Monthly Archives: June 2013

Mid Mod Mad Chairs, an Atomic Mirror Shadowbox and more!

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One day last week I met dear Hubby for coffee (he works the midnight shift) and we spent a  little time together while we waited for a local advertised sale to open.

Oh. My. Gosh.

It was an old Mom & Pop furniture store that had recently closed. They were selling off all remaining merchandise. We thought we might get a deal on something we probably didn’t even need. And boy did we!

This place had not been remodeled or updated since the late 50’s (my best guess). They had all manner of mid-century furniture, lamps and wall art that had been on display in the store back in the day but have never sold.

It was all a bit dirty so I snapped photos while it was all  lined up in our driveway airing out.

Look what we got for $10!

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As if that white one isn’t cool enough, we got another one in black, also $10.

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We also got a great pair of tall blonde night stands for $20. They still have their original paper tags on the back. The shelves lift up and flip out to make a nice place for your book, laptop or beverage. During the day you can close them up and hide what is stored in the bottom. These will be used in the basement for storing our ever-growing record album and CD collection.

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This blonde 3 piece stacking unit was a mix and match set. Originally you must have been able to pick the pieces you wanted to put together.  The ones we purchased are stamped on the back “bar unit”, “record cabinet” and the other just has a model number. They were $10 each.  They will get stacked in the basement for housing the stereo, albums and CD’s.

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This great “Steelmaster” locking file cabinet was also a great find at $20. If Hubby does not want it for the garage or basement I will use it in my craft/ sewing closet. I also think it would work great in a kitchen, for cookbooks, utensils or linens.

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You  may remember I picked up a pair of  old  metal chairs (sometimes referred to as motel chairs) at an estate sale for $10. I could see green, yellow and aqua paint under that dirty red. They looked like this:

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After a date with some spray paint and primer, this is the new color:

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And here is the goody I promised to show you from our buying trip a few weeks ago:

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This was only $60. I have to get some plastic greenery for the little box. It is already hanging in the living room.

So do you think I got some deals?

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An Easy DIY project, a Collins Purse and a Groovy Serving Cart

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In my last post, I told you of a great (Enid) Collins of Texas purse I found on a buying trip. I have yet to find another one like it online so for now I am keeping it. That little purse has started another collection.

Here is my newest, which I quickly snagged off Etsy with a Mothers Day gift certificate from the oldest son:

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I have already received many compliments from all the gals in my life! They guys not so much. They kind of roll their eyes.

We have been working (slowly) in the basement, trying to finish up after the awful sewer back up this past spring.

Only 1/2 of my basement is living space.  The other half is a very large storage area where we keep Christmas and other out of season things. The door to that and to the crawl space were just plywood on hinges so Hubby primed and painted them, trimmed them out with ranch style trim and we decided to make them works of art!  Well, maybe not “art”, but something interesting to look at anyway.

Here are some before photos of those doors:

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Hubby likes all matter of mid-century guy stuff, so we decided to make collages. I purchased poster boards (so the “art” would be removable when we want to change up the theme) and cut out ads from old magazines I had. I then decoupaged them to the poster boards and hung them with tacks on the doors. The whole project cost less than $10 for both doors.

Voila:

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Here is a little close up:

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The bigger door:

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A close up:

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A few weeks back a dear friend messaged me while she was on vacation to say she had found me a groovy serving cart on wheels for $15!  Her and her poor Hubby dragged it home for me in the back of their vehicle.

Isn’t is great in my kitchen with my Fred Press atomic glasses and the gold leaves chip & dip?

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I hope you are all having a wonderful summer!