Wednesday, July 2, 2014

TLC VINTAGE COLLECTION JULY NEWSLETTER



Your newsletter from Central Iowa Headquarters for Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan -- TLC Vintage Collection in Des Moines!

WHAT WE ARE UP TO THIS WEEK AND NEXT!

Always feel free to stop by and see what we are doing. Here are a couple pieces we are working on right now! The large armoire is a custom order and will be Provence with a Graphite wash per their request as it matches highlights in fabrics in their room. The vanity will have peach-colored custom mixed Chalk Paint® in the drawers and a layering of whites on the exterior....plus we will be using Aging Dust!


 And we just finished this little cutie:



TIP OF THE MONTH
Don’t Miss a Spot! If your piece is not too large, flip it upside down and start painting from that position. This is really helpful with chairs with rungs and spindles. It is so easy otherwise to get near completion and discover a spot you missed. 

Less is More! A common mistake we often see in class is what I call “overpainting” on your first coat. I think you will find it easier if you don’t apply too much paint on your first go. My coverage is not totally opaque after that first coat – you can see the hint of the former finish beneath. That is okay because your second coat will glide on and generally totally cover the piece. The exception may be with whites and reds which sometimes require a third coat.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

Fresh Style Magazine – Just $8 per issue. In the latest issue there has arrived with the first article and project by the new contributing editor, Annie Sloan!

Awesome! Spritz bottle of degreaser for your kitchen painting projects. Remember to clean all surfaces well before painting because nothing but dust sticks to grease! After degreasing be sure to rinse the surface well to make sure the degreaser is removed as well.

 Metalic Foils – Love to gild things but hate the way metallic leaf flutters around and ends up in the wrong place? Try our foils that we sell by the foot! The leaf is attached to a cellophane that just peels off once your leaf is applied to the surface! Good-bye frustration!

Shannon Martin Line – We know what giggles her cards produce at the checkout stand. So when we ordered more greeting cards we added more magnets, sticky notes, and brought in cocktail napkins and pill boxes. 

Stencils – We can special order stencils for you if we don’t have the perfect one. Placing orders for stencils is a difficult task as there are just so many to choose from. ALSO, we can order a custom stencil for you. Just give us your specifications as to wording, graphic and size and our supplier will make one for you. 

ON THE WEB
PINTEREST! Never be short on ideas! If you haven’t joined Pinterest, let us know and we will send you an invitation to sign up for free! Inspiration any hour of the day on your favorite crafts and interests!

FACEBOOK! Please check in and leave a message for us on Facebook regularly. If you don’t, TLC Vintage Collection won’t show up on your newsfeed because of how Facebook works. Also we would love for you to give the shop a review and star rating. That also helps us in our rankings and where we show up! Thank you. Our customers are awesome!

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!

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
Chalk Paint® 101 Plus!
Six starter paint techniques plus clear and dark wax methods! $85 in advance.  Minimum of 4 people.
July 12: 9 am to noon       Aug 9: 9 am to noon
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.
July 14: 6-7:30 pm               Aug 4: 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.
July 22: 6-9 pm       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.
July 26: Noon to 4 pm         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!
July 19: 9 am to 4 pm
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.
Aug 11: 6-9 pm      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!
July 8: 6:30-9:30 pm        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
Email:  tlcvintage@tlcvintagecollection.com                    Website: www.tlcvintagecollection.com
Blog: www.tlcvintagecollection.blogspot.com     Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest: TLC Vintage Collection

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Busy but Productive and Some New Looks!

At Central Iowa Headquarters for Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, we at TLC Vintage Collection keep trying to push OUR envelope. Trying new finishes and experimenting with applications that Annie Sloan keeps putting out there or reminding us of ones she has done some time ago. Here is our latest, a knock of her Paul Klee look:


We used a base of English Yellow and then just used bits and pieces and mixes of leftover paints we had! So cute and unusual! Fun and stylish....






Experiment with color mixing! Here we have our rendition that came out as a deep raspberry shade! Looks so awesome with Paris Grey and as an interior splash surprise when you open a drawer!


Oh, yes, and what about the soft dreamy look of Annie Sloan's wet wax technique, sandwiching wax between paint layers for a cloudy, dreamy look.....




Or just try the simplest application ever of Chalk Paint® over raw wood for outdoors and just letting it age and weather to perfection! We got it all.....come talk to us at TLC Vintage Collection!


Friday, June 6, 2014

TLC Vintage June Newsletter!

June 2014
Volume 13

TIP OF THE MONTH
Staining, liming or pickling raw wood – A refreshing look for outdoors in summer is just a hint of color to raw wood! After power washing or sanding decks and outdoor wood furniture, consider using either Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan or Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint as a stain for your wood. This is sometimes called liming or pickling and will leave a hint of color while you can still see the grain of the wood! Since there are very few blue flowers in my garden any time of the year, I am thinking of Provence. Instead of using deck stain in the traditional redwood or cedar, how about Primer Red? Just water your paint so that it easily soaks into the wood, then wipe off any excess. Many people are using Miss Mustard Seed’s Curio to look like a walnut stain on the top of chest of drawers, then painting the rest of the piece in another color for a dramatic, traditional look! You may want to just let your outdoor surfaces weather or use Thompson’s Water Seal after your paint has dried.



NEW PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

Annie Sloan Blue Acrylic Paint BrushesFor a modern, ultra smooth finish try Annie's  beautiful new brushes! Blue acrylic and very fine, these are for when you want no brush strokes showing. Be sure to water your second coat a little and use 600 grit sand paper between coats!

 

Mini Oval Wax Brush – This is excellent for large horizontal surfaces so you can wax with a long wide arm movement. It has a strap over the oval to slip your hand through. Since the brush cannot fit into our wax cans, it comes with a plastic knife for you to “butter” the brush with wax. Easy on the hand and rotator cuff when doing a big job like a table. Or consider laying chests or armoires on side or backs to make the large surfaces easier to wax. Remember to work in area sizes that allow you to wipe off the excess wax before it starts to cure. $15.

TLC Vintage has branched out into some décor and gift items for those friends who accompany others who are shopping for paint! Or for those that need to pick up that last minute gift!

Annie Sloan’s Candles and Diffusers  – Annie has developed several candles and diffusers based on her paint color names, such as Burgundy, Provence and Antibes. These room scents are subtle and beautiful and remind Annie of the aromas and smells of the  countrysides of the names. Candles $40, diffusers $52.





Sweet Doe Soaps – Iowa made, Sweet Doe Soaps are goat milk based and come in 7 scents! $6 each. We have three scents of essential oil Lotion Bars for those with problematic skin, such as eczema or chronic dry skin. $4 each. And last Body Butter which comes in three scents – Lavender, Whisper and Serenity. No drying alcohol in this rich, smooth body cream! $15 each but lasts a long time!



Uncorked Soy Candles – From Candie’s Aromatic Infusions right here in Iowa, we have brought in soy candles that are in repurposed wine and liquor bottles that have been cut down to size! Three different sizes ranging up to 100 hours of burn time and priced from $20 to $25. The smallest, called Uncorked, are in drinking glass sized green wine bottles with attractive label and scents and packaged in recycled boxes. The medium sized ones come in taller green wine bottles that have fun sayings on the labels. And finally the liquor bottles are the largest and come in cut down attractive bottles such as Templeton Rye and Grey Goose.


Fresh Style Magazine – Just $8 per issue. In the latest issue there is about a 20 page spread on Annie Sloan, her business and her family. At our annual conference at the beginning of May, Fresh Style editor and pubisher announced that moving forward Annie will be a contributing editor. I think you will be excited to read future issues with articles by Annie Sloan.


Websites, blogs and travel
Traveling this summer? Love vintage shops and other quirky places? Check out the following two sites for potential websites, blogs or travel agendas! Annie Sloan stockists are not a franchise situation. Each stockist is chosen on an individual basis and has a retail store which may vary in style or product mix. We have people who specialize in vintage fabrics, classic furniture, home decorating, interior design, artist studios and galleries, antique malls, and more! Probably the most unusual I’ve discovered specializes in vintage bathroom fixtures! How do you find us when you travel? Just go to the retailer map at www.anniesloanunfolded.com and find locations along your route. Going overseas? Check out Australia and New Zealand here too! Or heading across the big pond to Britain and Europe or even South Africa? Go to Annie’s website, and she has listings for all those locations. www.anniesloan.com
Or looking for a quick outing around Iowa or for upcoming events, check out Mike’s website and Facebook page. http://www.iowaantiquenetwork.com/

WORKSHOPS

TLC Vintage has scheduled a full six months of classes to help you with your planning! Remember to book with us in advance! We need to know about 3 days ahead of time to be sure we have enough materials prepared for your attendance. Remember this is also great when you have family in town. We have also scheduled some Girls Nights Out – but you can set up one for your own group by giving us a call with your date preferences.

Chalk Paint® 101 Plus!
Six starter paint techniques plus clear and dark wax methods! $85 in advance.  Minimum of 4 people.
June  9:  6 pm to 9 pm  JUST 4 SPACES STILL AVAILABLE
July 12: 9 am to noon       Aug 9: 9 am to noon
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
June 16: 6-7:30 pm
July 14: 6-7:30 pm               Aug 4: 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.
 June 28: 9 am to noon
July 22: 6-9 pm       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.
June 14: Noon to 4 pm           July 26: Noon to 4 pm     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!
July 19: 9 am to 4 pm
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
June 21: Noon to 4 pm – Just 3 spaces still available
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.
Jun 14: 9 am to noon      Aug 11: 6-9 pm
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!
June 24: 6:30-9:30 pm
July 8: 6:30-9:30 pm        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
Email:  tlcvintage@tlcvintagecollection.com                    Website: www.tlcvintagecollection.com
Blog: www.tlcvintagecollection.blogspot.com     Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest: TLC Vintage

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Chalk Paint® Used On Metal -- Endless Possibilities!

Here at TLC Vintage Collection, central Iowa headquarters for Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, there is no stopping us when it comes to experimenting. We often think that ever dog (broken down piece of furnishings) deserves its day -- a wonderful transformation!

And so it goes, that a decidedly sad vintage lamp -- spray painted bright green years ago, came into our shop. Okay, so it didn't walk in! I walked it in, unwilling to leave it behind in the basement of an estate sale. It was cute in its homely way -- good bones, you know.






It was rusty and crusty. But we washed her down, took steel wool to the rust and removed all the loose bits of paint. And as we did, this cute little lamp whispered to us that she had once been pretty and refined, and she would love to really be a chandelier! Well what little floor lamp wouldn't! So we set our creativity to the task. First, a pick me up covering or two of Paloma -- a subtle grey lavender.





We added a bit of Pure White dry brushing to set off the details in the metal. Then sealed up all the paint with a coat of clear wax.



Next we stenciled a chandelier onto each segment of a white shade we had (among dozens) in storage! Hoarders of odd things, we are! The stenciled chandeliers were in Henrietta then it and Paloma dry brushed on the shade.


Then we rummaged through the crystals treasure chest for a little bling to add to our transformed ugly duckling. And voila! Somebody is ready to grace some little girl's bedroom -- or maybe some grown girl's shabby hide away! So now you know! Metal, fabric -- no problem -- just transform it with Chalk Paint®!





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