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Tiny Dancer

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Now that Mel and I are a part of the classic car crowd with our new ’55 Fairlane we have started decorating it, yep, as though the house isn’t enough we have now started decorating our car. Anyways, the first iconic thing we wanted to add was a vintage Hawaiian Hula Dancer for our dash. I searched high and low and most of the ones I found were not very old. I didn’t want a reproduction. I wanted one that had brought some other driver years of enjoyment.

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I was able to find this little cutie but she had been dropped and glued back together at the feet with a visible crack.

As you can see the crack needs filling and repainted.

As you can see the crack needs to be filled and repainted.

As you can see the paint is also uneven and not done very well. I decided to freshen the whole piece up.

As you can see the paint is also uneven and not done very well. I decided to freshen the whole piece up.

After a short time I was able to complete my restoration of this vintage hula dancer. I think it looks better then it did and can’t wait to place it on the dash and watch her shake!

I also changed up her Lei, I think it looks better than the original.

As you can see the previous damage has been repaired. With the new paint it looks great!

As you can see the previous damage has been repaired. With the new paint it looks great! Oh, I also added some nail polish to add a little more detail.

Well this little one will soon be appearing on our dash. Onto the next resto.

Well this little one will soon be appearing on our dash. Onto the next resto.

Here is a clip to celebrate this momentous occasion (staring our favorite redhead).

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  1. thatmidcenturyfella

    Great to have you back! Nice ride, too. Aren’t vintage cars great to drive. You’ll have people stopping with you at a red light just to talk about your car. People with cruise up to you just to give you a thumbs up and honk in approval. I love my classic car! I hope you get years and miles of enjoyment out of yours… and Ms. Hula. 🙂

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    • Since we purchased the car it is like being in a parade, everyone waves at you and you feel like the center of attention. It is great that soo many folks appreciate these fine cars. What kind of classic do you have? Thanks for all your support and kind words.

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      • thatmidcenturyfella

        My aunt passed away about ten years ago and I was blessed enough to inherit her 1970 Nova. Since then the family and I restored this thing back to it’s showroom glory. Not a 50’s ride, but enough vintage muscle to get the job done.

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  2. She Looks great! On a side note, I noticed on the last picture in the background, your Rio vanity. I remember a while back you were refinishing a bunch of Rio pieces, (did you ever find a bed) would love to see a post/pictures of your finished Heywood Wakefield Rio bedroom. I’ve acquired a Rio bedroom set also and I’m totally over the moon for it!

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    • Hello Susie,

      Congrats on your purchase. The Rio set is fantastic! I feel it does not get the attention it deserves.

      Mel and I found a Heywood Wakefield dog bone bed. I am in the process of finishing the three drawer dresser. After that is done I will be tackling the foot board and headboard. I have the cushion to the stool for the vanity at the upholsters to be recovered. I think in a week or so I should be done with the whole set and I will make sure to blog about it. Thanks soo much for your comment!

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