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IKEA HEMNES Dresser Hack: Retro Decals

Jul 18, 2016 |  Retro Staff No Comments

IKEA’s simple, affordable furniture offers tons of upcycling possibilities. For example, you could use the HEMNES three-drawer dresser merely for storage—or you could turn it into an artistic statement with our HEMNES dresser graphics! These graphics are a simple IKEA hack that let you add your own personal decorating touch to your dresser. Each design

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How To Repurpose a Stoneware TV Dinner Tray

Jul 03, 2015 |  Retro Staff No Comments

Lately, we’ve all been hearing about cool ways to repurpose a variety of items and other ideas for the home. It’s already pretty widely known that the TV Dinner Tray is an awesome way to serve food since: It’s safer to heat food in a microwave oven on a stoneware TV Dinner Tray than in

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Vintage Finds: How Much Communication Technology Has Changed Over the Years

Feb 11, 2015 |  Retro Staff No Comments

This vintage telephone is one of our vintage finds discovered in an antique store in Arundel, Maine. The nameplate says, “Flygvapnet”, which is the name of Sweden’s Air Force. It’s probably from the ’60s or even early ’70s and is a great example of how far communication equipment technology has come. Pieces like this are

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Filed under: Vintage Finds Tagged with: collecting, repurposing, retro telephone

Vintage Suitcases As Retro Travel Decor

Nov 19, 2014 |  Retro Staff No Comments

Repurposing vintage finds into new items is very popular right now, as is using old things in new and unexpected ways. And decorating with vintage luggage is currently one of these great trends. From antique suitcases with leather handles to vinyl versions from the ’50s and ’60s, all types of travel bags are being used

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Repurposing Old Embroidered Patches as Coasters

Oct 16, 2014 |  Retro Staff No Comments

A great idea for repurposing vintage embroidered patches is to use them as fun drink coasters. Embroidered patches are cheap and easy to find on eBay or at antique stores. Show off your love for vintage decor and reclaim old patches—with a wide variety of subjects, there’s something for everyone. From classic rock-and-roll, motorcycles, cars,

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DIY: Decorating Ideas with Apothecary Jars and Kitchen Canisters

Aug 08, 2014 |  Retro Staff No Comments

We’ve been using jars and canisters to store kitchen goods for years, but there’s so much more we can do in the name of storage and decor! Canisters and jars were made to be storage solutions and we all love them for that. But they can do a lot more than store flour, dried beans

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Repurposed Vintage Fire Call Box – Now a Telephone Stand with Lamp

Apr 02, 2010 |  Retro Staff No Comments

Years ago, when we were in the restoration business, we received a fire department call box to repurpose into a telephone stand. We’re not sure of the original manufacturer, but the box resembles the Gamewell Corp. fire box made in the ’40s and ’50s. Also added to this vintage piece was a globe lamp on top.

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Filed under: Retro Museum Tagged with: collectibles, repurposing, restorations