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Seeburg ‘1000’ Background Music System

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Mel and I picked this up from a guy in Davis California. I have always wanted one of these. I love the styling and size of this unit compared to the size of the Seeburg LU1 we own.

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These machines are about the size of a microwave and slightly heavier.

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I had a hairpin leg stand that was sitting around so I decided to refinish it and use it as a platform for this Seeburg.

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I tried to match the paint the best I could to the Seeburg, I even used gold spray paint webbing to accent the aqua.

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The inside is pretty clean for as old as it is.

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Though there is a speaker in the door you could also hook up satellite speakers to fill a room/store with the soothing sounds of mood music.

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This machine is functional but it could use a tune up. Our friend Justin at Stellar Electronics is going to take a look at it to see if he can convert it to play 45’s. If anyone can do it Justin would be the person.

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The unique things about these units is that they play a 16-2/3 speed records, which I think are unique to this machine. The Seeburg Background Music record is a vinyl record of a non-standard size of 9 inches diameter with a 2 inch center hole. These units had 3 types of background music: basic, mood and industrial. The records were distributed quarterly in boxes of seven. The operator was supposed to replace records in the system with new records of the same number (i.e. MM-125). Each box is labeled with the library type, date to place in service, and instructions to the operator. These instructions also specify that each record is to be returned to Seeburg after use. Upon return, the records were destroyed.

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When we purchased this unit the previous owner had about 40-50 records. I will keep you informed on what we do with this little gem!

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Something cool I discovered while researching this Seeburg unit is that someone created a streaming audio station of just the music from the Seeburg 1000 music library. Click HERE to check it out!

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SOURCE:

http://seeburg1000.com

1960’s COSCO Hourglass Counter Stool Restoration

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I drove down to Manteca, California a few months back because we needed some stools for our kitchen counter. I had been wanting to get my hands on a couple of vintage Cosco stools and this was my opportunity.

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The metal parts of the stools were in rough shape. There was a lot of surface rust on the chrome, but I have a trick for that!

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The first thing I had to do was separate the upholstered backrest and seat portions from the metal frame.

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I separated the fabric from the cushions. Not pretty, but it will be recovered soon!

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Here is the bottom of the seat cushion of the stool

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Here is the seat bottom frame. This chair has an archaic bearing system. It is made up of metal bearings with wood spacers. They sit loosely in the bottom seat pan….crazy!

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Next, I had to prep the metal seat backs and bottoms. I decided to spray them a cream color.

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Once they were sprayed I hung them with wires until they were dry.

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Then, I turned my attention to the chrome frames. As you can see, they have a good amount of surface rust.

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A cheap alternative to using a buffing wheel to remove surface rust from chrome is to use a cleaner like Awesome and some 0000 steel wool. A lot of folks with chrome dinettes use this process to rejuvenate the chrome surfaces. Unfortunately, if this process is used over a long period of time it will dull the chrome finish. I prefer dull over rust….how about you?

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I had some leftover Robert Kaufman discontinued “Boomerang Beat” fabric from our Modern Craft Furniture Mfg. Co.reupholstery job that I thought would look great on these stools.

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The great thing about these stools is that once the upholstery is attached, the metal backing clamps it into place. It is the same for the seat bottom.

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Now that I’ve the upholstery on this stool just two more to go!

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Here they are!

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I am very pleased with how they turned out.

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Vintage Dentist Cabinet

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This cabinet was from one of our recent scores. Mel and I knew it would be a perfect addition to our bathroom. This cabinet was in good overall condition but it needed to be freshened up.

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These old cabinets were mainly constructed out of plywood. I could either paint the inside or sand it and polyurethane it, I chose the latter.

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The exposed wood had lots of marks and stains from many years of use. Sanding is a good way to refresh the wood and clean it.

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Before sanding

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After sanding

 

 After everything was sanded I sprayed all the exposed wood surfaces with spray satin polyurethane.

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As you can see, the wood looks warmer and it feels smoother to the touch.

The next thing I had to focus on was the base. The wood had some areas that had chunks of wood missing. Instead of producing a new base it was easier/faster to just Bondo the affected areas.

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The Bondo is applied and drying in the sun.

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Now that the Bondo is dry I can sand it into shape & paint it black.

 

This is the front corner of the base with the Bondo sanded into shape. If you haven’t considered using Bondo it is a fantastic repair material, so think about adding it to your restoration toolbox.

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Once I was done with the cabinet I focused on dressing it up a little. I bought some steel washers and placed them between the pull and the drawer to dress up the drawer fronts.

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When we purchased the cabinet, it originally had damage to both lower front corners. The formica was chipped off and there was wood loss. As a restorer, sometimes all you can do is hide the damage. I knew that I could just fabricate aluminum corner protectors to both protect the corners and hide the damage underneath.

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As you can see, it matches well with the tile.

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I really dig this cracked ice formica.

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One of the biggest reasons why we wanted this cabinet is the hidden garbage can. Our dog Milo loves to get into the garbage and shred tissue paper.

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Our master bathroom is really small and has very little storage, so this is a welcome piece of storage.

Sunday’s Best

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Mel and I came across an ad on Craigslist that stated a gentelman had some items he wanted to sell. We drove up through the beautiful El Dorado Hills until we arrived at his homestead. We had the pleasure of meeting a man by the name of Tom. As we spoke he began to tell us that his wife had been an antique dealer for years. They had been into antiques since the 70’s. His wife passed away recently due to cancer and Mel and I could tell it was hard for him to go through their collection and sell it. It makes you realize that when you go to these estate sales that these were someones prized possessions. These are the things they cherished. I guess all I am saying is that as a dealer/collector sometimes we forget what this stuff meant to those who owned it before us and those left behind.

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These are the items we were fortunate enough to find at Tom’s place.

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As I am sure a lot of dealers out there know, stuff is getting harder and harder to find so it makes your day when you stumble across a collection of cool items.

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Most of these items will make it into the our shop, while others will be staying with us.

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Here are a couple of large Carlo of Hollywood watercolors we purchased. These will end up in our shop.

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Mel and I have been looking for one of these for a long time. This is a collapsable record/magazine holder. We wanted to start selling records and this will work great to display them.

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Here are a couple of cool looking danish lamps that are heading to the shop.

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We have a 1958 Wurlitzer 2200 jukebox and these speakers will be great companions for it.

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This John Hauser style hoop chair will make someone very happy. It’s going into the shop!

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I wish we had room in our home for this pink dream chair with frieze fabric. This chair is clean and will also be going into the shop.

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For me, this was the find of the day. We have a vintage bathroom that is the same color and this vintage dentist’s cabinet will be a great addition.

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Here are a pair of breathtaking Art Deco horse head lamps. They need to be cleaned up and I need to find some shades for them. These will be going in the shop.

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This was not a part of Tom’s items but we picked this up a few days ago from San Jose. This is the highly sought after Heywood Wakefield record cabinet (model: m395).

Well now comes the hard work of restoring these items as needed, but I wouldn’t have it another way!

Tiki Room Tour

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Hello all, Mel and I thought it was time to show you our TIKI room. As with anything in our home things are never finished, so let this just be a tour of its current state.

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Though not everything in this room is tiki, it all seems to work.

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We collect random TIKI items. Our goal is to make this room as diverse as possible.

 

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This room has a lot of windows so I had to get creative with how to hang art. These Carlo watercolors look great in front of the chartreuse curtains.

 

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Here are a couple of the pieces I painted.

 

As you may notice, the floors are concrete. It originally had vintage asbestos tiles. Unfortunately, numerous tiles were missing or damaged, so we decide to remove them all. We haven’t decided what we’re going to do with the floor yet.

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We hope you enjoyed this tour. I am sure it will change and evolve as time goes on.  Later, we plan on showcasing the rest of the house, stay tuned.

Witco End Table Restoration

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Mel and I purchased this table a while back from our friends over at M.A.R.K. Vintage. This table was well used and I decided to freshen it up!

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The front lower corner had a couple of pieces that broke off that I glued back into place. Those are the piece in the foreground.

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As you can see, the top is well worn….that will soon be remedied!

I started sanding the top with a low grit sand paper so I could get rid of the years of build up and expose the beautiful wood grain underneath.

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This is one of my favorite things about restoring wood pieces. I love how the grain comes back to life when sanded.

The sides of the tabletop had a couple of places where the veneer had chipped off. Here is how I fixed it…

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you can use this repair process on all veneer pieces. The issue you will run into is finding wood that will match the existing wood grain and color. Matching the color can be achieved with stain but there are no guarantees.

With damage like this, the first thing you need is to chisel the damaged area square.

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Next you need to try and craft a piece of wood roughly the same thickness and as close as possible to the same measurements. You want it tight so the repair will be a seamless as possible.

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Next place a light amount of glue on both surfaces. If you cut the piece right it will have to tap it into place, like I said it should be tight.

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Once it is in place cut off the excess.

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This is roughly how it should look.

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Next, apply some glue on the surface area of the repair.

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While the glue is wet you will want to sand the repair area. The sanding will produce dust and friction/heat making a paste that will fill in any gaps around the inserted piece of wood.

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Those are some good looking toes!

As you can see, the base is worn and dried out from years of sitting.

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I decided I would apply a darker stain to the base to help hide any damage sustained over the years. After I made the repairs to the top, I sanded it all down one more time and stained it with a light stain. After all this was done I sprayed both pieces with numerous coats of polyurethane.

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SHAZAAAAMMM!

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Since I didn’t have exotic wood for that repair I had to hide the repair by imitating wood grain on the side of the table top. This hides my repair. I think it turned out great.

With the base being darker than the top it makes the top stand out. I am very pleased with how this turned out.

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Rare Large Tiger Carlo of Hollywood Watercolor

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One of the great things about having this blog is that it is a great way to connect with folks who are trying to sell items we collect. In this instance a gentleman from Redding California reached out to us and asked if we would be interested in a jungle cat Carlo.

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As you might guess, we are always interested in jungle cat Carlos. This Carlo makes a complete 3 piece set as they were originally sold. We already had the two smaller ones on the right.

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Excuse the reflections

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This Carlo is the largest in our collection now. We used to own a ballerina Carlo that must have been over 5ft wide but we sold it.

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With the black background it really makes the greens and oranges jump out!

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