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).

THE SALE STARTS TODAY AND RUNS THROUGH DECEMBER 31! 

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!

NOVEMBER - MARCH WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

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





RUST & PATINA WALL ART

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




MORE WORKSHOPS WILL BE SCHEDULES SOON!

Monday, October 2, 2017

October Newsletter


BIG ANNOUNCEMENT – HOW TO VIEW FUTURE NEWSLETTERS

Too many emails? We know the problem. Here is our solution!
Daily, I delete more emails than I read, and I am sure you have the same time-consuming chore. As a result, TLC Vintage Collection is continuing its newsletter as a feature on our blog at www.tlcvintagecollection.com. Please save this connection to your “favorites” in your internet browser and check in with us once in a while.

OR, you can stay connected by liking and following our business Facebook page, TLC Vintage Collection https://www.facebook.com/tlcvintagecollection/ . Whenever we run a newsletter or blog, we post a link to our Facebook page. This will simplify your ability to follow us for store updates, sales, specials and demos of great products – not to mention great photos of painting projects. So remember, we are freeing up your email a bit. But we want to stay connected – so “Like” our Facebook page!

AND, follow us on Instagram and Pinterest and Twitter! Our handle those places is TLC Vintage Collection




Hush, It’s a Secret – New Annie Sloan Product in October!

It’s all “hush, hush” but we will be unveiling a new Annie Sloan product in the second half of October. Watch TLC Vintage Collection Facebook page for the exact release date. The product is inspired by a trip Annie made to Ethiopia earlier this year. Annie is dedicating a portion of sale proceeds from this new product to Oxfam an international charitable organization dedicated to ending poverty.




October Sidewalk Haggle-Free Sale!

During spring, summer and fall TLC Vintage puts outdoor displays in front of the store. But everything has to come inside or to storage during our cold months. Help us clear the sidewalk so we don’t have to store anything this year! As of today, everything on the sidewalk is set at our acquisition price! So come find some bargains!






TLC Vintage Collection Store Hours Update

Monday-Tuesday: Open 10 am to 5 pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday-Saturday: Open 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday:  Closed

We are closed on these holidays and dates:

Nov 23, Thursday – Thanksgiving
Dec 25, Monday -      Christmas
Jan 1, 2018, Monday – New Year’s Day

REMEMBER – We offer gift certificates to help you with easy holiday gift giving for your DIY friends and family!

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.



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:  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:   Oct 14       Dec 16



Open Studio – Every  Tuesday and 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.




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:      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:    Nov 25




Cancelled - Having a Bad Chair Day Clinic  -- Oct 28
Due to a family memorial service for a lost loved one, our workshop on October 28 has been canceled. Watch for new dates in the new year! We appreciate your understanding.

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:          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 $300 minimum 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
 










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.