Buy a 'Vintage' T and Get a Free One Year Membership to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Diy Maven

Vintage Roadside celebrates the American roadside and ‘the incredible history and advertising graphics from mom and pop businesses of the 1930s through the early 1960s.’ The website also provides a little history of the people and places associated with these colorful spots. Visit their gift shop to peruse their t-shirts, whose graphics are of the authentic vintage variety popular during that era. With a purchase of a $20 t-shirt, you’ll...

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How-to: Wrap Gifts with Fabric

Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 07/25/08

Years ago I used some cute upholstery fabric to wrap a baby shower gift, it only seemed natural.  I tied it and made a bow out of real ball fringe or something darling.  As I remember, it was very difficult to figure out a way to make the wrapping say put.  Happily, the wrapping got more applause than the gift (justifiably, if I do say so myself).

The Ministry of Environment-Government of Japan has a downloadable PDF file to show you...

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How-to: Make a Slipcovered Vase

Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 07/25/08

This easy tutorial came to my attention through Paper and Stitch when I was googling one of my past tutorials to find sites where it was picked up.  Ugh, shameful self-centeredness.  Nevertheless, it led me to this simply adorable vase slipcover.  I'm considering some vase projects these days, so this will go in my "great ideas" folder.   This also makes good use of small fabric scraps or "fat quarters" you may find at a quilt shop or...

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Dog Days of Summer Makeover: How To Show Off Your Legs

Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 07/17/08

If you find yourself flea-marketing, Goodwill Hunting or garage sale-ing in the dog days of July and August, be on the lookout for the unassuming beauty hiding behind a frumpy skirt.  I'm talking about modern furniture legs, of course.  One easy way to re-vamp a vintage chair or sofa is to rid it of its leg-hiding skirt.  Of course you need to take a peek underneath to make sure you have some attractive gams to work with.  Here are some...

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Goodwill Hunting: Ten DIY Recyclables You Should Never Pass Up

Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 07/11/08

The thrill of the hunt quickly goes south when you realize the plaid Herculon sofa you snagged for $15.99 will set you back at least $500.00 to reupholster, not including the twenty some yards of fabric you have to buy.  Impulsiveness is part of the buzz, but if you're a thrift shopper who is seriously shopping for recyclable materials, you need a plan.  You'll save time as well as money if you know what you're looking for, within general...

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How to Turn Vintage Mason Jars into a Light Fixture

Diy Maven

Whitney over at Design Sponge has created a beautiful use for vintage mason jars: she turned three of them into a light fixture. Since this is a hard-wire electrical job, you’ll most likely need a professional to install it, however making the fixture itself is easy.

Supplies you’ll need:

  • several vintage mason jars
  • a hanging lamp kit with low wattage bulbs
  • a ceiling light plate
  • a hole punch

For complete...

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Hunter’s Historically-Inspired Portable Fans

Diy Maven

When you think of Hunter Fans, you probably think of ceiling fans. However, Hunter also makes portable fans, all with a distinctly vintage look. This weekend we picked up the Classic model # 90017 (pictured above) at Target for about 50 bucks. That might sound like a lot of cash for a 12" portable fan, but if you’re looking for a whisper quiet and stylish portable fan, it’s well worth it. This particular model is finished in brush nickle...

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Free Vintage Laundry Bag Pattern

Diy Maven

Go old school with this vintage laundry bag pattern. Besides being a great place to stash your dirty undies, it would be a perfect way to keep diapers at hand in the nursery.

Materials needed:

  • 3/4 yard printed cotton
  • J. & P. Coats Percale Bias Trim, single fold
  • one coat hanger
  • thread

Directions for cutting:

  • cut one piece of the cotton into 18" x 36"
  • cut two pieces of the cotton...

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How To Turn an Ugly Coffee Table Into an Upholstered Bench

Mod Home Ec Teacher

 What do you do with an old coffee table with a dinged up or stained top?  Turn it into a soft, lovely, upholstered bench for your hallway, end of your bed or as an upholstered ottoman in front of the sofa.  This pine bench was $13.99 at Goodwill (a little overpriced in my opinion).  With some  fresh new fabric, supplies and these simple instructions, it morphed into a different creature. 

FIND A TABLE AND LET'S GET STARTED!

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How To Make an Apron from a Pillowcase.

Chris Gardner

"When I saw this pillow case at the thrift store, I thought it already looked like an apron. Pillowcases and sheets are so easy and fun to recycle, so many possibilities. There are a lot of pictures so it may seem complicated, but this is honestly the easiest thing I’ve ever made. It would be a great project to introduce kids to sewing because it’s mostly sewing straight lines. I just included a few sewing tips of things I wish I’d known when I...

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Hand Painted Wallpaper.

Chris Gardner

When Curtis found a tiny sample of Montgomery Ward wallpaper, he knew he needed it for his kitchen. Unfortunately, the book was printed in the 1940s, so procuring several rolls proved a little difficult. "No problem," thought Curtis, "I'll just paint it on."

 

 

"When he wanted patterns for his bathroom and kitchen, he picked them out of an old Montgomery Ward sample wallpaper book. And he didn't just pick them, he used different inputs to create...

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The best on-line images of vintage furnishings.

Diy Maven

City Furniture is an on-line retailer based in Antwerp, Belgium that sells remarkable vintage items and ‘unique objects with a history.’ As their gallery is filled with only original items, it is subject to change–sometimes daily. Lucky for us, however, they have images of not only available items but sold items as well. Why is this lucky? Because the images are stunning and inspirational. Here's just a sampling of their attention to detail--even...

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Get the 50s and 60s Scandinavian Look for Your Ikea Furnishings!

Chris Gardner

The Bemz Metropolis Collection are Scandanavian modern furniture covers designed specifically for Ikea products.

Scandanavian Modern? "Warm, luminous gold tones and cool, winter hues of blue and green are paired with earth neutral colours to evoke memories of classic Scandinavian design during the 1950/60´s. Bemz´s new Prisma Stripe in Moss Green is the signature design for the Metropolis collection which invigorates the retro, moody atmosphere...

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Ding Dong Decor

Diy Maven

If you’ve ever been in the market for a door bell button, you know that the selection out there is pretty limited. Generally they’re uninspired donuts or rectangular apparatuses with as much personality as oatmeal. For those of us looking for a bit more delectable ding dong, check out Rejuvenation’s selection of vintage door bell buttons. ($48-58) The best thing about them? They're annotated.

 

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La Belle Epoque–Vintage Posters

Diy Maven

The first time I came across La Belle Epoque, I swooned. No joke. My case of the vapors was provoked by combination of things. First and foremost it was caused by their glorious selection of authentic vintage advertizing posters. Second was the price tags of said posters. A 47" x 63" Mossant, circa 1938 will run you between 1,600 and 3,000 bucks–and that’s not even on the high end of their pricing scale.

Now, I would love nothing better to...

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