Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Trashtastic Tuesday- My Vintage Finds

Vintage Finds Collage

Hey all!  Welcome to Trashtastic Tuesday! This is a little series around here where I show you something that I thrifted, sometimes I make it over, sometimes I don’t.  Or it may be something that I have owned and I am tired of, or no longer like, so I make it over.  But nevertheless, it is usually something that I paid very little money for.  For this edition of Trashtastic Tuesday, I didn’t make anything over, but I wanted to share these two fabulous finds with you.

First up is this vintage Pearl Wick laundry hamper.  This was given to us from LC’s grandmother’s house.  We were able to go over a few months ago and pick out some things that we liked, and I chose this hamper.  This is vintage, from the 1960’s.  And his grandmother was still suing it in her bedroom when she passed.  This style is not for everybody, I know.  But I think it fits my modern, eclectic, polished casual style that I am going for in my home. 


I am considering applying some gold rub and buff to this little emblem on the front of the hamper, just to shine it up.  It is not brass, it is plastic.  Why yes, I did fade out the family room to the right so that you can't see the disaster as well, ha!  Mr. 6 year year old was playing and had a tent and a fort. 

vintage hamper

But the handles on the sides of the hamper are brass.  I like the patina they have. 


This is a picture of the label on the inside of the hamper.  Basically all I did with this hamper was to vacuum it out and clean it really well inside and out.  I also sprayed it inside with Lysol to help with that musty odor.  The back of the hamper is wicker, so the clothes you put in it can breathe. 


Next up is this vintage bentwood chair.  You won’t believe where I found this beauty – sitting at the dumpster at Miss 18 Year Old’s apartment complex.  We were taking her garbage down for her one day while we were leaving, and there were two of these chairs sitting there.  We decided to only take one of them because the other was in pretty bad shape. 


I searched around for similar chairs online, and I found these exact chairs here.  They were going for $75 for the pair.  I am loving this chair!  It fits my design style and what I am going for in my home perfectly.  and again, I totally realize these might not be fore everybody. 


All I needed to do for this chair was to clean it up.  I used some Clorox wipes, and some furniture polish.  I used some steel wool to wipe down the legs, which really shined them up and made them look like new. 

vintage chair 2

I was trying to figure out where I could use both of these items in my home.  I had planned on using the hamper in my bedroom, but it turned out to be the wrong size for the spot I had planned on putting it in.  So last weekend I was walking around the house trying to find spots for both, and it occurred to me that both of them would work in my downstairs hallway.  I found this graphic sequin pillow on clearance at Marshall’s and just threw it there, not sure if it will stay, but I think it works for now.  The spot was looking a little bare with just the chair, so I added Miss 18 Year Old’s guitar case, and I think it gives it a little bit of a funky vibe that I like.  


Here is a pulled back shot of that whole corner.  And sorry for the bright, glaring light coming from Miss 18 Year Old’s bathroom.  I have a really hard time taking pictures in this hallway because there is not natural light, so I have to turn on lights in all of the surrounding rooms to get enough light.  You can see a tour of her bathroom here.  The painted/distressed shelf hanging above the chair was a DIY Project a while back. 


I am so happy when things like this just seem to come together.  This hamper and the vintage chair seem to mesh perfectly together in this hallway.  Now the hallway has a unique mood and story to tell.  You can read more about my brown paper floors here


What do you think of my vintage items?  One was given to us, and one was a dumpster dive find.  Yet, somehow they look great in the same space.  Don’t you love when the stars align like that?  I realize some people might cringe at the thought of bringing either of these items into their homes, but I love vintage items that have a story to tell.  What is your opinion on these types of items?  I would love to read about what you think in the comments below – just keep it kind, OK?

Vintage Finds Collage