Thursday, July 2, 2015

July Newsletter -- New Ideas for Your Home!


How to add dimension to your painted furniture:
Just painting with one color of Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan can have a simple, flat appeal. Nothing wrong with that! Sometimes less is more. But if all your pieces are looking the same, you may want to add some depth or dimension to your piece. This can easily be achieved a few different ways.

1)      Distress edges and areas that would have harder wear and tear. I prefer distressing immediately after waxing my piece, using 150 grit sandpaper. Then remove any residue with a soft cloth and wax again. (commonly known as Shabby Chic).

2)      Mix a lighter or darker hue of the same color or a second color that complements your room or piece. Dry brush the piece by using a brush with very little paint on it and whispering it across the surface. The paint will catch on raised areas, such as brush strokes, giving some variation in your tone.

3)      Choose another color as above, water it slightly, paint it on then wipe it off! This wash gives a soft romantic look to a piece.

4)    Change up your wax! Either add some color to your clear soft wax or after using clear wax, using some dark wax in crevices to define the piece.


Reactive Metallics are in the house! Ready, set, go! We are off and running with Modern Masters Reactive Metallic Paint line. Make paper, wood, new galvanized tin, terra cotta, canvas look like rusted or patina metal. Wonderful new product to have in store and we have already completed a large and some small pieces for you to see. Plus we have thrown in a workshop this month to help you get started! Only 4 seats available as we need lots of space for our pieces to dry during the class. July 12, Sunday 12 to 4 pm. $100 per person. Call today to reserve 515-276-1577.

Vignettes! Two of our style vignettes have been completed and will be added to as time goes on and items sell….so they will always be changing. Shabby Chic is now in place as well as American Country.

Brushes! We will always carry Annie Sloan brushes – we love them. But there is also a place for other styles and types. So we have reviewed what we are doing with our brushes and realized we were stretched thin time-wise, ordering from six different companies! Sooooo….we will be bringing in a more affordable and beautiful line of Italian-made brushes including better-than-chip economical brushes, stencil brushes, large and small wax brushes and a new skinny paint or wax brush. We know you will love them as much as we do!

Showroom Vignettes! Next up – Industrial Loft! Can’t wait for our new metallic to meet a bit of steam punk to meet a bit of Urban Chic!

Shhhhhh, it’s still a secret! Look forward to a mid-month announcement of a great promotion by Annie Sloan and her stockists….watch for it at my Facebook page: TLC Vintage Collection and on Twitter!

Coming Not-So-Soon! It’s an international community now, so you may be hearing a lot of buzz about Annie Sloan’s new wall paint that is just being released in the UK and Europe. Unfortunately, there is no ETA for a US release. My experience has been that her new products hit us about 6-12 months later as production needs to get up and running for you to have U.S.-made! Meanwhile, you can still use Chalk Paint® on your walls. The formulation for the new wall paint will be different, however, with a less porous finish that is more resistant to scratches and stains and easily washable.


Annie Sloan has revamped her main website to be more interactive with her fans and customers. Go to and check it out. Great way to visit her retailers around the world!

Too far to drive? We ship daily and it is next day deliver in most of Iowa and surrounding states. You can order on line at or call 515-276-1577 to place your order!

Wear paint appropriate clothing for all classes and we provide the rest: folder of notes, sample boards, refreshments. In-store discounts day of class. All classes are approximately 3 hours but may run long.  Discounts for 2 or more people booking together in advance for all workshops. (Exception, the new Rust & Patina workshop is 4 hours and $100 per person and no discounts given due to the cost of products and limited number of people who can take the class at one time.)

Chalk Paint® 101 Plus!
Six starter paint techniques plus clear and dark wax methods! $85 in advance.  Minimum of 4 people. All Noon to 3 pm, unless otherwise stated.     
July 11 – Just 4 spots available!           Aug 1                    Sep 2 5:30 to 8:30 pm       Oct 3                   Nov 7

Chalk Paint® 201 Even More!
More amazing paint techniques of Annie Sloan!  Crackle, frottage, wet wax distress and more! In advance $85. Minimum of 4 people. Noon to 3 pm.
Aug 22   Oct 17   

Chalk Paint® Your Kitchen Cabinets & Built-Ins! How to renew your dated cabinets at a fraction of the cost without replacing them! $85 in advance. Minimum 3 people, maximum 7. Noon to 4 pm
 Aug 15        Oct 10

Wood Icing
Ice wood like icing a cake. Texture paste to add a permanent dimension to any surface! Lace, wood, reptile, stencil & more. $85 per person in advance. Noon to 3 pm.
July 18                  Sept 26

Artisan Enhancements Special Effects!
Crackle, Pearl Plaster, Transfer Gel, Venetian Plaster and easier than ever before gilding! Fun beyond description! 4 person minimum. $85 in advance. All Noon to 3 pm.
Aug 29                   Oct 24

Chalk Paint® Fabric & Upholstery!
Oct 31

Rust & Patina!
First time offered. Create rusted iron, patina copper and bronze on almost any surface. We will do terra cotta pots, galvanized tin, on paper mache, canvas and more! Limited space – just four people per workshop. Cost $100 firm due to cost of materials and longer class time.
July 12, Sunday – Noon to 4 pm

Studio Time: $25 per hour by appointment. Rate adjusted per person if more than one. You purchase materials to use from TLC Vintage. Tutoring or project oversight. We also do custom  painting.

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 starting at $350 for your group up to 8 people. You bring the wine, we provide the cheese and paint!

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

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