June 29, 2009

Yes, Another Chair

I couldn't help myself - it was only $4!! I plan on stripping, and refinishing in a dark walnut stain, and doing something fun with the seat (not pictured because the foam was disintegrating and I needed to remove it asap) like a quilted cover, or super colorful fabric. It's a vintage piece, but kind of cheaply made, so I want to do something fun.

I also finished the seats of the 2 danish chairs I've been working on at refinishing class - The bone colored DesignTex vinyl looks great with the richness of the wood. I also used quilters batting instead of foam, and I'm sold - it's cheaper, easier to work with, and has a nicer padded feel - not so springy. We'll see how it holds up. I have 2 more coats of oil, and then I'll post the finished product!

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June 25, 2009

Wishful Wanting & New Sites

Lighted Carnival Letters

Bee Stinger Playing Cards

Power Grips

Historic Bottle Website - Help Identifying Old Bottles

MagCloud - Self Published Magazines

The Cloud Society - A shared creative exercise

** UGH - So Urban Outfitters is selling the same light up marquee letters as well, looks like I'm accidentally trendy. This is off topic, but I LOATHE UO - they are nothing but a cheap crap selling, knock off factory. There have been so many recent occurrences where I find that UO is selling knock off copies of items easily found on ebay or used for many times the vintage price. I know it's nothing new, and many other stores do it, but for some reason, UO really annoys the hell out of me.

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June 24, 2009

Furniture Finishing at the Eliot School

So I haven't been remembering to bring my camera to finishing class, but here are some shots of the bent wood chair. Since it had been refinished before, but had a lot of leftover paint and a mystery clear coat, I had to use a heavy duty, toxic stripper. Which I promptly donated to the school because I never want to use it again - it smelled like dead things, and burned my skin! Nasty, nasty stuff - I'd rather sand. It did do the job, however, and got rid of almost all of the finishes. I did some sanding, but left a lot of the scratches and marks - evidence of it's previous lives. This is one coat of a basic brown stain, which came out lovely - next is a satin finish clear coat.

Sadly, I didn't find any evidence to date the chair - "Made in Poland" is stamped underneath, and "SEPT 22" is stamped one of of the bayonet braces. I was thinking though, that since it has been painted at least 3 times - if there ever was a paper label, it probably would have been removed. I am still convinced that this is an old chair - so many signs of wear and age.

Here's one of the before pics - quite a difference!

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June 23, 2009

Garden in the Woods

On Saturday, during the brief respite from all this RAIN, a friend and I visited the New England Wildflower Society's Garden in the Woods, in Framingham, MA. It's a "living museum - the largest landscaped collection of native plants in the region" with paths, trails, exhibits, and an education center.

It was a really nice way to spend a few hours, walking along the paths, I'd like to go back earlier next year in the spring to see more blooms.

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June 21, 2009

Score of the Decade! Panasonic SG-J500

I scored this awesome c.1984 boom box over the weekend from my go-to thrift store - it's wicked awesome.

So you're thinking so what? Its a boom box, big deal! But wait! That compartment on the bottom?

IT'S A RECORD PLAYER! Yep, that's right! After pressing the small button on the bottom, a shelf slides out to play records!

It works great, and is my new favorite thing! I've kept a handful of records, including my mom's old Beatles albums, for years, and can now finally play them! I can also start digging in record bins at flea markets! Woo!

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June 19, 2009

Friday Inspiration: 50s Kitchen Done Right

I love late mid century, sleek, danish inspired, minimalist design - EXCEPT - in the kitchen. The fondest kitchen memories I have are in homey, cozy, clutter filled, cheery leftover kitchens. The kind most people rip out to put in matching stainless steel and granite. Gotta have that hideous granite!

I'm also usually not a fan of "retro" remodels, where people try for that clich├ęd "diner" look. It's always pink and blue, and poorly made replicas of things that would not have actually been in anyone's home. Terrible!

So I surprised myself by really digging this kitchen from Berkshire Living Home + Garden magazine - they really got it just right, and avoided the cheesy mistakes most people make trying to get a look like this. The owners sourced vintage cabinets, appliances and fixtures, and carefully mixed in modern materials.

THE BRICK HOUSE clued me in that this is Pam's kitchen from the Retro Renovation blog .... and has been featured on many other blogs and publications, turns out I'm pretty late to the party, ha ha ha!

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June 16, 2009

Rearranged Design - My House Tour!

Check out my house on Rearranged Design! In fact, check out all of the house tours that Ana has posted - I'm in some good company! Thanks Ana.

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June 14, 2009

Handmade Wedding

I've been reading a lot of posts on other blogs lately about handmade and diy weddings, and I wanted to share some of the handmade details from a close friends wedding. She and her husband put a lot of care and thought into their wedding - friends and family all pitched in to create a really personal, memorable wedding.

1. Custom designed letterpress invitations, designed and printed by friends
2. Custom designed name pins in wedding colors, blue for groom and yellow for bride, designating bride or groom party made by a friend
3. Handmade hair pins from SF's Chinatown, for bride and close friends
4. Bride's bouquet made by her mom
5. All of the plates and china was bought second hand, in cute vintage patterns - some sent from friends in Germany, Florida, and San Francisco
6. Centerpieces were made by the bride's mom, in vintage china, flower's from bride's yard and from on site
7. Vegan/seafood dinner was provided by a local non-profit "Food Project"
8. Gifts were at each place setting, vegan donuts in handmade gift bags
9. Napkins were all second hand in vintage patterns
10. Paper globe lights in blue and white were strung over the dance floor
11. The bride made her own custom topper, on top of the vegan cake
12. Vintage typewriter used for guests as a sign-in/message book, and handmade origami table assignments

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June 13, 2009

Saturday Morning Internet Shopping

Red Rim Metal Wire Basket at Wisteria

Yellow Silk Parachute
at Uncle Sam's

I don't know why exactly, except that I used to love playing with a parachute in gym class in elementary school. We would trap air in it and sit inside....

Brady Wessex Bag at British Sporting Ltd.

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June 12, 2009

Wayne White

Both Vicki from The Sassy Pickle and Conn from Cuckoo for Coconuts commented how my altered art reminds them of Wayne White. I have to say I'm honored, because Wayne's work is just awesome compared to my little project.

Images from Wayne White Western Project and Adam Baumgold Gallery

Also check out his new monograph at AMMO BOOKS

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