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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…

 

 

Barzilay Furniture Mfg. Co. Record Player Stand Restoration

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Barzilay Furniture Mfg. Co. Record Player Stand Restoration

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

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.

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.

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