Mel and I came across this hutch when it was in an antique store called Atomic Living Hayward, which is sadly out of business now. I regreted not buying it when we saw it the first time. Then, I was hitting antique stores in San Jose, CA and BOOM, there it was again! I knew this must have been destiny, so I jumped right on it. Fortunately, there was a sale too!It appears it was mounted in/on a wall. The condition of the paneling on the sides and top was pretty bad. The side lower back corners had delamination and wood loss. As always when it comes to cabinetry work, I rely on my Step-Father Dave. I had no desire to try and replace the panels on each side and the top. We decided to recover the whole cabinet with 1/4 inch plywood to make it look like new. Once we cut each panel to size, we glued it and brad nailed it to the cabinet. Another challenge we had was that we needed to build a base for the legs to attach to. I decided I wanted to use 28″ hairpin legs to prop this cabinet up. Thank god for clamps! With the base built and the cabinet recovered it looked like a new cabinet. With the new plywood attached, we needed to add a trim piece to hide the repair. Here you can see the new trim and paneling. With the cabinet fully repaired it was time to attach the legs to this piece!Now time for paint!I wanted it to match the goldish tan color of our rattan. I took a small piece to Home Depot and matched it. I wanted to paint the striated wood insert a greenish color that would compliment our tiki room. With it painted, it was time to get glass cut for the top and install interior lighting. Ta Da! We are really pleased how it turned out. Melody and I are big fans of striated wood pieces. This doesn’t hold all our tiki mugs, but it adds loads more interest to the room.Now that this is done it’s off to the next restoration!
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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.
Mel and I came across this piece in a store in San Jose, California. I wanted to revamp our listening area in our house and this was gonna be a key piece. While I was examining it, I saw it had a makers mark. This piece was produced by Barzilay Furniture Mfg. Co.. We’re not familiar with this maker. I did some research on them and it looks like they were based out of Gardena, California. They were known to be one of the best producers of stereo component consoles ever made. Some of the consoles were sold as kits that customers could purchase and assemble. From what I can tell, they went out of business sometime in the 80’s.
What we really like about this piece is the art deco flare to it. I love the vertical striated wood supports and the square door pulls. As you can see from the pics, it was in rough shape. Since we got it for a good deal, I had no qualms about painting it.
I decided to paint it in black and light pink semi-gloss house paint. I used a roller to get a more uniform finish. The first thing that had to be done was to sand everything down. Always make sure you wear a mask when sanding old pieces because they used really bad chemicals in finishing pieces and you don’t want to be inhaling it!
After many coats of paint and many hours of touch up it is done.
This will be a great area to hang out in and just chill while the vinyl spins.
I want to get a vintage reel to reel to go with this record player so I can listen to my reel to reel tapes as well.
I saved the makers mark.
Feel free to watch the video below, off to the next piece
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.
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!
Mel and I have looked for a slim storage cabinet for our laundry area. We were busy at Midway Antique Mall stocking our showroom when I noticed this cabinet one of our fellow dealers was selling. What caught our eye was the planter on top. I knew that would add loads of interest to the piece. Another great thing about this piece is that it can also be used as a room divider.
Of course, the plain white color had to go. We decided to paint it the colors “aqua rapids” & “dusty rose”. I light sanded the piece and started to apply color.
Then, I shot over to Michaels and picked up a bunch of artificial succulents for the planter. We’ve tried to keep real plants alive with no luck.
Now that this is done, we have the much needed storage in our laundry room. Off to the next thing to restore!
Recently, I decided to replace the light bulb sockets and harps on our Reglor bullfighter lamps. When we originally purchased these lamps, they arrived busted. Fortunately, I was able to restore them. Sometimes, when you restore chalkware lamps that have significant damage, there are hidden weak spots under the surface. When I tried to attach the new bulb socket, the head of the male bullfighter lamp cracked into several pieces. Needless to say, I was completely devastated. For those of you who have restored these lamps might know, it’s a tedious process. Hours of my work literally crumbled in my hands. To make matters worse, upon further examination it appeared that I would be unable to repair the damage.
Once I came to grips with what had happened, I jumped on eBay and was able to purchase a replacement male bullfighter lamp. Fortunately, the seller did not live too far away, and we were able to meet up to pick up the lamp. It’s not often that you can find a same day replacement for a vintage lamp!
The color scheme of the original lamps was orange and brown. These were colors we were never keen on. The lamp we just picked up needed to be repainted, so I took the opportunity to go with a whole new color scheme. The colors I went with are vintage coral and hematite (a graphite color). I think these two colors compliment one another very well.
After about a full day of painting, here is the result.
Of course, these aren’t the original lamp shades and we’re not really happy with them. We plan to replace the shades with ones that incorporate the same colors as the lamps.
Here’s the female bullfighter.
This pair compliments our bedroom nicely.
A while back I came across this television in Sacramento. I thought it might be a good conversion project for our friend Justin of Stellar Electronics. Justin said he liked the tv, so I offered to pick it up. But, once I picked it up I fell in love with it! It was so clean and even had the original floor stand.
I asked Justin if he would be interested in a conversion trade for our 1960 GE conversion that he completed for us sometime back. Luckily, he agreed. The General Electric conversion was dynamite, but this style TV works better with our decor.
This television is now in our guest bedroom. I refinished the cabinet to match the Franklin Shockey bedroom set in the room. It all looks so fantastic together.
These are the corner mount wall speakers that Mel and I picked up to complement the Sylvania. I plan to rewire them and get them hung in time for the up and coming Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour.
Justin also added more modern connectivity to the back of the set.
Of course, this is what these televisions are known for, the ring of light on the front. I am so glad we have a Halo in our collection now. This is such a unique television.
This television has a pleasing glow and has multiple setting for the brightness of the surround.
We had this fantastic asian television lamp that I knew would look great on this set. The whole idea of the Halo television was to make tv lamps obsolete, but I couldn’t help myself.
I plan to just have a DVD player hooked up to it so guests can watch any of the classic movie flicks we have in our collection.
This was the last piece of furniture to add to this room. I couldn’t be more pleased with the look of this room.
We picked up this set back in February. We had been looking for a set that would work in our guest bedroom and this was it!
I decided to refinish it in the champagne stain sold by Jeff at Needful_Useful_Things on eBay. I love the warm finish of this stain and have always been a fan of light finishes.
I love the legs on these pieces.
The footboard is very similar to the “Dogbone” style Heywood Wakefield footboard.
My pops is scheduled to come out soon from Las Vegas, so I’m glad to have this room ready for him.
Mel and I have snatched up vintage patio/outdoor pieces for our backyard. We have yet to revamp our backyard, but we want to have cool pieces to put back there once done. We saw this set on eBay and thought that shipping would be ridiculous so we passed on it.
I was cruising Craigslist a few days ago and stumbled across the eBay set in Livingston California. This was about an hour and half drive from us! I didn’t realize that the eBay seller was so close to us.
I jumped in the truck and shot down to Livingston California. When I arrived, I was happy I made the drive because the set was in great structural condition! There is no physical damage to any of the pieces.
I plan to keep them the same color, but all of it will need to be refinished.
These will go in storage for now, but hopefully we will start on our backyard soon so I can refinish these and get the backyard set up for social gatherings.