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Art Deco NY Hair Salon Counter

Art Deco NY Hair Salon Counter

Mel and I purchased this bar years ago from The Antique Company in Sacramento. We fell in love with it the moment we saw it in the front window of the store. We put it in storage and forgot about it until recently.

We were able to find out some info about this piece from speaking with the store owner of The Antique Company. He said it came from a New York hair salon that was in business for many years. Unfortunately, he did not know the name of the hair salon. This was actually where the customers would pay. The drawer shown has an area for coin and cash. I dig that super cool art deco bakelite handle with metal circular accents!!!

Imagine how many women stood in front of this counter to pay for hairdos for weddings, funerals, proms so on and so forth. Think of the women who left this counter with a new confidence because of a stylish new hairdo. I love the circle accents on the lower cabinet.

It’s always fantastic to learn about the history of an item that you’ve acquired. It helps establish a more personal connection to the item. Though this used to be a counter to pay for beauty services, we think it lends itself to becoming a bar. I recently assembled it and cleaned it all up to make it more presentable.

I plan to stock the glass display cases with cool barware items from that era.

I had to paint the cream areas again and redo all the silver trim. The original paint was flaking off and the trim was beat to hell so it had to be redone.

You can load the display cases through these doors on each side. I imagine when this was used in the beauty salon they put all the new products in there to entice customers. Spontaneity purchases!

The original hardware cleaned up really well. All the hardware has an art deco feel and seem to match. I’m sure this cabinet and counter combo wasn’t produced by a company, but was more than likely a custom piece. We are so happy to give it a new home and to have it as part of our collection.

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!

1960’s Tiara Casa Indoor Portable Bar Cart


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


I might have to reinforce the bottom as well.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

1960’s COSCO Hourglass Counter Stool Restoration



I drove down to Manteca, California a few months back because we needed some stools for our kitchen counter. I had been wanting to get my hands on a couple of vintage Cosco stools and this was my opportunity.


The metal parts of the stools were in rough shape. There was a lot of surface rust on the chrome, but I have a trick for that!


The first thing I had to do was separate the upholstered backrest and seat portions from the metal frame.


I separated the fabric from the cushions. Not pretty, but it will be recovered soon!


Here is the bottom of the seat cushion of the stool


Here is the seat bottom frame. This chair has an archaic bearing system. It is made up of metal bearings with wood spacers. They sit loosely in the bottom seat pan….crazy!


Next, I had to prep the metal seat backs and bottoms. I decided to spray them a cream color.


Once they were sprayed I hung them with wires until they were dry.


Then, I turned my attention to the chrome frames. As you can see, they have a good amount of surface rust.


A cheap alternative to using a buffing wheel to remove surface rust from chrome is to use a cleaner like Awesome and some 0000 steel wool. A lot of folks with chrome dinettes use this process to rejuvenate the chrome surfaces. Unfortunately, if this process is used over a long period of time it will dull the chrome finish. I prefer dull over rust….how about you?


I had some leftover Robert Kaufman discontinued “Boomerang Beat” fabric from our Modern Craft Furniture Mfg. Co.reupholstery job that I thought would look great on these stools.


The great thing about these stools is that once the upholstery is attached, the metal backing clamps it into place. It is the same for the seat bottom.


Now that I’ve the upholstery on this stool just two more to go!


Here they are!


I am very pleased with how they turned out.




Tiki Room Tour


Hello all, Mel and I thought it was time to show you our TIKI room. As with anything in our home things are never finished, so let this just be a tour of its current state.




Though not everything in this room is tiki, it all seems to work.



We collect random TIKI items. Our goal is to make this room as diverse as possible.




This room has a lot of windows so I had to get creative with how to hang art. These Carlo watercolors look great in front of the chartreuse curtains.



Here are a couple of the pieces I painted.


As you may notice, the floors are concrete. It originally had vintage asbestos tiles. Unfortunately, numerous tiles were missing or damaged, so we decide to remove them all. We haven’t decided what we’re going to do with the floor yet.




















We hope you enjoyed this tour. I am sure it will change and evolve as time goes on.  Later, we plan on showcasing the rest of the house, stay tuned.

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.

IMG_5971Each of the stools still had the Dee Mfg. Corp. tags.

IMG_5965crusty and rusty but not for long…

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.

IMG_5969Here is one base done compared to one of the unrestored bases.

IMG_5970Here they are all painted and set out to dry. Once they dried I attached the bases and cushions with self tapping screws.

IMG_5972We really like the way these turned out. They are simple, but the upholstery is what makes these stools.

IMG_5978They look right at home in our kitchen.

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