Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I'm in Blue Heaven China

This past thanksgiving I went over to my parents house. I watched in horror and excitement as my Mom dished out our food on BLUE HEAVEN CHINA FROM THE 50's. I was like "Where did you get those and why are you using them????" My Mom explained that they were a gift from my Grandmother back in the 50's and now they are my parents 'everyday dishes'. I could not believe it. I explained to her that these are hot little items for vintage freaks like myself, and I also informed her that she was losing custody of them and they were going to MY house to be put on display. She didn't mind as long as I bought her some replacement 'everyday dishes'. NO PROBLEM!
I now have an almost complete set of Blue Heaven China (give or take a few that my Mom said got broken). I bought a nifty little hutch to display them in. These dishes are now retired. I know a lot of people love to eat off of their vintage dishes, but I can't do it. I have a hard enough time using old Pyrex. I'm scared everything is going to break. MY QUESTION TO ANYONE THAT READS THIS.... do you use your vintage dishes / Pyrex? Or do you just display them? Do you also confiscate vintage things from your family like I do? :)

Saturday, December 26, 2009

vintage on a budget

almost a year ago my roommate and I bought a 1940s fixer-upper that we would eventually rent out. The house was in lousy shape and did not have much vintage character left to it. Our goal was to restore it with vintage charm, but not spend a lot of money doing it since it would eventually be a rental house. This led us to do some creative upgrades that did not cost a lot of money, and actually added quite a bit of old-time flavor to the house. Here is one of the projects - the old dining room. I went to Habitat for Humanity and bought a common gold chandelier for $5.00. I spray painted it flat black. I found a ceiling medallion at a garage sale for $1.00. I attached it to the ceiling after scraping all the pop-corn texture off of it (I hate that stuff, and I had to get it tested for asbestos first). I Picked up some chair rail trim at Home Depot, cost about .75 cents a foot. Bought some "oops" paint at home-depot for half the price and used both colors above and below the chair rails. This room cost about $50.00 to do, and there was plenty of paint do use in the living room. The people that just moved into the house absolutely love it. I love it too, I feel the old house now has part of its former glory back, and the vintage touches that we added to it helped attract a great family.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Thrift store goodies

Saturday mornings consist of driving around the neighborhood looking for garage and estate sales. The last stop is always the homeless shelter thrift store that gets TONS of donations and often has castaway mid-century furniture. Lucky for me they think these pieces are worth about $10 bucks, because thats usually what I end up paying for them. Here are a few recent buys that I loooove

Front Door Restore - with a little help from Crestview doors

After two years of living with the plain jane front door, my roommate suggested we sand it down to the wood, and retro it up. So, after some searching and shopping, we decided on the "Pasadena" from www.crestviewdoors.com. They had so many cool retro window inserts it was hard to decide. When the inserts came in, it took about a day to strip the door paint, sand it, and cut out the windows. My old house is now a little more vintage!