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Paul T. Frankl set designed for Kane Kraft

Paul T. Frankl set designed for Kane Kraft

Mel and I picked this set up recently. Paul T. Frankl designed this set for Kane Kraft sometime in the late 40’s or early 50’s. I have always wanted a vintage bamboo dining set and this was the exact style I had in mind.

As you can see, the set was a little grubby from years of use. Most of the filth came off with cleaner, but the backs of the chairs had years of oil and grease built up on the surfaces. I cleaned them and resprayed them with polyurethane.

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I have yet to clean this piece but that is all it should need.

We purchased this with plans to pick it up the following week. When we returned the store owner brought to our attention that there was a matching sideboard if we were interested! Yes please!

The top of this piece is fantastic!

So much storage, and we love those knobs.

The wood used appears to be solid Koa or Narra. The sideboard is solid and heavy. The grain of the wood glows like beams of sunlight in the sun.

I am currently on the hunt for appropriate fabric to recover the seats in.

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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 Because of this, Hepcat Restorations no longer represents who we are.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.

Some Cool Things We Recently Picked Up

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The first thing we will showcase are these Sexton cats. We already have a set of these but I think we can manage to have two sets. I need to strip them and repaint them.

Mel managed to acquire a rare set of Freeman McFarlin ceramic fish.

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We managed to pick up two of these really cool Dazor saucer lamps. This one is a greenish color.

This Dazor is a tan/brownish color.

This is a fantastic hanging light. This will look good next to one of our jukeboxes because it has musical notes on it. The cool thing about this lamp is that it has an aqua colored interior, so it looks really cool when lit.

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This Duo Aire fan is a trip! it is both a fan and an ottoman.

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This is a keeper!!!

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This is a really simple rotating ottoman with a magazine rack underneath.

Here is a cool starburst shadowbox.

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Mel and I found this Zombie Village menu at a thrift store for $2! This was a Tiki style restaurant in Oakland, California. I love the image on the front of this menu.

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Not sure how old it is but the prices are soo unbelievable!

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They really knew how to sell the enchantment of the place.

This is a cool bullet planter with a nice stand.

I wish these planters were as cheap as the ad states.

These outdoor speakers are going to be great with our mid-century backyard. I am slowly furnishing our future backyard

The speaker cabinets are made from redwood which handles weather very well.

These speakers have the installation instructions and the original boxes!

These cool 60’s lights will be a hot item in our booth for sure!

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Here are a few pieces made by Mirro Medallion. A complete set of this line is hard to find and expensive. I don’t know if Mel and I are up to the challenge so this may end up in our booth.

This is a set of zodiac glasses. There are a total of 12 glasses with a different zodiac symbol on each glass with a brief description on the back of each glass explaining the traits of that symbol.

Here are just a couple of examples of what each glass looks like. I have never seen glasses like these. It appears that there are also 6 shot glasses but we are missing them from this set.

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We have EXPANDED!

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Here is our second booth. We are soo excited that we were able to expand. We try to carry a wide variety of items to appeal to many different folks.

Mel and I have been dealers at Midway Antique Mall for a while now and we have decided to expand to another booth.

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A few of the things that were showcased on this blog are in our booths.

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Here is a photo of our first booth. This booth is in the main building and our other booth is in the showroom portion of the shop.

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Here is a quick shot of our friend Vic’s booth!

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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.

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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