Friday, May 8, 2015

TLC Vintage Collection May 2015 Newsletter -- Volume 24

TIP OF THE MONTH

What is “cure time” for Chalk Paint®   decorative paint by Annie Sloan and for her Soft Waxes?

     Cure time is how long a finish takes to reach its maximum hardness. This can vary depending on the thickness of the product and the environmental conditions – such as heat and humidity. You may use a waxed piece of furniture or décor prior to it reaching maximum hardness if you are gentle with it or use coasters or placemats to protect the surface.

     Have you ever painted two layers of paint and then waxed it the very same day within a short period of time? If you have, you may have noticed that on the edges of your piece – where the paint tends to be thinner, some paint is distressed off just from brushing on and wiping off the wax. When this is not the look you are going for, I suggest you wait a day between your last coat of paint and waxing the piece. This will give the paint time to dry thoroughly and “grip” the underlying surface harder before being waxed.

     When painting items for outdoor use, you will use no wax. But you should let the paint finish “rest” a day or two before being exposed to the elements. Leave the piece indoors or at least covered when outdoors to give the paint time to harden. After that, you may even want to buff the paint, which will give the paint a little more protection.

     With your waxed pieces it may take from 5-21 days to completely cure. Fairly often we will wax a piece in our shop and put it onto the display floor the same day. People who touch it will often note it feels different from the rest of the furniture in the store. This is because the wax is fresh and not totally dried out. The next day it feels much different! Heat and humidity do play a tremendous role in the curing process. I find the wax hardens much quicker during the winter when the furnace is running and the air very dry. When you notice fingerprints or newsprint smudged on your surface, it is because the wax is not yet cured. This should not be confused with too much wax, which feels tacky to the touch.

     A perfectly cured wax finish should last for years, and easily be buffed up time and again for an ageless look.



Our paint display cabinet has been serving us well for over a year. Thousands of cans of paint have sat on our waxed finish and been slid across it. Stop by to see how well it has stood up to the abuse!

WHAT’S NEW AT TLC VINTAGE

Annie Sloan Designed Stencils – Eleven of Annie’s 21 new stencil designs arrived May 7 and are available for purchase. We expect the remainder to be available in about 10-14 days. Annie’s stencils can be seen by visiting www.anniesloan.com and opening the stencil tab!





Loretta Wilkins – This past week marked the departure of Mary Lou Killebrew who has left us to pursue her own dreams. She and her daughter hope to collaborate on a business in Ankeny. This gave us the opportunity to ask Loretta, who owned LahTeeDah in Urbandale to join our staff. Loretta is an accomplished painter and loves contemporary looks, which is great to have since my finishes tend to be more historical and classical. Make sure to get to know Loretta next time you stop by!

     Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana – She made her arrival this week in England and so the rumors must have been true! Stop by and see our ombre chest of drawers in Emile, Henrietta and Antoinette, inspired by the rumored purchases of those colors for the royal baby’s nursery!



UPCOMING EVENTS

#AnnieSloanLate@TLCVintageCollection  – June 19 at TLC Vintage Collection, 6-8 pm.  Stay tuned for more information. Charitable event benefiting the Children’s Cancer Connection of Des Moines.

USEFUL SOCIAL MEDIA SITES

https://www.youtube.com/user/AnnieSloanOfficial -- this is Annie’s official videos and those of her stockists that she has chosen to represent her work! Lots of free lessons here on the use of Chalk Paint® and soft waxes!

https://www.youtube.com/user/missmustardseed -- this is the official site of Marian Parson, Miss Mustard Seed and videos about her Milk Paint.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Wear paint appropriate clothing for all classes and we provide the rest: folder of notes, sample boards, refreshments. In-store discounts day of class. All classes are approximately 3 hours but may run long.  Discounts for 2 or more people booking together in advance for all workshops.

Chalk Paint® 101 Plus!
Six starter paint techniques plus clear and dark wax methods! $85 in advance.  Minimum of 4 people. All Noon to 3 pm, unless otherwise stated.     
June 6    July 11                 Aug 1       Sep 2 5:30 to 8:30 pm       Oct 3                     Nov 7

Chalk Paint® 201 Even More!
More amazing paint techniques of Annie Sloan!  Crackle, frottage, wet wax distress and more! In advance $85. Minimum of 4 people. Noon to 3 pm.
Aug 22   Oct 17   
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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, maximum 7. Noon to 4 pm
Jun 13            Aug 15                  Oct 10

Wood Icing
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. Noon to 3 pm.
May 16                 July 18                  Sept 26
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Artisan Enhancements Special Effects!
Crackle, Pearl Plaster, Transfer Gel, Venetian Plaster and easier than ever before gilding! Fun beyond description! 4 person minimum. $85 in advance. All Noon to 3 pm.
May 30                   Aug 29                   Oct 24
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Chalk Paint® Fabric & Upholstery!
Oct 31
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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!

June 20: 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! Wine, Cheese, Paint Therapy!
Put together a group of girlfriends and spend 3 hours in the studio painting! Organize your group. Book it exclusively starting at $350 for your group up to 8 people. 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.









Friday, April 10, 2015

The Future Princess? The Clue is in the Chalk Paint®!

So it all began last week when Annie Sloan told us about a London newspapers report that three little pots of feminine colored paint had been delivered to the home of Price William and Duchess Kate!






So if the colors Emile, Henrietta and Antoinette were of interest to the Royals, perhaps the soon-to-be born child is a girl? If not, it was very successful in fooling people into believing so! Anyway, it got us thinking about a cute little, yet in a terrible state, French Provincial Dixie chest of drawers purchased a couple weeks ago. It smelled, the white had yellowed and it was full of nicks and scratches. So we set about locking in the odors with a couple coats of shellac all over and everywhere.



Then we used one of our favorite products, Wood Icing, to help fill the gouges, holes and scratches.



Then we thought -- Why not do an ombre finish with the three colors and some silver trim, fit for a princess. We started with Emile at the bottom, then tinted it little by little with Henrietta and then tinted Henrietta gradually with Antoinette! We love it and hope you do to! I'm sure some little American princess will enjoy it!


We kind of like the cat in the birdcage with the bird perched on top!


Monday, April 6, 2015

April TLC Vintage Newsletter, Volume 23

WHAT’S NEW AT TLC VINTAGE

Efex™ flexible appliques have arrived! Wide variety of designs to enhance with raised reliefs décor, furniture and more! Apply with cement glue, and paint and your piece will look carved and beautiful!


Stencils – New designs in now from Royal Design Studio! Another big announcement will be made regarding stencils later this month. Watch our Facebook page for details.

Sweet City Salvage is now closed. Thank you for helping us clear out the inventory!

Think Spring! We add outdoor décor as quick as we can, but it sells just as fast! So visit often.

RUMOR HAS IT!

London’s Daily Mail has reported that three mini pots of feminine color Annie Sloan paint was delivered to the residence of Prince William and Duchess Kate! This has fueled speculation that Antoinette, Emile and Henrietta may be chosen for a the new Royal’s nursery – all wonderful Chalk Paint®  colors! Annie Sloan has said that her shop would not make a comment about the rumor – but it is lovely publicity! We have plenty in stock in case all of a sudden demand rises even higher for these great colors!

Colors - Fit for a Princess!

Antoinette -- a soft pink


Henrietta -- a tangy lilac


Emile -- a wonderful lavender

UPCOMING EVENTS!

April 11 – Young Women’s Resource Center fundraiser – Sit On It! We have donated two painted and upholstered chairs. Considering going to the sale!


Junk Jubilee – April 24-26 at the Varied Industries Building, Iowa State Fairground! TLC Vintage will be there with so many great things we are working on. Lots of smalls but plenty of furniture too! Plus two brands of paint! See you there!

#AnnieSloanLate@TLCVintageCollection  – June 19 at TLC Vintage Collection, 6-8 pm.  Stay tuned for more information. Charitable event benefiting the Children’s Cancer Connection of Des Moines.

Timely Tips

Using Glazes – Glazes are not included in Annie Sloan product lines. But many customers want to darken Graphite to a deeper black. This can be achieved by creating a glaze-like substance of the dark wax, by adding mineral spirits til it is a gel consistency. If you use this after a clear wax coat, you will find it goes on easier and has more work time for the wipe off to get a consistent appearance. If you choose to use one of the Wood Icing glazes instead, do not wax. But do put down a slip coat of Artisan Enhancements Clear Topcoat Sealer before using the glaze for a more consistent look!


WORKSHOP SCHEDULE --WE HAVE ADDED MAY DATES!

Wear paint appropriate clothing for all classes and we provide the rest: folder of notes, sample boards, refreshments. In-store discounts day of class. All classes are approximately 3 hours but may run long.  Discounts for 2 or more people booking together in advance for all workshops.

Chalk Paint®  101 Plus!
Six paint techniques plus clear and dark wax methods! $85 per person in advance.
Apr 11: Noon to 3 pm (1 spot available)       May 2: Noon to 3 pm                                           June 6: Noon to 3 pm
July 11: Noon to 3 pm                                     Aug 1: Noon to 3 pm



Chalk Paint® 201 Amazing Finishes!
More amazing paint techniques of Annie Sloan!  Crackle, frottage, rococo & more! $85 per person in advance.

 May 9: Noon to 3 pm           Aug 22: 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.

Apr 18: Noon to 3 pm     June 13: Noon to 3 pm        Aug 15: Noon to 3 pm
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Wood Icing®
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.

May 16: Noon to 3 pm          July 18: 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.

May 30: Noon to 3 pm    Aug 29 -  Noon to 3 pm
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Chalk Paint Fabric & Upholstery!

May 5:  5:30-8:30 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!

June 20: 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 used but generally minimum of  $300 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.







Thursday, January 29, 2015

TLC Vintage Preparing for the Big Show!

Central Iowa Headquarters for Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan -- TLC Vintage Collection -- is headed for the Des Moines Home and Garden Show February 12-15. We will be in the main hall at the Iowa Events Center, just off a main aisle in booth 708! How will you recognize us? Well we have a big banner coming!



Then there will be our Chalk Paint® color chart you won't want to miss! It is a wall full of painted furniture and decor. We have included a spring theme painted Little Free Library that Mary Lou painted for us! It has so many colors of Chalk Paint -- Emile, English Yellow, Greek Blue, Pure and Old White, Barcelona, Antibes, Florence, Graphite and probably more!


We made a lot of progress on the wall of furniture yesterday with about 11 pieces done at this point. Starting more today!



We will also have lots of decor pieces randomly displayed on the wall showing how you can paint on virtually any surface -- plastic, resin, metal, ceramic, leather, fabric and more!

And the piece de la resistance will be a French Provincial style piano --


which will be painted throughout the four days right in the booth! We will be doing a Rococo finish using Primer Red, Aubusson Blue, a Duck Egg wash and Gold Foil!


We will also have our Ask Our Customer opportunity where guest customers will be available some of the time during the show to discuss their experience with Chalk Paint with Home Show attendees! Come experience Chalk Paint® at the Des Moines Home and Garden Show!