Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Hot Off the Presses -- February Newsletter


Roll It Out!
Whether you like to tamp paint or other mediums over stencils, or roll them simultaneously with two or three colors – we have the new Annie Sloan large and small rollers and her new stencil brush now in stock!

                                       Colors Remembered!

Have trouble remembering that great color you mixed or finish you created? Me, too! That’s why we love several things we carry at TLC Vintage. Our Color Swatch Ring allows you to paint on a sample chip and then write the formula or instructions on the back.
The other way to record your one-of-a-kind mixes or creative ideas is in the newest Annie Sloan Work Book! Informational and inspirational and a great way to save your ideas.



Custom Learning
No time for a full workshop with TLC Vintage? Or maybe you have a specific project or method you want to have help with or learn. TLC Vintage Studio Time is a favorite of people who just need help getting started with an idea they have. Hourly rate for one-on-one help, plus cost of materials.  Scheduled in advance.

Do Tell!
Our customers and Facebook fans – almost 3,000 of them – love to see other people’s creations! Often the before and after project photos of TLC Vintage customers go viral. So let’s get you some applause and exposure! Send us photos and descriptions of your work at tlcvintage@tlcvintagecollection.com and we will post them on our Customer Show & Tell album on Face book. People want to know what colors you use so please let us have that info as well!


  
The Suggestion Box – We want to know more about what you would like to see at TLC Vintage! Is there a style or color that you would like to see on a piece of furniture? Is there a product you cannot find locally and would like us to carry? Are there workshops that we currently do not offer and would like us to hold? We’re highly suggestible – so Do Tell!

Save The Dates
The all-new Des Moines Home & Outdoor Living Show! Yep, TLC Vintage will be there with a great booth and daily stage presentations! Here’s your chance to see HGTV’s The Property Brothers in person! Three days at Iowa Events Center, March 11-13.



Junk Jubilee 2016!  You know we wouldn’t miss it! We have some HUGE surprises for this event that we just can’t talk about yet! (pssst….you will be among the first to know! Stay tuned….) Varied Industries Building, State Fairgrounds, April 29, 30 and May 1!


I Spy With My Little Eye
TLC has revamped our shop and DIY area! A five by eight foot wall expanse is now adorned with Annie Sloan’s Color Chart for better viewing! Plus Clear and Dark Soft Wax pieces in each color. All the better to help you find the color combos that work best for you!

Have You Heard?
We do custom work at TLC Vintage. While we do not do projects outside of the shop itself, we do paint to specifications pieces for our customers who do not want to do the work themselves. Scheduling in advance is required due to our limited space. Call for estimates.

February – April Workshops
Studio Time – By appointment. $25/hour to have tutored time to help with your project!

Pinterest Live Project!
Easter Cross – now scheduled for 9:30 am this Saturday, Feb 6! $45. Book today!

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® 101
Six starter paint techniques plus clear and dark wax methods! $85 in advance.  Minimum of 4 people. 
Feb 6: Noon to 3 pm            Mar 5: Noon to 3 pm       Apr 2: Noon to 3 pm
Painted 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/maximum 7 people.
Mar 19: 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
Feb 27: Noon to 3 pm

Artisan Enhancements Special Effects!
Crackle, Pearl Plaster, Transfer Gel, Gilding Foil! Fun beyond description! 4 person minimum. $85 in advance
Mar 26: Noon to 3 pm

Rust & Patina
Using Modern Masters reactive paints to add rust and patina to iron, copper and bronze. $85 in advance. Four person minimum/maximum to hold workshop.
Feb 20: Noon to 3 pm   Apr 9: Noon to 3 pm

Girls Night Out! Put together a group of girlfriends and spend 3 hours in the studio painting! Organize your group. Book it exclusively starting at $360 for your group six  people. You bring the wine, we provide the cheese and paint!

Cancellation Policy: We maintain the right to refund your money or arrange a different date if we do not have the 3-4 people signed up. If you are ill or weather prevents travel, you may reschedule to another date offered.  If your plans change, we need 10-day notice if you want to be rescheduled. Under 10 days there is no refund but if your spot is filled we will allow you to reschedule. Otherwise your fee is forfeited.


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Avoiding Project Furniture Disasters!



Shopping for vintage furniture is 75 percent of the fun when you own a vintage furniture, decor and paint shop! People often ask me how I choose the unique pieces on display at the store and where I find them. There is no big secret in where I go -- estate and tag sales, garage, yard and moving sales, flea markets and antique malls, Craig's List and now, my customers and pickers often offer me furniture they think I will like.

People are surprised that I rarely, if ever, go to auctions. While I know there can be some excellent bargains found at estate auctions and auction houses, I rarely go. What I am looking for is what everyone else in the painted furniture market is looking for. So chances are I can sit through three hours of auction action for a few pieces and not win the bid! I save myself the disappointment, time and gasoline costs and do a lot of my shopping in my living room via the internet!

What is an art, if I can presume to call it that, is picking the right piece at the right price that you can repurpose, upcycle or restore economically and flip for a profit. That does take experience -- and believe me, I have had my share of disasters that I sold at cost or even a loss. On occasion, they have just been left on my curb for the pickers to find and take off my hands! But those days are few and far between after five years of buying and selling vintage furniture.

Every day I meet new people who are just getting excited about going to sales or upcycling grandma's old furniture. So here are my ten top tips on how to avoid disaster and score a win with every piece you undertake!


1       Look for good bones. The piece needs to appeal to your sense of style or shape. I am not a mid-century modern person, but I admire the work of my friends and customers who are! I tend towards Victorian and French Provincial styles. The piece needs to be proportional to my eye and my customers.

S    Structurally sound. Does the piece jiggle because legs are loose or one is short. Starting out, you may not have the skill set to fix what needs fixing. There's a lot of really sound furniture on the market -- don't adopt a headache!

      Glass is in great condition. There is nothing quite so expensive as replacing heavy glass shelves or beveled mirrors! Take a look for chips and cracks. Personally, I do not totally shy away from beveled mirrors that may have some haziness due to age -- as I think that tells part of its story. But there is nothing worse than discovering a thick heavy glass shelf to match the others will cost $55 or more!

2    No active woodworm. You do not want to introduce woodworm to your home or store. While the charm of woodworm holes may be copied in modern pieces, there is nothing funny about woodworm or carpenter ants! Don't import a problem into your environment. If you see holes, make sure the hole does not look fresh -- like new wood around the opening and make sure there is no fine fresh sawdust type material inside the piece.

3    Use the smell test. Three things I try to avoid are mildew/mold, tobacco odors and the smell of mice droppings and urine. There are ways to deal with the first two if you really fall for the piece, but watch out for the last one. It is virtually impossible to lock in the smell of a urine saturated drawer. (I speak from experience.) So stick your nose inside a piece and check. Also look for ragged holes indicating rodent activity.
4 
      Rickety drawers. Drawers that fall out of the chest when you open them because there are no glides are often expensive to fix. Drawers with missing pieces in the bottoms or that have warped need work. Once again, plenty of nice pieces out there. Skip this one for now. Your customers want drawers that work! 
   
      Watch out for warped, cracked or missing veneer. There are ways to fix these things -- and they are not that difficult. And in later posts this year, I will be offering "fixes" to many of the problems mentioned here. But you are starting out so be kind to yourself.   

S   Size does matter. If you operate on your own, can you move this piece yourself? Can you get it into your auto or truck? If you are selling at events, I find that smaller pieces sell faster than large ones. Unless they have a particular piece of furniture in mind, most people are not equipped to leave your flea market booth with a 300-pound Mission-style buffet. They will take home a side table they can fit in their backseat.

      The price is right. Is it a fair price? Will you be able to invest the time (consider an hourly wage for yourself), money for materials and flip the piece for a profit? I always ask the seller what their bottom price is. I try not to insult them with a low-ball bid if I believe someone else will probably pay up for the piece. Be kind to the seller -- someday they may be your customer.

      You have a vision. A piece of furniture or decor should grab your imagination so you have an idea of what you will do with it. But never love your pieces so much that you cannot part with them There should always be a price where you will be willing to part company.

     So there you have it! Ten traps to avoid or ideas to embrace on your new hobby or business. Will you make mistakes? Darn right. Will they make great stories to tell your friends in the future? Heck, yes! By the way, did I tell you the one about the Eastlake dresser that had housed a family of mice.........

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

It's Five O'Clock Somewhere Repurpose

Repurposing with style is relatively easy when you find a piece of cabinetry with good bones. I love tripping across a piece, hidden under a pile of quilts and boxes at a garage sale that the owner really hadn't pulled out to sell. That is where I originally found this piece -- and I am sooooo sorry we did not take the before photos of what it looked like!


This Brunswick phonograph cabinet probably started life looking like this photo from O'Gallerie, but someone had replaced the door already and gutted the record player parts. They had put in a shelf and probably used it for storage. But there was just a loose board sitting over the hole left when the turn table was removed.



TLC Vintage, stockist for Annie Sloan's amazing and original Chalk Paint®, used beautiful Burgundy as the base coat for this piece. The lower interior of the cabinet is Old Ochre so it would not be too dark. Then over most of the framework we used Graphite and wet distressed after the first coat of Clear Soft Wax.



Inside we retrofitted a metal wine glass rack we purchased new and a wood two-tier wine bottle holder that we had in our box of "someday we may need this" junk! The lower part of the cabinet was left empty to hold hard liquor and old-fashioned glasses.



Inside the top, we used a couple of stencils to fashion some wine and drink names for interest when the lid is left open. 



The door was also stenciled using a large champagne label from Maison de Stencils. We love their work and carry a wide variety of their stencils at TLC Vintage. We also had the original key and fashioned a little key chain with a bottle connected so the small key would not get lost!


When the top is open it can serve as a mixing stand, but we love how this 1950's vintage tantalus set looks with the piece. Or you could have a marble cheese platter inside or just corkscrews, swizzle sticks and other useful items. Tantalus sets were common in offices mid-century -- think "Mad Men!" They have a tiny padlock so the help wouldn't get into the liquor while on the job!



We hope you love the transformation as much as we do! But as happens whenever we fall for a piece, it was sold before it was finished to one of our customers. This is the benefit -- and downfall -- of having a working studio in our shop! People see what we are transforming and want it before we are finished. But now we are on to our next project.....converting a treadle sewing machine into a wine and cheese station!


Monday, November 30, 2015

Holiday 2015 Newsletter

December 2015
LAST Day of OUR SALE!

Today – November 30! Cyber Monday in-store and on-line!
Lowest prices of the year on paint and supplies plus d├ęcor and furniture. Call if you want to have us ship so we can apply discounts! Next day delivery in Iowa and adjacent states except Missouri!




SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Funday Mondays will be changed to 5:30-7:30 pm on Monday nights as we have had no interest from our customers on a daytime workshop. We are changing the holiday JOY sign for $45 to Monday Dec 7 from 5:30 to 7:30. 



Funday Monday in January!  January 18, 5:30-7:30 pm

Create a 2, 3 or 4 embossed letters initials or word! Using our paint, iron oxidizing paint and creating rust or use gilding wax. See our examples from our holiday creations below. 2 letters, cost of workshop is $45, 3 letters is $48, 4 letters is $51.




HOLIDAY DELIGHTS!

Holiday Antiqued Papers and Tea Towels!  Our vintage and antiqued papers were hot products at Junk Jubilee Jingles, so we re-ordered just for you!  Our jolly Santa Claus papers are hugely popular – great for mounting behind a n old window! Plus holiday tea towels for kitchen or guest bath!  From $1.50 to $12.50.






NEW ARRIVALS!

Weatherwoods Stain! TLC Vintage is currently the only retailer of this great new product in Iowa! Use on new or recently stripped wood and have an  immediate greyed, aged look! Super and different results when you use different topcoats and sealers over it! Outstanding “Restoration Hardware” style look! Available in 2 oz sample size, half pint and quarts! Great for new wood kitchen cabinets and farmhouse tables!



Floor Cloths! We now carry blank floor cloth material that you can paint and decorate yourself! Make a water proof  mat for your pets’ bowls, a floor cloth for anywhere in your house! Two feet by three feet or you can cut them to a smaller size! Just $17.50 each.

HOT TIP!
During the cold season, we prefer to not ship on Friday because your orders may sit on a truck in the cold all weekend. Please try to schedule your orders so we can ship by 2:30 pm on Thursdays and you will have your items before the weekend, weather permitting! Thank you for your understanding!

NEW WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
December - April
Studio Time – By appointment. $25/hour to have tutored time to help with your project!


Funday Monday
Once a month, special project offering. Two hours - $45 in advance. Announced in monthly newsletter. All materials included.
Dec 7: 5:30-7:30 pm -- Holiday Crackled Music Sign
Jan 18: 5:30-7:30 pm -- Vintage letters  using rust and/or gilding wax


Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® 101
Six starter paint techniques plus clear and dark wax methods! $85 in advance.  Minimum of 4 people. 
Dec 5: Noon to 3 pm        Jan 9: Noon to 3 pm
Feb 6: Noon to 3 pm            Mar 5: Noon to 3 pm
Apr 2: Noon to 3 pm

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® 201
Crackle, frottage, wet wax distress and more!  $85 in advance. Minimum of 4 people.
Jan 23: Noon to 3 pm 

Painted 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/maximum 7 people.
Jan 16: Noon to 4 pm   Mar 19: 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
Feb 27: Noon to 3 pm

Artisan Enhancements Special Effects!
Crackle, Pearl Plaster, Transfer Gel, Gilding Foil! Fun beyond description! 4 person minimum. $85 in advance
Mar 26: Noon to 3 pm

Rust & Patina
Using Modern Masters reactive paints to add rust and patina to iron, copper and bronze. $85 in advance. Four person minimum/maximum to hold workshop.
Feb 20: Noon to 3 pm   Apr 9: Noon to 3 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!
Jan 30: Noon to 3 pm

Girls Night Out! Put together a group of girlfriends and spend 3 hours in the studio painting! Organize your group. Book it exclusively starting at $360 for your group six  people. You bring the wine, we provide the cheese and paint!


Cancellation Policy: We maintain the right to refund your money or arrange a different date if we do not have the 3-4 people signed up. If you are ill or weather prevents travel, you may reschedule to another date offered.  If your plans change, we need 10-day notice if you want to be rescheduled. Under 10 days there is no refund but if your spot is filled we will allow you to reschedule. Otherwise your fee is forfeited.