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Atomic Fish Pattern New To Redbubble!!!

I am in full swing designing as many cool graphics as I can come up with. The one design I wanted to pay tribute to was our original 1950’s atomic fish wallpaper we had in our pink bathroom of our old house. After days and days trying to recreate it I have finally finished.

Though it is not an exact copy I think it captures the spirit of the original.  I plan to see if I can get this made into wall paper.

If you dig this and are interested in seeing what products Redbubble has with this image click on the link below!

Hepcats Haven Fish

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Repurpose of Vintage Department Store Display

Repurpose of Vintage Department Store Display

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!

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’ve expanded to photoshoot location booking and prop rentals.  However, 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.

Amazing Mid Century Couch and Chair Set

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Mel and I were driving home from a visit to our shop inside Midway Antique Mall. On the way home we glanced over on a side street and saw a mid century couch and chair set. We rapidly swung a U turn and drove back to the house that had them out front. We jumped out and could not believe how large the couch was. The colors were still vibrant on all the pieces and the upholstery had the really cool design, as you can see.

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While we were drooling over them the owner came out and said they were his mothers. She was the original owner and they were purchased while her husband was in the Air Force stationed at Travis AFB. When he died she moved into a trailer park and had it with her till her passing. You could see they were triggers for his memories of her and the years they were with her.

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Usually, when we place something in our shop, we like to stage it but the couch is so large we had to just place them in the room.

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Unfortunately, there are only material tags on these pieces. We could not find a designers/makers name.

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If you are in the market for an ultra cool living room set, you can check it this out in our showroom Midway Antique Mall.

Shirrell Graves Original Airbrush/Watercolors

IMG_2471If I had to pick another mid century artist that I am taken with, it would have to be Shirrell Graves.  His art is so fantastic!  I love his use of watercolor and airbrush.  I recently discovered two Shirrell Graves pieces on eBay.  These came from a liquidator of an art studio in Cincinnati.  I had never seen a set like these and was soo excited to have won the auctions!

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I really like this set of paintings.  The red and yellows pop because the rest of the flower is black and white.

I am not sure why he painted numerous versions of the same flowers.  I assume he was trying to find the layout he liked the best.

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Here is the other set of flowers he painted.  On both sets he signed the corner of each smaller picture with “SG”.  On the overall pieces he signed his complete name.

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Not sure what the “352” stands for.

The seller of these pieces said the winner of the eBay auction could buy these and cut them up for resale!!!!  What?  Why would you ever do that?  I guess if you were driven by money you would consider this.  I would never dream of splitting these sets up into pieces.  Here is a better look at the black and white flowers…

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Here is a better look at the pink flowers…

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I might have a vintage frame that will accommodate both pieces.  Mel and I also picked up a couple of other Shirrell Graves pieces recently.

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Of course I jumped on this one.  You can never go wrong with a flamingo painted by Shirrell Graves.

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We picked this one up at a local antique store.  It is similar to the pink flower ones above.  I repainted the flamingo frame in aqua and this one in pink.

Modern Craft Furniture Mfg. Co.

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This set came with a hutch, table,  six chairs, one leaf and table top pads to protect the top.

Mel and I acquired this set recently and are soo excited about its condition and how it will look in our new place.

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We were thinking this set is probably manufactured sometime in the 50’s. This is the second dinning set we own now. We purchased a Heywood Wakefield dog bone table and chairs that I still have to refinish.

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I searched online and was only able to find one other set (link). Modern Craft Furniture Mfg. Co. also made a matching sideboard. I guess Mel and I will have to keep our eyes peeled for that piece.

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I am now on the hunt for new upholstery for the chairs. I want something really atomic.

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Here are a couple of cool Jaru pieces chillin on the new table.

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I love all the wood grain on these pieces. If I didn’t know who the maker was I would swear they were made by Brown Saltman. I can just imagine what a large Carlo will look like next to these pieces.

 The best thing about this set is the only thing I have to do is the upholstery, no sanding or staining!

Equiping a kitchen with vintage items

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Mel and I have been building up our kitchen accessories for anticipation of our future mid-century home.  We have been searching eBay, Etsy and antique stores to find items we want in our kitchen.  Our colors in our kitchen are going to be aqua and pink when possible.  Here are some items we have recently picked up.

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These kitchen utensils are made by EKCO. These are great because of their aqua and pink Bakelite handles. This company has been around since 1924 and is still in business today.

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These knives are EKCO as well. We are trying to be very deliberate on what we purchase. We want all the items we buy to be from the correct era and in the style we are pursuing.

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These are made by Maynard. I love this hand mixer and syrup dispenser. The quality of Maynard products is clear when you hold them.

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Here we have a Tala pancake batter dispenser, Chop-O-Matic chopper and two ice cream scoops by Progressus of Italy.

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Here we have a set of four Magic Hostess measuring spoons, Foley hand chopper, Robinson cheese grater, Foley hand strainer, Edlund screw top opener,  Foley can opener and a Vaughan’s Tap Boy bottle, cork and can opener.

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Foley pink can opener, no maker pink egg slicer and an EKCO Eterna peeler and parer and corer.

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This is a fantastic aqua accented 10 inch Sunbeam electric skillet. They also made a pink version of this skillet.

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This is a pink Sunbeam can opener. I like the styling of this little unit.

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This is a super atomic Presto egg cooker. I love the design on this. When I saw this in the store I knew we must have it.

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This is a Handy-Hannah knife sharpener that will really sharpen the blades of our EKCO knife set.

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This is a great Sessions chef wall clock. I had to paint the color back on his face and hands and now he is ready to hang.

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We got this Sunbeam Automatic toaster off eBay. I tried to find a pink toaster but all the vintage ones we found were not working.  I will keep my eyes peeled for one but this one will work for now.

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This Sunbeam rotisserie is in fantastic shape with box, manual and a cool glass dome carousel rotisserie.

 As we get closer to buying a home we are getting more aggressive in acquiring vintage items to compliment our kitchen. It is soo nice to expand our collecting into this area. We want to make every part of our home as mid-century as possible. We really want to immerse ourselves in the style and feeling of that time period.

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