Sunday, December 12, 2010

Miles of tiles

All i can say is I've been tiling for days. Who knew tiling could make your muscles ache? subway tiles are very time consuming, but I am already pleased with how things are looking. I'm also pretty impressed with the magazine rack/ toilet paper holder my roommate made to take the space of the removed wall furnace. I can't wait for this project to be over!!!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

the 50's pink bathroom I never knew...

I'm sure my guest bathroom was once a beautiful site. Pink tile with elephant gray bullnose trim. When i bought the house 4 years ago the tile already had a few layers of 'tile paint' applied to it. As the years have gone on, the paint has chipped revealing the beautiful tiles that once were. Unfortunately the tiles were all scoured so the paint would stick. I made a tough decision last week. I had a tile painter come over and give me a quote on stripping all the paint and repainting the tiles white (keep in mind there is NO restoring these tiles, they are all scoured). After getting the EXPENSIVE quote, I decided I could redo this bathroom myself and give it the vintage honor it deserves for about the same price. So thirty minutes after the tile painter left, I started chipping off all the old tiles. Here as some pics of half way through, and after they are gone and the floor is leveled. Notice that back in the 50s tile was laid on 1 1/2 inch slabs of concrete (even the walls!). To give my house the vintage guest bath it so badly deserves, I am going to go with white subway tiles on the walls, with black subway trim tiles as an accent. The floor will be black and white octagon tiles. The hole in the wall left by the wall furnace (my skilled plumber removed this and capped the gas line) will become a built-in magazine rack.
The original tub is staying. The original toilet is forming a crack, and so it must go. Anyways, I'm sad that I'm removing tiles that were apart of an original 50s pink bathroom, but I am also excited about having a fresh new bathroom that compliments the days of old.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Megan's Kroehler slipper chair

Lucky Megan! She found this Kroehler slipper on Wednesday at a local thrift. Today she brought it by and we washed the upholstery. Busy day of re-doing chairs (her chair and my chrome chairs). After all was said and done, I needed a couple of these:

Thursday, November 25, 2010

50s Formica Dinette Chrome Chairs re-do

3 done! 3 more to go. I have to say on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the most difficult), this project is an easy 2. The vinyl came in a few days ago, and I LOVE the color. I got 3 yards at $5.85 (got it here), I got way to much, I probably could have been fine with 2 yards for the 6 seats. The aqua color looks great with the original gray cracked ice chair backs. The backs are in good shape and therefore I'm keeping as is. Anyways here are the first 3:


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Time for the formica dinnete chairs redo!

I have been contemplating this redo for a while now. I love my formica dinette, and want to keep as much of the chair vinyl as possible since it is original gray cracked ice. I've decided that the chair backs are fine, but the chair seats definitely need to be replaced since they are all ripped. So, I am going to only replace the seats with an aqua vinyl. Believe me, the replica cracked-ice vinyl they make now a days looks like it would be a mistake. See my original post for the issues with replica cracked ice vinyl.

So, I ordered 3 yards of aqua vinyl, at a great price of $6 a yard plus shipping. This is extremely inexpensive compared to other online vinyl, so I hope I don't get screwed. The sample swatch seems very nice and durable.

Now, what are my chairs going to end up looking like? Hopefully close to the picture below that i snagged off the net. I think the aqua vinyl seats will add a real cool color splash to the overall dinette.

I really hope I don't **** this up.

Monday, November 15, 2010

It's beginning to look a little bit like Christmas

I only have a couple things out right now, but I couldn't wait. Sad part is I put these out a few days after Halloween. There is much more to go. Have y'all put anything out yet??

Monday, November 8, 2010

Vintage woes......

the sales have been hit or miss lately. We have found a few things, but some have not turned out so great :( . Sometimes a vintage item that you pickup doesn't always workout, and when that happens in this house, it goes in the "disappointments room" :). The disappointments room is worth it's own posting, but for now I'm writing about a few items that are making their way into that room, and eventually into another loving home.

Last weekend I found these Jadeite casserole dishes. They say Fireking on the bottom, and needless to say I scooped them up and took them home.. and my roommate says 'Did you see it says "Fireking ... not microwave safe.... 2000"'? Ugh I missed that! Is it awful that I don't even want to use them now????

Then there is this Lux clock. I love the shape of it and its overall look. Problem? every minute on the minute you hear the number flip. I can't get used to it!

...and finally, Tommy found this set of 8 curtain panels in excellent condition. We just don't know if they are vintage enough for any of the rooms, or would really fit the style of the house.
What do you think? Am I being overly negative about these thing? I just feel if I don't reeealy appreciate something, it should go to a home that would love it.

Monday, October 25, 2010

vintage glasses and 78rpm records!

Once again I had no luck this weekend... but my roommate and Megan did! I'm so glad we all keep an eye out for each other when we are at sales.
Since acquiring a 1940's working record player, I have been on the lookout for 78's to play on it. Megan hit a sale this weekend and found a very cool vintage 78 holder with about 50 records in it..... all for a buck!

We've got hours of fun old music to listen to! Megan also found me a Pyrex carafe to add to my collection (also a dollar), and Tommy found a set of 5 vintage drinking glasses....

Thanks kiddos!

Craigslist woes....

this is just a quick post to rant. I am selling my old (modern) bedroom furniture to make room for the 50s bedroom set that I want use. So, I posted it on craigslist and a girl called and really wanted the set, we made plans for her to come yesterday at 6pm to get it. She even texted me in the morning to make sure everything was still on schedule. So, I clean all the bedroom furniture, move it out into the kitchen so it will be easier for her friends to move. They NEVER show, and they didn't answer any of my calls. So finally I said screw it and me and Megan go have sushi. Later last night, the girl called at 12:35 AM!!!!! I didn't answer, and the voicemail she left was just people talking in the background. I've had ok luck with craigslist, but this is my first brush with a seemingly irresponsible person. I HATE that someone I don't know now has my number, address and my first name.
ok thanks for listening.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

back from Maine

I haven't posted anything in more than a week because I got to go back from a visit to my "home".... Maine. I am originally from this unbelievable state. Its absolutely beautiful this time of year, and I love the cold, windy beaches. My parents also headed up there for my Mom's 50th yr high school reunion. We all ventured up Hwy 1, and if you have never been there there are lots of antique stores and 1950's motor courts. Take a look at the 1950s pink bathroom at one of the motor courts i stayed at!

I love staying at old motor courts:

I got my fill of lobster rolls and steamers. When I finally got back home to Texas I was ready to get out the Pyrex and whip up a nasty casserole! Hope everyone is doing great!

Monday, October 11, 2010

HUGE mid century modern lamps, lucite dinette and other finds

I can't say I had much luck this weekend...
so all credit for this weekends finds go to my rad retro roommate Tommy, and Megan for calling him frantically Saturday morning to tip him off about an unreal estate sale.

This is what he found!
Giant MCM lamp..... its 5 feet tall:

and this giant lamp table.... It's almost as tall as me:

This near MINT surfboard coffee table. It has a label of 'Brown Saltman of California':

At the same sale was a 6-chair Lucite dinette in great condition (seat cushions are going to be redone). The table is grayish brown glass. I couldn't take a picture of it because there is absolutely no room in the house for it, its in the garage disassembled.

Also found, a set of 25 turquoise/gold glass set, MCM ashtray, and recipe box:

We decided the Lucite dinette will need to be re-sold to another MCM home after we sew the vinyl cushions. Its a little too MCM for this house (if that makes any sense at all). We are still deciding on whether or not to keep the giant lamps. It's times like this that I think it would be best to open a booth at the local vintage store!

Monday, October 4, 2010

smoky estate sale...

Hit a really good estate sale this weekend. The house was a little smoky to say the least. But hey, loving vintage means you may occasionally find something you love that is smoky, moth bally, or just old smelling. Usually I can get the smell of smoke out of stuff I have bought, but nothing is getting these shapely pillows smoke-free. I love the shapes of these old things, they go perfect on my couch. They fluffed up really nice after their long soaking, but peeee-uuuuu its gonna take some drastic measures to get the stink out of these. Next step - sealing them up in a plastic back with Bounce dryer sheets. Hopefully a couple days will do the trick.

happiness is...

entertaining friends using nothing 'new'.

Friday, September 24, 2010

1950s Kroehler furniture

I love Kroehler. Sometimes you can find it at an estate sale for super cheap (I have a 1930's Kroehler char i got for $20 bucks at a garage sale), and sometimes they go for a pretty penny. I have always wanted a chair /sofa set but can never find them. Finally this week at a vintage store I found a set, and after some haggling I grabbed them up! I love this set so much, I love the color, and the little gold flecks throughout the fabric. Im going to rent an upholstery cleaner from the store and clean these up (I can easily cause a plume of dust to come up if I pat my hand on them). So here they are, in the living room ready to be loved. My other vintage furniture that was in here is now in the second living room, which doubles as the vintage dumping ground of things i need to find a place in this house for. That's a whole other blog!
Anyways, hope everyone is doing great!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

todays surprise find..

I have a thing for 50s lamps lately and what sucks is i rarely find them at garage sales, and never with a fiberglass shade. Until today! I found this little slice of 50s heaven for $8. It needed some cleaning up, and i re-wired it. It now proudly shines it all its turquoise glory.

Also... Lilly and her nasty frog say "hello!"

Thursday, September 16, 2010

We've got some catching up to do...

Work has been crazy busy. I usually spend my evenings at home on my laptop working. The joys of a career in troubleshooting software bugs. That, combined with the fact that I couldn't find my camera for a week left me helpless. So I finally found the camera, here is whats been going on around here lately....

I've been lamp crazy lately. Bought this pair (ebay) for the master bedroom redo. They are in the living room right now.

Had some pyrex luck. I've been waiting a year to find some butterprint pyrex at a garage sale. This past week I found two garage sales with them! Also got some pink gooseberry fridge dishes for my friend Megan who has put me on a quest to find her pink pyrex. This makes 3 pink pieces so far!

...and on a sad note, i bought this beautiful turquoise lamp on ebay. It arrived broken. I was seriously sad about this, the lamp was beautiful. This is a photo of the back of it, it was broken in 2, and lots of little pieces broken off. Luckily, the seller was very honest and kind, and refunded the full amount. Hooray for good ebay sellers.
Hope everyone is doing well!!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Venturing out of the neighborhood

I realized this weekend that my neighborhood isn't the only place in the world that has estate sales. I took friday off from work, and me and a car full of vintage loving friends drove 20 minutes south, into Dallas. Oh my, did you know that the really rich neighborhoods tend of have even nicer vintage things? Well hell who knows what I have been missing out on. Not only did we all find good stuff, we all left happy and I bonded with a couple of guys that were running one of the estate sales. Its nice to have career dealers on your side. One of them may sell me an old Kroehler chair that has been sitting in their garage. Anyways, here are some finds and purchases from this weekend. Thanks Megan for the huge butterfly pyrex casserole!!

Pyrex starburst with warmer. If you love Pyrex, you know why I'm scared to even touch it
(pretty rare).

$4 gravel art. I finally have one!

Pyrex and Douglas glass tea pot

atomic magazine rack.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Carlo of Hollywood art

I can't believe I found these by a dumpster.

Kidding! I would just like peoples opinion on his art. I don't own any Carlo works, but am debating weather or not i want to. The thing that I am attracted to is the frames. They come in trapezoid, distorted shapes that I love. So, am i up for paying $150 just because i like the frame? Or perhaps I haven't found the right Carlo piece to fall in love with? These go for a pretty penny on ebay.

Anyone own any of his pieces or frames? My fear with buying art on ebay is the condition it will actually arrive in (water damage, etc), so I may have to search locally. I do love his frames though, I wish I could make something like this.

Monday, August 30, 2010

this is not pink, its salmon.

I've been short on blogging time lately due to me remodeling the master bedroom. Major pain, but its almost done. Time to start picking out some stuff for the walls. I found this beautiful SALMON colored plug in light. Where am I going to put it? Well right smack dab above the headboard, centered. Easy access for some late night reading. I loooooove this light, i think it will make a nice contrast against the jadeite walls. I got it on ebay, and actually had an above average experience... I bought a few things from this seller who combined my shipping, and then actually REFUNDED part of the cost after the shipping didn't turn out to be quite as much. I never saw it coming. Glad to see there are still great sellers out there.

Monday, August 23, 2010

is it too early to put these up?

another hot day today in north Texas, the rain storms lately are short and furious, blowing over trees and barely watering peoples yards. Days like these make look forward to the coming months filled with week after week of cool weather and reasons to bust out the vintage holiday decorations. I love old holiday stuff. Right now I am admiring some of my newly acquired Halloween decorations. Some of them I bought because we had them when i was a kid. These little dudes will only be locked up for another month before they are put out to add some old Halloween charm in this vintage house of mine. I kind of want to put them up now...

Monday, August 16, 2010

mid century art.... and a baby chair?

got a hold of some mid-century art this past weekend at a garage sale. I really needed this stuff cause some of the walls are looking bare. the back label on one of them says 'Turner Wall Accessory". They look nice, and compliment the mid-century sofa. I'm always glad when I find stuff i really need. Now the flip side of this story is that a few weekends ago me and Megan got a ton of stuff at an estate sale. there was a cool old baby high-chair with cracked-ice vinyl that was $20. It was nice to look at, but neither of us wanted or needed it, so we didn't give it a second look. The other day I was driving by that particular house and they had a bunch of trash on the curb. I saw the baby chair sitting there waiting for the garbage man!! No way I could let this be lost forever in a landfill. I grabbed it, and I have absolutely no idea what I am going to do with it. Megan is creative, I'm sure she can take it home and repurpose into something cool that I would never think of. Anyways, glad i rescued this, even though i don't need it.

Friday, August 13, 2010

unselfish thrifting

This summer I have been on the lookout for pink Pyrex for my friend Megan. Believe it or not I actually found a casserole dish this past weekend at a garage sale for $4. It was in an old box, next to a jar of Peter Pan peanut butter (still had peanutbutter in it), with a 'best by' date of 1985. yuk. Anyways Megan freaked over her Pyrex..... i don't know whats better, finding a vintage treasure for yourself, or finding a vintage treasure you know a friend will love.

Saturday, July 31, 2010


WOW what a day! Megan came over at 8 oclock this morning, and her myself and my roommate hit the garage sales. We managed to find another Cosco cart, Cosco stool, vintage chip and dip set, Fireking mugs, 40's napkins, tablecloths and s&p shakers, 1910's postcards and the list goes on. Take a look at the pics. After garage sailing, Megan and I spent the afternoon restoring her new Cosco tray and I restored one of mine thats been sitting in the garage. We also cleaned up her Cosco stool. I turned my cart yellow, and she restored hers to pink. Befor and after pics are shown. What a great day! To celebrate, Megan is now cooking us up some good old fashioned cheeseburgers and fries. Hope everyone is having a great weekend.