Tag Archives: 60’s
If 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!
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.
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…
Here is a better look at the pink flowers…
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.
Mel and I acquired this set recently and are soo excited about its condition and how it will look in our new place.
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.
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.
The best thing about this set is the only thing I have to do is the upholstery, no sanding or staining!
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.
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.
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.
Once I got home with the fabric I started on the deconstruction of the chairs.
On to the next project!
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.
The frames of the chairs were worn down to bare metal in some areas, so I had to repaint the chair frames.
The table legs needed a quick repaint as well.
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.