Monday, September 15, 2014

Olive Ombre Dresser

Chalk Paint® has many beautiful colors...
  OLIVE Chalk Paint® has been one of my newest obsessions, and I wanted to try something a little different on my latest project. 
 
After a remarkable garage sale find, I decided to try my hand at the Ombre effect.  
 
Ombre is a technique of blending colors to create a fading effect

I started with a paper plate and blended different proportions of Olive Chalk Paint® with Versailles Chalk Paint®. As you can see I made quite a mess, but was able to find a combination that I thought was great!
 I painted the shell with two coats of Olive Chalk Paint® giving it solid coverage.
 After the paint dried, I took my piece inside to wax and buff. I used the Clear Wax only. 
 Now it was time for the drawers. I painted two coats of my custom colored paint, let it dry, then brought them inside to wax and buff.
 I used the original hardware! 
I was pretty impressed with how it turned out!! 
I hope you enjoy!

If you have any questions or need help with your next painting project feel free to call us or stop by:

Robyn Story Designs
9249 Lazy Lane
Tampa, Florida 33614
813-931-9307 Phone
rstorydesigns@aol.com
www.robynstorydesigns

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Furniture Creations at RSD


Transformations come in many different shapes and sizes, here are a few pieces that have made there way in (and out) of the store!!!!

This cabinet had beautiful "bones" and we added a little Robyn Story Designs flair to this piece to make it a one of a kind piece that is out of this world GORGEOUS!
This cabinet had all the right "bones", but did not scream
 "I AM ONE OF A KIND AND BEAUTIFUL"
Please someone paint me!!

Sooooooo.....
Robyn was inspired.........
She used a plethora of colors, products, and techniques to make this piece EXQUISITE! She used Chalk Paint®, Gilder's Paste, and Artisan Enhancements Transfer Gel.

Can you say...STUNNING!!!!!!

Well, we couldn't stop there with 
fun transformations........
This piece has recently hit RSD painted by one of our talented Floral Designers and Painters, Scott. This beauty was painted with Chalk Paint® in Paris Grey. He then made a glaze by using a mixture of  German Silver, Silver, and Black Gilder's Paste mixed with mineral spirits. Scott took a clean rag and wiped it all over the piece, wiping the excess as he went.
Scott then went back with Sandalwood and Rust Gilder's Paste over certain edges to give it a distressed look.
He finished his piece with the Clear Topcoat from Artisan Enhancements.
Check out all our latest painted transformations and products at:

Robyn Story Designs
9249 Lazy Lane
Tampa, Florida 33612
(813)931-9307
www.robynstorydesigns.com

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Achieving A Crackle Effect With Your Paint

Decorative painting has been taking the world by storm. To help you achieve the most out of your paint, this blog will explain how to achieve a crackle finish with a few of our products.

NATURAL CRACKLE EFFECT WITH CHALK PAINT®
Have a can of Chalk Paint® on hand, then there is no need for any other products for a natural crackle effect. Simply follow these steps for a Natural Crackle Effect with Chalk Paint®
Photo Courtesy of AnnieSloan.com
 1. Brush on a thick layer of Chalk Paint® to your furniture piece. *Note, you can paint in one direction, stipple or paint in a criss cross application for more crackle to your piece* Experiment on a sample board to find out the kind of crackle texture you can achieve with your paint.
2. Using a hair dryer immediately on the wet paint to create a natural crackling in the Chalk Paint®
3. Allow to dry completely. If you paint on a warm sunny day put out in the direct sunlight too!
4. Once dry, apply Clear Wax to piece and buff. If you want to make the crackle stand out more, apply the clear wax, then the dark wax, wipe off excess!

CRAQUELEUR BY ANNIE SLOAN
This two part process allows you to achieve a cracked finish like an old oil painting or cracked varnish. You can achieve smaller or larger cracks based on the thickness that you apply step 2 to your piece. The thinner it is, the smaller the cracks.
Photo courtesy of AnnieSloan.com
CRACKLE TEX
  Crackle Tex will give you larger, chunkier, more textural crackle effect. Crackle Tex by Artisan Enhancements® reproduces the sophisticated, aged, antiqued look of weathered paint and/or plaster. Crackle Tex is a clear medium that will allow paint or plaster to create a chipped/crackled effect. A unique feature is that it can be used as a “pull off” or “chipped” technique for added texture. Crackle Tex has no VOC. Cleans up easy with soap and water.

 Simply apply a base coat (if necessary) and let dry. You can apply Crackle Tex over natural wood if you want that to be your base. Brush or roll on a liberal coat of Crackle Tex and allow to thoroughly dry. You can speed up the drying process with a hairdryer. Once dry, apply a liberal coat of paint and watch as Crackle Tex does all the work.  Cracks will appear as soon as the second coat starts drying (do not over work the top coat application). The base coat is the coating that you will see through the cracks.  For larger cracks apply more product and paint.
To achieve a natural irregular crackle finish, apply Crackle Tex and your paint with a stipple effect (blot paint on). To create a linear cracked look, apply Crackle Tex and paint with linear strokes.  Allow to dry and use Artisan Enhancements Clear Topcoat to seal.
**If cracks do not appear, not enough Crackle Tex or paint was applied. Try to first rewet top layer by spraying water on your piece and brushing it in lightly. Let dry. If cracks still do not appear, reapply product but with a heavier hand.

EASY CRACKLE
Easy Crackle by Artisan Enhancements® reproduces the sophisticated, aged, antiqued look of weathered paint and/or plaster. Crackle Tex is a clear medium that will allow paint or plaster to create a chipped/crackled effect for a subtle classic appearance. It can be applied with brush or roller. Easy Crackle has no VOC. It cleans up easy with soap and water.
Simply apply a base coat (if necessary) and let dry. You can apply EasyCrackle over your natural wood if you want that to be your base. Brush or roll on a liberal coat of Easy Crackle and allow to thoroughly dry.  To speed up process you can use a hair dryer. Once dry, apply a liberal coat of paint and watch as Easy Crackle does all the work!  Cracks will appear when second coat starts to dry (do not over work the top coat application). The base coat is the coating that you will see through the cracks. To achieve a natural irregular crackle finish, apply Easy Crackle and coat of paint with a stipple effect (blot paint on). To create a linear cracked look, brush Crackle Tex and paint on with linear strokes. To create heavier cracking apply more product and paint (or use Crackle Tex).  Allow to dry and use Artisan Enhancements Clear Topcoat to seal.
**If cracks do not appear, not enough Crackle Tex or paint was applied. Try to first rewet top layer by spraying water on your piece and brushing it in lightly. Let dry. If cracks still do not appear, reapply product but with a heavier hand.
 
CRACKLE EFFECT WITH MISS MUSTARD SEED
Like Chalk Paint®, Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint can achieve a natural crackle finish. Paint your piece and apply heat immediately to painted surface (a hairdryer or heat gun work great).
Photo Courtesy of MissMustardSeed.com
 CRACKLE MEDIUM BY MISS MUSTARD SEED
 This crackle medium is an eco-friendly, natural food grade product that creates beautiful cracks with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. To use this product, mix equal parts warm water to crackle and stir.  Allow mixture to sit for 10-15 minutes until powder is absorbed into water.  Stir to break up any lumps.  Apply crackle with a brush before the final coat of paint.  Allow crackle to dry until it’s tacky before applying final coat of paint. Only mix what will be used for the project.  Excess can be stored for 3-5 days in an airtight container at room temperature.
 There are so many options with the paint products that we carry. If you have any questions, need more information, or want to inquire about our upcoming paint classes. 
Contact us at:
 
Robyn Story Designs
9249 Lazy Lane
Tampa, Florida 33612
(813)931-9307
rstorydesigns@aol.com



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