Industrial decor takes elements of science, utility, and metal and incorporates them into the interior of your home. It is currently all the rage, and luckily for us, it’s easy to do! Just throwing in an industrial piece or two can really add this eclectic vibe into an already stellar room. Another plus side of industrial decorating is that it’s basically up-cycling! By buying things that were once used for something else entirely, and incorporating them into your life, you are giving them a second chance! Through repurposing, these salvaged materials are used as treasure. While half the fun in decorating with an industrial flair is the hunt, I thought I’d help you out with a few ideas that can currently be found at Antique Plaza.

Vintage Lockers

One easy way to incorporate industrial elements into your space is with some vintage school lockers. Not only will the metal create an interesting contrast with other materials in your room, but the lockers can actually be used as shelves in order to give them some added utility. Leaving one or more of the doors open and creating an aesthetically pleasing display inside can help to blend industrial aspects with the current look of your space. You can even remove a door to help with this effect! On the left, you see an example of how lockers can really add a spark of uniqueness to your decor, as well as some lockers that are currently for sale in the store.

 

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Inspiration Credits: Adam Guzman

1. Vintage Lockers – Dealer  #222 – $259.00

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1. Vintage Laundry Basket – Dealer  #769 – $60.00

2. Vintage Swivel Chair – Dealer #769 – $45.00

1. Vintage Light Bulbs – #769

$9.00- $18.00

1. Vintage Oil Cans – #769

$32.00 – $38.00

1.Fire Lane Sign – #23 – $23.00

Adding a touch of automotive decor is a quick and easy way to change the feel of a room. Without much work, simply adding a few road signs to a room can really make the space look fun. Another great idea for adding a chic industrial look is by placing some vintage light bulbs in a bowl on your coffee table. They will surely be a detail your guests will want to check out!

 

There are few things more satisfying that giving new life to old or worn out furniture. As you may know, we love Howard products. Most of the furniture we buy to re-sell is in pretty good condition. Sometimes they need new knobs, or some legs re-attached. But usually, we can just bust out the Restor-A-Finish and clean it up! It is just amazing how scratches disappear and the wood gets a new shine. But why take my word for it? Check out some before and afters…

This card catalog had great structure but was covered in scuffs, mild scratches and some paint flecks.

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I did one side with restor-a-finish and…

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Voila! night and day right? It’s really amazing stuff. ( I of course did the other side after taking this picture…)

The most recently finished project is a mid century dresser by Bassett. As you can see I used Restor-a-finish on the top half. It not only hydrates the wood, it also fills in the smaller scratches (since it’s tinted) and since you apply with steel wool, it buffs away any residue and paint flecks, it’s like using really light sandpaper.

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Or in the case of this dresser, to get rid of some unwanted stickers (I also used goo-gone and a razor on the sticker)

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The dresser also needed some new knobs. Then it was golden! After I cover it with restor-a-finish, I let it sit for a minute and then wipe the whole thing off with a rag.

Note: The tone of Restor-a-finish doesn’t matter as much as you might think, some are darker (like the ebony) but I used golden oak on this dresser and it turned out just fine!

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This coffee table had some major scuffs and worn finish that restor-a-finish couldn’t completely cover, but, they are far less noticeable now.

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Here at the AP, we use Restor-A-Finish the most and carry it at the shop for $8.50. But we have also loved

  • Howard Butcher Block & Cutting Board Oil
  • Howard Feed N’ Wax
  • Howard Butcher Block Conditioner
  • Howard Leather Conditioner Cream

For more information on all Howard products check out their site here. And if you refinish/restore/condition or spruce up something at home email it to us, we’d love to see! {antiqueplaza@gmail.com} Good luck!

P.S. We aren’t the only ones who love Howard Products, check out these other bloggers reviews hereherehere, & here

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With the Holiday season upon us, our homes are decorated with the Christmas spirit in mind. From the stockings hung by the chimney with care, to the trees strung with lights and decked out in ornaments, Christmas brings some beautiful decorations into homes. The magic of the season can bring people back to their childhood. If you’re looking for decorations of Christmases past, check out these ideas. Bringing a little bit of the past into your home is a nostalgic way to remember some of your best Christmases as a kid.

Make sure that on Christmas Eve, stockings are hung to be filled with everything from oranges and candy canes to less traditional stocking stuffers. These homemade vintage stockings can definitely add some whimsical flair to any room. They would look particularly nice hanging over a fireplace or mantle. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Stockings- Dealer #312- $10.00

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1. Vintage Plastic Santa Light – Dealer #769 – $8.00

2. Santa with White Belt – Dealer #35 – $42.00

3. Original 1955 Magazine Ad – Dealer #35 – $28.00

4. Too Gigio Santa Mouse- Dealer #312 – SOLD

5. Anna Lee Mr. and Mrs. Claus – Dealer #35 – $15.95

6. Knee Hugging Elves – Dealer #312 – $16.00 each

Bring a little bit of Christmas magic into your home with any variety of Santa’s. Whether you would prefer an adorable pairing of Santa and Mrs. Claus to sit on your stair railing or a traditional Coke ad featuring the big man himself,  it’s no secret that Santa is an important part of any home during December!

Looking for a Elf for your shelf? These vintage elves would be the perfect twist on the somewhat new tradition of the Elf on the Shelf!

 

 

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The winter months are fast approaching, and many of the valley residents retreat to the High Country to experience an actual winter. There hasn’t been much of a fall for the Phoenix area this year, and if this is any suggestion of how winter will go, its best to pack up for at least a weekend and take the family to see some snow. Snow in Arizona!? I promise it isn’t mythical, even if it might seem like 90 degree weather is all this winter has in store. Taking a trip to Strawberry, Pine, Payson or even Flagstaff is sure to result in the more classical winter many valley residents yearn for. Whether you own your own cabin up north, or are simply looking for something to bring this feeling to your home, check out Antique Plaza for items that fit the eclectic cabin vibe you might be seeking this winter.

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Look no further than the Arizona wildlife for inspiration. From eagles, to this actual deer head (which is from the Arizona Mountains), it is easy to add a touch of the wild to your space for a special look. 

1. Wooden Great Eagle Lamp – Dealer #23 –         $169.99

1. Arizona Mountain Deer – Dealer #M-110 –           $246.50

1. OLD Owl Driftwood Painting – Dealer #35 –         $17.50

2. Black Bear Family – Dealer #103 – $22.95

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1. Handmade Ceramic Bear Ashtray – Dealer         #649 –  $24.00

1. Pair of XL Brass Deer – Dealer #999 –  $190.00

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For a unique way to incorporate Arizona’s beauty into your space, frame some full-photo pages from a vintage Arizona Highways Magazine.  It’s an affordable way to decorate, with just a little DIY flavor!

1. Vintage Arizona Highways Magazines – Dealer #35 – $1.00 and up  

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1. Arizona Antelope Antlers – Dealer #M-110 – $69.50

2. Snowshoe – Dealer #M-110 – $124.50 

3. Wagon Wheel – Dealer #M-110 – $44.50

1. Western Saddle – Dealer #M-110 – $245.00

2. Wood Carved Pistol Plaque – Dealer #M-110 – $22.50

3. Bull Horns – Dealer #M-110 – $46.50

Other unique decoration ideas!  The plaza is full of interesting items to make your cabin everything you’re hoping for this winter. 

 

 

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Its the beginning of August, and you know what that means! School is back in session. Whether you are going back to school or sending kids off, August can be a busy time. However, if you are able to get away from this hustle and bustle, a trip to Antique Plaza might just bring you right back to the good old days, or provide you with a real life history lesson. The store is filled with treasures from decades past, many of which have the ability to bring back memories of school days long forgotten. Whether it’s a geography lesson, or a refresher course in American history, Antique Plaza is sure to have something you are looking for. 

1. School Desk – Dealer #69 – $75.00

1. 30’s Lincoln Print – Dealer #700 – $175.00

2. Navajo Rug – Dealer #35 – $195.00

3. Revolutionary War Books (Set of 2) –      Dealer #22 – $18.00

4. Our Flag Military Educational Pamphlet – Dealer #769 – $5.00

1. Vintage Globe – Dealer #99 – $48.00 

2. Britannica Reading Guides – Dealer #312 – $2.00

Many fond memories have been captured through high school yearbooks. They capture the pop culture of an era, the students who lived through that era and are an excellent way of preserving a record of what life was like during a different time. These books are a sort of unique time capsule.

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1. 1953 Trojan – Dealer #35 – $15.00

2. 1954 Thorntonite – Dealer #35 – $12.00