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50’s Sundrella Aluminum Patio Umbrella

50’s Sundrella Aluminum Patio Umbrella

Mel and I have been looking for one of these for a while. We currently have quite a few pieces of Fibrella (Set 1, Set 2) fiberglass patio furniture, but no vintage aluminum pieces…until now.

The overall umbrella is in great shape. Some of the slats need to be straightened out, but that is easy considering it is aluminum.

I plan to dismantle the umbrella and have it powder coated in pink and white. I will also replace all the hardware.

I will keep you abreast of the process once I start to restore it.

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1966 General Electric Mustang Portable Stereo Record Player

1966 General Electric Mustang Portable Stereo Record Player

We picked up this little gem while we were out antiquing. I love that it is on an original Gusdorf D2300 stand. It is such a small and compact unit, which makes it great for on the go entertaining. We wish we never sold our 1964 Motorola Cadet Portable Television. These units would have looked great together.

While speaking to the shop owner, he notified us that he rented this out for a photo shoot in Content Magazine. We took a couple of photos of the magazine with it in the background. Just a little more cool to add to this set up. The photographer was Arabela Espinoza.

Looks like a cool shoot! Nice staging.

The photographer did a great job with even with the little things. In the foreground we can see Pall Mall cigarettes, Polaroid camera, pull tab beers!

This player is really clean. The platter mat needs to be glued back down to the platter but that is an easy fix with some rubber cement.

Gotta love the 70’s green and orange accents!

I have to bring this in to my good buddy Justin at Stellar Electronics to give this little guy a tune up.

I haven’t decided if we are gonna keep this unit yet.

Below is the verbage from the advertisement for this Mustang Portable Stereo Record Player.

Turn that thing down! How many times have you heard that? Now you can do something about it. Besides suffer in silence. Pick up your party & your stereo Mustang & sink slowly into the sunset. Like far away. G.E.’s Mustang is meant to be carried room to room or house to house. The big speakers make great stereo sound sound that way. & that’s what musics for.”

-Boys Life November 1966

Hepcats Evolution

When we started our blog about 6 years ago, our focus was on sharing our mid century decor collection and restoration techniques. Over the years, we’ve evolved and became more diverse in our collection and what we are involved with. Because of this, Hepcat Restorations no longer represents who we are. We are now rebranding ourselves as Hepcats Haven. Hepcats Haven will showcase a broader time period of collecting and restoration of items from the 1940’s-1980’s.  We’ll continue to sell vintage home decor in our showroom at Midway Antique Mall, and we’ve expanded to photoshoot location booking and prop rentals.  We are no longer offering restoration services.

Thanks to all of you who have followed us through our many adventures and shared your thoughts. We hope you continue to join us in this new journey.

Tiki Room Shark Head Restoration

Tiki Room Shark Head Restoration

No, this isn’t something out of your nightmares. Mel and I purchased this fiberglass shark head from our good friends Donny & Romy Oster. Donny told me this shark has actually tasted blood! It was installed on the bottom of the deep end of someone’s pool. Donny said a kid dove in and his rear end somehow ended up in the mouth of this shark and he was cut!

Donny and Romy are collectors/dealers who are really good at finding unique and strange items. I knew when I saw this shark head that it would look great hanging on the wall in our tiki room.

A lot of the teeth tops were busted off and some of the teeth were split.

There were also many places where there was damage like this.

Upon further examination, it seems that this was assembled in two pieces. The two pieces were starting to separate in numerous places.

I knew I could fix all the physical issues with JB Weld. I have used this product on many of my restorations. Here you can see that I spread a liberal amount on the separated areas.

While that was drying, I sanded down the body of the shark.

Next, I patched the breakouts on the bottom. Once filled I sanded away the excess.

Next, I had to fix all the messed up teeth. I spread the JB Weld on the busted teeth and once they dried I sanded them into shape.

After all the repairs were complete it was time to primer the outside.

Since I do not have an airbrush, I had to control the stream of the spray paint to create the color scheme for the shark.

 

With a lot of time and effort I was able to make the mouth look like new.

Once I finished the eyes it brought it all together.

I really like the way it turned out!

We are very pleased with the finished results. It looks so different from where it started. Onto the next restoration!

1970 Electrohome Apollo 862 Record Player With Custom Fiberglass Base

Mel and I have had this player for some time. This is the table top model, but they also made ones that had a tulip base stand.

We purchased this base that was originally for a terrarium, but was missing the plastic ball terrarium topper. I wasn’t sure what to do with this base until we saw online an exhibit that San Francisco Museum of Modern Art did about the 70’s. In the exhibit, they used the same record player paired with a similar base. With that idea, I was excited to bring these two pieces together.

I could have painted the base a hundred different colors, but I felt that black looked best with the black accents on the record player. After the paint dried, I had to drill holes to route the cord through the center.

I also wanted to cut out three holes on the bottom to keep the cord and speaker wires separate from one another.

After all the drilling and painting was done, all I had to do was bring these two together. I love the results!

I think this unit looks really slick now!

This is way more space age looking.

Quick Lighted Fiberglass End Table Refresh

Mel and I purchased this piece a while back. When we purchased it, we knew we wanted to liven it up by changing its color.

I am not sure if this is a Frankenstein creation or if it is actually made by someone notable. There are no maker marks and I couldn’t find any info online.

It came apart very easily and painted even easier. I love the yellow and it really adds a nice pop of color.

I love the way it looks with everything. I might see if I can find a green or blue lightbulb to really shake things up!

I think colored transparent glass might look better on here than this sort of glass. I think that kind of glass would add more drama to the lighting.

On to the next project!

1956 Pink Household Magazine Hi-Speed Cookbook

1956 Pink Household Magazine Hi-Speed Cookbook

Mel and I came across this piece last weekend when we dropped off some things in our showroom at Midway Antique Mall.

As you can see, this is basically a rolladex cookbook. This cookbook has 1000 recipes, including a card of measurements for cooking.


I imagine this was a promotional piece offered by the magazine.


This unit appears to be in good shape with no cracks or chips.


This will be a great addition to the other kitschy items in our kitchen. Our collection has gotten to the point where we are trying to find the little cool and uncommon pieces to accent each room.

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