Finally got the mod bar cart complete!!! The cart was NOS still in the box. The glasses are Georges Briard and the decanters were the thing that took the longest to find. We had to hunt down 10 matching Old Kentucky Tavern decanters. I painted each top yellow and the caps white. I ordered yellow script decals of Vodka, Gin, Rum, Cherry, Cognac, Brandy, Tequila, Bourbon, Whiskey & Scotch. This makes for a pretty complete bar with the two ice buckets! Now gotta go buy all the alcohol.
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 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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
Here are a few things that we added to our collection.
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!
Today, we hit the Alameda Point Antiques Faire. Mel and I were up around 2:30am to get ready and head out for the faire. The Alameda Point Antiques Faire opens at 6:00am, and there is usually a line eagerly awaiting to get in. We were third in line and managed to score a few items for our collection. Here are our trophies for the day!
Mel was able to snatch up these two pieces of Holt Howard. These little pixieware jars can get pricey!
We have tried to kitsch up our kitchen even more than it already is. When I saw these Holt Howard scarecrow salt and pepper shakers I knew they would look fantastic on our Big Chill cooktop.
This kitschy ceramic cow bank will look great on top of our fridge!
Here are more kitschy cows.
This is a metal doggie bank. He is so cute!
We already have a set of these, but one of them was repaired. This is a flawless set that will be a great replacement. These are so atomic!
Though we do not smoke cigarettes, we love the colors in this set of ashtrays made by Eagle.
This is a great coral fiberglass barrel lamp shade.
Mel was able to pick up these fifties wall fish as well. Ceramicraft produced the fish on the right. Although we’ve seen the set on the left before, we’re unsure of the maker.
These vintage hanging seahorses were a great find. They were produced by Nameth Enterprises.
These of course will end up in our Tiki room. They are vintage Bali Tiki headhunter salt and pepper shakers.
We are always on the hunt for vintage barkcloth, so we knew we had to get this bolt of fabric.
This is an awesome small pink ceramic bullet planter. Something that is crazy in the bullet planter world is that sometimes the smaller ones are more valuable than the larger ones.
Mel and I have really enjoyed staging our rooms such as the kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms. This set of vintage products will end up in our master bathroom. We love all the little starbursts!
I love this novelty shot glass set, it’s fantastic! The imagery on the original box is so cool.
These speakers look like UFO’s! They were made by National Home Speaker (model SPT-501) and were mainly used as external speakers for small radios.
For me, this was the find of the day. This little record player is in fantastic original condition. The unit still works, but needs some minor adjustments to fine tune it.
The green felt on the platter is still soft and the fabric on the front is flawless.
The cabinet needs a little touch up, but I am so lovin’ this little guy!
I have always been a fan of RCA. I like the styling of their units and they always seem to be reliable. I was cruising Craigslist as usual, when I saw this unit in Merced and decided to zip down and pick it up. Overall, it’s in great shape, but the needle needs to be replaced. The cabinets of both units are also in good condition.
Obviously, this unit is called “Stereo Twins” because it has the main unit and a matching satellite speaker. This sort of set up fills a room with sound, it’s fantastic!
Someone at some point mounted a Heathkit tuner (AJ-14) into the record storage area. I am not sure if I am sold on it yet. I might remove it so it looks more original. When I checked with our good friend Justin at Stellar Electronics, he said that he has only seen these units with a phonograph. He said the Heathkits were usually sold as kits which were assembled after you bought them. So, this is a DIY job.
This still has the original 45 adapter.
Justin was also able to help me find a replacement needle (EVM-80x), thanks Justin!
The speaker fabric is in fantastic original condition. This set was cared for and loved by someone to be in this great of shape.
This looks great in our office and will really be a nice addition to all the other vintage audio equipment in our collection. I have alway been drawn to vintage electronics, and I love the quality of the sound they produce.
Mel and I were antiquing in the bay this past weekend when we came across this NOS (New Old Stock) Montgomery Wards electric wall fireplace/heater. This thing was never used or assembled. It’s in fantastic condition and in a chartreuse color that looks great in our guest bedroom.
We were amazed with the condition of this unit. Usually they get pretty filthy and beat up after years and years of use.
This hanging fireplace had its original parts packet.
This packet included new screens, screen pulls, and mounting hardware.
This just goes to show you that our home is always changing. We thought we completed our guest bedroom, but when we found this we couldn’t pass it up!
This will add both functionality and ambiance to the room.