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1970’s Easy Listening Room (“Easy Like Sunday Morning”)

1970’s Easy Listening Room (“Easy Like Sunday Morning”)

At one point Mel and I had a house in Sacramento and an apartment in San Jose. This was required because of Mel’s work. It was just easier for Mel to stay in San Jose during the week for work, and then come home to Sacramento during the weekends. As somebody who loves to decorate, I saw her apartment as an opportunity to decorate in space-age decor.  When we decided to go “all in” in the bay area and buy a house, we didn’t want to get rid of all the space-age furniture. We ended up deciding to devote one of our rooms in our house to 70’s space-age.

While I really do enjoy decorating with atomic Mid Century decor, it’s nice to explore a different genre. Decorating in a different style can really get your creative juices flowing. 

The real issue was going from decorating a full apartment to decorating just one room. It came down to a battle for space. We had so many cool pieces in her apartment, but they coudn’t all fit in one room. We tried to keep the coolest items from that collection.

I am big into music. I wanted to create a room to hang out in and listen to records and cassettes. I think I’m one of the few out there who are still listening to their cassette tapes. LOL! I remember the first cassette I ever bought was the “Black Celebration” album by Depeche Mode. I was raised on 80s music, but listen to everything! This is our wall of cassettes! I also use this wall to display some choice records.

We were able to keep Mel’s Seeburg Olympian 160 jukebox. Because I was a kid raised in the 80s, we loaded this sucker up with all 80s music! Since space is an issue, I took the closet doors off and created a cove for the jukebox. I also had an electrician come out and wire an outlet into the closet so I didn’t have extension cords hanging out. 

We have a few space-age radios and TVs, and the shelves in the closet above the jukebox are great for displaying those.

You might remember this Chromcraft couch, chair and ottoman set. We blogged about them a while back after we had them reupholstered.

I’m not sure who the maker of this red chair is, but we also had this one reupholstered. It is so comfortable to sit on.

This corner table is really unique. We came across it at an antique mall, and I knew it would be a great addition to the space-age decor. The bottom is a terrarium and I was able to put some of my favorite artificial cacti in there.

I suppose this table could also have been used as an aquarium. I’m not sure if that would work, but it might be a cool idea.

These vintage concert posters are all original prints. We purchased them from a dealer at Midway Antique Mall. The story behind them is that an elderly lady living in the bay area back in the 60s would see these posters on telephone poles and light poles. She would take them down and save them not really knowing that they’d be worth so much later. Anyway, the house she lived in was being demolished and I’m assuming she had passed away or moved on. A couple of observant ladies were walking by the dumpster that was being used and noticed a bunch of papers rolled up. Since they were being thrown away, they grab them. When they got home it was a massive collection of original concert posters from that era. They went to Midway Antique Mall and sold quite a few of them to that dealer. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure!

Mid Century TECHFAB Fiberglass Seating

As I always do, I was surfing Craigslist in surrounding areas and came across this set down in Fresno. Once I was able to coordinate a showing I hopped in the truck and shot down!These were being sold by a gentleman down in Fresno who had a warehouse full of stuff. He said that he buys a lot of items from estate sales.

My plans are to light sand these and then repaint them. These will be great as additional seating in our backyard.

Each section has five chairs. They’re mounted on really sturdy and heavy metal frames. It would take quite an effort to tip one of these over.

The cool thing is that both pieces still have the original manufactures tag on it. I’m assuming that these were made sometime in the 1960s. The gentleman I purchased them from didn’t really know much about them.

Once these are refinished, I think they will look really good in our side yard where we plan to put a horse shoe pit or bocce ball game area. It seems like anymore you have to go the distance to find the cool things.

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!

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 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.

Grundig Speakers, Clamshell aka Hoop Chairs, Tension Pole Lamp etc.

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Mel and I had a few good finds, let me tell you about a few of them.

It’s the end of another weekend and Mel and I were able to squeeze in a little picking.  Here is what we came across!

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A couple John Hauser, circa early 1950’s iconic “clamshell” chairs aka “hoop” chairs.

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These are in good shape for their age.  We plan to recover them in either aqua or pink Naugahyde.  The frames need to be sanded and repainted.  These will look soo cool on the patio with the vintage Royal Chef BBQ!

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We were able to score a set of these really cool Grundig speakers for $40!  Although, my stereo repair guy Luis at “Stereoadvisor” told me if you’re going to buy any vintage electronics, he recommends Telefunken.  He said the sound of these German units are unbelievable.  I have one Telefunken table top and 3 floor counsels and I have to agree with him.
But, I’m a sucker for pointy legs and couldn’t resist these Grundig speakers.  These will be pretty easy to restore…just some stripper, light sanding, a little bit of stain, and semi-gloss polyurethane for the wood.  As far as  the speaker fabric, I’ll remove it and clean the stains with “Awesome”.

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The final item we got was this fantastic tension pole lamp.  I have never seen this style before and really dig it.  This is a keeper.

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All this light really needs is to be cleaned up and put into the perfect spot!

Mid Century Hall Tree/ Coat Rack

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This is a great example of the one we picked up. This one looks complete and appears to even have the water catcher tray for umbrellas.

Mel and I hit one of our old haunts, the Antique Company on “X” street and came across this really cool piece.  The owner of this shop routinely gets shipping containers full of mid-century and art deco furniture from England and this is one of those pieces!

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This is the one we picked up. It is in really fantastic shape, but I think I am going to change some things up on it.  First, I want to replace the green fabric with either a black or dusty rose/ pink fabric.  Then, I will replace the cording that goes button to button with a gold or black cord depending on what fabric I choose.

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As you can see, this unit is missing the water catcher tray, but I am sure I can come up with something.

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This will be a perfect place to put your keys when you get home.  Mel always loses her keys, so this might just do the trick.

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The brass buttons and hooks need cleaning.

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Unfortunately, the mirror is worn and the foil appears to have separated in a few spots.  I will have to get a mirror cut for this piece to replace the old one.  The shelf up top is really cool, a great place to put hats and gloves.  When I was researching this piece I came across some other racks I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on…

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Love the styling on this one.  The shape of the mirror is eye-catching just like the fabric!

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MUST HAVE!  This also appears to be a room divider.

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This one has a Danish feel to it.

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This one is a trip!  I love the colors and the imagery on the bottom of the center panel.

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This just SCREAMS atomic!

Sources:

http://www.1stdibs.com/

http://pinterest.com/

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