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1920’s Frantz Industries Aero Art Vanity

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Today was another Second Sunday Sacramento Antique Faire. We were up early and started our quest for something unique. As we searched, we came across this adorable art deco vanity in a booth belonging to a gentleman named Hap. This isn’t usually the era that we focus on, but it’s too cool not to blog about.

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Hap informed us that this was his mother Lila’s vanity. She used it in her first beauty salon in Wisconsin named “Lila’s Salon”. The salon was started in the 1920’s and it moved from Wisconsin, then to Oakland, California and finally settled in Willows, California.

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Considering the age of the set, I am surprised that there isn’t  more rust on the chrome. It shows that Lila lovingly took care of this set.

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This vanity set is complete right down to the foot stool.

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The vanity desk has one large drawer and on the right side it has a sterilizer cubby with the sterilizer decal.

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The mirror appears to be original and is heavy. Imagine the countless ladies who looked into this mirror after getting their hair styled. A lot of life happened in front of this mirror.

IMG_8699I plan to clean this set up and put it in our booth at Midway Antique Mall. I hope someone will enjoy it and cares for it as well as Hap’s mother did.

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Heywood Wakefield Vanity Stool and Queen Bed Resto

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It is all done, that’s right the bedroom set is finally complete. I refinished the stool base and dropped it off to Bill at B&T Upholstery with some really cool retro frieze fabric Mel and I picked up on Ebay.

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Here it is before its transformation

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B&T Upholstery did another great job!

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It looks great!

As I mentioned in the title above I managed to refinish the Queen size headboard and foot board for our bed in the Heywood Wakefield champagne finish. I am trying to sell our other bed so I can put this bed up. Here are some pics of its resto:

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The finish on this bed frame was not in the best shape so that I why I refinished it. This is a dog bone bed frame by Heywood Wakefield. I prefer it more than the Rio style bed frame.

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Here is the frame all sanded down. I have refinished a lot of HW pieces but the old finish on this bed frame was on there like glue!

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Here is the foot board after the first staining. It is amazing to watch the transformation between the coats. I put a total of 4 coats to achieve the final finish. Remember to check out Jeff on Ebay to pick up your stain, it is an easy process to refinish any piece.

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As usual the finish is buttery and sooo rich looking. I can not wait for our current bed to sell so I can throw this one up!

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