Katie Thompson does the most extraordinary things with vintage suitcases. She turns them into chairs. Katie invites people to bring their vintage suitcases to her
This little tutorial over on Instructables is helpful for reupholstering an old, old footstool, but the best part is how to turn cardboard tack strip into flat welting to hide the staples. Otherwise, you would glue on gimp or hard-to-make double welt cord. This gives you a slick, low profile finish around the edge. See the full, step-by-step tutorial.
Christina shows us how to make the prettiest vintage cake stands from secondhand items that, when put together, look like a very upscale (code for 'expensive') serving piece. (Don't they look like they could be in a Martha magazine?) If you're as smitten as I with the idea, here's what we'll need to make one (the construction reminds me of my garden decor post from earlier this week):
One of the 14 original projects in Make It! Secondhand Chic, is a circa 1970's suitcase turned side table, but its maker, Chris, gave it that fresh mid-mod vibe that we've come to expect from him. In this option, an old folding director's chair serves as the legs of the side table while the vintage suitcase on top gives the whole look a steampunk feel.
If you wanna see Chris's version, you'll have to snag a copy of Make It! Secondhand...
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Table purchased Saturday at a city wide 1/2 price sale at Goodwill.
In one out of ten posts I usually mention a shopping trip to Goodwill. For me, it's Mecca, one of my favorite places to relax and do some serious creative thinking. I promote you; I laud you on your good works and pure mission, etc. However, the prices on used furniture and furnishings have skyrocketed beyond realistic value. I mean, come...
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The houndstooth check is the only new material in this stool and it was even a leftover piece I had in my fabric stash. So it turns out that the entire stool was made from used and found materials that came together in this new design. Check out my DIY Journal at
Is your lover a lover of all things mid-century? If so, these little gems just might make her/him swoon. First up are a set of 2 ruby-red aluminum martini glasses from Betty's Attic. Just 10 bucks for the pair and you and your boo will be sipping in style.
Also from Betty's Attic is this aluminum pitcher. It's 7.75" high x 5.5" in diameter and a measly
Georgia over at JunkMarket Style has got it going on. She found a hideous hanging light at a thrift store, started to walk away when the sacred lightbulb of creativity went on. Take a look at the way she restyled this (literal) piece of junk into this sophisticated Paris hanging lamp.
Dave and Rebecca from The Vintage Life started the blog, in their own words, to "share our passion for living the vintage lifestyle. From the home we own and fill with 1950 and 1960s items to our vintage camper and boat, we are proud to be vintage through and through. Join us on our vintage journey, so far it has been a great ride."
Over the last few days, they've been featuring a series of vintage postcards they found in an now-closed antique store in Columbus, WI.
Yes, please! Who wouldn't want this technological delight waiting for them every morning? Inspired by the 1954 Philco Predicata television, an antique typewriter keyboard and a state of the art Windows 7 operating system, Schultzeworks' designed this citrus-y beauty titled 'Philco PC' for a recent design competiton sponsored by AGSVIS, makers of V-ray for Rhino. Lead designer Dave Schultze explains
This ApartmentTherapy photo is featuring wallpaper. To me, it screams "buy both of them" in reference to the chairs. I've said it before, here on Curbly, and I'll say it again, ALWAYS buy a pair if they're available.
One of my upholstery students arrived last week with a beautiful maple, mid century modern Conant Ball chair she just purchased at Goodwill. An unusual and exceptional find at Goodwill!
"Why, of course. Just allow me to wind it up for you."
At least, that's what I WOULD say, if I snagged myself a pair of these Salt & Pepper Bots. "[These] condiments have come to life! They will waddle wherever you tell them to,so the next time someone wants the pepper, wind up the key, and pepper they shallhave! Mercilessly marching towards them like the terminator, more of a threat to dull
tastes than the human race."
Plan 59 is an online museum and gift shop of mid-century illustrations and art. Full of vintage advertising images, sales literature, and just plain old retro art, it's the kind of place in which you can get lost for hours. They even have a collection entitled "Decor" where you can resource and get inspiration for your own mid-century spaces.
How I DIY cleverly turned some chunks of wood into vintage dominoes. The procedure sounds simple enough--and CHEAP too, especially if you have some of the supplies on hand.
Here's what should be on your supplies list:
Candy over on Junk Market Style scored a vintage ceiling tile at a flea market for 2 bucks. She decided to frame it with the help of rummage sale frame and some snot dots. The result is a very easy floating frame installation.
Love the sound of the jingle bells and the vibraphone playing bossa nova Christmas carols? Love swanky retro decor in colors other than red and green? Perhaps a tiki mug full of a candy cane martini?
Then, my friend, you're primed to host a mod Christmas party.
Many a vintage//thrifted/solastseason sweater were patterned with a boxy look that doesn't flatter anyone's figure. But don't place that classy secondhand gem back on the rack just yet. Sarai Mitnick is on top of it.
"My grandmother gave me this gorgeous rose pink vintage cashmere sweater a couple years back and though I’ve worn it from time to time, it was really too big for me and felt really frumpy. I finally took action and could not be...
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Can you think of anything unappealing about the design of vintage typewriters? They evoke feelings of long, arduous hours of thinking and rethinking brilliant ideas, plunking along until the last page is yanked from the rollers with satisfied uncertainty. It's old school at its best. Even if you're not a writer, you can't deny the coolness of a vintage typwriter sitting there all "I still look so good, even if you prefer a boring keyboard". Grab one or two before it's too late. Plus, it's a darned clever way to add a splash of color...