Retro Renovation http://retrorenovation.com Remodeling, decor and home improvement for mid century and vintage homes Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:53:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 8 great retro holiday craft tutorials — Merry Kitschmas fun http://retrorenovation.com/2014/11/26/8-great-retro-holiday-crafty-tutorials/ http://retrorenovation.com/2014/11/26/8-great-retro-holiday-crafty-tutorials/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:30:05 +0000 http://retrorenovation.com/?p=114980 In the past few years, we’ve built up a collection of quite a few Kitschmas Krafty tutorials — eight so far — ranging from cheap, cheerful and quick to our more time consuming, yet very rewarding projects — like vintage Christmas ornament wreaths. We’ll pulled them into this handy dandy deck the halls guide — time to get […]

The post 8 great retro holiday craft tutorials — Merry Kitschmas fun appeared first on Retro Renovation.

]]>
8-great-retro-christmas-craftyIn the past few years, we’ve built up a collection of quite a few Kitschmas Krafty tutorials — eight so far — ranging from cheap, cheerful and quick to our more time consuming, yet very rewarding projects — like vintage Christmas ornament wreaths. We’ll pulled them into this handy dandy deck the halls guide — time to get retro crafty!

1. Vintage Christmas ornament wreath

ornament-wreaths30+ tips to make your own vintage Christmas ornament wreath is our most popular retro crafty tutorial ever — but beware — it is addicting. Pam is on her 8th wreath, and I have made three.

2. Ornament wreath using new Christmas ornaments

christmas-ornament-wreath-1-500x502No hoard of vintage ornaments hiding in the attic? Get the look of a vintage Christmas ornament wreath using new ornaments you can buy at Target, Big Lots, Michaels, Kmart and Home Goods.

3. 1-2-3-EZ ornament wreath

vintage ornament wreathPam invented this nearly foolproof 1-2-3-EZ wreath — our tutorial is in the works. But as you can see, this wreath uses (1) ornaments along the outer ring and (if you like) inner ring… (2) three focal points… and (3) “polka dot” ornaments to perk up the tinsel. This one is  faster and almost foolproof, as long as you (1) have good, strong focal points and (2) control your color harmony.

 4. Shadow box dioramas using vintage Christmas ornament boxes

christmas-diorama-Don’t throw away all those vintage cardboard Christmas ornament boxes when you are done making vintage ornament wreaths — save them to decorate and make shadow box dioramas.

5. Retro Putz houses

butterfly-roof-ranch-house-putzEvery year I make three new retro Putz house designs complete with free downloadable patterns that print on standard 8.5″x11″ paper. We now have 9 different patterns available — enough to make a whole neighborhood for your mantel.

6. Shiny Brite ornament tree — ready in just 5 minutes

VintageStyleornamentTree1If your time for getting retro crafty is limited this holiday season, why not try this quick and easy ornament tree — based on the vintage Shiny Brite model — that comes together in as little as 5 minutes.

7. Vintage Christmas diorama ornament

vintage-style-house-ornament-500x577Cheap, cheerful and easy, these mini Christmas diorama ornaments are inspired by some originals we found on eBay — yup, we have a free downloadable pattern to help get you started.

8. Holiday yule log centerpiece

retro-modern-yule-log-centerpieceWith just a little greenery, a log from the wood pile and a few other bits, you can make a festive and fun retro holiday yule log centerpiece.

9. Mini Peacock tree

peacock-tree-with-putz-housesHere’s another quick and easy Kitschmas crafty that you can complete in just 5 minutes — a mini peacock style tree made from glittery pipe cleaners. This is a great retro crafty project for the weebits.

Which project are you going to work on next?

The post 8 great retro holiday craft tutorials — Merry Kitschmas fun appeared first on Retro Renovation.

]]>
http://retrorenovation.com/2014/11/26/8-great-retro-holiday-crafty-tutorials/feed/ 1
New Old Stock Virden lighting at great prices http://retrorenovation.com/2014/11/25/new-old-stock-virden-lighting-great-prices/ http://retrorenovation.com/2014/11/25/new-old-stock-virden-lighting-great-prices/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:19:20 +0000 http://retrorenovation.com/?p=115086 Ever the good citizen, I could have snapped these awesome lights up when I spotted them on ebay and then flipped them for a profit. But my attic “lighting store” simply cannot take any more. There is more lighting from this seller — from an old lighting store, the listing stays. So: Who is going to […]

The post New Old Stock Virden lighting at great prices appeared first on Retro Renovation.

]]>
virden-lightingEver the good citizen, I could have snapped these awesome lights up when I spotted them on ebay and then flipped them for a profit. But my attic “lighting store” simply cannot take any more. There is more lighting from this seller — from an old lighting store, the listing stays.

So: Who is going to snap up this NOS vintage Virden lighting on ebay (*affiliate link) and put me out of my misery?

The post New Old Stock Virden lighting at great prices appeared first on Retro Renovation.

]]>
http://retrorenovation.com/2014/11/25/new-old-stock-virden-lighting-great-prices/feed/ 4
Shiny Brite ornaments — good prices on reproductions at Home Goods and T.J. Maxx http://retrorenovation.com/2014/11/25/shiny-brite-ornaments-reproductions/ http://retrorenovation.com/2014/11/25/shiny-brite-ornaments-reproductions/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:28:42 +0000 http://retrorenovation.com/?p=115021 Alert: Great prices on reproduction Shiny Brite and Kurt S. Adler ornaments — I found boxes galore at Home Goods while out and about last Friday. T.J. Maxx had them, too, in less abundance. The cool thing about these is that they look to be pretty authentic reproductions of vintage originals — but much easier […]

The post Shiny Brite ornaments — good prices on reproductions at Home Goods and T.J. Maxx appeared first on Retro Renovation.

]]>
shiny-brites-11Alert: Great prices on reproduction Shiny Brite and Kurt S. Adler ornaments — I found boxes galore at Home Goods while out and about last Friday. T.J. Maxx had them, too, in less abundance.

shiny-brites-10 The cool thing about these is that they look to be pretty authentic reproductions of vintage originals — but much easier to acquire, and depending on your local market, at less cost than oldies.

shiny-brites-3-2Start handling them by putting them on your tree, and they’ll be loaded with vintage patina soon enough. And/or: Use them right now to make ornament wreaths on their own or in combination with vintage.

shiny-brites-9Prices at Home Goods and T.J. Maxx ranged from $9.99 to $12.99 a box. I’m sure if you wait, they will go on sale. But, they could also be long gone before they reach that point. Ahem, I snapped up a buncha boxes, stat.

Over on Amazon, these cost a lot more — like, double-ish. Home Goods and T.J. Maxx (part of the same corporate family) must be getting overruns and selling them at reduced prices. In the name of research, I also stopped by store-cousin Marshalls, but they did not have any.

shiny-brites-5 shiny-brites-2-2There were actually quite a few varieties of shapes, sizes and colors. Colorways included red+green+silver, silver+gold, and hot pink+turquoise.

shiny-brites-1I also found one box of these pine cones — not Shiny Brite branded, but they will work well in wreaths. And the price was right — $10 for 12.

Yay.

The post Shiny Brite ornaments — good prices on reproductions at Home Goods and T.J. Maxx appeared first on Retro Renovation.

]]>
http://retrorenovation.com/2014/11/25/shiny-brite-ornaments-reproductions/feed/ 16