Converting an Old TV into a Chair.

by Chris Gardner

From Apartment Therapy Unplugged:

"We've seen vintage TVs turned into storage units and even aquariums to house our scaly friends, but we've never seen such a shag-a-licious chair like this before! It's an image from the 1986 architecture book "Freestyle: The New Architecture and Design from Los Angeles" by Tim Street-Porter"

I guess the how-to goes like this: remove the screen, remove the guts, applied shag, and sit!

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Mid-Century Modern Finds at Urban Outfitters

by Chris Gardner

The fine folks at Atomic Addiction have been doing a little window shopping...web browser window shopping, that is, and they've been peering into UrbanOutfitters.com, the website of the tries-to-be-too-hip-for-its-own-good-but-still-a-great-place-to-get-all-the-cool-stuff-you-see-online brick and mortar store found near university campuses and other metropolitan neighborhoods.

Among the finds include two 50s-inspired but not kitschy...

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Repurpose Tea Tins into Charming Pendant Lights

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009-06-29

One sure sign of a creative thinker is to throw some odds and ends in front of them and see what they come up with. (Now wouldn't that be a more constructive premise for a reality show?)  Over on JunkMarket StyleMeretriciousCreation gathered up a number of the many many tea tins that had been stashed away, found some inexpensive prisms at a local hardware store and  

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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.  

The...

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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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