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Repurpose of Vintage Department Store Display

Repurpose of Vintage Department Store Display

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!

Hepcats Evolution

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 Because of this, Hepcat Restorations no longer represents who we are.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’ll continue to sell vintage home decor in our showroom at Midway Antique Mall, and we’ve expanded to photoshoot location booking and prop rentals.  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.

Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour Recap

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Well, Mel and I have finally gotten back to normal after such a big event.  The home tour was a lot of work, but well worth it.  We had a fantastic turnout and we got to meet so many of our neighbors, followers of our blog, and made some new friends.

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An event this large doesn’t happen by accident.  It is through a lot of hard work and sacrifice of dedicated people.  We’d like to thank the following folks for everything they put into making this such a successful event.  First off, we would like to thank the SacMod team who put this all together and made the event run seamlessly.  Thanks to the Sacramento Art Deco Society volunteers who helped manage the crowds during the tour.  A special shout out to our friend Jon of SacMod, my Mom Shirl & Step-Father Dave for sticking with us the ENTIRE day!  Finally, a huge thanks to the guests!

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We were up early on tour day trying to make sure everything was perfect.  We even tried to stage the front yard with vintage cement pink flamingos, atomic lawn furniture, and of course, Betty-Lou our 55′ Chevy Bel Air!

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Mel & I even dressed up for the event.  Shane: Vintage Paradise Found Pink Flamingo shirt. This is the same style shirt worn by Tom Selleck in Magnum PI.  Mel: Pinup Girl Clothing Jersey Cap Sleeve Top and Best Frocks Forever – Circle Skirt in Midcentury Bubble

People started showing up right at 9am and they came in waves.  Below is a video of the line that started to form outside our house.

The line is forming!!! #sacmcmhometour

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 As you can see in the video below of our kitchen & dining rooms, our house was literally packed with tour guests.

 

Here’s a video of our living room.  Volunteers from the Sacramento Art Deco Society even dressed in Art Deco period clothing, which complimented the tour nicely.  This is Linda at our front door.

All the folks who toured our home were very respectful and so complimentary of our home and collection.  We loved being around so many folks who appreciated the same things we do.  We even received gifts from folks who wanted us to have items to add to our collection. We received a lamp, bathroom fish & bubbles, and tiki mugs.  It was also great to find out that some of our blog followers made special trips just for the home tour.  Some readers came out as far as Texas, Arizona, and Los Angeles.  We want to extend a special thanks to those guests who traveled a great distance to see our home.

As promised, for folks who were unable to make the tour, we’re posting photos & videos of each room in our home.  There is too much to include in just one post, so you’ll see separate posts for each room over the next few weeks.  Let’s start with a video of the tiki room.  Unfortunately, there isn’t any music (so we don’t infringe upon any copyright issues).  Just imagine Martin Denny’s tropical music playing in the background.

Below are some shots of the room for a more detailed view.

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.

Bo-Low Leopard Lamp Restoration

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Mel and I picked up this Bo-Low lamp sometime back. We had been admiring it for a while at a local antique shop and were finally able to acquire it. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find out anything about the Bo-Low Lamp Co.

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As you can see, it looks like it traveled around a bit. It also had a chunk of chalk missing from a part of the top of the tree.

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I used my usual process to repair it.

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The next step was to paint the whole cat a cream color to help even out it’s finish, and so that the new color would take better.

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I then applied the main undercoat.

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As you can see from this photo, this cat had no real detail and was almost a cream color.

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Here is the same head shot after I added detail and color.

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Painting the leopard spots are fairly simple. Just make misshapen marks like I did above.

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The next step is to apply a small amount of black around parts of the brown to create the tradition leopard spot.

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Here is the original.

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Here it is after I refinished it.

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The original base was just tan so I added a grass effect to the bottom so it would tie in with its awesome shade.

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It’s coming along as you can see, just the tail left to complete.

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Just adding some finishing touches.

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Ta Da! Here it is all done!

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We have had this shade sitting around for sometime, and this seems like the perfect shade for this lamp.

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I am very happy with how it turned out.

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Tiki Room Tour

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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.

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

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

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

Witco End Table Restoration

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Mel and I purchased this table a while back from our friends over at M.A.R.K. Vintage. This table was well used and I decided to freshen it up!

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The front lower corner had a couple of pieces that broke off that I glued back into place. Those are the piece in the foreground.

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As you can see, the top is well worn….that will soon be remedied!

I started sanding the top with a low grit sand paper so I could get rid of the years of build up and expose the beautiful wood grain underneath.

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This is one of my favorite things about restoring wood pieces. I love how the grain comes back to life when sanded.

The sides of the tabletop had a couple of places where the veneer had chipped off. Here is how I fixed it…

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you can use this repair process on all veneer pieces. The issue you will run into is finding wood that will match the existing wood grain and color. Matching the color can be achieved with stain but there are no guarantees.

With damage like this, the first thing you need is to chisel the damaged area square.

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Next you need to try and craft a piece of wood roughly the same thickness and as close as possible to the same measurements. You want it tight so the repair will be a seamless as possible.

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Next place a light amount of glue on both surfaces. If you cut the piece right it will have to tap it into place, like I said it should be tight.

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Once it is in place cut off the excess.

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This is roughly how it should look.

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Next, apply some glue on the surface area of the repair.

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While the glue is wet you will want to sand the repair area. The sanding will produce dust and friction/heat making a paste that will fill in any gaps around the inserted piece of wood.

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Those are some good looking toes!

As you can see, the base is worn and dried out from years of sitting.

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I decided I would apply a darker stain to the base to help hide any damage sustained over the years. After I made the repairs to the top, I sanded it all down one more time and stained it with a light stain. After all this was done I sprayed both pieces with numerous coats of polyurethane.

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SHAZAAAAMMM!

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Since I didn’t have exotic wood for that repair I had to hide the repair by imitating wood grain on the side of the table top. This hides my repair. I think it turned out great.

With the base being darker than the top it makes the top stand out. I am very pleased with how this turned out.

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