Vintage Rehab / Cleaning Baked on Build Up

Before & After - Cleaning Baked on Residue from Vintage Cookware

Time for a new series!  I am all about shopping used.  We have expensive taste and tiny pockets, so I often hunt for overlooked items that can be saved with some elbow grease.  I find deals at thrift stores, online consignment, garage sales (real ones and Facebook pages) and craig’s list.  So this spring, I’m planning to share some of my favorite tricks to make used/vintage items look like new for less.

I had some good conversation come up in my post last week about vintage Pyrex.    You can, of course, buy shiny, ready to display pieces from Etsy or EBay, but if you are looking for the best prices you need to find them “in the wild” (aka thrift stores, estate sales, garage sales, etc.).  Often times this means luck and willingness to drive to sales and dig in cupboards.  A lot of the time antiquers will snag them all in the first hour, so be prepared to go home disappointed.  BUT if you are lucky enough to find retro glassware, it usually needs some love before it’s ready to use.

Removing Baked on Residue from Vintage Cookware

Here is a prime example.  I found a nice stack of these adorable Anchor Hocking ‘Athena’ dessert cups recently.  They are from the 1970’s and were part of a full opal glass place setting that came in 2 patterns.  They were shoved all the way to the back of the shelf and look just awful.  Most people would think “omg gross”, but I saw potential.

Here is my line up, starting on the left and moving right…

The Linup - Cleaning Baked on Build Up from Vintage Cookware

  • I always start with the most mild products first.  A nice long soak in some hot water with simple dish soap will sometimes do the trick.  Fill the sink and let them sit.  Then come back and give them a good scrub.
  • If that doesn’t work I start bringing out the bigger guns.  Next I try a very mild abrasive cleanser, like Affresh Cooktop Cleanser.  It’s made for cleaning ceramic and glass cooktops and comes with a little blue brillo-like pad.  Some people swear by Liquid Barkeepers Friend, but with any of these types of cleansers you have to be REALLY careful.  Do not use them on any gold leaf and use them very gently.  If your piece is nice and shiny, you can dull the finish over time with these mild abrasives.
  • Next on my list, if the above doesn’t work, is powdered Barkeepers Friend.  This is an abrasive.  You have to be super gentle.  I usually make it into a paste and try it somewhere unnoticeable first.  If it’s something with a lot of decoration or is a solid painted finish I sometimes skip this step all together.  This is great for the inside of the white glass pieces to get rid of the silver utensil marks.
  • The last thing I try is this heavy duty oven cleaner.  It comes in an aerosol can and smells awful.  Try and use this on a day when you can crack a window, because it will give you a headache.  The upside is this cuts through just about everything.  Like with other products I have listed, you need to be cautious.  I’ve seen some blogs say to spray it on and let it sit up to 15 minutes.  I stick with 5 minutes.  After 5 minutes everything wipes away.  I’ve heard through the grapevine that this can strip paint.  I haven’t experienced that personally, but better safe than sorry.

Removing Baked on Residue from Vintage Cookware

These bowls went from dish soap to Affresh, and straight to oven cleaner.  I need to get a toothpick to clean out in between some of the little spaces in the lettering, but by the time I am done with them, they should look almost new.  I probably won’t be keeping them, since I have more than enough bowls in my cabinet, but I know someone out there is looking for them to complete their set.

Next on Vintage Rehab:  I will be sharing my favorite tool to take those annoying pills off of vintage sweaters, ties, upholstery, etc.  This thing is seriously life changing.

Cleaning Baked on Build Up from Vintage Cookware on Lost & Fawned

Vintage Spring Florals

Vintage Spring Floral Threads on Lost and Fawned

I’ve been busy prepping my closet for spring, which means mending, cleaning and pressing my vintage pieces.  Today’s collection is inspired by the bulbs and blossoms popping up across the country.  Etsy has a wealth of vintage stores, ranging in price and decade.  Here are some of my favorite fresh spring picks…

  1. Bright Floral Circle Skirt from Chariot Marie  /  $88.00
  2. Floral Embroidered Cardigan from Chic Vintage Hawaii  /  $32.00
  3. Green Floral Dress from Dalena Vintage  /  $135.00
  4. Floral Tea Dress with Glass Buttons from Satorial Matters  /  $104.41
  5. Embroidered Floral Heels from Wear it Well Vintage  /  $54.00
  6. Atomic Floral Print Dress from Very Vintage Store  /  $71.00
  7. Beaded Floral Purse from Antique Florals  /  $12.00
  8. Sketchy Floral Blouse from Small Earth Vintage  /  $26.00
  9. Purple Sundress with Floral Applique from When Decades Collide  /  $156.00
  10. Pink Shirt Day Dress from Shop Rabbit Hole  /  $88.00
  11. Van Gogh Dolman Dress from To Be Determined  /  $40.00
  12. Pleated Floral Dress from Red Light Vintage  /  $48.00

Shades of Spring

Shades of Spring on Lost and Fawned

It’s officially spring!  It’s still chilly here in Ohio, but my bulbs are peeking up and there are hints of buds on the trees.  Soon everything will have a haze of green over it as the world starts to wake up from the awful winter we had.  Green is my favorite color.  So today, we are celebrating all shades of spring green, from sage to mint (mostly mint).  Here are my picks…

  1. Umbra Mint Waste Can in Mint  /  $20.00
  2. Pom it Up Scarf in Mint  /  $24.99
  3. Ring True Phone in Sea Green  /  $59.99
  4. Essie Nail Polish in “Mojito Madness”  /  $8.50
  5. Waring Retro Green Blender  /  $99.95
  6. Swedish Hasbeens Braided Sky High in Mint Pearl  /  $269.00
  7. Keds Champion in Mint Green  /  $45.00
  8. Herschel Duffel in Foliage  /  $55.00
  9. Poppin Mint Desk Set  /  $40.00
  10. Boden Spring Polka Dot Parka  /  $117.60 SALE
  11. Silk Unity Stripe Tie in Apple Green  /  $19.00

So your friend is a Pyrex collector

Pyrex Collector Gifts on Lost and Fawned

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed a lot of vintage cookware popping up in the last year.  I am a collector of many things (note I said “collector”, not “hoarder”), and one of those things is vintage Pyrex.  Like most Pyrex collectors, I have a favorite design that I focus on.  My pattern in called Early American, but I also collect metallic promotional pieces.  That may sound like giberish to most of you, but to a fellow collector it says a lot.

Vintage Pyrex is an American classic (though there are Australian, Canadian and British counterparts).  The designs are iconic.  From Butterprint to Spring Blossom, there is a design for everyone.  The pieces are decorative and usableat the same time, a perfect balance of form and function.  Pyrex collecting has been really gaining momentum in the last few years.  New books have been published, local trading groups are popping up, and the market for vintage pieces has exploded on etsy, ebay and in local antique malls.

If you have a friend that has caught the Pyrex bug and you are considering gifting them a piece of Pyrex, it’s best to ask what they have had their eye on.  Do some research and shop around to find one in good condition at a reasonable price.  Otherwise, there has been tons of art, tea towels and other crafted items springing up online that would make a collector smile.

  1. Fridgie Tea Towel by Fresh Pastry Stand  /  $10.00
  2. Friendship 045 Casserole from Midge & Manny’s  /  $50.00
  3. Pyrex Passion: A Comprehensive Guide to Decorated Vintage Pyrex by Michael D. Barber  /  $49.99
  4. Vintage Pyrex Vegetable Soup Fabric from Spoonflower  /  $17.50+ per yard
  5. Butterprint Mug from Thrifting Fuel on Society 6  /  $15.00
  6. Nesting Mixing Bowls from Rush Creek Vintage  /  $125.00
  7. Snowflake Divided Dish from The Heirloom Shoppe  /  $28.00
  8. 2015 Pyrex Calender by Pocono Modern  /  $25.00
  9. Custom Jewelry from your Broken Pyrex by The Broken Plate  /  $40.00
  10. “Primary Pyrex Stack” Print by P.MaGeebs on Society 6  /  $17.68+
  11. Pyrex Carafe with Original Box from Multistreamz  /  $17.00
  12. Two Yellow Gooseberry 042’s from VintageKindofGirl  /  $22.00

More Art Please / Spring 2015

More Art Please - Spring 2015 on Lost and FawnedTime to freshen up the house for spring!  I’ve already started my spring purge and deep clean, but another great way to renew your home to rotate some art.  I’ve put together a quick collection of pieces that are perfect every room from your powder room to your entryway.

Boden Dresses for Spring

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In Ohio it’s really hard to care about how you look in winter.  It’s all layers (and not the cute autumn-type layers), hats, coats and practical snow boots.  It’s almost officially spring, and while the birds are chirping, it’s still freezing out.  But that won’t stop me from starting to air out my dresses and sandals and start planning the garden.  I am so pumped for dress and skirt season.

I have been obsessing over Boden’s spring line since I got the January catalog.  They kindly offered to send over couple of frocks to share with you, and how could I say no?  (Fair warning: I am in desperate need of a bang trim!)   

The first one I selected, sang to my thrifting and vintage sensibilities.  While the shape is pretty modern, the pattern on the Printed Spring Dress is made up of vintage plates!  I couldn’t resist!  It’s so light and breezy.  It will be perfect for those super hot summer days at the flea market or errand running.  The length is just perfect.

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Spring Boden Style on Lost & Fawned

My second pick is the perfectly named Lindsey Dress!  Yep!  It’s like it was made for me!  I wanted something tailored enough to wear to work, but was as comfortable as my PJ’s, and this fits the bill.  It’s made of a super soft cotton knit that is stretchy, but still holds it’s shape.  I added a blazer, some tights and boots, and this worked well in the snow and ice as well.  I love the color too!  I considered getting the navy, but this green was irresistible.

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I would have loved to frolic in a field in these dresses for the photos, but we are still buried in a foot and a half of snow and ice.  To finish the looks I accessorized with a vintage straw handbag, some simple flat sandals in a fun color (see similar), mid-height t-bar pumps (see similar) and a neutral cardigan (see similar).

Getting read for spring on Lost & Fawned

There are so many gorgeous dresses available on Boden right now, and they are guaranteed to give you spring-fever.  Here are some of my tops picks for spring of 2015…

Boden Dress Picks for Spring 2015Above , clockwise from top left:

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Thanks so much to Boden for making this post possible!  Happy spring!

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Living for Less / Relaxed & Eclectic Nook

Living for Less - Relaxed and Eclectic NookLiving for Less is back!  This is one of my favorite features to do, but it can take time to hunt down pieces that feel right for the collection.  It’s been one of my more popular series though, so I’m thrilled to start doing these again.  If you have any requests (take a peek at your favorite pins!) feel free to link to them in a comment and I will add them to my list.  See my other Living for Less posts over here.

This one comes from one of my favorite blogs, sfgirlbybay.  This corner was from a feature of Jaclyn Campanaro‘s Portland, Oregon home.  I fell in love with the cool and casual charm.  The retro wall color gives it personality without being overwhelming.  I love rooms that feel collected over time, instead of overly designed.  I wish I could keep houseplants alive.  I’ve always wanted a sunny window full of healthy plants.

Here are my picks to get the look…

  1. Electrohome Vinyl Record Player on Amazon – $199.99
  2. GAGNET Rattan Chair from Ikea – $59.99
  3. Wood 8×10″” Photo Frame on Amazon – $24.99
  4. ‘Asking for Directions’ by Emily Rickard Art Print on Society 6 – $15.00
  5. Olsen Ottoman on Wayfair – $208.99
  6. KOLDBY Cowhide Rug from Ikea – $199.99 (Coloring varies)
  7. Deroma Ceramic Hanging Planter from Sears – $4.88
  8. CRASSULA Potted Plant from Ikea – $6.99
  9. WALLS / SW 6483 ‘Buoyant Blue’ from Sherwin Williams

Spring Wardrobe Additions

Spring Wardrobe Additions on Lost and Fawned

As you may remember, I have been going through a bit of a style-overhaul this year.  I’ve looked at what I have and what I like, identified the trends and have started purging what doesn’t fit.  Now I am slowly and carefully curating my wardrobe by adding specific missing pieces that follow my new set of rules.

I’ve added a few new items lately.  My budget is small, so everything has been purchased from vintage and thrift stores, were pre-owned or were on mega-sale.  So far I have done pretty well at finding things I love that also fit into my new look.

  • Sheer Dusty Rose Blouse:  I purchased this from a friend who was cleaning out her closet.  It has the cutest pleated details at the shoulder and on the sleeve, but is basic enough to mix with printed pieces.  It looks great over dresses or tucked into a skirt with a camisole.  (Similar: 1 / 2 / 3 )
  • Vintage Embroidered Blouse:  This little number was in an Instagram sale by Fog & Driftwood Vintage for just $10.  I love the floral detail around the neck.  Add a skirt and a cardigan and it’s ready for brunch.  (Similar: 1 / )
  • Statement Dress:  This was a clearance find at Boden.  I have been enamored by this ever since I saw it on Pinterest.  When I tracked it down it was on mega-clearance, but had to purchase it one size too large.  Before the weather warms up I’ll be taking it in an inch or two and hemming the skirt.  I can’t wait to wear this when it warms up.  (Similar: 1 / 2  )
  • Teal Cardigan:  This was a gift but it fits seamlessly in with my new look.  The color is so flattering and works in all seasons.  ( Similar: 1 / 2 / 3 )
  • Vintage Pleated Midi Skirt:  This was another pre-owned piece I purchased from a friend.  It was a little outside my comfort zone, but I’m so glad I took the risk.  It’s sheer, so it needs a slip (see next item) but it’s so breezy and can be dressed up or down.  It’s adorable with both of my new blouses but also looks super cute with a t-shirt.  (Similar: 1 / 2 / 3 )
  • Vintage slip (not pictured):  This also came from an Instagram sale for just $8.50 shipped.  I’m not going the whole nine-yards and wearing undergarments from the 40-50’s, but this is a good staple.  Plus it makes me feel pretty and feminine.  (Similar: 1 / 2 / 3 )
  • Suede T-Bar Pumps:  These are adorable.  I got them on sale with a gift card, so in reality they didn’t cost me anything.  I don’t wear heels on a daily basis, but I think I would like to try this spring.  (Seychelles ‘Trip the Light Fantastic’ Pumps  –  Similar: 1 / 2 / 3 )
  • Red Saltwater Sandals:  I already have a pair of these in basic tan.  They have been my summer go-to since I started walking.  I thought it would be fun to get a more vibrant hue this year.  (Saltwater Sandals)
  • Vintage Straw Handbag:  This was an impulse by from an Instagram vintage shop.  It’s so cute.  It makes me feel like I’m going on a tropical vacation.  (Similar: 1 /2 / 3 )
  • Vintage Silk Scarf:  I really want to play with my hair more.  I’m not ready for a 30 minute styling routine, but adding a scarf to my ponytail or as a head band (see this guide) could be fun.  This silk scarf was half off at the thrift store for a whopping 50 cents.  (Similar: 1 / 2 )
  • Vintage Sewing Reference Book:  This book is amazing.  I posted some previews on Instagram.  It’s a great reference as I modify garments and build some from scratch.

Have you started planning for spring or summer?  Have you ever gone through a complete wardrobe identity crisis? 

My Beauty Basics

My Beauty Basics - on Lost and FawnedI’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to beauty.  My daily morning routine is quick and my kit is small.  I generally shop at the big box stores for most of my supplies, but I do have a few key colors from MAC that I know work with my coloring so they are worth the extra cash.

I gently exfoliate a few times a week with an apricot scrub (controversial I know… but I promise I’m gentle).  The rest of the time I do a raw honey mask and rinse with warm water.  I don’t generally wear a scent, but I love to rub a little Rosebud salve into my hands.  I’m kind of obsessed with this nail hue for all seasons.   I also curl my lashes and sweep on a little Maybelline Great Lash Mascara to open my eyes.

Here are some of my very favorite beauty staples:

  1. Tangerine Vanilla Bar Soap from The Honest Company – $4.95
  2. Lipstick in ‘Lady Bug’ from MAC Cosmetics – $16.00
  3. Smith’s Rosebud Salve from Amazon – $9.99
  4. Satin Blush in ‘Dame’ from MAC Cosmetics – $22.00
  5. Essie Nail Polish in ‘Angora Cardi’ from Amazon – $8.50
  6. L’Oreal True Match Foundation from Amazon – $7.97
  7. Raw Honey from Amazon – $12.63

Collected / Marsala on Etsy

Pantone Marsala SwatchIt’s already almost March and we haven’t talked about Pantone’s Color of the Year, Marsala.  I’ve been so-so on the picks for the last few years, but I’m kind of in love with this soft oxblood hue.  Here is a small sampling of handmade and vintage items from etsy I curated in shades of Marsala.

Marsala Etsy Round Up on Lost and FawnedFrom left to right: