Thursday, October 9, 2014

TLC Vintage Collection October Newsletter Volume 17

Here is what is happening at TLC Vintage Collection, Central Iowa Headquarters
 for Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan!
 
 
WHAT'S NEW
 
Burgundy, a scrumptious cranberry red, has arrived in both quart and sample sizes. This is the latest color of Chalk Paint (R) Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan. A great autumn type color arrives just in time to go with fall decor.




Lemon scent Scrubby soap! We have carried orange and now we have lemon too! Great for cleaning brushes as it is infused through a plastic sponge that helps scrub off crusty paint. Great degreaser to also use at your kitchen sink.





Christmas cards, labels and mini bags are here! Humorous or heartfelt, the Shannon Martin line
does it again. We have lots of stocking stuffers, too,in small sizes of lip balm and body butter.






SOCIAL MEDIA
Follow my colleagues in Canada as they celebrate October and 31 days of Annie Sloan colors. Each day a Stockist posts about a color with background and photos. Then Canadian customer compete for prizes by submitting their projects using the day's color. Pull up Annie Sloan Canada 31 days of Chalk Paint.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Annie-Sloan-Canada-31-Days-of-Chalk-Paint/866453600056134




 
Tip of the Month
Suddenly I am into layering colors. I also like the hint of an underlying wood. Check out one of my September blogs on layering colors with a sponge, then sanding to give a blended look. Sorry this is short this month, but I accidentally destroyed my computer and am waiting on a new one.

WORKSHOPS

Chalk Paint® 101

Learn the fundamentals of painting with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. One and two color distressing, rustic, modern, faux copper patina, antiquing as well as application of soft clear and dark wax. Class is $85 in advance. Offered on the following dates:

November 1:  9 am to noon

December 6: 9 am to noon

Chalk Paint (R) 201 All New!
More amazing paint techniques of Annie Sloan! Crackle, frottage, wet wax distress and more! In advance, $85. Minimum of 4 people.
November 8: 9 am to noon.


Chalk Paint (R) Your Kitchen Cabinets & Built-Ins! How to renew your dated cabinets at a fraction of the cos without replacing them! $85 in advance. Minimum 3 people.
Oct. 25: Noon to 3 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.
November 22: Noon to 3 pm


Artisan Enhancements Special Effects!
Crackle, Pearl Plaster, Transfer Gel, Gulding Foil! Fun beyond description! 4 person minimum. $85 in advance.
Oct. 11: Noon to 3 pm


Peeling Paint, Crust & Ctrud
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


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 and 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 of up to 8 people. You bring the wine, we provide the cheese and paint!
Oct. 14: 6:30 to 9:30 pm


Cancellation Policy: Payment is required to reserve your place in class. Fees are non-refundable. But if your plans change and you give two weeks’ notice before your class date, you can take the class at a later date that it is offered within six months of original date. Under two weeks, I will try to fill your space and then you can choose another class date when offered. However, if I am unable to fill your space, you will forfeit your fee. Thank you for your understanding of this policy.
                         

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 d├ęcor. 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.