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These charming American Tourister (left - brown) and Samsonite (right - blue) luggage are historical pieces from the 1960s. We don’t normally carry vintage luggage in our inventory and are always excited to receive unique items. The luggage may be too fragile to be traveling across the globe with you, but there are fun, innovative ways to restore them. I stumbled upon the idea of repurposing luggage as dog or cat beds. Repurposing can be approached differently depending on style preference. You can unscrew the hinges to detach the suitcase in two pieces (two beds, score!) or use it as one piece. Adding table legs may require more installation such as using metal plates, threads, screwdriver, and a drill. Create the bed using a pillow, cushion, or thick foam padding with comfortable fabric.
These faux-leather, plastic, metal luggage make the perfect bed for your pet. Personalize it with your pet’s name and favorite things!
Who do you think wore the pet bed better? Dogs or cats? Let us know at @arch_antiques!
- Yolei, Intern at Architectural Antiques
Mirror, mirror who’s the fairest of ‘em all? Check yourself out in this #ornate frame and beveled #mirror from the early 1900s.
Architectural Antiques puts heart into quality light restoration – chandeliers, fixtures, sconces – and we believe we’re the best at it in Minnesota’s metropolitan area. We make old items come to life and we’re passionate about making every piece our best work. We recently restored a half-painted uranium bowl-glass chandelier salvaged from Youngstown, Ohio. Our light shop specialist, Will, mended the glass and stripped black paint off the exterior. We’re thrilled to have restored it to its original form.
Uranium glass was first produced in Europe in the 19th century as a technique for color yellow glass. Production was suspended for less than two decades during World War II due to toxic lead concern. It resumed after that period with low production of depleted uranium. Uranium glass radioactive levels are low and average in normal exposure.
Uranium glass adopted the name ‘Vaseline glass’ in the 20th century but the nickname is debatable. Although Vaseline glass and uranium glass have similar features, Vaseline glass has less uranium oxide content that creates transparency compared to opaque uranium glass with higher uranium oxide content. Due to chemical reaction, uranium glass glows pale green during daylight and fluoresces neon green or yellow-green under an ultra violet light or back light.
Despite emitting low levels of radioactive materials, early Europeans experimented with uranium glass and produced different colors. Antique uranium glass are aesthetic pieces embodying unique color. Look at the before-and-after pictures of the uranium chandelier and you’ll notice the difference in lighting and restoration.
What a difference! And it glows! Proved ourselves right that it’s #radioactive by lighting a regular bulb and an #uv bulb. Pure #uranium glass.
Last week we talked about creating a mini-garden using pop crates with pockets. There are many other innovative pop crate purposes. Examples we found include décor/accent, light bulbs, spice rack, arts and crafts materials, and dessert display. Sea shell and letter accents are nice additional touches to a washroom, bathroom, or hallway. The round light bulb idea is unique and striking – I can imagine it hanging on a ceiling or in a walk-in closet. A labeled spice rack mounted on the kitchen wall is great organization. It’s easy access during prepping and cooking a meal (no more opening cabinets!). Maybe you’ll even memorize where the spices are located on the crate. Arts and crafts supplies pile up and can get messy overtime. In a crate, they’re all in one place and can be sorted by colors, types of purpose, ribbons, threads, and trim. Pop crates make fun dessert holders and displays at outdoor events. However you choose to display them, they add a simple vintage touch.
Tweet us your favorite repurpose pop crate project or share one we don’t have here @arch_antiques!
- Yolei, Intern at Architectural Antiques
These are amazing pieces. Can’t believe we have a hundred different #foundry #molds and patterns. #industrial #steampunk #rustic
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New inventory, new layout - stop by and see the changes!
Not our typical inventory but super fun #antique #toys #fire
Two full truck loads of brand spanking new stuff from the other side of the country! #salvage #sneakpeak
Trust me, Minnesotans, spring is coming — hopefully after the (final) snow showers this week. We’re ready to run away from seasonal affective disorder to soak up some sun. Spring and summer are packed with outdoor activities — camping, hiking, lakes, beaches, barbeques, picnics, and gardening. Pop crates are ideal to bring with on summer adventures as they serve many purposes. But say, how can pop crates with pockets be utilize other than stocking up classic-shaped glass pop? Outdoors or indoors, these pockets can be filled with plant, flower, herb, and cactus seeds. They look like a fun hobby to maintain because they are transportable and right in your hands. Enjoy the lush, vibrant outcome in a rustic antique crate!
What have you planted in a pop/soda crate? Tweet us a picture or memory at @arch_antiques! Our pop crates are on sale for $15/crate. Give us a call or email at 612.332.8433 and firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested!
The spotlight right here will do the trick. Once this magic white wall is completed it will have a full-time duty as a photo backdrop. #photography #painting
Joe, our newest #lightshop addition, with his head magnifier. And Will, our light shop elitist, always brightening up the day.