I love midcentury basements that have been decorated in kitschy, escapist styles. And the #1 favorite theme back in the day seems to have been: Whiskey barrel furniture (and don’t forget yer wagon wheel light to go with.) I recently spotted this huge, complete, pristine-looking 19-piece set of whiskey barrel furniture on Facebook Marketplace. Thanks to seller Joseph for giving me permission to archive this classic time-capsule living room suite — complete with fabulous bar and game table! Anyone out there with an empty basement ready to decorate in one fell swoop, for pick up only in Moulton, Pennsylvania? The furniture was made by Vista Industries of Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville… Bourbon… Whiskey Barrel furniture. That makes sense. On a larger level, the whiskey barrel furniture trend seems to go hand-in-hand in mid-century America’s fascination with Westerns. I talked at length about this phenomenon in this interview last year with Collector’s Weekly, “It Came From the ’70s: The Story of Your Grandma’s Weird Couch.” Gunsmoke, anyone?
19-piece set of whiskey barrel furniture, minty fresh
Back to this amazing set. As the listing says, it’s from the 70s, and I would agree, specifically from the colors: Avocado and dusty earthy coral. Above: The game table with gameboard designs printed right onto the laminate top.
The listing info includes:
19 piece retro 70’s whiskey barrel furniture made by Vista Furniture Inc, consisting of a game table, 4 chairs, couch w/matching chair, coffee table, 2 lamps, side chair w/ottoman, bar w/4 barstools, large bar w/bar back stool and wall bottle/glass holder. The set is in excellent minty condition. The set was cleaned and is like brand new. Made by Vista Inc dates to 1970s.
This wallpaper — it reads “Early American” to me more so than “Western” but still fits with whiskey barrels, I think — has all the right 1970s colors. Of course, you could also do wood paneling (like in the original room), but you know I love the over-the-top factor added by novelty wallpaper.
Thanks again, Joseph, for the permission. We surely hope this set finds a loving new home.
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