Wednesday, February 28, 2018

TLC Vintage Collection to Close Its Doors

TLC Vintage Collection will begin a store closing sale Thursday, March 1 after six-and-a-half years of business. It has been a wonderful journey but it is time for me, the owner Janet Roewe Piller, to move on to new adventures. We anticipate that our final day will be no later than end of business, Saturday, April 28. The store will close earlier if inventory is depleted. However, we will maintain our workshop schedule through Satuday, April 14.

With a few exceptions, everything in the store will be at 40 pct discount from listed price, unless marked sale price. The exception will be the Annie Sloan product line, including Chalk Paint, which will remain at our current prices, which are near the distributors required minimum price. If we run low on product, we will place another Chalk Paint and supplies order around April 1 for pre-paid customer needs.

Our customers who require product to be shipped may continue to shop on line until April 1, when we will close down our website at Shipping purchases after that date may be made by calling the store at 515-276-1577.

Store fixtures will also be for sale at very practical prices. Certain items may be paid for and reserved for collection when the store closes or special arrangement in order to assure shelving and lighting during the closing sale and until our door is locked the final time.

I cannot thank enough our 6,000 plus customers over the past many years for their patronage, friendship and loyalty. Thank you for sharing your projects with us and for turning to us for instruction, advice and a shared interest in beautifying furniture and your homes. I have learned so much from you and enjoyed the may friends I have made over the years.

TLC Vintage was fortunate to be the very first retailer of Annie Sloan products in Iowa. We rode the wave of the repurposing and upcycling and shabby chic markets and the enthusiasm for simpler do-it-yourself products that are eco-friendly. Now I can see that this was the perfect meeting of several movements and products. We are seeing a change now on a number of fronts: the very sharp rise in on-line purchasing and home delivery, a decline in the painted furniture movement, increased competition in sectors that we are prohibited from marketing in and a saturation of products in various areas that affect our store.

Those factors being what they are, it comes down to a business and personal decision. I have many interests and a wonderful family and home. All of those are beckoning to spend more time and energy enjoying and exploring them. Retail is hard -- don't let anyone ever tell you otherwise. Long weeks, long hours, lots of paperwork, seasonal changes in buying patterns. It is an experience that I thrived on and enjoyed -- like putting together the pieces of an ever-changing jigsaw puzzle.

We hope to see all of you at the store during the coming weeks to shop for your favorite products or to purchase that perfect vintage piece you have been eyeing for some time. My knowledge, desire to help my customers and passion for the hunt for vintage pieces does NOT get locked away when we turn off the lights and lock the doors the last time. I will be happy to assist you with product questions, where to shop in Iowa and beyond her borders for your favorite product lines or even to paint a custom piece for you. We will be happy to provide you with names of other retailers or share how we have found our one-of-a-kind over the years. Pick up another one of my business cards because my cell phone is readily available for a call from you.

Thank you, and once again we continue to appreciate your business and friendship.

All my best,    Janet Roewe Piller, owner
                        TLC Vintage Collection
                        515-276-1577 (store

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Fainting Couch Revival

So this old gal has been languishing in my garage for a few years! Finally, a difficult winter meant my vehicle had to have shelter. The fainting couch came into the shop with the hopes that under that old amateur upholstery job we would find some carved wood.

Alas! The answer was a resounding NO! And the very old wood was covered in screw and nail holes and things needed to be shored up! Based on the age and dryness of the wood, we believe this to be at least a late 1880s couch. Thanks to our handy Loretta, repairs were made to stabilize the piece and we used one of our favorite products, Wood Icing Textura Paste to fill holes and smooth out the surface. Instead of wood fill, Textura Paste is used as it is so easily sanded smooth. And we didn't stop there with the Wood Icing.

Textura paste was used over a stencil to create a design since we had been disappointed by no wood carving! You apply the  paste with a spatula or offset knife as thinly as possible. Then take off the stencil. Allow to dry, then sand off the sharp bits.

Next we applied Old White Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. We did get some bleed through from the awakened tannins in the wood, but we ignored that because we were going to crackle the paint. So next we applied a coat of Artisan Enhancements Easy Crackle. When it was dry, we painted the piece with a top layer of Coco by Annie Sloan.

Unfortunately, our cracks were very fine, but they are there if you look for them. At one point we thought we would put metallic foil over the Wood Icing, but in the end opted to just distress. We did this because we really like this look with the upholstery Loretta did using Annie Sloan's French Linen and Old White woven linen.

Now she is just waiting for a new home in someone's classic Victorian or a downtown loft!

 To learn more about Annie Sloan products, Wood Icing and Artisan Enhancements, visit our website at   We ship!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

December Newsletter -- Time to Bundle Up on Savings!!

Bundle Up on Savings Sales Event!

Baby, It's Cold Outside! Well, it will be very soon, the meteorologist promises... So it is time to Bundle Up on Savings for those post holiday projects! We know you have no or little time to undertake a major project. But with all the cooking and holiday prep, it's an easy time to take inventory of those potential projects just in front of your eyes. Dated kitchen cabinets, dingy woodwork, a piece of furniture that doesn't work with the rest of your decor, even lineoleum or wood floors that are "shop worn" yet sound. Cold winter months -- January through March -- are a great time to undertake those projects. So plan ahead and save at TLC Vintage -- your favorite DIY shop. Storewide savings start now through December. Just take a look!

Annie Sloan Product Line -- TLC Vintage rarely offers minimum retail price on this line, but this month we are!

Paint Quart -- $34.95
Paint Sample 4 oz-- $11.95
Wax Tin  500 ml -- $24.95
Wax Sample 120 ml  -- $15
Books -- $14.50 each
Project Kits -- Just $72.50 -- Small natural bristle brush, plus your choice of 2 colors of each sample paints and waxes

Stencils -- All 50 percent off posted price!

Brush Bundles -- From our other suppliers!

TLC Wax Brush Duo -- Just $45 -- a $15 savings!
Natural Bristle Brush Trio --
Synthetic Brush Threesome --

Paper Products -- All 20 pct off for Monahan and Cavillini Papers

Artisan Enhancements -- 25 pct off most special effects, except Clear Topcoat Sealer which is 10 pct off

French Gilding Wax -- Any color -- $20 -- that's a $5 savings!

Efex USA Appliques -- 25 pct off all!

Decor and Furniture -- 10-40 pct off marked prices unless marked sale priced!

Christmas Tree Ornaments -- Just 50 cents each!

Greeting cards -- Buy four for $10, get one free! So just $10 for five when you bundle up!

Workshop Bundle -- Book for yourself any two upcoming workshops, and you get 15 pct off each! Here is the upcoming schedule. Good on workshops through April!


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: 
 Jan 6     Feb 3     Mar 3    Apr  7

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:
Dec 16    Jan 20   Feb 17     Mar 17    Apr 14

Open Studio – Every Tuesday & Thursday 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.

Chalk Paint® for Trays and Wall Decor
Create a serving tray and a piece of wall decor using decoupage, image transfer and crackle. $65.  Everything provided plus refreshments.
Noon to 3 pm, Saturdays:     Feb 10    Apr 21

Rust & Patina – Wall Art
Choose FAITH or PEACE for your project. Learn five different techniques for iron, bronze and copper rust and patina finishes. $65. 
Noon to 3 – 4 pm, Saturdays:
Nov 25        Jan 13        Mar  10

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. $65.
Noon to 3-4 pm, Saturdays:  Feb 24    Mar 24

Ceiling Tin Wall Art – JOY, LOVE or NOEL
Back 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:    Dec 9

Cancellation Policy: Advance booking is required with full payment. You may reschedule up to two weeks in advance of your class. If we have less notice and we book your space, you may reschedule. If not, your fee is forfeited. Sudden illness or inclement weather preventing driving on class day, you may reschedule. Thank you for your understanding of our policy.


From TLC Vintage Collection, Janet, Loretta and Dan -- Thank you for your continued patronage. We enjoy working with you in the store and on the phone whenever you need advice, trouble shooting and to see your projects before and after. We strive to have you experience great success with all your DIY projects! Thank you for being our customers! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! May 2018 be a wonderful year for you and your families! 

 TLC Vintage will be CLOSED:

Monday, December 25 -- Christmas Day
Monday, January 1         -- New Year's Day

Otherwise our standard hours are:

10 am to 5 pm   -- Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri and Sat
CLOSED                -- Wed and Sun

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November Newsletter -- Inventory Reduction Sale, Holiday Specials, Workshops

Welcome to our first on-line only newsletter! Responding to our own email overload, TLC Vintage Collection is taking its newsletter to the internet exclusively. The advantage is the ability to recall newsletters whenever you want to revisit them in one easy format. Most archived newsletters over the past six years can be easily found in the right column and are generally the first entry for any month. Enjoy the current newsletters or earlier versions whenever you wish!

End-Year Inventory Reduction Sale

TLC Vintage is holding its first ever End-Year Inventory Reduction Sale. In keeping with "out with the old, in with the new," we hope to change our look and focus in the first quarter of 2018! This is a win-win for you and us....great savings store-wide (10-40 percent off) on furniture, decor, chandeliers, candles, greeting cards, stencils, glazes, appliques, brushes, milk paint, gilding waxes and more! (Sorry, Annie Sloan product line is not included in the sale).


This is a great opportunity to stock up on holiday and birthday gifts for friends and family and help make way for new inventory and surprises in 2018! We work hard to compete with on-line and big box stores, and we want to reward you for SHOP LOCAL!

Holiday Decor Workshop -- Back by Popular Demand!

JOY Workshop -- Nov 18 or Dec 9 Noon to 3 pm. We salvaged ceiling/wall tins from the defunk Dahl's stores to create this holiday art! Learn simple paint technique, decoupage a sheet of music, stencil a 3-4 letter word, then crackle and metallic glaze your artwork. Special holiday pricing at $49.50 per person, all materials and refreshments included.

New In The Shop!

Holiday Papers -- Holiday papers for decoupage, decorative window backing or even holiday wrapping paper are back! Enjoy the large holiday Santas, cat or dog label wrap, seasons greetings and more at economical prices.  20 pct off our paper products through Dec 31!

Holiday BLING Specials

Bling for the Holidays -- 20 percent off! TLC Vintage offers numerous ways to spice up your holiday decorating and decor. Gilding waxes, opalescent stencil creme and German glitter glass. You can use these for glistening holiday ornaments, personalizing your holiday cards and embellishing hand-crafted craft paper wrapping.

Now just $20 for French gilding wax that lasts a long time and can be used in multiple ways! Gold, silver, copper and more!

German Glitter Glass -- now just $4.50 per 2 ounce container!

Royal Design Stencil Creme now just $9.50 per pot!

Holiday Gift Specials

Candles & Diffusers -- Now at clearance pricing!

Necklaces -- Just $10 for simple charm and $20 for unique designed ones!


All workshops are 3 hours on Saturday, Noon to 3 pm
$65 per person, includes materials & refreshments! Holiday Decor price just $49.50!
Call 515-276-1577 to sign up!

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint 101 Plus!   

This is our most popular workshop as an introduction to uses of the best paint in the world! Hands-on, three hour workshop where you learn six paint techniques, how to use clear and colored waxes, tons of tips and all your questions answered from brush care to everything you can paint! Staining with paint, smooth modern finish, shabby chic, two-color distress, color wash, dry brush and wax detailing!

Dates:  November 4      December 2      January 6      February 3      March 3

Kitchen Cabinets & Built-Ins

The most economical transformation and home improvement return you can make! Transform your kitchen cabinets, living room built-ins and woodwork for a fraction of the cost to replace them! Our average customer makeover including paint, wax and brushes is less than $250! Create the prototype of your new cabinetry look in this workshop that runs 3-4 hours. Hands on painting and waxing to create your dream finish. Instruction includes: organization, preparation, cleaning, painting, waxing, buffing, follow up care.

Dates:   December 16      January  20    February 17     March 17

JOY -- Decoupage, Stencil, Crackle, Glaze - Holiday Decor

Create a family tradition holiday decor piece from ceiling tin while learning special techniques! Decoupage, stenciling, crackle and metallic glaze. Back by popular demand! Just $49.50 per person.

Dates:  November 18      December 9


Ever popular, this workshop teaches you how to create rust and patina on almost anything -- from outdoor statuary to furniture to decor. Create a five letter wall art design with each letter a different technique using Modern Masters oxidizing paints and activators. Stock words we offer are PEACE and FAITH. If you sign up early enough, we can order five letters of your choice (family name, initials, etc)

Dates:     November 25       January 13        March  10