Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Very Best Must Haves For Your Workbench


Every DIYer goes to reach for the right tool, product or thingee mid-project and -- oops! It's not there. So off to the store for that last minute thing to get the job done. By the time the return trip has been made, time is lost and there's a distraction. Next thing you know, you have been interrupted mid-stride, not to return to the project for hours, days or weeks!

Been there....done that!

That's why it's good to have some go-to items on your workbench for those moments we all have. Here is my top ten list of things I cannot live without, ready and at hand after more than five years of daily experience. These are the things we regularly ask each other in our workshop, "Have you seen the ......" (fill in the blank!)  Usually someone just used it and not put it back yet in its -- ahem -- assigned spot.

1) A Dremel with interchangeable tools for sawing and sanding. Why I like it? Small, nice tool box to keep everything organized, electric, versatile.

2. Any good brand of screwdrivers in a variety of heads and sizes. Why I like it? Some come with a holder you can fix to the wall or bench for easy storage.

3) An electric staple gun. Why I like it? Easier on your hands than manual ones. Great for simple upholstery jobs, adhering foam board to backs of frames and more!

4)  Natural hemp oil. I use Miss Mustard Seed's. Why I like it? Great to refresh old wood, great resistor for paint when you want a chippy or worn look, refreshes dull metal finishes. Can also be used as a finish over wood or porous paints.

5) Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. Why I like it? Goes over almost any surface with no stripping, priming and in most cases sanding. Versatile and no VOC's. Neutral odor.

6) Wood Icing Textura Paste. Why I like it? Great filler for cracks, missing veneer. Once dry, just sand it smooth with the original surrounding surface. Takes paint, stain and glaze beautifully. Can use to build up missing trim and corners. Plus great for decorative finishes to add design.

7) Shellac. I prefer Zinsser Bulls Eye Clear Shellac -- liquid, not spray. Why I like it? Thin coats stop bleed through of old tanins and stains. Liquid, not spray, as it is more effective and less costly. A little half pint on the bench at all times. Zinsser brand has a longer shelf life.

8) Saw tooth picture hangers with plastic guides. Why I like it? Easy placement, no smashed fingers as the guides hold the nail in place for hammering.

9) Felt or silicone adhesive pads. Why I like it? You can buy a multi-pack mixture in a variety of sizes and shapes. Great for under decor to stop scratches to table tops, back corners of frames to protect your wall, on feet of chairs and furniture for easy sliding and to stop scratches when moving heavier furniture.

10) Needle nose pliers. Any brand. Why I like it? This is our most reached for pliers. Remove nails, staples and upholstery tacks. Position nails to save your fingers from getting banged. Great for removing the metal base of light bulbs when the glass breaks off -- be sure to unplug the lamp for safety!

There are many more go-to products we love. But these will save you time and headaches just keeping them at hand! Happy DIY-ing!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

February Newsletter -- Artisans, Bling, New Product Soon!


Introducing Local Artisan Spotlight!

There are many, many outstanding artisans right here in our local community. Many of them are only heard of by word-of-mouth or if you happen by a local show where they exhibit. So what better way to introduce my customers to them than to do monthly displays featuring an artist and the first one is AWESOME!



Pat Sloan Mosaics and Glass Windows – Come in this month and see the amazing work done right here in Windsor Heights by Pat Sloan. Birdbaths, tables, stepping stones, artwork, glass windows! Some of these items can be purchased at our store. Or we will have cards so you can contact Pat if you have a custom order or want to visit her studio.




What’s New Around TLC Vintage

Three Newest Colors! – Amsterdam Green, Honfleur (brown), and Giverny (blue) have been added to our color chart on the wall, plus to our color mix sheets so you can look at over 1,000 colors of Chalk Paint® any time you stop by!

Every Color with Clear, Dark, Black & White Wax – We have boards with every one of the 35 colors finished with clear, dark, black and white wax so you can see what effect the wax has on each color!

BLING French Style – Who doesn’t love a little bling? We have brought in a range of small gift and décor items themed with Paris. These are great girlfriend treats. Wine bottle stoppers with the Eiffel Tower, fleur de lis, crystal, sailboat and more. Mirror compacts, bottle openers.



New Batch of Necklaces – A new batch of vintage style necklaces from Susan Espinosa now available at the store!

TLC Lip Balm – Our own branded lip balm in vanilla, raspberry and herbal mint. Fixes those chapped lips fast!

Annie Sloan’s Newest Product – Shhhhhh! It’s a secret until the release in early February. Watch our Facebook page for the first announcement.



Workshop Schedule Through April 2017



FIRST UP
February Offering – Chalk Paint 101 on Feb 4; A Chair Affair on Feb 11, Rust and Patina on Feb 18, Wood Icing on Feb 27!
                                   
COMPLETE WORKSHOP LIST

TECHNIQUE

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:    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:        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.


ALL NEW - MAKE & TAKE SERIES!
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:     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.
Watch for new listing for May 1 onwards when posted around April 1

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:          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:     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.
By Special Request by Your Group

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. www.tlcvintagecollection.com

Monday, December 12, 2016

Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas -- TLC Vintage Specials!


The Twelve Days of Christmas, also known as Twelvetide, is a festive season starting Christmas Day through the January 4!

Best memorialized by the song, "On the first day of Christmas....", TLC Vintage invites you to enjoy the days post-Christmas until the arrival of the Three Kings with a little celebration of our own to thank our customers who have made 2016 such a stellar year! Let's start the new year with some fun! 

The store will be closed Saturday through Monday, December 24 through December 26 and again Saturday, December 31 through Monday, January 2. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy those other days by stopping by for a hot drink and some treats. When you do, we have a bunch of discounts and specials for you during all those other days. Meanwhile, on our days off -- do as we will -- enjoy your friends and family! Here is a rundown of 12 buying incentives we have planned for you!

Any Papers Papering! 35 percent off anything paper related! Cavallini and antiqued papers and books! 


All Paints a-Painting! $1.50 off all Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Waxes! $3 off Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paints and finishes (wax, topcoats, etc)! 20 pct off other paints and specialty finishes, including Wood Icing, Artisan Enhancements, Oxidizing Paints, gilding waxes!


 

All Pretties for Decorating! 20 pct off Efex appliques, stencils and stencil tools, decor, wall art, and more!

All Furniture for Furnishing! If we painted it or not! All furniture, 45 pct off marked price!

All Gifts for Gifting! Stock up on jewelry, magnets, greeting cards, pillboxes, napkins, olive oil, candles, diffusers and more! 35 pct off!

All Tools for Crafting! Brushes and sundries! 20 pct off but certain items may be excluded that are currently at minimum price! But our unbranded paint, stencil and wax brushes are included.

All Workshops for Learning! 25 pct off any workshops booked and date confirmed now by you.


Custom Work for Booking! 25 pct off our normal hourly price when you book us for custom work in the New Year. 50 pct down required based on our estimate.

Any Junk for Junkers! 50 pct off our "junk" meaning architectural salvage, game pieces, word cards, old windows, blocks, letters, bits and pieces!

Project Packs for Painting! Extra $5 off these awesome boxes (normally $80, now $75 during offer) which includes two sample paints, two sample waxes, one small Annie Sloan paint brush, soap and brush comb!
Holiday Items for Storing! Get ready for Christmas 2017 with 65 pct off all holiday ornaments and decor!

Open Workshop Wednesdays! NO hourly fee for those who book ahead for December 28 and January 4! You pay only our 12 days of Christmas cost for materials! Limited space available. Learn a technique, get help with a project!

Whew! That's it! I guess everything is on sale, plus refreshments on us! Come have some fun and help us clean out the shop for a 2017 renovation!




Wednesday, November 2, 2016

November Newsletter Featuring New Colors, New Fabrics!

New Colors & New Fabrics!

All three new Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan colors are now fully stocked at TLC Vintage Collection. If you already have a color chart, ask us for stickers of the actual painted colors to ad to your color card.

Amsterdam Green – Annie’s explanation: “This strong, deep green takes inspiration from the painted shutters and doors of Amsterdam. It works particularly well with whites and creams and botanical imagery and plants, as well as looking brilliant with earthy yellows and reds – try teaming it with Primer Red, Arles and Old Ochre. It’s also makes a great backdrop to cool blues, such as Provence, Giverny and the purple tones of Emile.”
Our spin on Amsterdam Green – is that it is a deep, rich forest moss green and perfect for the coming holiday season!


Honfleur – Annie’s explanation: “Named after the harbour town in Normandy, Honfleur is a colour inspired by the rich warm browns found in the rustic French countryside as well as in Mid-century Modern design. This rich brown is just what you need to work with bright colours: it looks great next to Scandinavian Pink, Barcelona Orange, Giverny, Provence, Greek Blue and Antibes Green. It can also look elegant and classical when paired with pastel Louis Blue or pretty Antoinette.”
Our spin on Honfleur – A luscious light milk chocolate brown that is what many have waited for! Darken it up with Chalk Paint® Dark Soft Wax for an even more deep brown.


Giverny – Annie’s explanation: “Giverny is a bright, cheery, clean, cool blue in the Annie Sloan palette. It is near the greener range of blues, without any red in it. It is a perfect colour for a modern contemporary palette, and looks great with bright, warm colours (such as Barcelona Orange and Scandinavian Pink) and cool neutrals (such as Paloma) as well as greens from the Annie Sloan range. Giverny is named after the village in Northern France where Claude Monet lived and this brilliant blue was especially popular in early 20th Century interiors.”
Our spin on Giverny – A more brilliant blue with an intensity that we have not had in our color palette before.


Annie’s New Fabrics – “Each of the 10 fabrics features two Chalk Paint® colours with the weft and warp woven together to produce a complementary and contrasting effect. The fabrics are a linen and cotton union, making them suitable for all upholstery projects, and have been tumbled to give them an ultra soft texture.”
53.9 inches wide, 55 pct linen/45 pct cotton. Limited quantities in store. Bigger lengths can be special ordered at no up-charge. The French Linen & Old White combo is $52 per yard and the others are $56 per yard. We will also sell by the inch.

AUBUSSON & PROVENCE 


EMILE & GRAPHITE


NAPOLEONIC BLUE & BARCELONA ORANGE


ENGLISH YELLOW & ANTIBES GREEN


COCO & DUCK EGG BLUE


EMPEROR’S SILK & FLORENCE


SCANDINAVIAN PINK & PROVENCE


FRENCH LINEN & OLD WHITE


LOUIS BLUE & GRAPHITE


OLD WHITE & OLD VIOLET


 

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!

Tips of the Month

How to Match Paint to Existing Decor: Bring your samples – swatches of fabrics, curtains, pillows or even granite or other counter top samples – to TLC Vintage Collection. With our swatches of 35 colors mixed with each other 50-50, we can find a color combo close to what you want to match or complement. While we do not mix colors for you, you can purchase quarts or mini pots to make your own custom colors. This is because our paints have clean pigments – no extra black added. So our combos will always be crisp and reflect exactly the combo of the two or more colors!


How to Correct Bleed-throughs of Underlying Stains or Tannins: A water-based paint can awaken stains and tannins of underlying wood or finishes. As soon as you notice splotchy brown or pink bleeds, stop and let your Chalk Paint® dry. Next cover areas or entire piece with a thin coat or two of Zinsser Bull’s Eye Clear Liquid Shellac (available at TLC Vintage). Once dry, you can easily paint your piece with no further problem!
Save The Date

Junk Jubilee Jingles – November 11-13:  Next week! 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! Varied Industries Building, State Fairgrounds, Booth 85.


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.


Workshop Schedule Through April 2017

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:    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:            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.


ALL NEW - MAKE & TAKE SERIES!

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:          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:     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. www.tlcvintagecollection.com


 





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