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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!

Amazing Bar with Frederick Weinberg Stools

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As usual, I was cruising Craigslist and came across this set last night. I noticed it had been on Craigslist for a couple days, and I thought I would just check to see if they still had it.

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I assumed since it had been on there for two days that someone would have snatched it. We got a call this morning from the owner who stated she still had it. We jumped in the car and shot on over.

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The thing that drew us to this bar are the cut outs in the front. The owner said it used to have colored plexiglass that was lit from behind. She said it was amazing when it was lit.

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This bar will need a 100 point restoration. Since the Formica is chipped, I plan to redo the formica in black. That will go better with the animal print vinyl instead of the faux marble top.

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I also plan to replace the silverfish finish on the foot rest area with black formica.

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I might have to reinforce the bottom as well.

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The shelf is at an angle so the alcohol labels can face up towards you, cool idea!

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This bar has this cool little ornament on the front with a small chain draped across the front.

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I am pretty sure these are Frederick Weinberg from what I could research online.

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These stools don’t match the bar very well with the animal pattern they have on them now. I will try to find a similar cheetah pattern to recover the seats in.

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This bar and stool set is now my next project. I am excited to see how it turns out. We have a bar in our living room that will be put into the shop since we snagged this one.

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We try to upgrade our collection as we go along. This bar will make someone very happy, I am sure. It has served us well. Below are the bars we have owned over the years.

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This swanky diamond bar was so cool with it’s two tier top. It had such an atomic feel to it. This is now sold.

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This bar is the ultra rare Expando bar. We sold it recently to a lady in L.A. She was so pleased to get it.

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We sold this 1963 Tropical Sun Company tiki bar at our grand opening, it sold in less than an hour!

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This Art Deco bar was fantastic! It reminded us of an early jukebox because of how the front corners lighted up when the door was opened. This is now sold.

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This wrap round bamboo bar didn’t last long in our booth. It has such cool simplicity too it.

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This aqua bar was so awesome. We drove all the way to Fresno to get it. Now it is in someones home being enjoyed!

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This is just a swanky 70’s bar. It’s now sold.

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This tiki bar has already sold. We think it might have been a Paul Frankl, but we could not substantiate it’s pedigree.

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This Tiki bar is currently in the process of being restored and will be in our shop sometime soon.

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Here is the grand server that we still own and use today!

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This is the first bar we ever bought and restored. We purchased this one in the early 2000’s (sorry for quality of picture).

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Of course our beloved and rare Witco Tahiti Bar that we will be buried with, ha ha. We think a bar is a necessary piece to have in a home for entertaining. We think society needs more reasons to socialize with neighbors and friends, and what a better way to do it than sipping a drink at your own bar.

Dee Mfg. Corp. Bar Stools Revamp

deemnfgMel and I have been scouring the internet to find stools for our kitchen counter. We had a heck of a time finding something that was appropriate for our decor. We finally found a set of Dee Mfg. stools on eBay that we thought would look great. When they arrived the bases and cushions were separate and there was no hardware!

IMG_5964When these arrived they were pretty farm fresh. The cushions are in great shape with some character. The metal frames had a lot of surface rust.

IMG_5966The cushions are a light pink with black, gray and chartreuse accents.

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IMG_5968When sanding pieces like this I like to use a foam sanding block. It allows you to get a in all those tough areas.

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Vintage Tiki Bar In The Rough

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Mel and I drove to a small town outside Chico to pick up a Tiki bar we found on Craigslist.

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This Tiki bar was not in as good of condition as we thought it would be. All that means is I have to restore it. We plan to put this in the shop because Tiki stuff seems to be doing really well right now.

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This bar looks fantastic from 20ft away but upon closer examination you can see that it will need some freshening up.

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All the bamboo will need to be sanded and an application of Ipswich Pine stain will be applied. Once dry I will polyurethane everything to seal it from the elements.

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The feet of this bar were made of compressed particle board. As you can see, they are rotten from water soaking into them. I purchased a 2 x 6 x 10 piece of lumber to replace all three of the rotted feet.

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The Formica on top has a crack. I am going to use some creative license on the repair of the top. You will see what I am planning once I complete the bar.

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This bar has a built-in cutting board, drawer and towel bar. As you can see, it has a lot of area for storage. This area will be refinished as well.

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Of course the chairs will need to be refinished but the cushions are fine. They appear to have been redone recently.

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I will be getting to work on this soon. It shouldn’t take long. Once restored, I am positive someone will want this in their home to enjoy for years to come.

Retro Bar Refresh

 

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Mel and I purchased this from one of our friends a while back. I thought the design of the bar top was really unique.

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I wasn’t impressed with the color and style but I knew I could freshen it up.

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I decided to give this bar a more 50’s feel. The sides of the cabinet had cuts in the material so I decided to accent the sides with pink (the camera isn’t catching the real color of the pink). I attached it with upholstery nails.

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The front was plain so I decided to use some of the scrap material I had laying around and attach diamonds to the front of it. I hot glued them in place and then nailed them to ensure their attachment.

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I had to paint the frame black and I repainted the foot bar in a brass color.

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The original stools were shot. The fabric was split and stuffing was hanging out.

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I repainted the stools and had the cushions redone by Fine Line Trim & Upholstery to match the bar.

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All done!

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We are very happy with the results. It makes it hard to sell but Mel and I have like 3 bars and we don’t even drink! I guess that can be a resolution for next year.

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If you are interested in seeing it check out our store at Midway Antique Mall in Sacramento, California.

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