Wednesday, July 5, 2017

July Newsletter -- July-August In-Door/Out-door Sidewalk Sale

JULY & AUGUST IN-DOOR/OUT-DOOR SIDEWALK SALE

 Announcement of our one-time JULY & AUGUST In-Door/Out-Door Sale! We are making way for new inventory that we don’t have room for in storage or the store. That means exceptional prices on almost everything in-store! 

Here is a list of categories where we will apply discounts. Also there are numerous miscellaneous things – PO letter box doors, old windows, mink huts, miscellaneous metal and plastic letters, Ball jars, milk glass, Schwinn girl’s bicycle, bistro set, ceiling tins and more that can already be purchased at new low, low prices.
 Furniture – 20-35 pct offDécor – 25 pct offNon-Annie Sloan paint mediums – 20 pct off Artisan Enhancements Easy Crackle, Crackle Tex, Scumble, Venetian Plaster, Pearl Plaster, Image Transfer & Decoupage, sea sponges and tools; 25 pct off Wood Icing glazes, stamps, tools, fissure (crackle), 40 pct close-out all Miss Mustard Seed products.Papers – 15 pct offEfex appliqués – 20 pct offSelect paint, stencil and wax brushes – 15 pct off (Annie Sloan products not included) Workshops – New reduced pricing! Help us clear the way to great new displays this fall!
 
Attention: New Summer Hours
 TLC Vintage is on new summer hours.
 Monday-Tuesday: Open 10 am to 5 pm Wednesday: Closed Thursday-Saturday: Open 10 am to 5 pm Sunday:  Closed Through the rest of 2017, here are the holidays on which the store will be closed. Closed:Sept 4, Monday -       Labor DayNov 23, Thursday – ThanksgivingDec 25, Monday -      Christmas As we have always done, if there is a “paint emergency”,  you may contact Janet by phone 515-991-7383 outside of business hours up to 9 pm – and if I am in the area and available, I will open up for you by appointment.
COOL STORE OR SHOW DISPLAYS
  
Four Square Six-Foot Square Columns & Four Peg Board Panels: We are changing out some event booth materials. We have six of these wood (hollow center) panels great for in-store or event booth display. $40 per column. Buy all and get four peg boards free. Peg boards otherwise sold separately, just $5 each.
 Eight Round Fiberglass Columns with Top and Bottom Cornices: These will be sold at a very reduced cost (MORE THAN 50 pct off from retail new price) for $65 each. Paintable. Currently finished to look like white/grey marble. These are building grade materials in excellent condition and can be used for interior or exterior decorating.
  Follow Us on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter For quick looks at our furniture projects, ideas, inspiration and tips – follow us on all social media! Daily updates on what is available new at the store and customer before and after transformations!
Workshop Schedule Through 2017
                                                TECHNIQUE WORKSHOPS
 Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® 101 Plus!Seven popular paint techniques plus clear & colored wax methods! $65 in advance. All the info you need for successful projects! Everything provided plus refreshments.Noon to 3 pm, Saturdays:   Aug 5       Sep 9         Oct 7              Nov 4          Dec 2 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:   July 8    Aug 26     Oct 14       Dec 16 Chalk Paint® Distressed without Stress & Special Finishes
More than the basics! Here you will create amazing finishes simply and beautifully. Distress, natural crackle, natural chipping and more! $65 Noon to 3 pm, Saturday:  Sep 30
 Open Studio – Every  Thursday 10 am to 3 pmMake up your own class. Tell us what YOU want to learn! This is not a formal class but your opportunity to work with us on an individual project or technique. 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.
 MAKE & TAKE SERIES! Chalk Paint® for Trays and Wall DecorCreate a serving tray and a piece of wall decor using decoupage, image transfer and crackle. $65 in advance.  Everything provided plus refreshments.Noon to 3 pm, Saturday:       July 22           Oct 21 Rust & Patina – Wall Art Choose a five letter word in advance for us to order the supplies. FAITH or PEACE is popular. Or choose your own with 2 week advance notice for our ordering. Learn five different techniques for iron, bronze and copper rust and patina finishes. $65 in advance.     Noon to 3 pm, Saturdays:     Sep 16      Nov 25
 Wood Icing  Memory Box & Wall ArtIce 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. $65 in advance.
Noon to 3-4 pm, Saturdays:   Sep 23
 Chalk Paint® Your Clothes, Shoes, Fabric, UpholsterySeveral stenciling methods plus painting on fabric and upholstery. Bring jeans or tee shirts to embellish! $65 in advance. Everything provided, including  apron or tote project, plus refreshments.     Noon to 3 pm, Saturdays:      Aug 12
 Having a Bad Chair Day ClinicPaint and simple drop-in seat chair re-upholster clinic. Bring your own chair and fabric or we can provide for an upcharge. $45  in advance and provide photo of chair for approval.  Refreshments provided. Noon to 2:30 pm, Saturday:   July 29     Oct 28
 Ceiling Tin Wall Art – JOY, LOVE or NOELBack by popular demand, holiday magic with decoupage, stencil, crackle and gilding wax. $50 in advance, all materials and refreshments included.Noon to 3-4 pm, Saturdays:          Nov 18               Dec 9
  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 $300minimum for your group up to 8 people. Upcharges depending on materials and time required. You bring the wine, we provide the cheese and paint! 
Cancellation and No-show Policy: If you have a sudden illness 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 weeks, 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. www.tlcvintagecollection.com
 
 
 
 








Monday, April 10, 2017

Turn Plastic Pots Into "Stoneware"

Here's an easy project to help you recycle those big plastic pots you buy perennials or shrubs or flowering deck flowers in. No need to throw them into the recycling bin. Turn plastic into custom "stoneware" appearance planters for your deck or garden. Fast and fun project for you and the kids!
Here are instruction of how to go from:

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Like any paint project, you need to start with a clean surface. Spray clean with water your pot, then use a scratchy sponge to remove anything that sticks to the surface. Allow to dry, then get painting! Make sure your pot has small holes in the bottom for water run-off to help your plants during rainy weather. A drill works nicely for this. Or hammer some holes in with a thick nail.

Here are a list of items you will need. Choose colors of paint to meet your tastes and design!

Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan -- 2 - 3 color minimum and you only need the 4 oz size, We used Country Grey, Old White and Coco

Artisan Enhancements Fine Stone and Clear Topcoat Sealer -- 8 oz sizes

Paint brush -- one natural bristle, one synthetic

Artist brush

Sea sponge (optional)

Off-set Knife

Stencil

I chose Country Grey for my base color. Make sure to stir well for wonderful adherence. I painted inside the pot to below the soil line so it would match the rest. One complete coat, stippling on the paint to create texture. 

When your paint dries, you will see the texture you created with the stippling of your brush to the paint! Ah, a "stony" texture.


 Next is my favorite part. Using a sturdy stencil, I tape it into place, then apply Fine Stone -- which is indoor and outdoor grade -- over the stencil with an offset knife. I make it thicker than the stencil for added depth. It may crack as it dries, and that is okay.



















Next, remove the stencil, scrape off excess Fine Stone and put back into your container and stir in -- no waste! Repeat the stenciling according to your own pot design. I like the rough look of the design after it dries. Or you may sand it gently to remove rough edges.


Be sure to clean off the excess Fine Stone, then simply wash off the stencil with warm water while the Fine Stone is still damp. The stencil is totally re-usable again!

Next you can blot and paint with a second paint color. I chose Old White. You might also apply it with a sponge, leaving the original Country Grey visible to varying degrees.



When the paint dried, I took Coco and added a bit of Old White, just to tone it down. I wanted a color to set it off the design a little from the background.




And finally, two thin coat of Artisan Enhancements Clear Topcoat Sealer applied with a fine synthetic brush gives additional protection and is water-proof when cured (approximately two days).



The entire process takes just a few hours and you can do numerous pots at once -- even better! I can't wait to do more!

And the best part -- using your "new stone" pot on your deck or in the garden! My setting is a bit unique. I had a volunteer cedar that had to come out of the garden, but I had them leave the buttom three-and-a-half feet alone. I drilled a screw through the pot into the trunk for a stand for a pot of flowers. 






















Wednesday, April 5, 2017

April Showers Brings TLC's 5th Birthday



TLC Vintage 5th Anniversary Gifts for You

Help us celebrate the store’s fifth anniversary throughout April. Receive a gift for each purchase over $50 each day! This is our way of saying thank you for your contribution to our success over the years! While supplies last…..



Read a Little Further

Our new workshop schedule through the end of the year is listed at the end of this newsletter!


Local Artisan Spotlight

This month enjoy the clever, pretty designs of Twice Blessed Creations. Cheryl Wiggins is one of our wonderful customer who likes to repurpose and re-invent items she finds. Stop by and enjoy her work and perhaps take home a treasure!




Upcoming Events



Junk Jubilee – Find us once again at the spring Junk Jubilee! April 28-30 (Friday-Sunday) at the Varied Industries Building, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines. Enjoy over 100 vendors with crusty, rusty, chippy merchandise. TLC Vintage will be there with our own painted furniture and upcycled décor as well as many of your favorite DIY products! Visit Junk Jubilee on Facebook for updates!



Junk Bonanza – Annie Sloan will be at Shakopee, MN huge junking event April 20-23 with daily workshops and book signings for the public. For more info, go to https://www.facebook.com/junkbonanzavintagemarket/


Follow Us on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter


For quick looks at our furniture projects, ideas, inspiration and tips – follow us on all social media! Daily updates on what is available new at the store and customer before and after transformations!

Workshop Schedule Through 2017

NEXT UP
April Classes:  April 8 Outdoor Paint Projects – painting on terra cotta, rusting metal and more! April 15 Miss Mustard See Milk Paint!  April 22  The Chair Affair! 
   TECHNIQUE WORKSHOPS

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:   May 6         June 10         July 1         Aug 5  
      Sep 9         Oct 7              Nov 4          Dec 2




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:   May 20   July 8    Aug 26     Oct 14       Dec 16



Chalk Paint® Distressed without Stress & Special Finishes
More than the basics! Here you will create amazing finishes simply and beautifully. Distress, natural crackle, natural chipping and more! $65
 Noon to 3 pm, Saturday:  Sep 30



Open Studio – Every Wednesday 10 am to 3 pm
Make up your own class. Tell us what YOU want to learn! This is not a formal class but your opportunity to work with us on an individual project or technique. 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.

MAKE & TAKE SERIES!

Chalk Paint® for Trays and Wall Decor
Create a serving tray and a piece of wall decor using decoupage, image transfer and crackle. $65 in advance.  Everything provided plus refreshments.

Noon to 3 pm, Saturday:       July 22           Oct 21



Rust & Patina – Wall Art
Choose a five letter word in advance for us to order the supplies. FAITH or PEACE is popular. Or choose your own with 2 week advance notice for our ordering. Learn five different techniques for iron, bronze and copper rust and patina finishes. $75 in advance.     Noon to 3 pm, Saturdays:     May 13       Sep 16      Nov 25



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:   June 17       Sep 23



Chalk Paint® Your Clothes, Shoes, Fabric, Upholstery
Several stenciling methods plus painting on fabric and upholstery. Bring jeans or tee shirts to embellish! $65 in advance. Everything provided, including  apron or tote project, plus refreshments. 
Noon to 3 pm, Saturdays:      Aug 12



Having a Bad Chair Day Clinic
Paint and simple drop-in seat chair re-upholster clinic. Bring your own chair and fabric or we can provide for an upcharge. $50  in advance and provide photo of chair for approval.  Refreshments provided.
 Noon to 2:30 pm, Saturday:   July 29     Oct 28



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               Dec 9



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 have a sudden illness 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 weeks, there is no refund but if your spot is filled, we will allow you to reschedule. Otherwise your fee is forfeited.  









Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Creating a Perfectly Chippy Dresser

Sometimes there are pieces of furniture that just don't get the attention they deserve and they sit in the shop too long. This blonde dresser was measured time and again over the past couple years by people wanting to use it for a bathroom vanity -- fitting it out with a basin. But it just never happened.



So it was time for a new "old" look. Imagine it coming out of a farmhouse basement or attic after years of use and wear. TLC Vintage wanted to go for an authentically chippy look -- random, not too perfect of a paint job. Here's how you can do it...

First up, clean the piece with dish soap and water, rinse and dry. Next apply a coat of Chalk Paint® Clear Soft Wax, and wipe away the excess. Allow to cure at least a full 24 hours.


Next day, brush on just one coat of Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. Don't try to be precise, just "slap it on" without regard to how thick or thin or in what direction. Here we used Old White, but color is completely up to your decor needs.


By the time a piece this side is completely painted, it is fine to start the "chipping" process. Or if you don't have time and have to wait a few days to get back to it, that will work just as well. The process is simple and random, but takes a little time. Grab a roll of duct tape and a scraper, which may or may not be necessary.






Applying pressure with just your fingers may produce the results you are looking for when you strip the duct tape off. Usually it is best to use four- to five-inch strips one at a time so you can position your chips to look random.

If the chips are too small and you want larger or more decisive looking chips, apply the tape and press down with a scraper. Be careful not to apply the corner of the scraper too hard or you will get linear chipping that looks unnatural.



How much "chipping" to apply depends on you and the look you want to create. Avoid very large chips -- several inches in size or the finish will be too "busy" and not particularly natural.


Once you have the look to your taste, apply one to two coats of Clear Soft Wax again to seal the painted furniture to protect against further chipping and to create a protective water-resistant finish. As usual, apply wax with a brush then wipe off the excess. Allow 5-25 days for the wax to fully cure, but you can use your piece gently during that time. I like to buff immediately or in a few days if I want a shinier surface.

In this case, the hardware was also painted and waxed. The wood carved appliques had Dark Soft Wax applied to the crevices to give an aged and dusty look. Once that was done, Brass Gilding Wax was lightly applied with a small brush to give a worn look.



With any old piece that is hand-finished, it is nice to add some personal details. I like to finish and wax drawers inside and out so they are clean for the next owner. Stencils and a pop of color give extra personality. Like many things, it's "in the details!"



Our redesigned piece is now ready for its new owner -- charming and subtle -- with an air of hard-use and vintage flair.