Before and After: Removing Rust from Chrome

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009-05-01

With thrifting and garage sale season upon us, no doubt we'll find a 'can't pass up' piece of 60's or 70's chrome furniture with some nasty rust spots.  If you research the best techniques for removing rust from chrome, you'll find up to nine different techniques people swear by to clean up their bike frames, chrome wheels, chrome furniture and more. See Before and After results on rusted bicycle chrome using Ted Carl's 'Old School' Oxalic Acid soak (from VintageBMX.com's Forum)

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How To: Four Lives of a Modern Side Table

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009-04-22

Good thrifting advice is to go ahead and buy a piece if it stands out from the ordinary. What stood out about this table? The legs. Modern, sleek, solid wood and sturdy. The supports are also solid and can be used again, I'm sure. The table tops are a composite wood covered with formica and  a plastic band around the edges. See three more very different looks you can get with this $6.99 Goodwill table.

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How To: Whip Up a Minimalist Christmas Star

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 12/09/08

It could be an expensive work of art, but it's not. Read about the origin of this star and how simply you can make your own Minimalist Christmas star at OunoDesign, the blog of two very creative designers from British Columbia.  Once you see their work, you'll understand why they consider themselves artisans with modern sensiblity.  And just look at the modern patchwork throws they've made with silk scarves from the 60's and 70's.....

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How To: Make Recycled Inside Out Pillows

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 11/06/08
 

My Recycled Inside Out Throw Pillow ensemble are handily made out of shirts, jackets or skirts that either button up the front or have a long zipper closure.  The beauty of this is that there's no need to handstitch a pillow closed or insert a zipper or add buttons or buttonholes.  Look for modern patterns and stylish color combinations while shopping for "vintage" and I mean CHEAP used apparel that you can easily transform.  

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Vintage Sears Mail-Order Homes

by DIY Maven

created on: 09/29/08

Ordering a home out of a catalog might seem odd, but back in the day, it was a very popular practice. After perusing Sears’s on-line archives of homes offered by mail-order from 1908 to 1940, complete with floor plans, I think Sears should resurrect the catalog home. Of course, their advertized prices would be a bit higher. For instance, Model No. 187 (circa 1913) pictured above sold for $1,273, which included, according to the original...

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Techhie Trade Show or Mid-Mod Chat Station

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 08/26/08

Donnie Deutsch always says "Look at what everyone is doing, and do the opposite."  That's what Mr. ModHomeEc got when he asked me to help him with booth decor at a medical techhie trade show he's doing.  Once I saw all the dark blues, silvers, tech signs and graphics, I knew his booth would stand out, good or bad, I have yet to hear.  The vintage living-room-like setting already attracted many customers, just during set up.  Time will tell...

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Turn vintage suitcases into side tables.

by DIY Maven

You know how sometimes you see an idea on the internets and think, ‘of course!’? Well...this is one of those times. Not only do these old suitcases make adorable and interesting side tables, they also provide storage for magazines, books, remotes and all that other flotsam and jetsam that  clutter our lives. They couldn’t be too hard to make either. Four legs and perhaps a plywood base–for added structure–onto which you attach the suitcase...

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How To Buy and Sell Mid-Century Furniture Online

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 08/13/08

Why gas up to drive around looking for vintage modern furniture and art when www.lushpad.com is right at your fingertips.  I feel like I've just been on a little jaunt downtown to my favorite vintage furniture stores and I never left my well-worn computer chair.  Owner Melanie Carlson has brought together a design gallery, auction house and design magazine, all in one.  She saw the need for an online secondary market for designer furniture...

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Goodwill Hunting: DIY Recyclable Roundup

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 08/07/08

There have been gobs of juicy good finds at Goodwill in the past couple of weeks.  Maybe it's hot August doldrums and people feel like purging, but I've been hitting the jackpot on every visit.  Since my garage is overflowing with all kinds of  recyclable furniture, I decided to focus on accessory items for crafting and design for my weekly DIY newspaper column.   A few photos and some ideas are included for sparking your own creativity. 

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

by 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

by 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

by 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

by 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

by 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...

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