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1950’s Raymond Loewy Designed Old Forester Decanter Restoration

1950’s Raymond Loewy Designed Old Forester Decanter Restoration

I remember the first time I saw this style decanter. I thought it was soo atomic! Come to find out that they were designed by Raymond Loewy  (Thanks Benjamin Cobb Storck for the info). From that point on I wanted to amass a small collection and make a custom decanter set for entertaining.

This was a straight forward and quick restoration. The good news was that the bottoms and tops separate from the bottle part which made painting them a breeze!

This is the spray paint I swear by. I purchase this paint from Michael’s crafts store. Other gold paint can look tacky, but this one looks period correct.

Another good thing about this paint is that it is quick drying. Seriously, it only took 10-15 minuets for the pieces to dry.

I found a place on eBay that makes custom decals. I thought this light pink with a gold border would compliment the gold body of the decanter. I have managed to find 7 decanters so far and am looking to get a total of 10. 

As you can see, we have Vodka, Rum, Tequila, Cognac…

Whiskey, Scotch & Bourbon!

This set looks really good with the Hager smoking set.

Once I find the other 3 decanters we will be ready to party!

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1960’s Tiara Casa Indoor Portable Bar Cart

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Mel and I wanted a bar cart that could be wheeled around when needed and put in the corner when not in use.

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We came across this cart on eBay and knew it would meet our needs! It has a Kartell or Joe Columbo feel to it.

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The cool thing is it came with it’s original box.

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This cart is really clean. Everything was still wrapped and in it’s original packaging.

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I have already ordered a set of Georges Briard glasses and some cool matching decanters. Once the glasses and decanters arrive I plan to blog about the whole set.

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It has two tiers, two ice buckets and can hold 10 bottle of liquor and 12 glasses, this thing is a party on wheels!

Here Are Some Quick Picks

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These chairs belonged to the grandfather of the guy I purchased them from.  He had them in his man cave.  The upholstery job leaves something to be desired.  I plan to remove the back rests (they are not original) and redo the seat bottoms in a different color.  I tried to find info on the manufacturer but was unsuccessful.

I came across these on Craigslist and knew I wanted them.  I love the style of the metal backrests.

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There is a lot of surface rust, but a little sand paper and paint will fix that.

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I need to figure out where to get new feet for a couple of the stools.

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I have seen this style in a table and chair form, but this is the first time I have seen the style in barstool form!  I think we will replace the stools that we are currently using with our…..

expWe purchased this bar a while back and love it.  I think I may have blogged about it before, but cant find the post!

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Here the bar is in its upright form

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Here is the back of it.  It has holders for glasses and bottles that lay down when the bar is folded into a coffee table!

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Here is what the bar looks like when folded into a coffee table.  Such a cool design by the ABCO company!

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Here it is all the way folded down.  This could slide under a bed for quick and easy storage.  This is going under a covered patio of our next place for entertaining.

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We picked this up for a quick $40 off of Craigslist as well.  It needs some restoring but that will be easy.  We have 2 of the pink and 1 brown versions of this lamp, so we thought aqua would be a nice contrast.

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I picked this lamp up at one of our local haunts.   The lampshade is one we had sitting around.  This will go into our booth for resale.

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These lamps are our friend Stephen’s.  They require repair so we traded for the magazine holder below.

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These lamps have damage around the switch but that shouldn’t be too hard to fix.  The lampshades for these lamps are in fantastic shape.  Stephen is going to throw them on eBay once the repairs are done.  These have no maker listed.

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Here is a nice jadite set that will be goin’ in the booth.

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Thinking I would like to be more proactive in the repair of our radios.  I picked up this working Conar model 224 tube tester for $15.  In a later post I plan to recover this unit with new stag material.

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It appears you can test radio and television tubes.  I have never used one of these units, so I hope its self explanatory.

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Here is a mauve frieze couch we recently picked up.  It is in surprisingly great shape for its age.

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I can imagine this in our home with a couple of Heywood Wakefield end tables on each side and a cool looking Carlo above it. We are torn if we will keep it or put it in our booth.

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The coolest feature about this couch is that it is a sleeper as well.

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There is NO wear to the mattress at all.  I don’t think it was ever used!

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