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AH Stock Manufacturing Corp Vintage Grand Server Coffee Table or Bar

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This wonderful table was manufactured by A.H. Stock Manufacturing Corp. of Newton, Wisconsin, and is called the “Grand Server”. The title hits it on the head. Say you are throwing a dinner party and you need to spice things up. All you do is walk over, slide the top back and crack open your favorite spirits and presto instant party maker! Melody and I purchased this off of Craigslist awhile ago. We really love its kidney shape and the ultra comic white fabric that wraps around it. This table even has a hidden compartment to hide some other party makers.

How About a Little Television?

How About a Little Television?

I came across this really cool set of miniature TV’s while searching on Etsy.

This is the one that initially caught my eye! This was listed as a pencil holder, but I think it would look better as a Ficus planter. I knew I had heard the name Betty Furness before, then I remembered I had a thermometer set by her as well! She was an American actress, consumer advocate and current affairs commentator.

The thermometer set has very cool imagery on the box. I need to bust that thing out and use it.

Next is this fantastic little salt and pepper set. Check out the imagery on that box!

These little salt and pepper shakers sit flush on the top of the tv until you turn the knob on the front which raises them up.

Next we have the same television but in a brown color. It’s cool because it matches the atomic television in the background. This little set up even came with instructions on how to place your own photo into it!

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1950’s – 60’s, Atomic, Kitsch, Tiki

Photo Credit: Donald Satterlee

Photo Credit: Donald Satterlee

Photo Credit: Donald Satterlee

Photo Credit: Donald Satterlee

Photo Credit: Donald Satterlee

1960’s-70’s Space Age, Mod

 

1951 Lighted Planter and Shelf Unit Restoration

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1951 Lighted Planter and Shelf Unit Restoration

Mel and I saw a really cool formica cabinet for sale in S.F. that matched our office desk, so we shot over there to pick it up. We met a really nice couple who had lived in their home for many years. They had a lot of really cool items they were trying to get rid of because they were moving to Hawaii. Mel and I noticed this lighted planter and shelf unit right when we walked in, and it was love at first sight!

This couple took possession of this shelf unit from an elderly asian lady who used to own the whole building. When she passed, her family didn’t want any of her possessions, so they ended up with it.

Mel and I are big fans of multipurpose furniture. I love the design of this shelf unit and the planters push it over the top. Another cool feature is that the lower planter has a light above it. When lit, it gives the lower planter an aquarium feel.

The first step to restoring anything it to dismantle it. This shelf unit has two mirrors that flank each side of the lower planter. When I removed them, I noticed that on the back of the mirrors they had a stamp and it said…

I assume this fantastic piece was produced sometime around July 12, 1951 because of that stamp. After I broke the unit down, I started the long process of sanding, repairing and painting the piece. Here is the result…

I decided to keep the original black color scheme. I changed the red color of the shelves to aqua because I wanted to introduce more aqua into our decor. I also painted the removable planter bins aqua to help accentuate the curve of the shelf unit.

Thank god for artificial plants! I have tried to keep real plants alive, but never manage to do so. Michael’s sells really nice artificial cacti and succulents!

This lower planter throws really nice light and gives the room a pleasant atmosphere when turned on. Our house is just under 1800 sq ft, and being that we are antique dealers/collectors, we are at capacity. This is one of those pieces we will have to make room for.

Now we have to find some smalls we can place on each shelf.

We will always be looking for pieces similar to this. Not to long ago we found another planter cabinet that we use in our laundry room.

Below is the cabinet we originally drove out to get. I added the hairpin legs to give it a more atomic feel.

1955 Pink Smith-Corona Typewriter

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1955 Pink Smith-Corona Typewriter

Here is a piece of pink 50’s dynamite! We came across this piece in an antique store north of San Francisco, California. We really love finding staging pieces like this. It adds another layer of interest to our collection.

This is the complete set up! It came with the original “holiday” carrying case, touch typewriter chart, manual, eraser wheel & brush.

When I took the typewriter out of its case, I also found two original eraser pencils with brush ends!

This pop of pink is exactly what our office needed!

I have never been a real typer.  I am more of a hunt and peck typer, but this might just be the inspiration I need.

Here is a small clip of it in all its splendor…

 

 

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

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!

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!

2016: Year in Review

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A lot happened this past year, and it was definitely a roller coaster. For our year in review, we’d like to focus on some of the highlights and cover a few of the things we missed sharing with you.

Showroom @ Midway Antique Mall

We kicked off this year with a full revamp our our showroom at Midway Antique Mall. We painted the walls in our signature Hepcat color and added some really killer pieces (all furniture shown is already sold).

Our Home

The first half of the year was devoted to preparing for the Sacramento Mid Century Modern Home tour organized by SacMod. We made some updates to our home such as new VCT tile, outdoor lighting, pink Big Chill appliances, paint, windows, concrete walkways, custom shutters & vintage style door.

Our home was also in a few publications to help promote the tour, including a feature in Inside Publications, a shot of our tiki room in Land Park News, and an ad in Atomic Ranch (our flamingos & lounge chairs).

Photo Shoots

In addition to the promo pics for the tour, we had a few photo shoots in our home. Here are shots Shameless Photography did of our home.

Here are some shots / behind the scenes photos from a couple shoots with Shogun Photography, MUAH Brandi Proffitt, and models Trisha Turner, Cherry D’Lish, Sarah Christine, GG Montoya, Evelyn Voss, Righteous Rose, Bombshell Lola Pop & Kitti Von Paige.

Vintage Cars

We were fortunate this year to acquire a couple vintage cars; a 1955 Chevy Bel Air hardtop convertible, and a 1972 Ford F100 truck. Unfortunately, we had an electrical engine fire in our Chevy during its weekly start up in the garage. Thank goodness for Shane’s quick thinking. He was able to extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading to our home!  The fire caused about $15K worth of damage to the car. Fortunately, we have good insurance and we were able to find a fantastic auto body repair guy named Robert Greer, who worked tirelessly to get our Chevy back on the road.

Collection

Here are a few things that we added to our collection.

What’s Next?

We have some exciting developments to look forward to including additional photo shoots, restorations, and of course expanding our collection. We were also contacted by Houzz TV because they’re interested in showcasing our home in an upcoming episode. So, stay tuned for the new year.

Happy New Year everyone!

 

 

Vornado Floor Fan Model M-B38P1-1

Vornado Floor Fan Model M-B38P1-1
This is probably one of the coolest advertisements of all time! Could it be anymore atomic than this?!

I used this ad in an earlier post but I can’t help myself!  This is probably one of the coolest advertisements of all time!  Could it be anymore atomic than this?!

With summer quickly approaching we were on the hunt for a cool, nu pun intended, fan.  We have always loved the style of the vintage Vornado line of fans.  For you readers that have followed us for a long time you might remember the Vornado box fan I restored before.  I sold that fan and have regretted it ever since, so I am glad to have picked this up.

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The thing that draws me to these fans in the way the body of the fan looks like a nacelle of an aircraft engine.

7661009298_3a775be0ebVornado kept in step with the demand for spaceage design.  Here is an example of how the body of the fan looks like the engine nacelle of an aircraft.

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We found this fan at an antique shop in Chico last weekend.  These can run a pretty penny, but this one was priced well so we jumped on it.

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This fan works perfectly.  It has three speeds and really moves the air.  I love this profile.

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I don’t know the last time this fan was serviced, so I need to pick up some S.A.E. 20 oil.

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As you can see, this is not in restored condition and I don’t plan on restoring it.  Cosmetically, there isn’t a lot wrong with it.  I actually love the patina.  Also, the one I restored before was a nightmare because of the supports that connect the fan motor to the outside fan body.  I’ve already cleaned it and waxed it to bring out some of the original shine.  I had to really scrub to remove the years of built up grease and oil.

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These fans are built like tanks and are bulletproof!  We really dig this fan and hope to be able to use it for a long time.  We’ll have this cranked during the home tour because I am sure June will be a scorcher.

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