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Mel and I have had this player for some time. This is the table top model, but they also made ones that had a tulip base stand.
We purchased this base that was originally for a terrarium, but was missing the plastic ball terrarium topper. I wasn’t sure what to do with this base until we saw online an exhibit that San Francisco Museum of Modern Art did about the 70’s. In the exhibit, they used the same record player paired with a similar base. With that idea, I was excited to bring these two pieces together.
I could have painted the base a hundred different colors, but I felt that black looked best with the black accents on the record player. After the paint dried, I had to drill holes to route the cord through the center.
I also wanted to cut out three holes on the bottom to keep the cord and speaker wires separate from one another.
After all the drilling and painting was done, all I had to do was bring these two together. I love the results!
I think this unit looks really slick now!
This is way more space age looking.
Mel and I purchased this piece a while back. When we purchased it, we knew we wanted to liven it up by changing its color.
I am not sure if this is a Frankenstein creation or if it is actually made by someone notable. There are no maker marks and I couldn’t find any info online.
It came apart very easily and painted even easier. I love the yellow and it really adds a nice pop of color.
I love the way it looks with everything. I might see if I can find a green or blue lightbulb to really shake things up!
I think colored transparent glass might look better on here than this sort of glass. I think that kind of glass would add more drama to the lighting.
On to the next project!
Finally got the mod bar cart complete!!! The cart was NOS still in the box. The glasses are Georges Briard and the decanters were the thing that took the longest to find. We had to hunt down 10 matching Old Kentucky Tavern decanters. I painted each top yellow and the caps white. I ordered yellow script decals of Vodka, Gin, Rum, Cherry, Cognac, Brandy, Tequila, Bourbon, Whiskey & Scotch. This makes for a pretty complete bar with the two ice buckets! Now gotta go buy all the alcohol.
We are excited to announce the completion of our Chromcraft set. Bill and John from B&T Upholstery did a fantastic job and we couldn’t be happier. Here are a couple of earlier posts where I wrote about this sets transformation (update 1, update 2).
We were a little nervous about our fabric choice but now that the set is finished we really dig it.
The accessories look soo good with this set.
John did a fantastic job keeping the pattern lined up.
Even the Witco’s look great with it!
Of course you need more decorative glass.
I am surprised how comfortable these are. Bill used heavy duty foam to give the cushions more durability.
This will be a great area to hang out in and watch TV. I love decorating in a different style and era than I am accustom to.
I really dig the blue/green color combo of the lamps.
I am almost 6ft tall and I can actually lay down on this couch and fit!
On to the next post!
Mel and I saw these chairs on eBay a couple of months back and we bought them. They were in Salem Oregon. We shot up there over one weekend and snagged them while we were up there picking up a couch, chair and ottoman set.
These had some condition issues when we got them. There were some cracks in the base that I had to fill and paint.
The fabric is in fantastic condition for its age. I assume these were produced sometime in the 70’s.
I searched all over these pieces and could not find any makers mark. These are made of thick, hard plastic not fiberglass.
The cushions attach to the plastic shell with buttons.
I think it looks great next to our space age lamp/shelf and that large Letterman.
On to the next post!
Though this isn’t as collectable as earlier model jukeboxes, this is an affordable way to get that jukebox sound. Plus, it has a space age feel that goes great with our decor.
The lava lamps you see flanking it are not old. They are the largest ones I have have ever seen. I think they compliment the decor.
We love the way the concert posters look above the jukebox.
I really dig the purplish colors!
I have almost all the records ordered. I look forward to chilling out around this for hours listening to some great music!
They released three colors for this jukebox. I might be bias, but I like the purple one the most.
This jukebox has a unique selector key pad to select your music. This keypad looks like a phone dial pad.
I just ordered a CD that will allow me to print new label strips for the records we ordered.
Onto the next post!
I came across this little gem on eBay and knew it would look fantastic with our other space age items. This is the Aquatron VX-33 which is a portable entertainment system from the 70’s and produced out of Japan.
As you can see it is very clean for how old it is.
It is all fully functional and sounds great!
This came with the original box and owners manual.
The battery compartment is clean with no corrosion.
If you have one of these and need a manual here is copy of mine, not in the best shape but maybe it can be of use to someone:
Below is what the original box looks like…
We blogged about a really stellar Chromcraft set on our other blog Hepcat Restorations a while back. Our upholsterer Bill from B&T Upholstery sent us a few text photos of how the Chromcraft set is turning out, so I thought we would pass them along…
Mel and I spent a lot of time looking for what we felt was the right fabric and this is what we found.
Here you can see John recovering the cushion base for the couch. Both John and Bill are perfectionists.
John seen here verifying it turned out all right.
One of the concerns Bill had was that our upholstery fabric did not have enough stretch for the corners of the back rest. He ended up having to sew in inserts to make the bend, but with the busyness of the fabric pattern it blends well.
Here is the last photo showing the cushions that still need to be recovered. We hope to have the set soon and will post a follow up as soon as we do.
I have seen this style BBQ before, but never in person. We were at the Alameda Antiques Faire and on the way out we saw this BBQ gleaming in the mid day sun. The classic design embodied modernism, and demonstrated how design was delivering new kinds of lifestyles into the Canadian experience. One of the first barbeques with an integrated cover, the Ball-B-Q combines a domed top which rolls over a double stack of racks and a rounded pan joined to a single curved pedestal. The shape of the ball somewhat resembles the castors that are the main product of its manufacturer, Shepard Products. The spun aluminum top emphasizes its use and contrasts with the intense red of the pedestal. A black wood sphere acts as a handle and allows easy and safe opening of the hood. The Ball-B-Q was the recipient of both Design Canada and Association of Professional Industrial Designers Ontario awards.”
Mel and I shot over to investigate it. We knew it was too cool to leave behind, so we nabbed it!
This is in overall good condition, but it needs a little cleaning up. It appears to have never been used.
I am trying to locate the original paperwork for this BBQ. When I purchase something, I like to make sure I make it as complete as posssible.
This grill has such a thoughtful design. I have to really hand it to the designer.
Look at all the variations! So many options!
Here is the patent paperwork submitted in 1968. Such a cool design!
We found this matching tray on eBay and are anxiously awaiting its arrival. This will make a nice set!
As many of our fellow dealers/collectors know, cool stuff is getting harder & harder to find. This is largely due to competition and the difficulty to find items in good condition. I was doing what I usually do, cruising Craigslist when I came across something that made me jump out of my seat. It was a Lee West Alpha Chamber chair!
We got this chair from another dealer we know named Sam. He is a real nice guy and always seems to find great stuff. As with all items we acquire, we like to know the back story on each piece. Sam told me this was purchased and shipped to Hawaii where it was gently used for a short time and placed in storage when brought back to the mainland. It sat in storage for 20 something years!
This unit is in amazing condition. All the fiberglass is in fantastic condition, and the upholstery is also in great original condition. Of course, this isn’t just a cool chair but also a sound capsule.
On both sides of the inside of the chair there are speakers under the fabric. When I was purchasing it from Sam we tested it and the sound was surprisingly good. I could just imagine putting on some Doors and staring out at some black light posters with the glow of lava lamps washing over you.
Under the chair there are connections to power the speakers. There are two fuses to prevent a surge from frying the wires. I have the original wire harness that I have to attach new ends to.
I remember seeing this chair in the movie Sleepless in Seattle. I remember a scene where Tom Hanks’ son was up in his room with a friend sitting in the chair and chilling out.
I know this will just add to the space age feel of the room. I can’t wait to see the Chromcraft set with this chair!
I guess if your stereo laid an egg this is what it would look like!
It still has the original makers label under the front lip!
This is the materials tag still attached.
Another great thing is this chair has it’s original instructions on how to hook it up.
They have seen better days but I am happy to have them. Maybe these will help someone figure out how to hook the chair up.
I can’t wait to get this hooked up and rock out!