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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!

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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.

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 Serendipity “Spaghetti/Squiggle” Cookware

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Mel and I are building up our kitchenwares and have collected a set of these really cool pieces of cookware.

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We love the colors. One of our readers (thanks!) let us know that this set was made by Serendipity.

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The great thing about this cookware is that they are enamel.  The set we have put together is in remarkable shape.  This cookware does tend to have chips along the edge of the pots and pans from use.

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This is actually more aqua than blue, darn camera!

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These will add some color to our kitchen and the squiggle designs really give it a retro feel.  I will keep you up to date on other cool vintage kitchenware we come across.

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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!

1950’s Wales Japan “Sugar Coated” Porcelain Figurines

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This is our first set and its a mother squirrel with babies.  They are chained together.

Mel and I came across our first set of Wales “Sugar Coated” figurines a few months back.  We loved the colors and how adorable each figure is.

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Here is a set with a mother lamb with babies.  The chain is broken, but I am sure I can find a replacement.  Also, it seems to be pretty common to have paint loss on these, so I am going to find some enamel paint to touch them up.

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Here is a set of mama and papa cats with a youngster.   It appears a running theme Wales used was a red bow tie on these critters.

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Here is a Wales elephant.  This is supposed to have two babies chained to it, but this is how we found it.

Mel and I would love to get all the different “Sugar Coated” ones that Wales produced, but we are not sure how many different ones they made.  Here are more we found searching the net…

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OH MY!!  Pink elephants!  I must have. (excuse blurriness)

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Here is a small cat that is being shipped to us.  It will complete the cat trio above.

This is a mouse set we recently won on eBay.

We snagged this along with the mouse set from the same seller.

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  We think these will look great in our atomic shadow boxes.  If anybody has any Wales figurines with the sugar coat texture you’re interested in selling, let us know!

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