Tuesday, January 6, 2015

January Newsletter -- Volume 20

Happy New Year!

TLC Vintage Collection, Central Iowa Headquarters for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®, is off to a roaring start! We have rearranged the entire showroom and display area to afford better lighting for customers choosing colors. There is a research area, plus a new spindle paint display (Anthropologie-style, we like to think) in our front window! We have lots of ideas of what we want to do and share this year so stay tuned!

What's New?

Mini Clear Soft and Dark Soft Waxes! These cute containers arrived in December and are approximately 1/4 of a normal tin of our Annie Sloan Soft Wax. Since the wax does not spoil, for economy sake, we still recommend most customers purchase the 500 ml tin which is priced at $26.50. The small tins are priced at $15, so are no bargain unless you are doing the very rare project -- and a small one at that, such as picture frames or a small side table. The large tin covers approximately 300-350 SF if you use a wax brush; half that if applied with a cloth. The small tins cover approximately 75 SF if applied with a brush.

Color Mixing Scrapbooks! We are in the process of creating two books of color combinations to help you discover the endless colors you can create by mixing Chalk Paint®! These scrapbooks will be available to consult when you are in the store. Each page is titled by one of Annie's 32 colors, such as Antibes and there is a swatch at the top of the sheet. After that you see, Antibes mixed with all the other colors individually at one part to one part! 32 swatches and different hues and shades on each page! Slow going, but we already have two available to view -- Antibes and Antoinette!

Tips of the Month!

Baby, it's cold outside! So be sure to protect your Chalk Paint® from freezing. Move it into the house and out of unheated garages and outbuildings during the winter months! While up to 3 freeze cycles may not hurt the paint quality, why risk it?

TLC Vintage loves to see your before and after project photos and we like to share them with other customers on our Facebook page and Blog (www.tlcvintagecollection.blogspot.com)! Please email us your photos at tlcvintage@tlcvintagecollection.com. Include a description of the colors and processes you used as someone always asked so we would like to use this information when we post them!

You Can Help Us!

Please interact with our Facebook page by visiting at least once in a while and posting a comment. Facebook is continually changing  their method of operation and we need your active interaction of a comment in order for our posts to be seen in newsfeeds. Thank you so much as social media is important to us. Here are our addresses where you can find us on social media!

www.tlcvintagecollection.com is our web page where you can buy many of the products we carry in the shop and have them shipped to you!

www.tlcvintagecollection.blogspot.com is our blog where we are trying to post once a week including one tutorial per month.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/TLC-Vintage-Collection is our Facebook pages where we try to post something of interest once or twice per day

https://twitter.com/TLCVintageIowan is the TLC Twitter account where you can follow us. Normally these posts occur when we post on Pinterest or the blog, but we post here randomly
http://www.pinterest.com/jrpiller/ is where you will find TLC Vintage Collection boards on Pinterest. If you are currently not on Pinterest, let us know and we will send you an invitation!

http://instagram.com/tlcvintagecollection/ is where you will find us on Instagram, though we are just getting started there and feeling our way along! More in 2015!

Workshop Schedule!

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 3 hours and cost $85 per person. If two or more people group together and one person signs them up or they come in together to book, we give a 10-15 pct discount for each person.

Chalk Paint® 101 Plus!
Six paint techniques plus clear and dark wax methods! $85 per person in advance.
Jan 10: Noon to 3 pm
Feb 7: Noon to 3 pm      Mar 7: Noon to 3 pm
Apr 11: Noon to 3 pm    

Chalk Paint® 201 Amazing Finishes!
More amazing paint techniques of Annie Sloan!  Crackle, frottage, rococo & more! $85 per person in advance.
Jan 31: Noon to 3 pm   Mar 21: Noon to 3 pm

Chalk Paint® Kitchen Cabinets & Built-ins! 
How to renew your dated cabinets at a fraction of the cost without replacement! $85 per person in advance.
Feb 28: Noon to 3 pm       Apr 18: Noon to 3 pm

Wood Icing(TM)
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.
Nov 22: Noon to 3 pm   Feb 21: Noon to 3 pm

Artisan Enhancements Special Effects!
Crackle, Pearl Plaster, Transfer Gel, Gilding Foil! Fun beyond description! $85 per person in advance.
Dec 20: Noon to 3 pm    Mar 14: Noon to 3 pm

Peeling Paint, Crust & Crud!
Perfect for the junker who wants to blend a newer piece or add a more rustic finish to an item to blend in. Peeling off paint, layers of crust and crud. $85 per person in advance.
Jan 17: Noon to 3 pm

Introduction to Milk Paint
A variety of applications for the use of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint. Wax distress, layering, staining and more!
Dec 13: 9 am to noon     Mar 28: Noon to 3 pm

Chalk Paint Fabric & Upholstery
First time offering. How to update your look at home using Chalk Paint on fabric and upholstery -- leather, damask and more!
Jan 24: Noon to 3 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! Pinot & Paint Therapy!
Put together a group of friends and spend 3 hours in the studio painting finishes you choose. Cost dependent on materials used but generally minimum of  $300 for your group up to 6-8 people. You bring the wine, we provide the cheese and paint! Dates/fees negotiable.

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.

TLC Vintage Collection
7518 Hickman Road
Windsor Heights (Des Moines) IA 50324
Telephone: 515-276-1577 (shop)
M-F 10  am to 5 pm  Saturday 10 am to 3 pm
Closed for federal holidays and Sundays