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1958 Olympic Hi-Fi Combo Color Conversion

IMG_5847This was a long anticipated arrival!  Justin picked up this 1958 Olympic Hi-Fi (black and white) unit at a yard sale a while back and when I saw it in his shop I knew it had to be be mine.  You might remember the GE conversion  Justin did not too long ago.  That unit worked out great, and I knew Justin would do the same with this unit.

IMG_5822Justin went through the radio and record player to make sure they worked perfectly.

IMG_5825The color tube(CRT) Justin installed is from a 90’s RCA television.

IMG_5823Justin did such a fantastic job on this one.  He went as far as to custom make switch mechanisms so the original knobs work and function with the new conversion.

IMG_5840Justin was able to make the “Hi Fidelity” light function while the television is on.

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Without further ado here is the result of Justin’s efforts.

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And as with all Justin’s conversions it comes with a universal remote, not standard equipment in the 1950’s!

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Justin also installed the remote sensor in a way that it doesn’t take away from the appearance of the unit.

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That little black rectangle is the sensor he installed in the grill of the Hi-Fi console.

Another great piece to enjoy for years to come.

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Jungle Cat Carlo of Hollywood Pair They’re Grrrrreat!

Jungle Cat Carlo Paintings

Mel and I were contacted by Bobbie at At Home Modern regarding these fantastic Carlo of Hollywood watercolors she purchased from auction house in New Jersey. I had seen pictures of these online before but had never seen them in person. They are soo cool with the black background.

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Unfortunately, these had some mild condition issues. It appears dust and some light mildew had accumulated on the surface of the art. This happens when the back dust cover is torn or missing or when the paintings are stored in a humid area. If you recall, we had a set of bullfighters that had mold that penetrated the paintings.  I had to do an extensive restoration of that pair. Luckily, the mold & dust on this set did not penetrate the art.

Jungle Cat Carlo

Jungle Cat Carlo

We were able to carefully remove the surface debris and they cleaned up great!

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Jungle Cat Carlo

I refinished the frames of course.

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These will look fantastic in our Tiki room.

Hepcat Tiki Room

Here is a sample of the Tiki Room so far. There is still a lot I want to do. So far so good.

Hepcat Tiki Room

Fantastic Moss Lamp Trade

IMG_5473One day Mel and I were in the garage of our new home and a friendly face drove up and stopped right in front of our house. It was our friend Tom who Mel and I originally met at The Antique Company in Sacramento. Tom is such a socialite and he was soo eager to see the home we had just moved into. While we were showing him around he saw our oak leaf floor lamp.

Leaf Wire Lamp

Leaf Wire Lamp

When Tom saw this lamp he froze, turned to us and said, “I have the matching table lamps to that oak leaf floor lamp”. When he got home he texted over pics of the table lamps.

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Tom suggested that we trade our floor lamp to complete his set for a Moss floor lamp he had. We were a little skeptical and also lamp heavy so we said we’d consider the trade after seeing his Moss lamp. Once he brought the Moss lamp over Mel and I were sold!

IMG_5461The lamp shade on this lamp is fantastic! The lamp has these cool Lucite rods that flank the brass center. The black bowl in the middle is a planter. This piece makes quite a statement in the room.

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This shade has a great art deco pattern and is in amazing shape.

IMG_5465 This lamp really goes well with the dancing Carlo of Hollywood pieces behind it.

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IMG_5468 This lamp will be a great companion to our pink butterfly frieze chair. We are so grateful to Tom for his trade and I think both parties are happy with the exchange.

 

Vintage Ultra Amoeba Coffee and End Tables

IMG_5524Mel and I saw these two tables at a San Jose antique store about a year ago and they were out of our price range at the time. We recently stopped back into the same shop and they were on sale so we snatched them up!

IMG_5490I tried to find a makers mark and all I found was this label. We have no idea who produced these but they are fantastic!

IMG_5527These tables have a cream top with a gold base.

IMG_5525The coffee table has this unique design feature. I could see these tables in some house in Palm Springs but a home in Sacramento will have to do.

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The coffee table is large. It fills the living room nicely.

IMG_5522Here is the end table that came with the coffee table. It has a very exaggerated shape and will look cool with an atomic lamp on top of it.

IMG_5517I guess my Heywood Wakefield tables will have to step aside so these new beauties can take their place.

Tropical Reglor Lamps

Since Mel and I moved into a fifties ranch style home we have been hard at work making it our own. We are fortunate that this home has a lanai and we decided to make that our tiki room. Since we moved from an almost 5,000 sq. ft. home to an almost 1,800 sq. ft. home, we have had to re-evaluate our collection and keep what we think is the best of our collection. It makes it hard when you find new treasures such as these great Reglor Hawaiian lamps.

IMG_5712I was unaware that Reglor produced two different Hawaiian lamp sets. Both of these sets are breathtaking and the use of chartreuse makes them that much more atomic!

IMG_5713As far as chalkware lamps go, I have always had an appreciation for what Reglor produced.

IMG_5704This set is in great overall condition considering its age. I am guessing this set was produced sometime in the late 40’s or early 50’s. Usualy Reglor produced lamps with a thick base and this set has a thin base.

IMG_5709This set has some condition issues as you can see. My approach to repair the peeling paint is to remove as much of it as possible. After the peeling paint is removed you have to feather out the edge of the remaining paint into the body of the lamp. This will help make the repair look seamless when painted.

IMG_5706Here is our other freshly acquired 1951 Reglor set. We stumbled across these lamps while cruising Craigslist. These are larger than the other set.

IMG_5714The only issue with this set is that the Hawaiian girl has a crack at her waist. I will repair the crack with my usual process.

IMG_5504These two sets will really help make our tiki room that much more cooler. Once we get the house the way we like it we will make sure to showcase it in a future blog.

Tahiti Witco Bar Restoration

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Here is the original ad of the Witco Tahiti bar. This bar is out of sight and is one of the most ornate bars produced by Witco that I have ever seen.

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Mel and I came across this bar while searching Craigslist.  I thought it might be Witco so we shot down and nabbed it.

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The bars finish was really dry and the varnish on top was missing in some spots and peeling off on others.

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Mel and  I decided to try to recapture the original finish of the bar top by using Famowood Glaze Coat Gloss Polyurethane. This stuff is great, it is equal to 80 coats of varnish but can be pretty messy.

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Here you can see one of the stools is stained and polyurethane applied while the other is in as found condition. I used Minwax Golden Oak as the color stain I thought best matched the original finish.

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Here are the stools all done. We plan to have the cushions recovered in zebra pattern fabric by B&T Upholstery.

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Here is the top refinished. We didn’t do too bad considering it was our first time using a glaze coat. I plan to also get a piece of glass cut to make sure the top doesn’t get messed up from use.

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The wood looks so great with the refreshing it received.

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This will be a real conversation piece for our tiki room. We just love how ornate it is.

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 The pictures really don’t do this bar justice.  The wood grain is phenomenal in person.

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We will enjoy this for many years to come.

Custom Conversion Wrap-Up!

Custom Conversion Wrap-Up!

Hepcat Restorations:

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Justin has now completed the restoration/conversion of the GE TV, and it looks great! So an old TV cabinet has reassumed the role of a functioning home electronic that will bring many years of enjoyment. If you have an old TV you love but doesn’t work reach out to Justin to see about a conversion. Let this conversion show you the thoughtful care he takes to make these TV’s look original. Thanks again Justin!

Originally posted on Stellar Vintage Electronics of California:

The custom TV project for Hepcat Restorations was a wrap today! Following on from previous update posts:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Please do check out the previous updates for the ongoing status of this set if you’re feeling adventurous!

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This is the ‘jack pack’ I had to make to provide composite video and audio input, and output jacks for the external speakers. These cool little all-in-one jacks weren’t readily available from any electronic supplier that I could find, so I ended up sacrificing an old VCR to harvest these. Originally they were clipped into the plastic piece on the back side of the VCR, so I had to drill tiny holes in between each jack to secure the entire unit to the plate. The plastic faceplate is a square piece of plastic which I cut out of the plastic lid of the VCR.

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Jack Pack is secured to…

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