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1950’s Raymond Loewy Designed Old Forester Decanter Restoration

1950’s Raymond Loewy Designed Old Forester Decanter Restoration

I remember the first time I saw this style decanter. I thought it was soo atomic! Come to find out that they were designed by Raymond Loewy  (Thanks Benjamin Cobb Storck for the info). From that point on I wanted to amass a small collection and make a custom decanter set for entertaining.

This was a straight forward and quick restoration. The good news was that the bottoms and tops separate from the bottle part which made painting them a breeze!

This is the spray paint I swear by. I purchase this paint from Michael’s crafts store. Other gold paint can look tacky, but this one looks period correct.

Another good thing about this paint is that it is quick drying. Seriously, it only took 10-15 minuets for the pieces to dry.

I found a place on eBay that makes custom decals. I thought this light pink with a gold border would compliment the gold body of the decanter. I have managed to find 7 decanters so far and am looking to get a total of 10. 

As you can see, we have Vodka, Rum, Tequila, Cognac…

Whiskey, Scotch & Bourbon!

This set looks really good with the Hager smoking set.

Once I find the other 3 decanters we will be ready to party!

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1960’s COSCO Hourglass Counter Stool Restoration

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I drove down to Manteca, California a few months back because we needed some stools for our kitchen counter. I had been wanting to get my hands on a couple of vintage Cosco stools and this was my opportunity.

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The metal parts of the stools were in rough shape. There was a lot of surface rust on the chrome, but I have a trick for that!

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The first thing I had to do was separate the upholstered backrest and seat portions from the metal frame.

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I separated the fabric from the cushions. Not pretty, but it will be recovered soon!

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Here is the bottom of the seat cushion of the stool

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Here is the seat bottom frame. This chair has an archaic bearing system. It is made up of metal bearings with wood spacers. They sit loosely in the bottom seat pan….crazy!

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Next, I had to prep the metal seat backs and bottoms. I decided to spray them a cream color.

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Once they were sprayed I hung them with wires until they were dry.

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Then, I turned my attention to the chrome frames. As you can see, they have a good amount of surface rust.

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A cheap alternative to using a buffing wheel to remove surface rust from chrome is to use a cleaner like Awesome and some 0000 steel wool. A lot of folks with chrome dinettes use this process to rejuvenate the chrome surfaces. Unfortunately, if this process is used over a long period of time it will dull the chrome finish. I prefer dull over rust….how about you?

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I had some leftover Robert Kaufman discontinued “Boomerang Beat” fabric from our Modern Craft Furniture Mfg. Co.reupholstery job that I thought would look great on these stools.

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The great thing about these stools is that once the upholstery is attached, the metal backing clamps it into place. It is the same for the seat bottom.

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Now that I’ve the upholstery on this stool just two more to go!

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Here they are!

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I am very pleased with how they turned out.

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Vintage Tiki Bar In The Rough

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Mel and I drove to a small town outside Chico to pick up a Tiki bar we found on Craigslist.

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This Tiki bar was not in as good of condition as we thought it would be. All that means is I have to restore it. We plan to put this in the shop because Tiki stuff seems to be doing really well right now.

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This bar looks fantastic from 20ft away but upon closer examination you can see that it will need some freshening up.

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All the bamboo will need to be sanded and an application of Ipswich Pine stain will be applied. Once dry I will polyurethane everything to seal it from the elements.

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The feet of this bar were made of compressed particle board. As you can see, they are rotten from water soaking into them. I purchased a 2 x 6 x 10 piece of lumber to replace all three of the rotted feet.

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The Formica on top has a crack. I am going to use some creative license on the repair of the top. You will see what I am planning once I complete the bar.

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This bar has a built-in cutting board, drawer and towel bar. As you can see, it has a lot of area for storage. This area will be refinished as well.

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Of course the chairs will need to be refinished but the cushions are fine. They appear to have been redone recently.

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I will be getting to work on this soon. It shouldn’t take long. Once restored, I am positive someone will want this in their home to enjoy for years to come.

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