Mel and I came across this hutch when it was in an antique store called Atomic Living Hayward, which is sadly out of business now. I regreted not buying it when we saw it the first time. Then, I was hitting antique stores in San Jose, CA and BOOM, there it was again! I knew this must have been destiny, so I jumped right on it. Fortunately, there was a sale too!It appears it was mounted in/on a wall. The condition of the paneling on the sides and top was pretty bad. The side lower back corners had delamination and wood loss. As always when it comes to cabinetry work, I rely on my Step-Father Dave. I had no desire to try and replace the panels on each side and the top. We decided to recover the whole cabinet with 1/4 inch plywood to make it look like new. Once we cut each panel to size, we glued it and brad nailed it to the cabinet. Another challenge we had was that we needed to build a base for the legs to attach to. I decided I wanted to use 28″ hairpin legs to prop this cabinet up. Thank god for clamps! With the base built and the cabinet recovered it looked like a new cabinet. With the new plywood attached, we needed to add a trim piece to hide the repair. Here you can see the new trim and paneling. With the cabinet fully repaired it was time to attach the legs to this piece!Now time for paint!I wanted it to match the goldish tan color of our rattan. I took a small piece to Home Depot and matched it. I wanted to paint the striated wood insert a greenish color that would compliment our tiki room. With it painted, it was time to get glass cut for the top and install interior lighting. Ta Da! We are really pleased how it turned out. Melody and I are big fans of striated wood pieces. This doesn’t hold all our tiki mugs, but it adds loads more interest to the room.Now that this is done it’s off to the next restoration!
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When we started our blog about 6 years ago, our focus was on sharing our mid century decor collection and restoration techniques. Over the years, we’ve evolved and became more diverse in our collection and what we are involved with. Because of this, Hepcat Restorations no longer represents who we are. We are now rebranding ourselves as Hepcats Haven. Hepcats Haven will showcase a broader time period of collecting and restoration of items from the 1940’s-1980’s. We’ve expanded to photoshoot location booking and prop rentals. However, we are no longer offering restoration services.
Thanks to all of you who have followed us through our many adventures and shared your thoughts. We hope you continue to join us in this new journey.
Mel and I were driving home from a visit to our shop inside Midway Antique Mall. On the way home we glanced over on a side street and saw a mid century couch and chair set. We rapidly swung a U turn and drove back to the house that had them out front. We jumped out and could not believe how large the couch was. The colors were still vibrant on all the pieces and the upholstery had the really cool design, as you can see.
While we were drooling over them the owner came out and said they were his mothers. She was the original owner and they were purchased while her husband was in the Air Force stationed at Travis AFB. When he died she moved into a trailer park and had it with her till her passing. You could see they were triggers for his memories of her and the years they were with her.
Usually, when we place something in our shop, we like to stage it but the couch is so large we had to just place them in the room.
Unfortunately, there are only material tags on these pieces. We could not find a designers/makers name.
If you are in the market for an ultra cool living room set, you can check it this out in our showroom Midway Antique Mall.
Please join us to celebrate the mall wide Summer Sale at Midway Antique Mall. This event runs from June 27th through July 27th. Mel and I will be at the shop this coming Friday and Saturday from 10am-2pm to kick off the event.
Hepcat Restorations will be offering a 15% discount on all items in our store (except items marked firm).
5130 Madison Ave, Sacramento, CA 95841
Mall is open every day from
If I had to pick another mid century artist that I am taken with, it would have to be Shirrell Graves. His art is so fantastic! I love his use of watercolor and airbrush. I recently discovered two Shirrell Graves pieces on eBay. These came from a liquidator of an art studio in Cincinnati. I had never seen a set like these and was soo excited to have won the auctions!
I am not sure why he painted numerous versions of the same flowers. I assume he was trying to find the layout he liked the best.
The seller of these pieces said the winner of the eBay auction could buy these and cut them up for resale!!!! What? Why would you ever do that? I guess if you were driven by money you would consider this. I would never dream of splitting these sets up into pieces. Here is a better look at the black and white flowers…
Here is a better look at the pink flowers…
I might have a vintage frame that will accommodate both pieces. Mel and I also picked up a couple of other Shirrell Graves pieces recently.