Here’s a new Saturday feature for the blog: A weekly roundup of its and bits that readers send our way. Matthew will edit the weekly roundup, and provide commentary. – Pam
Jason emailed Pam about this amazing find — a mint-in-box GE “Drape-o-matic”. Here is what he said:
Thought I’d show you a couple of recent Ebay finds that I purchased for my home project when I get home next month…. A 1959 Imperalite pull down light for my kitchen. This will look great over my Heywood Wakefield kitchen table! $150 including shipping. I’m not so price sensitive on things and when I find something that I have been looking for for a long time or feel I may never see it, again, I’ll jump on it. It was a Buy-It-Now at $150 and I made an offer for $130. The next item seems really NEAT_O……….an Automatic Drapery Opener!!! Looks new in the box. Seller said that drape cord attaches inside control unit. I don’t know if Mom’s modern traverse rod cord will work with this, but I will make it work, if necessary as this seems like such a cool gizmo. I’ll be hanging some original vintage drapes, too. I should mention that I won the Drape-o-Matic for $5.00 plus shipping. I think about $10-$14 total. The seller was going to send some pics on how the pulls go into it. Mom’s traverse rods have the pulls that are one piece and go around a wheel mounted to the base board. I may have to cut the pulls in order to attach them into the D-O-M. Hope it works as it is neat. But then, kinda lazy, because it doesn’t take much effort to pull the strings to open your drapes. Oh…I will be building some cornice boxes to cover Mom’s drape hardware as it is somewhat modern. It’s been installed for some time and I did not remove the mounts when I painted as i did not want to disturb the integrity of the fasteners. Think I will make a cardboard mock-up of the cornice box before I actually build it, to get the feel of how it will look. I enjoyed the article today about the mosaic floor and the pink toilet. They had their tub and sink reglazed, which is something I asked about several weeks ago. Looks like they had some success with that. Could you make a feature about that, if you have enough material/ letters from folks who have done it to tell their story? Thanks. Love your website.
Wow, Jason, That’s so exciting — they’re so interesting, and what a great price. Aunt Pam told me she was truly jealous. I love old technology like that, it’s always so much fun when it actually works. We’re interested to see how your DIY cornice boxes, the vintage drapes, and your Mom’s traverse rod all look together – and how the Drape-o-matic works out – sounds like a very retro combo, if you ask me.
Following up on Marybeth’s two recent stories about roses, Mary Ellen wrote:
Hi Pam, I wanted to share some of my roses with Marybeth and the gardening post followers. She seemed interested in how I grow them out here in the soggy NW. It is a challenge, I admit, but I LOVE them–they make me feel sort of triumphant. Now it’s DAHLIA season! Woot woot!
Thanks for sending these in. Mary Ellen. I’d love to have a room full.
I’m not sure if you’ve seen this yet, but I thought it was really cool! Your site is looking wonderful!
This is a made-to-order 1970’s style flat screen television by Wilkerson. Too bad it is $3200. I would be so jealous of anyone who had this TV..
Here are some pictures of my dinette set. I bought it in 2005 at a great warehouse-sized vintage place in Fresno, CA called Yoshi NOW! Underneath the chairs, it says it is Kitchen Master brand, manufactured by Douglas Furniture, Chicago and Los Angeles. I love that the chair backs’ cutouts and upright supports that are within the back rather than bolted onto the outside; that they have such graceful back legs; and the pedestal-like base on the table. I wish I could get some cracked ice vinyl to match; the chairs could stand to be redone, and none of the samples I got from C.F. Stinson (thank you!) were a good match. These pictures are when my mom had newly shined the table with chrome polish & wax. (Please ignore the “tasteful” cherry cabinets chosen by the house’s previous owners…they spent $30k redoing the kitchen the year before we bought this 50s vintage house…I hate to think what they might have torn out)
Excellent choice to pick these up. I completely agree that the cutouts on the back and the back legs make them that much more appealing. I really do ove the green color, nice job matching your towels on the stove ha. The metal edging around the table makes it look like a giant hudee ring. I’d say don’t worry about the little cracks. Everything else looks so clean no one should notice unless they are really picking it apart.
Last but certainly not least, here is Denise who writes the blog on the verge on snapping. She also runs a Schnauzer Rescue (where Aunt Pam got Astro the Retro Wonderdog) but in her spare time creates excellent painted toilet seats. Read the post she wrote about her experience here. This looks so amazing. I never would have thought to do this but it totally brings a whole new look to the room. Great Job Denise- it’s a shame it took you over a week to finish it but it looks sooo good. Don’t get too caught up with your toilet seats and forget about the Schnauzers. 🙂