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50′s Black Panther Lamps

IMG_3654Mel and I were at an antique shop in San Jose and we came across these simple but cool green lamp shades with white and black speckles on them. We thought they were cool  and we purchased them. When we went to Alameda for the antique fair we came across a couple of simple black panther lamps. The first thing we thought was these will look fantastic with the shades we picked up.

IMG_3650This is such a good example of how really simple lamps can be dressed up with the right shade and in this instance a bit of artificial greenery.

IMG_3647We purchased this artificial greenery from Jo-Ann Fabric. They carry a really cool selection of artificial cactus.

IMG_3651These lamps look soo good now. The shades really make them seem so much more than just a couple of ceramic panthers. We had an intention of putting these in our store but we fell in love with them and now I don’t think they will make it.


IMG_3652These will end up in our Tiki room eventually. We are now looking for another set that we can put with a couple of lampshades and put them in our store for someone to enjoy.

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Mid Century Plasto Mfg. Co. Lamps

IMG_3627These are the first Plasto lamps Mel and I have ever purchased.  If you have followed us for a while you might remember the Plasto lamp I repaired a while back.  This set has a similar styling to the one repaired.

IMG_3623As you can see, we picked up this large two shade Plasto lamp and a smaller single shade Plasto lamp.  For some reason I think this was a set of three lamps, but I have no way to verify that.

IMG_3625I can’t tell what the flowing style figural design is, maybe its just abstract.  They look like leaves, but I am not sure.

IMG_3624The lamps are in good shape for their age, but they will need a mild resto to bring them back to new.

IMG_3630The lamps seem to have their original shades and are in remarkable shape.  The lacing is still complete and there are no burns or staining on the shades.

IMG_3634These will stay in our collection and will have a place of pride in our home.  We just love these two lamps!

1959 Motorola Portable Record Player (modle: SH17N)


Mel and I recently picked this unit up and we think its fantastic! This thing is a monster in size, it must weigh almost 50 lbs.!


For the age of this unit it is in remarkable condition.


I really love the warm glow of the imitation reptile skin that covers the whole case. It has a warm caramel glow to it.


The speakers on this player are really large. They can actually be removed from the player and be placed in different parts of the room giving a stereo feel when played. The fabric on the front of the speakers are mint.


I now need to find a record player stand that can handle the size on this monster. The gentleman I purchased it from said it had only been played a couple of dozen times.


As you can see this unit is soo clean for its age. All I had to do to it is dust it.


Here is the original makers tag with all its important information. I plan to keep this in our collection and the best thing is it still works! We will enjoy listening to Dean Martin on this player.


60′s Mod Lamp Restoration


Mel and I recently picked this floor lamp up.  It is so futuristic and has such a unique design.  We feel like this is a signature piece, but we were unable to find out anything about it.  We searched the internet for days and came up with nothing.  Regardless of the designer, we love it!


Here is a better look at the condition of this lamp.  This floor lamp had been in storage and got a little beat up over the years.


The first thing to do to get the restoration started is to sand down the entire piece.


Now that I have sanded down the lamp, the surface has tooth which allows the primer and paint to grab the surface better.


After I sprayed the primer, I put it out in the sun to make sure it cured and would have no issues with the paint.


I used a black satin finish spray paint.  I felt that a gloss paint would not have looked right.  After the final coat of paint, I let it sit in the sun for the rest of the day.  I also painted the underside of the shelf as well.


This restoration only took about a day and now its a new lamp.  The finished piece looks so nice and will look great in our new store at Midway Antique Mall.


I hope to eventually find out who the designer is of this lamp.  It is too cool to not have a known designer behind its futuristic styling.  This is a classic design that shows design can still be functional.

Awesome Econolite Bunnell Silk Screen Score


Mel and I picked this up recently from a gentleman who is trying to settle his mother’s estate.


This appears to be the original frame!

This piece is a large size and is in great shape for its age.  It has some character to it, but nothing major.


I have always been a fan of Bunnell and we have many of his works.  There is something about his work that always pleases me when I see it.


I have only ever seen Carlo of Hollywood have an image like this.  Maybe Bunnell liked Carlo’s painting so much that he decided to make his own rendition.  I love both of their examples.


Here is the elusive Carlo of Hollywood Jungle Cats fight scene.


This is the makers sticker on the back of the Bunnell.  This piece needs new backing on it, but I can knock that out later.  This piece will be added to our other loved Bunnell’s.

Now Open!!!


Hello all,

As you may have noticed, we haven’t blogged in a bit.  Mel and I have been hard at work setting up our new store inside Midway Antique Mall.  Mark and Ann, the owners of the mall,  offered us the opportunity to set up our own store inside the antique mall!

Hepcat Restorations @ Midway Antique Mall

5130 Madison Ave, Sacramento, CA 95841


Here is the entrance to our new store.  Our official sign is still being made.  We should have it ready and hung in a week or two.


In our new store, Mel and I will showcase things from the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s.  As you can see, we have this lovely sectional made by Vladimir Kagan and it is in remarkable shape for being 40+ years old!


You might remember this bar from an earlier restoration I completed.  This was made by the Tropical Sun Company.


Here is a great set that some lucky customer will be the owner of.  The couch is a pinkish frieze fabric.  A pair of amoeba end tables and a boomerang coffee table with hairpin legs complete the living room set.  The dining table is super atomic with pink chairs and pink Formica w/ gray accents.  Also, as you can see, a few of our Carlo of Hollywood watercolors made it into the store…maybe more to come…


Here is the hutch I recently restored where I added an aqua accent to the top cabinet.


Here is the table & chair set I recovered with tiki style fabric with the pair of Hawaiian chalkware lamps I restored.


We have a real love for all things mid century and this store is packed with many of the items we love.



Love this Van Hoople painting above the hanging GE radio/phono.  The colors are soo cool!  We had on some Beach Boys while Mel and I were fine tuning the room.


After so many days of working on the store, all we wanted to do was collapse on the couch and chill.  Our official launch will be on May 3rd.  We will have treats and refreshments on hand for anyone who shows up from 10am-2pm.  If you have the chance, swing in!


Hepcat Restorations @ Midway Antique Mall

5130 Madison Ave, Sacramento, CA 95841

Our New Store!

HRSHello all!

Mel and I will soon have our own store inside Midway Antique Mall in Sacramento. Midway Antique Mall’s owners Mark and Ann were so kind to offer us an opportunity to have a large room to create our own store. The Hepcat Restorations Store will be open around the end of April. Mel and I have been out shopping to make sure we have all kinds of treasures to place in our store. We are soo excited for this opportunity and hope to help make Midway Antique Mall a destination not just an antique store.


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