Friday, April 20, 2012

I 'SLOANED' MY DRIVEWAY!!!

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint goes over ANYTHING
A year ago, actually 14 months ago, I needed to prove to ALL that this really is the case.

As you may remember, I LOVE McKenzie Childs.  So I decided to make my entrance to 
UNIQUE
just like my little store nestled in Carrollwood.
ASCP Old Ochre and Graphite done in a checkerboard pattern
This has not been sealed.  Raw paint on raw concrete!!
This is the entrance from our parking lot
My Parking Lot!
This has been rained on, 
sprinkled on, 
driven on, 
walked on, 
merchandise has been dragged across, 
it is in FULL Florida sunshine
Gets beaten on by the notoriously strong thunderstorms
and it
STILL LOOKS AMAZING!

While I'm at it, I'll share just a few more pics of my cute little store from the outside
These are silks!  You'd never know!
Can you see the puppy peaking from the little house?
Stop by and sit for a spell.  It's beautiful in my gardens!
Don't forget to come see us at the FANCY FLEA in Lakeland.  We're sure going to transform two tents into a Mini Robyn Story Designs& boutique

35 comments:

  1. I "Sloaned" my front door Provence and I couldn't be happier with it. I loved the color, I love the finish, I love how easily it went on. I've painted a couple pieces of furniture with ASCP (Pure White) and it is such an easy product to work with.

    For those who haven't been to your store I can attest that the driveway looks awesome. Even better than your pictures show it. Hmm, maybe I can "Sloan" something fun on our back patio for the kids?

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    1. YOU SLOANED YOUR FRONT DOOR!?? I LOVE it, send pics, we'll put it on the blog. Everyone wants to see your front door done in Provence!!

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  2. Ok, this is seriously amazing. I have a little patch of concrete that would love some painterly love. I might even buy myself a tin.

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  3. Great testimony! Remember the old Timex commercials? "It takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'." I would love to buy some, but we don't have a stockist anywere nearby.
    Your shop looks so charming.
    -Revi

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    1. Revi, Please check out our online store! We have the greatest flat rate shipping prices. Don't let not having a stockist close to you be the reason you don't try this FUN and AMAZING product. It's just a few days away from your doorstep if you order online. We're always on email if you get the paint and have ANY questions. Please give it a try.

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  4. I too love MacKenzie Childs and your driveway. Can you tell me what you sealed it with?

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    1. Absolutely nothing. We're just letting mother nature do her thing. This has been over a year, it never peels or flakes, it is supposed to just wear away. You'd be hard pressed to find any wear of this paint on my driveway. It still looks FABULOUS and we haven't touched it up or anything!! Amazing, huh???

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  5. I love it. What a fun idea! I have an area here that I would love to do but I think the snow plows would do it in! Good luck at the Fancy Flea. I noticed that there are several bloggers that are going to be there. xo Diana

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  6. As I am reading this I am sitting outside looking at my patio floor and going....Hmmmmmmmm? You've got me thinking. Your parking lot is beautiful. Great job!

    Paula

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  7. Robyn I love this!! I wonder if I can do this to my shop exterior tilework? I want to change the color....and this driveway is the proof it can work...by the way, at the workshop in Boston Annie talked about a driveway someone painted in her paint....and it was you!

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  8. I have always loved your "Sloaned" driveway! It really does look fabulous. (I have tried to talk Marty into "Sloaning" our drive, but he says the neighborhood association would have a hissy fit. They already have problems with my bottle tree!

    Maybe he'll agree to painting the bathroom floor... Hmmmmm?
    See you at the "Flea"...
    Jane

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  9. Robyn I am amazed at your driveway, I thought for sure is would have to be sealed!

    I have a $100 Giveaway from Soft Surroundings on my site if you would like to enter!!

    Xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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    1. On my way over to your site right now to check it out! Thx!

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  10. Robyn I just Love this!! I am going to be a Vendor this year too at Fancy Flea~ Looking forward to seeing you again and picking up some more paint!!
    Have a Great Week End!!

    Huggs, Nancy

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    1. Nancy, be sure to ORDER your paint by phone so that you can take advantage of the FREEBIES! I wouldn't want you to miss out. I will then bring it to Fancy Fea and have it packaged and waiting for you. We won't be bringing as much paint as last year. And THERE'S GOING TO BE A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT that day! See you there!

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  11. Robyn I Love Your Driveway!! I am going to be a Vendor this year too at Fancy Flea!! Looking forward to seeing you again and picking up some more paint!

    Have a Great Week end!!
    Huggs, Nancy

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  12. Love thAt drivewAy always and I'm going to Sloan my front doors too! Those flowers in the French chairs are awesome!! I'm coming to fancy flea with a trailer as a buyer this year! See ya at the RSD pop up boutique!!Robyn I need 2 of the new paint brushes!! Bring some?;) xo anne

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    1. Ann. Call in an order and pick it up at Flea, we ave some specials you'll want o take advantage of. So excited! See you there!!

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    2. Oh Ok Will call tomorrow ( Tuesday) to make sure I get the new brushes. I suppose I can pick up more paint while I am there too! I know you are bringing Antoinette! What will she be wearing this trip?!next Gasparilla, dress her as a naughty Pirate!;) see ya at FF;)

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  13. I am a HUGE fan of A.S. paint. It stretches so far. I have my kitchen table filled with paint projects. I just painted a chandy for my 144 sq ft hm. It only took 1 tablespoon and 7 minutes (I timed it). Amazing paint. I have not posted to my blog in awhile but I will be posting about my Sloan paint projects really soon. I love your driveway but also wonder how you could remove the paint if you want to change the design out in the future? Have you tried painting on metal and leaving it outside? Ideas are now flying through my mind like crazy thanks to you. Great Blog. Thanks.

    Tonita

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    1. painting metal is just as amazing! Just paint it and let mother nature do her thing outside. Again,it doesn't flake or peel and you don't need to seal it! Even if it's rusted, you can knock down the rust, wire brush it off and then paint. It won't stop the rust from happening but it gives it a great vintage look. Oh, the many possibilities with this paint! As for removing the paint off the driveway, not too sure but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. Knowing me, I'll paint over it with another design. Love ASCP!

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  14. So cool Robyn...I love what this says and proves about Annie's paints and their durability.

    Incredible!

    janet xox
    The Empty Nest

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  15. It really did hold up well Robyn. I love it!

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  16. Awesome!!!!! Cannot wait to try this out, as soon as I find the spot.. hugs ~lynne~

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  17. Love love love!!

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  18. First time reader here! Why is it I'm just now hearing about Annie Sloan paint. I need to get a life, man! Now the secret is out, I am seeing it everywhere. Another blogger just introduced me to your blog tonight. Absolutely love the painted driveway!

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  19. Hi, Just found your blog and love what you did with your driveway, especially since we live in Largo, FL (Pinellas County). Have a question about oil droppings and tires driving over it in summers with the boiling hot roads we have here. Since you have a parking lot and cars are coming in and out, there has been no pulling away of the paint with hot tires? What about oil droppings from standing vehicles? Thank you! It looks so amazing and since it has been a year, it went through last summer and I find this totally amazing.

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    1. Lynn,you should stop by and see the driveway - over 14 months later and you'd be hard-pressed to see any wear and tear. We drive on it, drag stuff on it, the sprinklers wet it everyday. It's in the Florida sun and is subject to our nasty storms - nothing has pulled up. The paint NEVER peels or chips. The worst that will happen is that it will fade away over a period of time. It's awesome!! Questions, just stop in or call!

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  20. Former Tampa girl here....love your checkerboard driveway and your blog! I tried to read all your replies and sorry if you already answered my questions. I read you didn't seal it with anything....but did you use a primer before the first coat of paint was applied? Also, did you use a vinyl tile to trace the black squares? And last, did you paint the entire slab white first, and then do the black squares? I noticed the squares are not touching each other...was this so they wouldn't have to be perfectly level or uniform? I was thinking of painting my garage floor. Do you think I could do it in sections (over time) so it wouldn't be too overwhelming?

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    1. Thanks for your comment. No sealer was used at all. I do recommend using a sealer, however, raw concrete soaks up A LOT of product. We painted the entire surface with Old ochre and then used a cut out piece of cardboard as our stencil. Nothing formal or fancy. I like things perfectly imperfect! All said and done it took about three hours to do. It's the size of about a 2.5 garage. Easy as pie. As for doing this in your garage, you can certainly try. We use our space Like a garage and it's still great. I don't know about power washing it though. But it looks awesome! Let us know!

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  21. As always every thing is DROP DEAD BEAUTIFUL!!! I just love strolling through your blog. It is so inspiring.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Heather

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  22. I hate my faded grayish paved driveway, and have been wondering why no one invented colored sealer or paint for blacktop. Wonder if the paint would stay on?

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  23. Absolutely love this! How does it look now, after a few more years of wear???

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