Thursday, December 18, 2014

Stenciling with Dark Soft Wax by Annie Sloan

Here at TLC Vintage Collection, Central Iowa headquarters for Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, we are always looking for new interesting methods of using Annie's products. This week we found a parlor table that we had painted with Country Grey was a little too simple in its look. What could we do to make the top more interesting?



There is some wonderful carvey parts at the top of the legs, which I planned to accent with Dark Soft Wax, But I wanted something to carry that color to the top and change it up a bit! I love lace and doilies and immediately turned to my stencil supply, looking for a large Lace stencil by Royal Design Studio.

The entire table had already been waxed using Annie Sloan's Clear Soft Wax, wiping back the excess as we went along. However, we did not buff it,  because now it was time for a bit of magic!


We lightly taped down some edges using Frog Tape and pulled out a little shoe polish brush we like for small jobs. It was just stiff enough to work well. Unlike stenciling with paint or stencil cremes, we did not stipple on the wax. We did however use very little wax on the brush -- almost like we would when dry brushing with paint -- a little goes a long way!


So instead of the usual pouncing with a brush, we gently drew the brush lightly over the stencil. This just lightly changed the color of the exposed surface area. We also went slightly outside of the stencil so the "snowflake" like edges would show up on our table. Your stencil can be cleaned with mineral spirits and a soft cloth to remove the wax, then soap and water and rinse.



Don't you love gently lifting off a stencil to peek at your work? I do.....


Our final step is to let this rest and cure for several days before buffing or putting it out into the showroom. Our wax finish will not be fully cured for 20-30 days during the winter months when we have the heat working in the shop. A simple way to step up your game when dealing with one color!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Chalk Paint® Wash Tutorial

At TLC Vintage Collection, central Iowa headquarters for Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, we like to keep adding and changing the finished pieces throughout the store. This gives inspiration to our shoppers who are looking for a new idea. Well, some of the ideas are not that new really, but are simple to recreate once you have an idea of how to do them. So today I want to share how we get this wash effect.



Garage and estate sales are an addiction. I had to replace my trucks brakes after only 30,000 miles because of my failure to roll on by when I see a driveway filled with furniture! Among my favorite pieces of furniture to pick up are Martha Washington sewing cabinets or tables. I've found three of them over the past three years and they usually sell like hotcakes without doing anything to them.

 

This one stuck around a little longer, perhaps because of the scratched surfaces, so I got around to painting it with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in Louis Blue. This was quick to do. Just washed down the piece with Dawn dish soap, rinsed and let dry, followed up with two coats of paint.

This is a sweet powdery baby boy blue shade but it left the piece flat and one dimensional. I remembered a Coco wash I did several years ago on a bedroom set that was very popular and did not remain with us long.


Washes are easy on small areas, and a bit more difficult to get right on large expanses. This is because it is easiest when you do continuous brush strokes and wipe offs -- more difficult the bigger the piece is. I used Coco because I learned long ago that Coco loves Louis Blue, as well as Antoinette and other pastels, giving them dimension.



Chalk Paint® is so rich and creamy and thick that I like to mix it with a little water for my wash. Then cover a workable area because you do not want the Coco to start drying before you drag it off.
The area of a drawer is really easy to work with, so cover the entire front.


I like to use wadded up cheese cloth to drag off the paint. It is porous and can absorb a lot of the paint. But you could also use any lintless cloth, like a piece of old soft tee shirt. Drag the fabric from one side to the other in one motion.


Painting and dragging should go with the grain of the wood. You can pull off all of the paint, so it just stains your underlying color or leave more of a streaked look, which I have done here.


In the end you have a mellow look that helps age the piece. After the paint dries you can distress or wait until after the first coat of wax to distress. We distressed edges, the carved part of the legs and the bends in the wood where it was turned and cut originally.


The wash with Coco is an alternative to using Dark Soft Wax to give your piece an aged look. When people see a cabinet door sample with this technique they often confuse it for a Dark Soft Wax finish. I believe this gives a softer look to the finished product once it is waxed with Clear Soft Wax.


Someone will discover this sweet piece in TLC Vintage Collection. It is perfect next to their couch as a side table to hide knitting projects in because the top is hinged with long deep compartments on each side. The drawers are perfect to hide pens, notecards, remotes or other things you want to tuck away.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Happy Holidays Newsletter from TLC Vintage

December 2014
Volume 19



Season’s Greetings & Thank You

As we come into the final month of the year, it is time to remember and cherish the journey we have been on at TLC Vintage, central Iowa headquarters for Chalk Paint®  decorative paint by Annie Sloan. Our recollections wouldn’t be complete without thanking all of our customers -- whether you have been with us all along or just discovered us today! Your enthusiasm and support of the Annie Sloan line and my curious and interesting choice of one-of-a-kind decor and furniture find has been amazing.

We are giving back some of this to those who are struggling, through the Children’s Cancer Connection. Your support at our #AnnieSloanLate@TLCVintageCollection open house on November 21 will result in a check for $1,000 going to the Connection which helps children who have cancer and their siblings to find support and help during their ordeal through camps and activities.

We wish you a very jolly holiday season and all the best for 2015!

Sincerely, Janet & Dan Piller




Making a list and checking it twice! Holiday Gift Ideas!

Got a friend who is wild about Annie Sloan products or items we carry? Have items you hope family or friends will give to you this holiday season? Or even an upcoming birthday? Here are some ideas!

TLC Wish List:  Come to the store and fill out a card of items you hope to find in your stocking or under the tree for the holidays. We will help your friends locate those items at the store and gift wrap them. Or come to the store and see if a friend or family member has completed a form. If not, we can look through their past purchases and help you come up with something new that they will like or need!



TLC Gift Certificates: Our gift certificates are good for 12 months from the date of purchase. Ask for one for Christmas or a birthday or give one to a friend in any amount you choose. These may also be used for workshops as well as merchandise.

Secret Santa and Girlfriend Gifts: Our Shannon Martin line includes small holiday gift bags with amusing photos and sayings and are the perfect size to gift some Sweet Doe Soap, Body Butter, Shannon Martin pillboxes, magnets or sticky notes! We also have darling locally made vintage inspired necklaces.

For the Gourmet: Try our unfiltered Spanish olive oil, Arbekia -- housed in its own beautiful gold koozie… Just add a bow!

Annie Sloan Fans: Gift something your friends haven’t tried! Decoupage medium, Craqueleur, the new Burgundy that is a huge hit! And don’t forget Annie’s newest book: Room Recipes for Color and Style!




Tip of the Month
Baby, It’s Cold Outside…..Protect your paint from extreme temperatures. Chalk Paint®  is best stored at 55-80 degrees, so don’t leave your cans in the garage! If you receive a shipment from us and it does sit out all day on the step -- don’t worry. Let it warm up to room temperature, stir thoroughly and get painting! Best not let it freeze, but it can freeze and defrost three times without hurting the quality. Also, it is best to wax and paint under these same temperature conditions!



Workshop Schedule

Chalk Paint® 101 Plus!
Six paint techniques plus clear and dark wax methods! $85 per person in advance.
Dec 6: 9 am to Noon      Jan 10: Noon to 3 pm
Feb 7: Noon to 3 pm      Mar 7: Noon to 3 pm
Apr 11: Noon to 3 pm     

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Chalk Paint® 201 Amazing Finishes!
More amazing paint techniques of Annie Sloan!  Crackle, frottage, rococo & more! $85 per person in advance.  
Jan 31: Noon to 3 pm   Mar 21: Noon to 3 pm
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Chalk Paint® Kitchen Cabinets & Built-ins!
How to renew your dated cabinets at a fraction of the cost without replacement! $85 per person in advance.
Feb 28: Noon to 3 pm       Apr 18: Noon to 3 pm
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Wood Icing(TM)
Ice wood like icing a cake. Texture paste to add a permanent dimension to any surface! Lace, wood, reptile, stencil & more. $85 per person in advance.
Nov 22: Noon to 3 pm   Feb 21: Noon to 3 pm
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Artisan Enhancements Special Effects!
Crackle, Pearl Plaster, Transfer Gel, Gilding Foil! Fun beyond description! $85 per person in advance.
Dec 20: Noon to 3 pm    Mar 14: Noon to 3 pm
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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. $85 per person in advance.
Jan 17: Noon to 3 pm
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Introduction to Milk Paint
A variety of applications for the use of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint. Wax distress, layering, staining and more!
Dec 13: 9 am to noon     Mar 28: Noon to 3 pm
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Chalk Paint Fabric & Upholstery
First time offering. How to update your look at home using Chalk Paint on fabric and upholstery -- leather, damask and more!
Jan 24: Noon to 3 pm
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Studio Time: $25 per hour by appointment. Rate adjusted per person if more than one. You purchase materials to use from TLC Vintage. Tutoring or project oversight. We also do custom  painting.
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Girls Night Out! Pinot & Paint Therapy!
Put together a group of friends and spend 3 hours in the studio painting finishes you choose. Cost dependent on materials and number attending. Your bring the wine and we provide the cheese, crackers and paint! Dates/fees negotiable.
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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.
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TLC Vintage Collection
7518 Hickman Road
Windsor Heights (Des Moines) IA 50324
Telephone: 515-276-1577 (shop)
Email:  tlcvintage@tlcvintagecollection.com     
     
Watch our Workshop Tab for Schedule Changes!   Website: www.tlcvintagecollection.com

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November TLC Vintage Collection Newsletter

November 2014
Volume 18
 
 
#AnnieSloanLate@TLCVintageCollection
TLC Vintage is Having a Party
You are Invited!
 
That’s right! Mark your calendar right now to stop at TLC Vintage Collection Friday, November 21 from 10 am to 9 pm! This is our participation in Annie Sloan’s world-wide project by stockists. We have chosen the
Children’s Cancer Connection
 
 
of Des Moines as the charity we will work with, giving them 50 percent of the day’s revenues. Plus 100 percent of your purchases of the Children’s designed holiday cards will go to the connection. And that is not all! There is a

Silent Auction & Grand Prize Drawing for
$385 Value Basket of
Annie Sloan Products!!
 
 
Your name will be entered into the drawing if you either 1) donate a piece of d├ęcor or furniture painted with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan for the silent auction or 2) write a check on the 21st made out to the Children’s Cancer Connection for $30 or more!

Refreshments – Door Prizes – Demos
Bring a Friend!

What’s New At TLC Vintage
 
Junk Jubilee Jingles – November 14, 15 & 16 – We will be there! Will you? Friday 10 am to 8 pm Saturday 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. 4-H Building in the southwest corner of the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Cavallini Papers
– 27 ½ X 19 ½ in high quality papers for wrapping, decoupage or framed wall art! A variety of subject matter from breeds of cows to maps to wine to airline travel and bicycles! Just $4.95 each!

Knobs and Handles – Blue Rose, Crystal, Mini clock faces and more! We have new repros and old knobs for sale with a range of prices!

Stencils – Three new shipments including holiday stencils, more scripts, subway and more!

TIP OF THE MONTH

Add a little shimmer to your holiday projects with a couple of products we offer. French gilding waxes that are metallic in golds, coppers and silvers can be used as you final detail after you have finished waxing your piece. Apply with a finger, brush or by making a glaze by adding a few drops of mineral spirits to a small quantity of gilding wax. Or add a pearlized look by adding paint to Artisan Enhancements Pearl Plaster. Just that little extra pop that makes your work sparkle!

WORKSHOPS

Wear paint appropriate clothing for all classes and we provide the rest: folder of notes, sample boards, refreshments. In-store discounts day of class.

Chalk Paint® 101 Plus! Six paint techniques plus clear and dark wax methods! $85 per person in advance.
Dec 6:  9 am to Noon   
Jan 10:  Noon to 3 pm 
Feb 7:  Noon to 3 pm   
Mar 7:  Noon to 3 pm 
Apr 11: Noon to 3 pm  
  
Chalk Paint® 201 Amazing Finishes! More amazing paint techniques of Annie Sloan!  Crack- le, frottage, rococo & more! $85 per person in advance. 
Jan 31:  Noon to 3 pm  
Mar 21:  Noon to 3 pm

Chalk Paint® Kitchen Cabinets & Built-ins! How to renew your dated cabinets at a fraction of the cost without replacement! $85 per person in advance.
Feb 28:  Noon to 3 pm      
Apr 18:  Noon to 3 pm

Wood Icing(TM) Ice wood like icing a cake. Texture paste to add a permanent dimension to any surface! Lace, wood, reptile, stencil & more. $85 per person in advance.
Nov 22: Noon to 3 pm   
Feb 21: Noon to 3 pm

Artisan Enhancements Special Effects! Crackle, Pearl Plaster, Transfer Gel, Gilding Foil! Fun beyond description! $85 per person in advance.
Dec 20:  Noon to 3 pm     
Mar 14:  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. $85 per person in advance.   
Jan 17:  Noon to 3 pm

Introduction to Milk Paint: A variety of applications for the use of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint. Wax distress, layering, staining and more!
Dec 13: 9 am to noon     
Mar 28:  Noon to 3 pm

Chalk Paint Fabric & Upholstery: First time offering. How to update your look at home using Chalk Paint on fabric and upholstery -- leather, damask and more! 
Jan 24:  Noon to 3 pm

Studio Time: $25 per hour by appointment. Rate adjusted per person if more than one. You purchase materials to use from TLC Vintage. Tutoring or project oversight. We also do custom  painting.

Girls Night Out! Pinot & Paint Therapy! Put together a group of friends and spend 3 hours in the studio painting finishes you choose. Cost dependent on materials used but generally minimum of $400 for your group up to 6-8 people. You bring the wine, we provide the cheese and paint! Dates/fees negotiable.

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.