Friday, June 6, 2014

TLC Vintage June Newsletter!

June 2014
Volume 13

Staining, liming or pickling raw wood – A refreshing look for outdoors in summer is just a hint of color to raw wood! After power washing or sanding decks and outdoor wood furniture, consider using either Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan or Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint as a stain for your wood. This is sometimes called liming or pickling and will leave a hint of color while you can still see the grain of the wood! Since there are very few blue flowers in my garden any time of the year, I am thinking of Provence. Instead of using deck stain in the traditional redwood or cedar, how about Primer Red? Just water your paint so that it easily soaks into the wood, then wipe off any excess. Many people are using Miss Mustard Seed’s Curio to look like a walnut stain on the top of chest of drawers, then painting the rest of the piece in another color for a dramatic, traditional look! You may want to just let your outdoor surfaces weather or use Thompson’s Water Seal after your paint has dried.


Annie Sloan Blue Acrylic Paint BrushesFor a modern, ultra smooth finish try Annie's  beautiful new brushes! Blue acrylic and very fine, these are for when you want no brush strokes showing. Be sure to water your second coat a little and use 600 grit sand paper between coats!


Mini Oval Wax Brush – This is excellent for large horizontal surfaces so you can wax with a long wide arm movement. It has a strap over the oval to slip your hand through. Since the brush cannot fit into our wax cans, it comes with a plastic knife for you to “butter” the brush with wax. Easy on the hand and rotator cuff when doing a big job like a table. Or consider laying chests or armoires on side or backs to make the large surfaces easier to wax. Remember to work in area sizes that allow you to wipe off the excess wax before it starts to cure. $15.

TLC Vintage has branched out into some décor and gift items for those friends who accompany others who are shopping for paint! Or for those that need to pick up that last minute gift!

Annie Sloan’s Candles and Diffusers  – Annie has developed several candles and diffusers based on her paint color names, such as Burgundy, Provence and Antibes. These room scents are subtle and beautiful and remind Annie of the aromas and smells of the  countrysides of the names. Candles $40, diffusers $52.

Sweet Doe Soaps – Iowa made, Sweet Doe Soaps are goat milk based and come in 7 scents! $6 each. We have three scents of essential oil Lotion Bars for those with problematic skin, such as eczema or chronic dry skin. $4 each. And last Body Butter which comes in three scents – Lavender, Whisper and Serenity. No drying alcohol in this rich, smooth body cream! $15 each but lasts a long time!

Uncorked Soy Candles – From Candie’s Aromatic Infusions right here in Iowa, we have brought in soy candles that are in repurposed wine and liquor bottles that have been cut down to size! Three different sizes ranging up to 100 hours of burn time and priced from $20 to $25. The smallest, called Uncorked, are in drinking glass sized green wine bottles with attractive label and scents and packaged in recycled boxes. The medium sized ones come in taller green wine bottles that have fun sayings on the labels. And finally the liquor bottles are the largest and come in cut down attractive bottles such as Templeton Rye and Grey Goose.

Fresh Style Magazine – Just $8 per issue. In the latest issue there is about a 20 page spread on Annie Sloan, her business and her family. At our annual conference at the beginning of May, Fresh Style editor and pubisher announced that moving forward Annie will be a contributing editor. I think you will be excited to read future issues with articles by Annie Sloan.

Websites, blogs and travel
Traveling this summer? Love vintage shops and other quirky places? Check out the following two sites for potential websites, blogs or travel agendas! Annie Sloan stockists are not a franchise situation. Each stockist is chosen on an individual basis and has a retail store which may vary in style or product mix. We have people who specialize in vintage fabrics, classic furniture, home decorating, interior design, artist studios and galleries, antique malls, and more! Probably the most unusual I’ve discovered specializes in vintage bathroom fixtures! How do you find us when you travel? Just go to the retailer map at and find locations along your route. Going overseas? Check out Australia and New Zealand here too! Or heading across the big pond to Britain and Europe or even South Africa? Go to Annie’s website, and she has listings for all those locations.
Or looking for a quick outing around Iowa or for upcoming events, check out Mike’s website and Facebook page.


TLC Vintage has scheduled a full six months of classes to help you with your planning! Remember to book with us in advance! We need to know about 3 days ahead of time to be sure we have enough materials prepared for your attendance. Remember this is also great when you have family in town. We have also scheduled some Girls Nights Out – but you can set up one for your own group by giving us a call with your date preferences.

Chalk Paint® 101 Plus!
Six starter paint techniques plus clear and dark wax methods! $85 in advance.  Minimum of 4 people.
June  9:  6 pm to 9 pm  JUST 4 SPACES STILL AVAILABLE
July 12: 9 am to noon       Aug 9: 9 am to noon
Sep 6: Noon to 3 pm         Oct 4: Noon to 3 pm

Chalk Paint® Jump Start!
All new mini starter class. Just an hour and a half! $50 in advance. Minimum of 4 people
June 16: 6-7:30 pm
July 14: 6-7:30 pm               Aug 4: 6:7:30 pm  
Sep 15: 6-7:30 pm               Oct 6: 6-7:30 pm

Chalk Paint® 201 All New!
More amazing paint techniques of Annie Sloan!  Crackle, frottage, wet wax distress and more! In advance $85. Minimum of 4 people.
 June 28: 9 am to noon
July 22: 6-9 pm       Sep 6: Noon to 3 pm

Chalk Paint® Your Kitchen Cabinets & Built-Ins! How to renew your dated cabinets at a fraction of the cost without replacing them! $135 in advance. Minimum 3 people.
June 14: Noon to 4 pm           July 26: Noon to 4 pm     Aug 16: Noon to 4 pm
Oct 25: Noon to 4 pm

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!
July 19: 9 am to 4 pm
Sep 13: 9 am to 4 pm

Artisan Enhancements Special Effects!
Crackle, Pearl Plaster, Transfer Gel, Venetian Plaster and easier than ever before gilding! Fun beyond description! 4 person minimum. $140 in advance
June 21: Noon to 4 pm – Just 3 spaces still available
Aug 23: Noon to 4 pm         Oct 11: Noon to 4 pm
Stencil & Decoupage
Enhance furniture and décor – even your easy chair with stencils. Learn to add an image to a surface using decoupage. 4 person minimum. $75 in advance.
Jun 14: 9 am to noon      Aug 11: 6-9 pm
Oct 18: 9 am to noon

Girls Night Out! Wine, Cheese, Paint Therapy!
Put together a group of girlfriends and spend 3 hours in the studio painting! Organize your group. Book it exclusively $360 for your group up to 8 people. You bring the wine, we provide the cheese and paint!
June 24: 6:30-9:30 pm
July 8: 6:30-9:30 pm        Aug 19: 6:30-9:30 pm
Sep 23: 6:30-9:30 pm      Oct 14: 6:30-9:30 pm

Class Size & Cancellation Policy: We maintain the right to refund your money or arrange for a different date if we do not have the 3-4 people necessary  to make a class viable. If you are ill or weather prevents travel, you may reschedule to another date within six months of the date you originally scheduled. 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.
TLC Vintage Collection 7518 Hickman Road, Windsor Heights (Des Moines) IA 50324 Telephone: 515-276-1577 (shop)
Hours: M-F 10 am to 5 pm Sat 10 am to 3 pm   Available by special appointment outside these hours
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