Friday, September 19, 2014

Burgundy Arrives Today at TLC Vintage, Central Iowa Headquarters for Chalk Paint®

 

TLC Vintage Collection, 

Central Iowa Headquarters

for

Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan 

Announces The Arrival Today of

Burgundy!


 

Quarts will be available this late this afternoon at TLC Vintage Collection. Sample sizes not until next week. We will begin shipping to out of town customers Monday at the latest for quart sizes.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Mille Feuille Finish -- or Cheryl's Kitchen Sponge Technique!

At TLC Vintage Collection, Central Iowa headquarters for Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, we are always looking for brilliant, easy, practical paint finishes and methods to share with our readers. Well.....today is the best ever so far, thanks to my dear friend and stockist colleague -- Cheryl Frampton -- who is clever, witty and brilliant - owner of the Big White Goose, Canby OR and her friend Bob -- your common kitchen sponge! I buy mine, 3/$1, at Dollar Tree. Great tool for your workbench!



So let's take your first half 1900s hall table and turn it into something phenomenal with little paint and product in about two hours, start to finish!






Clean your furniture with dish soap and warm water, rinse, let dry. Then apply small amount of French Linen to your clean, new sponge and gently whisk it over the surface. Do not try for full coverage.....let some wood and varnish show through. Once dry, do the same with Duck Egg Blue....do not apply paint into crevices....let it fall where it may. After this level dries, you will do the same with Paris Grey...



Next you will sand lightly with 200-600 grit sandpaper to merge colors and bring out any natural imperfections of the piece. Take the dust off with a tack cloth or cheese cloth.






The finale is to do a blended wax of Clear Soft Wax and Renaissance Gilding Wax (both available at our physical store and on line at www.tlcvintagecollection.com). Apply and wipe off the excess as normal, leaving extra in cracks and ridges to help leave a metallic gold sheen.

Let dry for a few days before buffing or placing items on top. Patina look finish with panache!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

TLC Vintage Collection September Newsletter!

Volume 16

UPCOMING EVENTS!

Springstreet Junkin’ Good Time – Friday and Saturday, September 4 and 5 – Grinnell IA – indoor event!  Deminars by TLC Vintage on Saturday!

Carlisle Pickers’ Day – Saturday September 27! 9 am to 5 pm. We will be doing deminars all day!
Junk Jubilee Jingles – Friday-Sunday, November 14-16.  4-H Building, Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Des Moines Home & Garden Show – 2015. Our booth will be #708, backing to the main aisle in HyVee Hall. Keep an eye open for a ticket give away when closer to the event!

TIP OF THE MONTH
Sometimes you will find we repeat a topic, but that is because it comes up often with our customers. So we repeat them occasionally for newcomers to our newsletter.

Tacky Wax Fix: A common telephone call we field is that a wax finish feels tacky after several days. The problem is too much wax. Reminder: Our Clear Soft Wax is about the consistency of cold cream. Its application is similar. Little is more! So how to remedy tacky wax? It is counter intuitive – more wax.  Working in small areas with lots of lint-less rags at hand, apply more wax in a 10X10 inch area generously. This will reactivate the original wax. The gently but firmly wipe away the excess so the surface does not feel greasy or damp. Then move onto the next area. Keep turning your rag or discarding it so you are using a clean area and not merely forcing that old wax back into your surface!

Prep Work – Like all  good results, they start with adequate preparation. So please do clean your surface well before painting. Most surfaces can be cleaned with just dish soap and warm water then a rinse with clear and let dry. Any furniture or surface that has been exposed to airborne grease, particularly kitchen cabinets and furniture, need to be degreased. Be sure to clean again after the degreaser with soap and water then a rinse to make sure the chemicals of the degreaser are removed.

Long drive? But need paint now!  -- If it is a couple hours round trip to our store, do the math and figure out what a trip just for paint is costing you in time and gas! We can ship to you and you can have next day delivery at your doorstep in Iowa and most adjacent states. We now offer flat rate shipping in those areas. If we can have your order packed by 2:30 pm Monday-Thursday, you will normally get it in 1 day (rarely 2 days) business days. Friday orders will not arrive until Monday. Weekend orders will arrive Tuesday.

WHAT’S NEW!





Miss Mustard Seed Workshop – Check the workshop dates at end of newsletter!

 
PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

Let’s review various sealants available at our store for porous paint and when they might be used.

Annie Sloan’s Soft Waxes: Perfect for indoor application on furniture, walls and décor. Gives a durable finish that is easily cleaned and buffed to a sheen. Not appropriate for floors or outdoors. Water resistant, but not water-proof. Great feel! Wash up with soap and water or mineral spirits.



Annie Sloan’s Lacquer: Great for floors. Some people use it on cabinets. Not for outdoors. I use it over old metal to give it a slight sheen. Ask for instruction when it is used over porous paint that has been painted over varnish or raw wood. While the lacquer does not yellow paint, it is so strong it can pull up tandens from the underlying wood, causing yellowing or discoloration. Wash up with soap and water.



Artisan Enhancements Clear Topcoat Sealer: Exterior rated so this is waterproof. Matte finish. Soy based. Once again, while it will not yellow, it can pull up underlying tandens. May be used on floors, cabinets, furniture and more. Wash up with soap and water.



Next month we will discuss Miss Mustard Seed’s Tung Oil,  Waxes and  Hemp Oil.

COMING SOON!!

Burgundy – We are told we can expect Annie Sloan’s latest Chalk Paint® color, Burgundy, to be released in October! We will have it as soon as it is made available and the truck can get it to us!

Annie Sloan’s Room Recipes for Style & Colour – Also expected in October is Annie’s newest book that we have already ordered from our distributor for shipment as soon as it is available.



Knobs & Handles – Aside from old knobs and handles, we have not carried these before, so we will be getting a limited supply in to see how you like them!

ON THE WEB

YOUR PROJECTS INSPIRE US! We’d love to see more of your before and after photos of projects! We love them and want to make you a star on our Facebook and blog! Our readers really respond every time we put your pieces out on our Customer Show & Tell Album!


WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

All of our classes are now 3 hours long and $85. If you are coming from out of town and these times are inconvenient, consider putting a group together and we will schedule a special session. Minimum of 3 people needed
Check often for changes and additions on our website!

Chalk Paint® 101 Plus!
Six starter paint techniques plus clear and dark wax methods! $85 in advance.  Minimum of 3 people.

Sep 6: Noon to 3 pm         Oct 4: Noon to 3 pm              Nov 1: 9 am to Noon          Dec 6: 9 am to Noon

Chalk Paint® Jump Start!
All new mini starter class. Just an hour and a half! $50 in advance. Minimum of 4 people.
Sep 15: 6-7:30 pm               Oct 6: 6-7:30 pm  


Chalk Paint® 201 All New!
More amazing paint techniques of Annie Sloan!  Crackle, frottage, wet wax distress and more! In advance $85. Minimum of 3 people.
 Sep 6: Noon to 3 pm       Nov 8: 9 am to noon


Chalk Paint® Your Kitchen Cabinets & Built-Ins! How to renew your dated cabinets at a fraction of the cost without replacing them! $85 in advance. Minimum 3 people.
Oct 25: Noon to 3 pm

Peeling Paint, Crust & Crud!
Perfect for the junker who wants to blend a newer piece or add a more rustic finish to an item to blend in. Peeling off paint, layers of crust and crud…This is a fun evening class!  Offered once to see how you like it.
Oct 13: 6 – 9 pm

Wood Icing
Ice wood like you would ice a cake. Texture paste to add dimension to any surface! No one else is offering this product or class in Iowa!

Sep 13: 9 am to Noon  Nov 22: Noon to 3 pm

Artisan Enhancements Special Effects!
Crackle, Pearl Plaster, Transfer Gel, Venetian Plaster and easier than ever before gilding! Fun beyond description! 4 person minimum.
Oct 11: Noon to 4 pm

Introduction to Milk Paint
A variety of applications for the use of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. Wax distress, layering, staining and more!
Oct 18: 9 am to noon    Dec 13: 9 am to noon


Girls Night Out! Wine, Cheese, Paint Therapy!
Put together a group of girlfriends and spend 3 hours in the studio painting! Organize your group. Book it exclusively $360 minimum for your group up to 8 people. Pricing variation depends on what you want to do during the evening. You bring the wine, we provide the cheese and paint!

Class Size & Cancellation Policy: We maintain the right to refund your money or arrange for a different date if we do not have the 3-4 people necessary  to make a class viable. If you are ill or weather prevents travel, you may reschedule to another date within six months of the date you originally scheduled. If your plans change, we need a two-week notice before the class date if you want to be rescheduled. Under two weeks, there is no refund but if your spot is filled we will allow you to reschedule, otherwise your fee is forfeited.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

TLC Vintage Collection August Newsletter




WHAT TLC HAS BEEN UP TO!
The past two weeks, we have tried to concentrate on painting and reorganizing the workshop area so it, well, looks updated and is better organized. Not there yet, but we hope you will like it. There will be a Chalk Paint® color chart on the wall made out of painted plates and a painted canvas with all Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint colors! Everyone always loves the showroom floor, so we just reversed the colors on the workshop floor. Don’t peek into the storeroom yet – we haven’t touched it! LOL

But we are not done yet and have to get some furniture ready for a commercial shoot, so wait for the big unveiling! Or just stop by the shop to see for yourself.


UPCOMING EVENTS!
We rarely do shows anymore because you, our customers, need us in the shop to talk to! And we love it. But we have gotten a couple special requests to attend some new events, so one or two of us will be going. Here they are:

Springstreet Junkin’ Good Time – Friday and Saturday, September 4 and 5 – Grinnell IA – indoor event!

Carlisle Pickers’ Day – Saturday September 27! 9 am to 5 pm. We will be doing deminars all day!

Des Moines Home & Garden Show – 2015. Keep an eye open for a ticket give away when closer to the event! We are doubling our booth and will be in the main hall with ongoing hands on painting available for all comers!




TIP OF THE MONTH
Make a sample of what you want your finish to be! To save lots of time and money overall, take a little bit of time and spend a little bit of product on a sample piece to be sure your idea translates into the finish you are dreaming of! We do this a lot of the time – particularly when we are trying something new. And be aware that not all finishes that are easy to do on a 3”X6” sample board are easy when tried on a large expanse such as a wall or wardrobe. Does this sound like the voice of experience? You bet! If at all possible, do your sample on the same finish you will be painting over. If it is varnish, paint over varnish, raw wood, formica, etc. You will save yourself a lot of angst! Also remember to shellac any piece that may bleed through the paint.




Long drive? But need paint now!  -- If it is a couple hours round trip to our store, do the math and figure out what a trip just for paint is costing you in time and gas! We can ship to you and you can have next day delivery at your doorstep in Iowa and most adjacent states. We now offer flat rate shipping in those areas. If we can have your order packed by 2:30 pm Monday-Thursday, you will normally get it in 1 day (rarely 2 days). Friday orders will not arrive til Monday. Weekend orders will arrive Tuesday.



PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS
Stencils & stencil cremes – New stencils by the dozens. We know some of you work in advance of holiday shows so we have upcoming holiday stencils such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day. We’ve added a number of flower themed stencils by request as well as larger overall stencils for use on walls, large furniture or floors. We’ve updated our stencil crème stock as well.



Fresh Style Magazine – Just $8 per issue. The latest version arrive in the shop Thursday. Come and get it! Another article by Annie!

Shannon Martin Line – Matchboxes have just arrived! Also pill boxes, magnets, new cards, cocktail napkins!




Sweet Doe Soaps – We now have a purse size container of Body Butter so you can have it with you anywhere as well as a great lip balm!



ON THE WEB
PINTEREST! Easy to get lost in it, that is for sure! If you need an invite to get on, just email me and we will send an invitation! You can type in your interest any time for great ideas!

FACEBOOK! Recent news is that The Shabby Nest now has a shop and occasional sales. Check her out on Facebook! Lots of new pages and businesses popping up all the time!

YOUR PROJECTS INSPIRE US! Please, please, please send us your before and after photos of projects! We love them and want to make you a star on our Facebook and blog! Our readers really respond every time we put your pieces out on our Customer Show & Tell Album!


WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
Chalk Paint® 101 Plus!
Six starter paint techniques plus clear and dark wax methods! $85 in advance.  Minimum of 4 people.
Aug 9: 9 am to noon – a couple spots still available!
Sep 6: Noon to 3 pm         Oct 4: Noon to 3 pm

Chalk Paint® Jump Start!
All new mini starter class. Just an hour and a half! $50 in advance. Minimum of 4 people.
Aug 5: 6:7:30 pm  
Sep 15: 6-7:30 pm               Oct 6: 6-7:30 pm
  
Chalk Paint® 201 All New!
More amazing paint techniques of Annie Sloan!  Crackle, frottage, wet wax distress and more! In advance $85. Minimum of 4 people.
 Sep 6: Noon to 3 pm

Chalk Paint® Your Kitchen Cabinets & Built-Ins! How to renew your dated cabinets at a fraction of the cost without replacing them! $135 in advance. Minimum 3 people.
Aug 16: Noon to 4 pm
Oct 25: Noon to 4 pm

Wood Icing
Ice wood like you would ice a cake. Texture paste to add dimension to any surface! No one else is offering this product or class in Iowa!

Sep 13: 9 am to 4 pm

Artisan Enhancements Special Effects!
Crackle, Pearl Plaster, Transfer Gel, Venetian Plaster and easier than ever before gilding! Fun beyond description! 4 person minimum. $140 in advance
Aug 23: Noon to 4 pm         Oct 11: Noon to 4 pm

Stencil & Decoupage
Enhance furniture and décor – even your easy chair with stencils. Learn to add an image to a surface using decoupage. 4 person minimum. $75 in advance.
Oct 18: 9 am to noon

Girls Night Out! Wine, Cheese, Paint Therapy!
Put together a group of girlfriends and spend 3 hours in the studio painting! Organize your group. Book it exclusively $360 for your group up to 8 people. You bring the wine, we provide the cheese and paint!
Aug 19: 6:30-9:30 pm
Sep 23: 6:30-9:30 pm      Oct 14: 6:30-9:30 pm

Class Size & Cancellation Policy: We maintain the right to refund your money or arrange for a different date if we do not have the 3-4 people necessary  to make a class viable. If you are ill or weather prevents travel, you may reschedule to another date within six months of the date you originally scheduled. If your plans change, we need a two-week notice before the class date if you want to be rescheduled. Under two week,s there is no refund but if your spot is filled we will allow you to reschedule, otherwise your fee is forfeited.


TLC Vintage Collection 7518 Hickman Road, Windsor Heights (Des Moines) IA 50324 Telephone: 515-276-1577 (shop)
Hours: M-F 10 am to 5 pm Sat 10 am to 3 pm   Available by special appointment outside these hours
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