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Royal Chef Restoration

Royal Chef BBQ

Royal Chef BBQ Before

Here is our Royal Chef as we purchased it.  As you can see, there is a lot of surface rust and dirt.

Royal Chef BBQ Before

The first thing I did was break the whole grill down so I could start the painting process.

Paint for Royal Chef BBQ

Unfortunately, there are not many color choices when it comes to high temperature BBQ paint.  I was able to find a gun steel blue high temperature spray paint online.  I also wanted to buy high temperature primer as well.

Royal Chef BBQ with Primer

Here is the main body of the grill in primer.

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After the primer had dried, I painted it.  I do like the color.  It may be hard to tell, but there is a metal flake in the paint.

Royal Chef BBQ After

After a lot of sanding and cleaning, I managed to get the whole grill repainted.  I reassembled it and here it is!

Royal Chef BBQ After

I painted the inside of the grill with black grill paint.  I also refinished the rotisserie and got it working again!

Royal Chef BBQ After

I am soo glad the paint isn’t in a flat finish, more like something between eggshell and semigloss.

Royal Chef BBQ After

I am very happy with the coverage of this paint.  This lower tray had a lot of surface rust.  The paint and primer makes it look like new.

Royal Chef BBQ After

I think I will take this over to my upholstery guy Bill from B&T Upholstery to make a cover for it.  I will have him sew the two letters “R C” Royal Chef on the cover.  Now that this is done, onto the next thing!

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

Kitchen

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.

Hoop Chair Revamp

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These chairs were designed by John Hauser Sr. for Ironworks, Kitchener, Ontario, in 1955.  These chairs need some sprucing up, and I am the man for the job!

You might remember we picked up a couple of these chairs a few posts back.  I thought it would be a good time to refinish them.

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My first stop was to swing into Jo-Ann Fabrics to pick up some tasteful pink pleather fabric to recover the seats and back rests.

Once I got home with the fabric I started on the deconstruction of the chairs.

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These chairs only had 8 screws total holding the seat and backrest to the frame.  That took just a couple of minuets to remove.

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Here are the cushions removed.  Some might say, “what is wrong with the current fabric”??  All I can say is that it isn’t pink.

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I laid the cushion on the fabric and outlined it with about a 3 inch space from the edge of the cushion and cut it out.

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Here is the type of stapler and staples I used on these chairs.  I picked them up at my local home improvement store.

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The trick is to start on one edge and staple the fabric down.  Then start on the opposing edge pulling fabric tight and staple it into place.  This is how it should look.  Make sure to cut off any excess fabric.

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The backrests were upholstered on the front and back.  I first had to remove the staples and material from the back of the backrest.  The next step was to recover the front of the backrest.  Recovering the front of the backrest uses the same process as the seat portion of the chair above.

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After the front of the backrest was recovered, I started on the back.  I decided to make it look nicer than just staples as it had originally.  I cut a piece of fabric roughly the same size with about 1-2 inch excess to fold under.  I used black upholstery nails to finish the back.  The trick is to keep constant pulling on the fabric as it is nailed.  This pleather is stretchy so that helps pull out wrinkles.

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Now that the upholstery is done it is time to focus on the frames of the chairs and getting them painted.  As you can see there is a lot of surface rust on these.

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A great way to sand pieces like these is to use a foam sanding block.  They come in various grit and conform to the area you are sanding.

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I used Rust-Oleum black appliance paint.  This stuff has a nice finish and is durable.

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After a good coat of paint I let them cook in the sun.

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I was able to pick up some new black rubber feet for the chairs so I replaced the old ones.

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Here is how they turned out.  We are very happy with them, and it will just add to the mid-century feel of our backyard alongside our mid-century BBQ!

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I think the upholstery nails look soo much nicer than just staples.

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On to the next project!

Mid Century Serendipity “Spaghetti/Squiggle” Cookware

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Mel and I are building up our kitchenwares and have collected a set of these really cool pieces of cookware.

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We love the colors. One of our readers (thanks!) let us know that this set was made by Serendipity.

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The great thing about this cookware is that they are enamel.  The set we have put together is in remarkable shape.  This cookware does tend to have chips along the edge of the pots and pans from use.

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This is actually more aqua than blue, darn camera!

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These will add some color to our kitchen and the squiggle designs really give it a retro feel.  I will keep you up to date on other cool vintage kitchenware we come across.

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Mid Century Daystrom Table & Chairs Flip

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This set was in great shape, but the upholstery was shot.

I was cruising Craigslist as usual and came across this set.  I knew I could redo the upholstery and make it more desirable for resale.

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The frames of the chairs were worn down to bare metal in some areas, so I had to repaint the chair frames.

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The table legs needed a quick repaint as well.

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After the chair frames and table legs were painted, I turned my attention to the seat cushions and recovered them with some atomic barkcloth fabric.

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I used these vintage electric scissors to cut the fabric.  It’s pink and called “Lady Enduro”!

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Once I cut the fabric out I centered the cushion on it.  I made sure to leave enough fabric around the edges to attach to the bottom of the cushion.

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I like to start on the front edge of the cushion by placing 2-3 staples along its edge.  Then, I pull the fabric up on the back of the cushion and staple the fabric in place.  I work around the cushion until it is done.  Watch out for edge wrinkles when stapling and try to keep fabric tight.  Make sure to cut off excess fabric.

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While I staple I like to mark where the old holes are so when I reattach the cushion I can line it up correctly.

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Here they are re-upholstered and ready for years of enjoyment.

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This will be a great set in someone’s pad.

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Thank goodness the Formica is in good shape on the table.  This is a really clean atomic table and chair set.

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Next time you see a table set you love but hate the upholstery, just remember recovering the seats can make a huge difference.

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