa, Fl 33614
(813)931-9307 

Steps:
1. Dilute the paint with water so that it is thin enough to be absorbed into the fabric. If the paint is hard and crusty when it dries, then it is too thick and needs more water.
2. Use your brush to apply the paint to the fabric in a circular, scrubbing motion.
3. Let the first coat of paint dry.
4. Apply a second coat of paint to fabric if needed.
- See more at: http://www.anniesloanunfolded.com/UnfoldedBlog/chair1/#sthash.j8nieT5J.dpuf


Steps:
1. Dilute the paint with water so that it is thin enough to be absorbed into the fabric. If the paint is hard and crusty when it dries, then it is too thick and needs more water.
2. Use your brush to apply the paint to the fabric in a circular, scrubbing motion.
3. Let the first coat of paint dry.
4. Apply a second coat of paint to fabric if needed.
- See more at: http://www.anniesloanunfolded.com/UnfoldedBlog/chair1/#sthash.j8nieT5J.dpuf

Monday, July 28, 2014

IT IS OFFICIAL.....Christmas In July

 Trucks are arriving daily with holiday shipments!!!
    Frasier Fir from The Thymes

My Little Helpers are beginning their work
and I am getting inspired beyond belief here!!
   Can you say BLING!!!!
 
Sneak peak of some of our Mark Roberts Fairy Collection

So be on the lookout for more sneak peak pictures and information

Mark your calendars for our annual
Holiday Open House
October  9, 10, 11
at Robyn Story Designs

You won't want to miss it!! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Robyn Story Designs Invades a Horse Show

 
For those of you who have had the pleasure to speak with, or meet Scotty, he has been a member of my staff since I started my business out of my garage many years ago.  
Although he can be an amazing painter, he is first and foremost one of the most talented floral designer's in the business!! During the summer months he heads north to orchestrate and design hundreds of floral and plant displays, which are used to decorate numerous horse show rings. 
 
Upon arriving, he gets thousands of floral stems together and begins arranging and potting silk flowers and plants into beautiful arrangements for display.

Here is a look at just a few of the plants before going out on the course.

 This equestrian festival by Horse Shows By The Bay, consists of four weeks of premier hunter/jumper competition in Traverse City, Michigan! Look at the transformations!!!
Approximately, 60-70 jumps are decorated per day, with close to a thousand different horses jumping them throughout the week.
 
STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!

Scott we LOVE all that you do for us and cannot wait for your return home

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hope Chest Transformation with Artisan Enhancements

If anyone has visited our store or website, you might have seen the Artisan Enhancement line of paint products that we carry. From novice to expert, this line of products can transform and change the most ordinary piece into EXTRAORDINARY!!!! 

Right now we are offering FREE SHIPPING and
10% OFF your ENTIRE Artisan Enhancements purchase!

So.......we wanted you to be inspired by these products as much as we are!!

This stunning chest if you can believe it or not is a WWII chest that belonged to RSD's own Lori. She received it when she was a little girl and was her Hope Chest when she was in High School! 

Recently, she moved and was afraid that she would have to get rid of this traditional looking chest since her new home and decor were a little more modern than she had in the past.

Well, she decided to get her amazing creative juices flowing and here is what she did....
Products Used:
Aluminum Foil
First, Lori painted all of the areas that she wanted solid using the
 Graphite Chalk Paint® (wood, straps, etc)

She then went section by section around the chest with the Artisan Enhancements Leaf and Foil Size. Then, Lori carefully laid the aluminum foil on top, pressing hard against the surface to enhance any of the details on the trunk.

As you can see the details really popped because she carefully worked the foil into all those little grooves and crevices. 

Now you may ask, why did she use Aluminum Foil instead of a Silver Leafing. Lori used the Aluminum Foil because she wanted a SOLID silver finish as opposed to leafing which does not usually give you a solid silver finish. Also, the aluminum foil has two different finishes, a shiny side and a dull side for different effects.
Once all of the foiling was completed, she covered it with one coat of Artisan Enhancements Clear Topcoat, let it dry, applied the Dark Wax and wiped it off where she did not want it, buffed it, then resealed with the Clear Top Coat.

She enhanced the locks and metal lathing strips, etc around the chest with the German Silver and Silver Gilder's Paste!
Now, it is much more sleek and contemporary and fits into her new home!!

We hope that you are inspired by this piece to take something you have and transform it to fit into your decor!! 

At Robyn Story Designs we are constantly having workshops on our many product lines. Check out our current calendar here for a list of upcoming classes to help you through your next project.

Friday, July 11, 2014

ARTISAN ENHANCEMENTS PROMOTION/Give-Away

We are all about unleashing your creative soul here at


and we want to help you do just that.  

For a limited time we are offering

AND
10% OFF YOUR ENTIRE

ARTISAN ENHANCEMENTS PURCHASE!!!**


AND
 In honor of our friends at the 


We are hosting a give-away of these fantastic products!!!

So go to http://thepaintfactorypdx.com and check out how YOU can win a wonderful assortment of these amazing Artisan Enhancements products!!

What are you waiting for?  Unleash that creative soul!!!!!

**The discount will automatically be applied. No promo code required. Regular shipping rates will apply to any other item and will automatically be added to your shopping cart.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer Projects Part II


Its Summer......Woohoo!!!!

We want to see your projects that you have completed! Whether expert or first time painter, we want to see what you have done and what you LOVE! We hope to be posting your amazing works of art all summer long!

Our first follower to share is a customer that has recently been brought into the world of Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint and is becoming OBSESSED with renewing old furniture.

Among many of her projects recently, here is a pair of end tables and a coffee table with some beautiful details that were just too dark for her and her husband.


Her color selection was Old Ochre. With all of those details and glass top to see through, they had to paint the inside of the tables as well as the outside. They still came out using less than 1 quart of paint for all 3 tables!!!!


LOVE the way the details are starting to POP!!!


After painting, she used Clear and Dark Waxes to make those details come to life



Close up of details


After waxing the piece, she went back and buffed the tables to a beautiful sheen!!!

And

THE FINAL REVEAL!!



What a beautiful transformation of these tables!

What are you working on??? Want to be showcased on our blog?? Let us know what you are working on and you might be featured on our next post!

Remember to take those before, during, and after shots of your transformation!
Stay tuned for more transformations and other exciting news from Robyn Story Designs!!!