Thursday, July 2, 2015

July Newsletter -- New Ideas for Your Home!



TIP OF THE MONTH

How to add dimension to your painted furniture:
Just painting with one color of Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan can have a simple, flat appeal. Nothing wrong with that! Sometimes less is more. But if all your pieces are looking the same, you may want to add some depth or dimension to your piece. This can easily be achieved a few different ways.

1)      Distress edges and areas that would have harder wear and tear. I prefer distressing immediately after waxing my piece, using 150 grit sandpaper. Then remove any residue with a soft cloth and wax again. (commonly known as Shabby Chic).

2)      Mix a lighter or darker hue of the same color or a second color that complements your room or piece. Dry brush the piece by using a brush with very little paint on it and whispering it across the surface. The paint will catch on raised areas, such as brush strokes, giving some variation in your tone.

3)      Choose another color as above, water it slightly, paint it on then wipe it off! This wash gives a soft romantic look to a piece.

4)    Change up your wax! Either add some color to your clear soft wax or after using clear wax, using some dark wax in crevices to define the piece.

WHAT’S NEW AT TLC VINTAGE

Reactive Metallics are in the house! Ready, set, go! We are off and running with Modern Masters Reactive Metallic Paint line. Make paper, wood, new galvanized tin, terra cotta, canvas look like rusted or patina metal. Wonderful new product to have in store and we have already completed a large and some small pieces for you to see. Plus we have thrown in a workshop this month to help you get started! Only 4 seats available as we need lots of space for our pieces to dry during the class. July 12, Sunday 12 to 4 pm. $100 per person. Call today to reserve 515-276-1577.



Vignettes! Two of our style vignettes have been completed and will be added to as time goes on and items sell….so they will always be changing. Shabby Chic is now in place as well as American Country.




 
COMING SOON!
Brushes! We will always carry Annie Sloan brushes – we love them. But there is also a place for other styles and types. So we have reviewed what we are doing with our brushes and realized we were stretched thin time-wise, ordering from six different companies! Sooooo….we will be bringing in a more affordable and beautiful line of Italian-made brushes including better-than-chip economical brushes, stencil brushes, large and small wax brushes and a new skinny paint or wax brush. We know you will love them as much as we do!

Showroom Vignettes! Next up – Industrial Loft! Can’t wait for our new metallic to meet a bit of steam punk to meet a bit of Urban Chic!

Shhhhhh, it’s still a secret! Look forward to a mid-month announcement of a great promotion by Annie Sloan and her stockists….watch for it at my Facebook page: TLC Vintage Collection and on Twitter!

Coming Not-So-Soon! It’s an international community now, so you may be hearing a lot of buzz about Annie Sloan’s new wall paint that is just being released in the UK and Europe. Unfortunately, there is no ETA for a US release. My experience has been that her new products hit us about 6-12 months later as production needs to get up and running for you to have U.S.-made! Meanwhile, you can still use Chalk Paint® on your walls. The formulation for the new wall paint will be different, however, with a less porous finish that is more resistant to scratches and stains and easily washable.

USEFUL SOCIAL MEDIA SITES

Annie Sloan has revamped her main website to be more interactive with her fans and customers. Go to http://www.anniesloan.com/ and check it out. Great way to visit her retailers around the world!

Too far to drive? We ship daily and it is next day deliver in most of Iowa and surrounding states. You can order on line at www.tlcvintagecollection.com or call 515-276-1577 to place your order!


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. (Exception, the new Rust & Patina workshop is 4 hours and $100 per person and no discounts given due to the cost of products and limited number of people who can take the class at one time.)

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.     
July 11 – Just 4 spots available!           Aug 1                    Sep 2 5:30 to 8:30 pm       Oct 3                   Nov 7
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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
 Aug 15        Oct 10
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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. Noon to 3 pm.
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.
Aug 29                   Oct 24
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Chalk Paint® Fabric & Upholstery!
Oct 31
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Rust & Patina!
First time offered. Create rusted iron, patina copper and bronze on almost any surface. We will do terra cotta pots, galvanized tin, on paper mache, canvas and more! Limited space – just four people per workshop. Cost $100 firm due to cost of materials and longer class time.
July 12, Sunday – Noon to 4 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.


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, June 12, 2015

Country Vignette for Your Farm & Rural Style!

At TLC Vintage Collection in Des Moines, IA, we are constantly looking for new ways to enhance your visit with inspired ideas on how to use Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. This year we are developing as time goes on, a series of style vignettes that will line the south and west walls of the showroom.

We chose "Country Chic" as our first vignette as we had the perfect chairs and gate leg table to show off the warmth and charm of a farm kitchen. Plus! It gave us a perfect opportunity to try one of Annie's new stencils -- Flower Chain! Plus, I am an authentic mid-century Iowa farm girl -- born and raised -- and love all the bits and pieces to decorate the area! So here we go with what we put together today!


Loretta painted the beautiful table and chairs. The table is a custom collor to go with the background of Annie Sloan's French Hens fabric -- part of her European fabric collection which we carry and have available for sale!


The wonderful country hanging light, hurrican lamp and Hampshire piggy bank were finds today at garage sales around town. The stereoscope and photos were a find from a customer at last month's Des Moines monthly flea market.


Here's a close up of the French Hens fabric and a checkers set with a drawer for checker storage!


A green-blue  Ball jar chick feeder is a great M&M dispense. A white rooster is a perfect creamer pitcher. Like the E-A-T sign? Well, soon we will be able to teach you to rust and patina anything with Modern Masters Reactive Metallics that we will be stocking and teaching! PS - Those letters are not metal! They are paper mache!



Gotta love that farm scene in upper left and a blue ribbon from the Fort Worth TX Cattle Show. How about that Clydesdal painting. Last is the farmhouse sign I made with an old screen. Soon we will have a barn sign as well!


Here is a close up of the Annie Sloan Flower Chain stencil that is bordering our drop leaf table -- using Chateau Grey, Primer Red and Arles. We have added part of the Chanticleer stencil by Maison de Stencils to add to our country theme and tie into the chairs.


We've turned a little crate into a wall shelf and/or a tray to hold cutlery or bottles. On top is my little oil can collection -- OOps one fell over!



And finally what is left of my vintage match holders! These are so cute and were on the wall by pot bellied stoves ready to help light them up! I hope you have enjoyed our first vignette....I think the next will be Shabby Chic or Romantique!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Economical Kitchen Floor Makeover!

Time has gotten away from me! Our ground floor home remodel came to a grinding halt once the contractors were finished. Perhaps it was the upcoming holidays and all the hassle we had getting appliances delivered that were not dented and smashed (thank you, Sears!). I was so relieved we did not have a large group for Thanksgiving since Sears left me with an incomplete kitchen for the holiday.

I have been enjoying the more open floor plan and lots of organized storage. But I just couldn't get back to doing the floors and backsplash and woodwork. Procrastination! So much to do at TLC Vintage always, family, spring meant the garden needed attention. So enough of that! Let's remember how things looked before and after the contractors!



I thought the deep red walls were pretty trendy when I painted them in 2004! But over time, I learned that Thermafoil wrapped cabinets do not hold up well. They were cracking, peeling and impossible to paint. The floor plan was tight and u-shaped. The opening between kitchen and dining room too narrow! I can go on and  on. But here is what the layout looks like today with my fabulous hammered copper farm sink.


Notice the floors. They look good when you are not close up. But they are scarred, milky along edges of some boards, faded at the exterior doorways. Truly a mess. In addition, areas had to be pieced in with the re-design of the kitchen layout and were very noticeable. So this week I started their rehab, hoping to give a weathered barnwood look. Here is how it went....


I degreased, then washed down and rinsed before starting. I used my preferred paint because it will go right over this surface with no sanding -- Chalk Paint®decorative paint by Annie Sloan. I started with a light wash effect of Graphite.


Next I dry brushed over the area intermittently with first French Linen, then when dry - Coco!


After letting the paint dry and cure for a day, I rolled on a layer of Annie Sloan Lacquer -- a varnish for floors.


I have allowed the varnish to cure overnight and will follow up with a second coat today. Voila! A new looking floor at a fraction of the cost. Less than one can of paint, two liters of lacquer....so under $200 when you add in painters tape, brushes and rollers. With any luck we are good to go for another 15 years!

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 d├ęcor 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.