Thursday, October 13, 2016

Roadside Find to Romantic Timeless Lighting

When my 2009 Ford Ranger rolls out in the morning, it seems to have its own navigation system. For some reason, Old Grey takes a turn at every garage sale sign peppering the streets on the way to the shop. That's what happened two weeks ago, when having drifted by a garage sale (not of interest, only kids clothing), Old Grey rounded a corner to head to the shop. There on the curb was the rubble of a rehab job -- lots of broken dry wall, bits and pieces of wood and on the far side a cardboard box with the top of a light fixture poking out the top. Old Grey immediately braked, allowing me to hop out and inspect. And there it was -- one of those "can-I-be-this-lucky" moments. And yes, it was!

Feeling downright guilty, I put the box in the truck bed and off I went to the store. Closer inspection showed a Greek yoghurt container full of original crystals!

And the best part, when I tested the lighting, all six light armatures worked! Can't get better than that! So I did a quick light brushing of Old White Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. I dry brushed over the textured parts so the brass showed through.

I suspended the chandelier over my work bench, and used 28 gauge brass wire to string faux pearls from various points. Next I cleaned and rehung the crystals, replacing a few missing ones from my crystal stash and drilling holes in the brass to add a few where none hung before.

I also dug into my supply of vintage watch faces in two sizes to add to the Timeless theme. Six were hung from the lowest pearl strands.

The final touch on this piece will be to make a ruched sleeve of lace to cloth the wire and chain. I love working on these old chandeliers and giving them a fresh yet vintage look. And we find this one, ultimately Timeless.

Monday, October 3, 2016

October Newsletter -- New Workshops Released!

Introducing New “Make & Take” Workshops

Today TLC Vintage Collection is thrilled to introduce our new series of “Make & Take” workshops. What is Make & Take? More fun and creative ways to learn paint and product techniques. Instead of working just on practice boards, in each class you will create one or more pieces of home décor. Plus, during dry times, we will find time to cover and practice other techniques in the same product line or combo of products. Sounds great? There’s more. We have done a thorough research of materials for these workshops and have lowered prices accordingly. We will continue to offer some technique only workshops that are very popular – Chalk Paint 101 and Kitchen Cabinets. But we think you will find the new workshops are a great way to get out with friends and create something beautiful! See end of this newsletter for our revised and upcoming workshops!

October Painted Furniture Sale

Special sale pricing on our painted furniture in the store! It’s that time of year when we look around and see what needs to be cleared out to make way for new pieces and inspiration for our customers. Sooooo…..come in and see the big markdowns on some unique and beautiful pieces that would be a great addition to your home. 25-50 pct off painted furniture throughout the store! Watch our Facebook page for postings of items this month or just come in and take a look. Now’s the time if you’ve had your eye on our wine and cheese bar made from a vintage sewing machine stand, vintage painted French Provincial or an art deco inspired bedroom set….just a few examples!

Tips of the Month

In case you missed them on Facebook, here are two of our TLC Tuesday Tips. Watch FB weekly for more useful tips.

Problems Painting Inexpensive New Furniture: Ever have this happen? Buy an inexpensive piece of Target, IKEA or other big box store furniture and have the wet paint instantly separate into a crocodile skin type pattern?  It is the response of water based Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan to coatings used on many of these pieces to protect it from scratching, or insects, or even fire retardants. Oil and water don't mix, and this separation happens often on inexpensive or imported furniture which has an oily finish or coating. To create a surface the paint can adhere to, use a good degreaser on a scratchy sided sponge and clean the piece thoroughly, then wash with soap and water and rinse. Usually this is enough to remove the oily coating.

Repairing Cracks, Missing Veneer or Chipped Furniture Feet: Solve furniture condition issues - cracks, missing veneer, feet that have parts chipped off, gouges and more - with Textura Paste by Wood Icing. Build up layers to replace missing trim and broken appliqués too. Sand to match your surface. Once painted, only you will know! Wood Icing Textura Paste is available in handy, economical 4 and 8 oz sizes to keep on your workbench.

What’s New at TLC Vintage?

Back in Stock: Giverny Quarts – Annie Sloan’s newest color (formerly known as Monet in Europe) is now back and fully stocked in quarts after an initial quick sellout! We won’t let that happen again….we promise. Bright and intense this is a beautiful pop of color to spark up your interiors. Be sure to ask us for an adhesive color swatch to add to your color chart.

Coming This Month – Two new colors by Annie Sloan. We are sworn to silence but they are bound to be a huge hit! Watch Facebook for the announcement of the colors and date of their arrival at TLC Vintage.
Save The Date

Junk Jubilee Jingles – November 11-13: TLC Vintage is teaming up again with Oak Hill Emporium owned by William Holcomb for a quadruple space brimful of huge salvage wood wall clocks, painted furniture, DIY products, holiday décor and vintage and antique items. Our Holiday Vintology is a charming intro to the holidays. See you there!

Custom Painting

TLC Vintage does custom painting in our own workshop. We can only handle one piece at a time. But if our schedule doesn’t work with yours, we have numerous customers who do custom painting and will be happy to refer you to any of them to meet your timeframe. Contact us for our rates and estimates. If you know someone looking for work to be done, please give them our contact information.

New Workshop Schedule


Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® 101 Plus!
Seven popular paint techniques plus clear & colored wax methods! $85 in advance. All the info you need for successful projects! Everything provided plus refreshments.
Noon to 3 pm, Saturdays:    Nov 5        Dec 3          Jan 7          Feb 4             Mar 1          Apr 1

Chalk Paint® Kitchen Cabinets & Built-Ins! Renew dated cabinets economically. Step by step, hands on planning and execution. You create your own prototype and style. $65 in advance. Everything provided plus refreshments.
Noon to 3-4 pm, Saturdays:            Oct  8            Jan 21               Mar 11   

Introduction to Milk Paint
A variety of applications for the use of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. Wax distress, layering, staining and more! $65 in advance.      Noon to 3 pm, Saturday,
Apr 15

Open Studio – Every Wednesday 10 am to 3 pm
This is not a formal class but your opportunity to work with us on an individual project or technnique. Book in advance to be sure there is room. Stay as long as you need up to 3 pm. $20 per hour plus retail cost of products you use.


Each workshop below includes a décor piece or two for your home or for a gift. Plus a variety of products & techniques taught during dry time.

Chalk Paint® Stenciling & Fabric Painting
Several stenciling methods plus painting on fabric and upholstery. $65 in advance. Everything provided, including  apron or tote project, plus refreshments.
Noon to 3 pm, Saturdays:      Jan 14           Mar 25

Chalk Paint® for Trays and Wall Decor
Create a serving tray and a piece of wall decor using decoupage, image transfer and crackle. $75 in advance.  Everything provided plus refreshments.
Noon to 3 pm, Saturday, Jan 28

The Chair Affair!
Paint and simple drop-in seat chair re-upholster clinic. Bring in a chair from home or let us know and we will provide one for you. We will use drop cloth for fabric unless you bring your own. $65  in advance and provide photo of chair for approval.  Refreshments provided.
Noon to 2:30 pm, Saturday,  Feb 11

Rust & Patina – Wall Art
Choose a five letter word in advance for us to order the supplies. FAITH or PEACE is popular. Or initials of  family members or five-letter family name. Learn five different techniques for iron, bronze and copper rust and patina finishes. $65 in advance.
Noon to 3 pm, Saturdays:          Oct 29                        Feb 18

Wood Icing Memory Box & Wall Art
Ice wood like you ice a cake. Texture paste to add dimension to any surface! No one else is offering this product or class in Iowa. Two projects to take home. $75 in advance
Noon to 3-4 pm, Saturdays:    Oct 22           Feb 25

Ceiling Tin Wall Art – JOY, LOVE or NOEL
Back by popular demand, holiday magic with decoupage, stencil, crackle and gilding wax. $65 in advance, all materials and refreshments included.
Noon to 3-4 pm, Saturdays:          Nov 18                 Nov 25

Easter Cross Wall Art
Back by popular demand – create an rustic Easter cross using your choice of paint and distressing techniques. Bring a brooch or other personal object for center of cross. $50 in advance.         Noon to 2 pm, Saturday,   Mar 18

Chalk Paint® for Outdoor Paint Projects
Embellished terra cotta pot, using Fine Stone and other techniques. Beachy finishes and barnwood techniques. $50 in advance incudes materials. Noon to 3 pm, Saturday, Apr 8

Girls Night Out! Wine, Cheese, Paint Therapy!
Put together a group and spend 3 hours in the studio painting! Organize your group. Book it for $360 minimum for your group up to 8 people. Upcharges depending on materials. You bring the wine, we provide the cheese and paint!

Cancellation and No-show Policy: If you are ill or weather prevents travel, you may reschedule to another date within six months. 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.  Check website for schedule changes.


                                               TLC Vintage Collection 7518 Hickman Road
Windsor Heights (Des Moines) IA 50324
Telephone: 515-276-1577 (shop)

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

September Newsletter - Tips, Events, Workshops

Tip of the Month
Chippy Distressed Look -  One easy, no fuss way to get that chippy distressed loo with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® is to simply use tape! Here’s how. For one color distress down to pre-existing varnished wood or other paint color: Paint one or two coats of your paint color, watering the second coat. As soon as the paint is dry (don’t let it cure for hours – you want the paint to be fresh and soft – but dry), apply masking, packing or even duct tape to an area you want to distress and appear chippy). Press the tape down firmly, even running a scraper over it so it adheres well; then rip off the tape. Depending on the underlying surface, paint will be removed in variable, random way. If you are distressing between two colors of new paint, make sure the underlying color has cured overnight before applying the second color. Then the instructions are the same as above. Wax as usual for your finishing coat.

What’s New at TLC Vintage?
Arrived! In time for pre-holiday planning, check out our new batch of Cavallini Papers – just $4.95 each (we hear other places in town charge $6)! Our large Santa (sheets measure 19 ½ by 29 ½ inches) looks great posted behind a paned glass window. Other holiday prints include vintage dog or cat vintage cards or holiday tags – for the pet lovers and a “Have a Merry Christmas.”  And don’t forget the non-holiday chickens and cow breeds, vintage bicycles and first time ever,  a colorful drawing of Times Square.

More Finished Furniture! TLC Vintage has a great selection of painted furniture and décor for your home or as gifts. And, some we haven’t painted, like a Victorian original small vanity in green with original paint and embellishments. A charming wall shelf made from an old clock case, a petite settee with matching side tables – perfect for a bedroom or reading alcove.

Gift Ideas!  The new Snuff candles include a gift set in a black cigar box tied with a red ribbon. Nine different fragrances for just $27.50. Small office gifts for your office mates? Take a look at Shannon Martin pill boxes, emery boards and magnets with vintage photos and clever sayings. Our Annie Sloan project kits are perfect for the person on your list anytime that just has small painting projects to do.

New Workshops
Our rollout of new workshops is still coming soon! Included will be our standard 101 workshop at the beginning of each month. First up will be Stylin’ Stencils – January 14, 2017. The hands on basics for making your own custom signs, stenciled napkins for your table, decorative embellishment of furniture and décor. Many of our new workshops will include a “make and take” project for your home or to use as a gift for someone special.

November 19 & 26 – By popular demand we are bringing back the JOY workshop for holiday décor. We are offering it two days after Thanksgiving especially for family groups who may want to come after all the festivities and turkey. Our large ceiling tile project includes painting, decoupage, stenciling and crackle – finished off with French gilding wax. Check out our on-line blog of this newsletter to see photos of this workshop.

Where We Will Be

Clay County Fair, Spencer, IA September 17 & 18 --  10 am and 3 pm each day at the Creative Living Center. TLC Vintage will team up with JH Design Studio of Laurens, Ia to do four presentations at the Greatest County Fair in the World. If you are at Okoboji or in NW Iowa that weekend, we will be demonstrating the versatility of Chalk Paint® to transform your kitchen cabinets, furniture, upholstery or even your cowgirl boots. Stop by to see us and pick up your hand-held paper fan and materials. Book classes or order paint at a special discount or gift on your purchases.

Junk Jubilee Jingles, Iowa State Fairgrounds Varied Industries Building, November 11 - 13 – Yes, we will be there for the fifth consecutive  year! Teaming up like last year with Oak Hill Emporium (formerly William Holcomb Antiques), we will present Holiday Vintology. Painted furniture, vintage décor, holiday décor and more! This is where you buy your Chalk Paint®, gilding wax, German Glitter Glass and more for your holiday décor and crafts. A wide range of vintage inspired papers along with rust and crust and some stately pieces too! Bill has some very amazing oversized rustic clocks planned for this outing.

Such a Hit!
Wednesday Open Workshop – People have been lining up for our newest concept to help you get started with a project or teach you a specific new technique. Anytime from 10 am to 3 pm, you can prebook as much time as you think you may need to work in our workshop with our supervision. Projects must be small – something you can lift with one hand and fit onto the backseat of your car. You pay just $20 per hour to use our tools and have on-the-project direction.  Paint and paint products you used will just be charged retail for the amount you use. So you don’t need to purchase a whole container of paint or decoupage or whatever – just pay for what you use and not have leftovers you won’t use! Call to book and discuss time it will take and to be sure your project works for us as well as you! 515-276-1577. If you have a date in mind, call soon so you don’t miss out!

Custom Painting
TLC Vintage Services – Most people don’t think of us as a custom painting stop – but we certainly are. If a piece can be brought to our shop, we will paint it to order. We charge a reasonable hourly rate and materials charge. So if you know someone uneasy about undertaking their own paint job, we will handle it for them.

Workshop Schedule

We have canceled our September 17 workshop as TLC Vintage and JH Design Studio will be doing Annie Sloan Paint demos at the Clay County Fair, Spencer, IA. See you there!

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® 101 Plus!
Seven popular paint techniques plus clear and dark wax methods! $85 in advance.  Saturdays Noon to 3 pm. Everything provided plus refreshments.
 Sep 10     Oct 1       Nov 5        Dec 3

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® 102 Extra!
Stencil, crackle and decoupage projects! Leave with three items you can use or gift! $85 in advance. Saturdays Noon to 3 pm. Everything provided plus refreshments.
 Oct 15

Chalk Paint® Kitchen Cabinets & Built-Ins! How to renew dated cabinets at a fraction of the cost without replacing them! We help you create your own prototype and style. $85 in advance. Saturdays Noon to 3-4 pm. Everything provided plus refreshments
 Oct 8

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. Two projects to take home. $85 in advance. Saturdays Noon to 3-4 pm.
 Oct 22

Artisan Enhancements  Special Effects!
Make magic happen with special products that will razzle/dazzle. Two to 3 projects to take home. $85 in advance, Satudays Noon to 3-4 pm
 Sep 24

Rust & Patina
Choose a five letter word in advance for us to order the supplies. FAITH is popular. Or initial of family members. Learn five different techniques for iron, bronze and copper finishes. If you want letters other than FAITH,  you must book 2 weeks in advance so we can acquire materials. $85 in advance. Saturdays Noon to 3 pm
Oct 29

JOY Workshop
Create wall or mantle décor from a large ceiling tin. Paint, decoupage, stencil and crackling are the techniques you will learn hands on, along with finishing with French gilding wax. Great for a family group visiting over the Thanksgiving weekend.
November 19          November 26

Girls Night Out! Wine, Cheese, Paint Therapy!
Put together a group and spend 3 hours in the studio painting! Organize your group. Book it for $360 minimum for your group up to 8 people. Upcharges depending on materials. You bring the wine, we provide the cheese and paint!

Cancellation and No-show Policy: We maintain the right to refund your money or arrange for a different date if we do not have the 3-4 people  to make a class viable. If you are ill or weather prevents travel, you may reschedule to another date within six months. 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.  Check website for schedule changes.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Just Perfect The Way It Is

At TLC Vintage Collection in Des Moines, Iowa, we are often asked when we know to paint a newly acquired piece or leave it well enough alone. Our rule is to never decrease the value of something that is perfect the way it is. We only paint pieces that do not have some intrinsic value on its own. Many older pieces are decrepit or just not that valuable as they stand. TLC Vintage searches for pieces doomed for the landfill or that are so beat up that paint is the best answer. But we cannot always resist a wonderful piece that is beautiful in its own right and is wonderfully priced and just needs a simple repair to be placed in a home where it will be reloved.

Oh, yes -- she has scars and stains. She was wobbly because the little sliders had been broken off her front legs, and the wood worn down up to an inch on the right side (see the little white stuff at the bottom right foot that we haven't repainted yet?) But with a product we carry exclusively here in Central Iowa -- Wood Icing -- we were able to gradually rebuild that right foot to stabilize her -- and to have the same contours and shape of the original leg! Thin layer after thin layer of textura paste, lightly sanded to even it up. Painted to match the original, it will be hard to see the patch!

What do we love? Better to ask what not to love? This little green vanity has beautiful flowers and a stool -- not the same style -- that has been married to her lovingly with a needlepoint flowered seat. A match? No, but a charm of its own that says, I'm with her!

And yes, those brighter green stains? A sign that someone left some oily cosmetic container sitting too long, and possibly a coffee or tea cup off to the lower right side, when the mistress of the house was getting ready for her day or primping to go out for an evening on the town! Every piece has a story for you to imagine.

And the original little wood dividers, carefully crafted with their scalloped edges -- ready for little pots of rouge, a lipstick, and whatever ladies liked to tidy away a century ago. That center area probably held a wonderful matching hand mirror, brush and comb.

And that mirror! Beveled and cut to perfection -- dimmed a little with time. But perfectly curved to add interest. For there is truly not any other reason than esthetics not to have just placed a square mirror there.

And when once ready for the day or evening, everything could be tidied away into their compartments -- the beautiful lid closed. A perfect place to write a thank you note or a love letter or to record in a journal the happenings of the day or night.

Sometimes we just have to love a piece for its history, the story it shows us, the posterity we have to preserve by leaving well enough alone!