May 24, 2011

Robyn Story Designs & Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint

After our wonderful five day, family girl’s, beach trip ended,  I rode back to Clearwater Florida with my niece. I  had four full days to help her complete some make-overs that had been dragging on for months.
The first thing I thought of was Annie Sloan’s chalk paint to make my furniture finishing go fast and smooth.
We found the Florida stockist for Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint and it was only thirty minutes away in Tampa.  With the help of On Star, we had no trouble finding it.
I admit, my heart was beating wildly as I entered the shop.
(Don’t skip the last part of this post – there is a clue to a surprise that is coming soon.)

Join me on a tour of the teaching facility for
Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint
There must be magic behind such an interesting old door!!

This is the amazing staff at Robyn Story Designs
Robyn is on the far right standing next to Lori
I didn’t meet the fellow on the far left, but I did meet Scott

Chalk paint magic happens here

If I lived a little closer, the seat on the left would be perfect for me

Chalk paints in every color – I want one of each!!!!

    A beautiful, but tired,  chair needs a quick makeover

Even the velvet loved the new chalk paint finish -- AMAZING!!!

Here is a closer view of the painted chair seat

look at the great texture on the seat’s back

I see Graphite, Old White, and I think a touch of  Emperor’s Silk
in this close up of the trim on the chair

The classroom chairs are beautiful wearing Annie Sloan in Old White
* * *
I was genuinely fulfilled as the tour of the classroom, offices, the holding room (for unbelievably wonderful furniture waiting for chalk paint) and the work room ended.
I thought I would make a quick purchase and be on my merry way…
Robyn asked if we would like to walk across the drive to see their showroom.
You mean there’s more????

The impressive showroom was tucked in right around the corner

Behind the black picket fence, a quaint,  shady courtyard
welcomed us with many beautiful things…

like this…

and this…

and this!

My niece and I had a wonderful time.   We had latte’s when we arrived and cheese and crackers, and cake at noon.   Thanks Robyn and Lori for making us feel so welcome. 

I am going to show you all of the photos of the gorgeous showroom in a few days so stay tuned!!!

Now, I invite you to visit Robyn’s new blog at:
and I encourage you to 
(hint-hintsign up to follow  (hint-hint)
Leave a comment, too. We all know how great it is to get feedback and meet new people.
I am keeping score and it could pay off  in the near future!!!!


  1. Wow, I would love to take a class!!! I've visited and am following Robyn...looking forward to much more chalk paint!!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh my goodness! How lucky am I, they are not that far from me but I did not know about them. I am now following RSD.

    Thank you for sharing your tour with us!

    ~ Tracy

  3. THAT. IS. AMAZING! It's like Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory for decorating bloggers, Rhonda! Those chairs are fantastic. Oh my gosh, that must be so much fun. I don't even have a stockist here in New York; I think the closest place is in New Jersey. I did finally get my Old White today in the mail, so I'm really looking forward to using it now!

  4. Oh my gosh what a total blast to have visited the shop!!
    I am on my way over to her blog right now ~


  5. I'm loving the results of this paint! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Oh, what a fun time, Rhonda. I've not used the chalk paint yet, but I have a project in mind. ;-)
    I'm eager to see mor! ~ Sarah

  7. Oh boy, that chalk paint is a hot item, and a makeover must have! Can you sit on that painted velvet?

  8. Rhonda,
    This is way COOL!!! I'm heading over to her blog ASAP...thanks for you know I'm jealous:)


  9. Thanks for sharing! I'm now a follower of her Blog.


  10. What a fabulous way to spend the day. I've been hearing so much about chalk paint and I'm looking forward to working with this magic. Thank you so much for the tour.

  11. omg that chair is gorgeous! before and also after.. You have a really cool blog with creative ideas and posts so I'm following now. I hope you can visit my page soon also! I just started 2 months ago and I would appreciate the support so much!
    Hugs from NYC

  12. Rhonda I am sooo envious!! Looks like ya had a fab time and can;t wait to see more pics! Also don't forget to send me over that list of must visit shops in and around the Gulf Shores area if ya get a chance. I am counting the days!

  13. I would love to visit this shop. Wish I could buy chalk paint locally. I hate the shipping fees. I see old violet on that chair, too.

  14. The chair is gorgeous! I love the colors.

  15. Thanks Rhonda! I am now a follower of Robyn Story Designs.



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