Retro Renovation http://retrorenovation.com Remodeling, decor and home improvement for mid century and vintage homes Sat, 20 Sep 2014 06:33:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Win Jenn Ski’s mid-century modern coloring books designed for grown-ups http://retrorenovation.com/2014/09/19/jenn-ski-coloring-books/ http://retrorenovation.com/2014/09/19/jenn-ski-coloring-books/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:30:52 +0000 http://retrorenovation.com/?p=112286 This giveaway sponsored by Rockport Publishers Yesterday we reviewed three midcentury modern color books for adults, designed by artist and illustrator Jenn Ski and published by Rockport Publishers. To follow up — this giveaway! One reader will win the complete series, three coloring books — Mid-Century Modern Animals and Mid-Century Modern Patterns, and my personal favorite, Mid-Century Modern Mania. That’s 90 pages of mid-century […]

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Yesterday we reviewed three midcentury modern color books for adults, designed by artist and illustrator Jenn Ski and published by Rockport Publishers. To follow up — this giveaway! One reader will win the complete series, three coloring books — Mid-Century Modern Animals and Mid-Century Modern Patterns, and my personal favorite, Mid-Century Modern Mania. That’s 90 pages of mid-century coloring fun — see instructions below and enter now.

Instructions to enter to the Jenn Ski coloring books:

    • TO ENTER, LEAVE A COMMENT: Add a comment below and in it: Tell us, would you really color these grown-up coloring books yourself? Or, leave a comment of your choice, we’re just all about the luv here, no pressure. Please note: If you are a first-time commenter, we must “free” your comment from moderation. This may not happen quickly, especially at night or over the weekend. So hang tight, we’ll get to it…

The details:

  • Winner gets all three Jenn Ski coloring books, sent from the publisher.
  • Terms of Use apply to all participation on the blog — please read ‘em.
  • U.S. only — One entry per person, please.
  • We’ll run this one for one full week. So, contest ends Friday morning, Sept. 26 am ish Eastern.
  • We will choose a winner via the random.org random number generator…We will contact the winner… they have one calendar week to respond… and if we don’t hear from them, we will move on to the next person (after, time-wise) in the comment stream. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Be sure to enter your email address correctly in the Comment form where it is requested.
  • We will post the first name of the winner at the top of this post as soon as they confirm.

Good luck, everyone!

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Mid-century modern coloring books for adults — new from Jenn Ski http://retrorenovation.com/2014/09/18/midcentury-modern-coloring-books/ http://retrorenovation.com/2014/09/18/midcentury-modern-coloring-books/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:30:45 +0000 http://retrorenovation.com/?p=112261 This story and a giveaway tomorrow sponsored by Rockport Publishers Artist and illustrator Jenn Ski is a longtime friend of the blog, and now this creative dynamo has a new project in the market: three mid-century modern coloring books — “a series of grown-up coloring books for art and design lovers.” Published by Rockport Publishers, the […]

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This story and a giveaway tomorrow
sponsored by Rockport Publishers

retro midcentury coloring bookArtist and illustrator Jenn Ski is a longtime friend of the blog, and now this creative dynamo has a new project in the market: three mid-century modern coloring books — “a series of grown-up coloring books for art and design lovers.” Published by Rockport Publishers, the “Just Add Color” coloring books include Mid-Century Modern Mania, Mid-Century Modern Animals and Mid-Century Modern Patterns.

Jenn Ski and her publishing company are looking to get the word out about these fun new books, so they made a little advertising and sponsored post deal with us — then sent us review copies to check out. This is only the second sponsored post we’ve ever done — and we’re quite happy that it worked out, because we have quite a soft spot for Jenn Ski — the first person ever to link to Retro Renovation. So what are these coloring books like? As soon as my set arrived via UPS, I got out my colored pencils to take a test drive.
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retro midcentury coloring book“Who doesn’t love to color?” it says on the back of each book. Angela Corpus, marketing manager for Rockport Publishers, hopes that the answer to that question is, “No one.” Angela tells us that there is an emerging market in designer coloring books — like these — that are specifically targeted at adults. But why would adults want coloring books? The answer is simple — to recapture a bit of their youth and spend some time in calming, self-guided “art therapy.” In fact, Angela told Pam that the growing trend in adult coloring books comes out of the art therapy world.

retro midcentury coloring bookWhether you are the type that likes to stay in the lines or not, the act of coloring itself can be cathartic and relaxing — and it is even better when the subject matter piques your interest. Like: Mid-century modern!

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retro midcentury coloring bookAfter paging through all three of the books, I immediately had a favorite. Don’t get me wrong, all three of the coloring books were filled with fabulous designs, but the one that ultimately made me want to break out the colored pencils and start coloring was Mid-Century Modern Mania.

retro midcentury coloring bookFor someone who absolutely loves mid-century home decor, Mid-Century Modern Mania was like giving me free reign to ‘decorate’ my own little world. There are three types of illustrations in this 30-page coloring book: Overall room scenes, vignettes of rooms, and close-ups of decor items — like light fixtures, kitchen utensils and houseplants — that are like patterns in themselves.

retro midcentury coloring bookThe only thing I didn’t like was having to choose just one page to start with.

retro midcentury coloring book retro midcentury coloring bookI ultimately chose an overall room scene to test. I decided to use my colored pencil set — leftover from art school — to get started. I recommend choosing a coloring medium with both fine and wide tip coloring abilities. Some of the designs are quite involved, making a fine tip or a sharp point necessary if you want to stay in the lines. Wider tips make coloring ‘wallpaper’ and ‘carpeting’ easier and faster. I needed to keep a pencil sharpener nearby to maintain a sharp point when coloring some of the smaller details.

retro midcentury coloring bookI took my time selecting colors and carefully filling in each shape during my first art therapy session and the whole, leisurely process took me about an hour and 40 minutes to complete. Some of the less involved pages could likely be completed in half an hour. I’d like to try coloring my next page with markers for an even bolder, more saturated and colorful look.

retro midcentury coloring bookAt one point during my art therapy session, my husband Jim — who usually is uninterested in this sort of thing — wanted to join in the fun after he saw a page with a simple design of a fondue pot. Guess what we’re doing tomorrow night? Couples coloring! Alas, right now Pam has a broken right arm and since she’s right handed, she won’t be able to test her kindergarten coloring skills for another eight weeks or so.

retro midcentury coloring bookThe paper used in these books is nice and thick — and will stand up to the juiciest markers. Also of note — the coloring books are smartly sized so that favorite finished pieces can be popped into a standard 8×10 frame and proudly displayed as art. Each page is also perforated for easy removal — in case you want to display your finished drawings on the fridge or the frame them. Personally, I found it easier to remove the page prior to coloring.

retro midcentury coloring bookIf you are worried about your fine motor skills and staying in the lines, each of the three books gives plenty of room to practice, with variations between large, easy to color shapes…

retro midcentury coloring bookAnd more intensive patterns that will challenge even the accomplished colorer. Many of the patterns you can color in the Mid-Century Modern Patterns book are near replicas of Jenn Ski’s art prints.

retro midcentury coloring bookThe Mid-Century Modern Animals book is filled with whimsical, retro favorites like the owl above…

retro midcentury coloring bookAnd this page filled with groovy butterflies and mushrooms that is just screaming for a lime green, yellow and bittersweet orange coloring scheme.

While I was coloring, I kept thinking about what a great party activity this would be for a small group. Everyone could pick a page from the book, sip a cocktail, munch on snacks, catch up with each other and color to their heart’s content — then take home their drawing to proudly place on the fridge as a reminder of a fun evening spent with friends. Any one of these books — along with a set of fine point markers or colored pencils — would also be a fantastic holiday gift.

Where to buy these coloring books:

You can purchase these coloring books individually through Rockport Publishers’ corporate site, or if you are feeling lucky, come back tomorrow — when Rockport Publishers will be hosting a giveaway.

Nicely done, Jenn Ski and Rockport Publishers — we hope you sell lots!

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Jacqueline and Glen return a 1970s harvest gold stove to its original glory http://retrorenovation.com/2014/09/17/70s-harvest-gold-stove-restored/ http://retrorenovation.com/2014/09/17/70s-harvest-gold-stove-restored/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:31:23 +0000 http://retrorenovation.com/?p=111707 Jacqueline and hubby Glen have tracked down some impressive vintage goodies on Craigslist in the past — but their latest find really struck gold — Harvest Gold, that is. When the couple needed to replace the selectively operational 27 inch GE stove in their new 1972 ranch home, they thought they had found an almond-colored replacement. However, after some detective […]

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vintage stoveJacqueline-and-Glen250Jacqueline and hubby Glen have tracked down some impressive vintage goodies on Craigslist in the past — but their latest find really struck gold — Harvest Gold, that is. When the couple needed to replace the selectively operational 27 inch GE stove in their new 1972 ranch home, they thought they had found an almond-colored replacement. However, after some detective work and a bottle of Citristrip, it turned out their kitchen had a colorful new treasure.

Jacqueline writes:

Hi Pam! I’ve written in before about my thrifty turquoise appliance finds and my brown 40 inch GE stove that I needed help identifying the color name.

A lot of changes in Glen’s and my life since then — we moved into a darling 1972 ranch home in Arizona. We still own our other home that is pretty small, and it is being rented by my son now. My husband likes his space, and now that we are in here, I do too!

We went from just under 1,100 sq. ft. to almost 1,700, which is nice, and we have the added bonus of a swimming pool, great for the weather around here!

My story today is that even though I absolutely love the turquoise appliances that we collected to be put into a new house that we found, it wasn’t in the cards. They will be installed in the little house. Our new kitchen won’t accommodate them and I really don’t see the necessity in re-doing a perfectly fine kitchen for that reason. So, my DH (he really is dear) has been on the hunt for 70’s appliances, ever since we moved in.

We found out that in this big old kitchen, our stove opening is only 27 inches. The original 27 inch space-maker had been replaced at some point we believe, and an almond 27 inch updated GE put in its place. We had problems with the almond one — it was giving me fits — so we started looking for the replacement with more haste. Ha! Try and find a 27 inch space-maker. No appliance makers other than GE manufacture them, and to be honest we were at the end of our rope, the new ones are $1,300-$1,400!! AND I didn’t really want “new.”

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70s stove fresh from Craigslist — before they discovered the Harvest Gold hiding underneath.

Glen was on Craigslist, (his favorite past time) and showed me an ad for a free 27 inch stove in Phoenix, that said: “Remodeling, works great, don’t want it” (you know how they go.)

He called, made arrangements to get it the next afternoon, and brought it home. It’s almond…but the guy said it was a 1972?? (Same year as the house) I was puzzled, and so was Glen. It’s a P7 top of the line according to the model and serial numbers, but almond? Hmmm…

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We got it inside and it looked like someone had patched a spot on the front with a badly matched porcelain paint. I rubbed at it a little and almond paint started to come off a bit. HOLY COW, I realized right then we had a stove from the early 70’s, that had been painted almond. We both looked at each other…..our stove was GE Harvest underneath all that almond!

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I researched online to try to remove the paint, not a lot of info, but I remembered a post from your site, that some folks had used Citristrip to remove old paint from their bathtub and toilet in their vintage mobile home. They live close to us in Arizona, that is why I had their posting firmly in my mind!

[Precautionary Pam reminds that old paint may contain lead -- be sure to consult with a properly licensed professional to assess what you have so you can make informed decisions.]

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Just finished this endeavor this morning, did the top yesterday, and the door this morning.

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Oh Pam it is beautiful — and I am so happy to send you this and let you know how it turned out. It is perfect, no abrasions from sandpaper, it looks like it just came out of the GE carton. It shines, it’s full of chrome, and it is amazing. It was actually pretty easy, That stripping gel works so well (I’m so glad it wasn’t roughed up before they painted it.) We brought her back to her old self!

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We do not have a Harvest gold fridge, and as you can see we are dealing with a black fridge, and a black dishwasher. Could be that is a quest for Glen..he is always looking!

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The floors are a light VCT, we had it installed before we moved in… I love it, it’s Armstrong Imperial Texture, “Pebble Tan.” The walls are painted with Valspar Satin low VOC “Imagine.”  I love the pinky orange color, it may not come through that well in those pictures.

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I am in the process of painting the cabinets too, you can see the bare wood under the stove area but it’s not horrible, It’s just a little at a time. I have a few done which don’t show in the pictures, they are a little more white than the others — Sherwin Williams “Creamy.”

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Here is a shot of our Whirlpool Laundry pair.  We have grown fond of this color for sure!

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I also included a picture of our “Roxy”  She reminds me so much of Kate’s puppy! Only she is much older than he and kinda grouchy..it’s just age!

Thank you for ALL your time and energy that you and Kate put into helping us through our projects, and all the good advice.

Wow Jacqueline and Glen, not only did you guys save a bundle ($1,400) sourcing a stove for free on Craigslist, but kudos to you for restoring this stove to its former glory. Mega thanks for sharing your success story with us.

Read more about Harvest Gold —
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