Monday, May 9, 2011

1950's Vintage Space Flight Rockets Books



I've become very, very fussy about what I buy lately. But I snagged these for less than $5 for the lot, so I thought they would make a good addition to the space theme room. Cutting down on the purchases unless I really love it. Or it's too cheap to pass up.


My blog posts and comments have been sparse lately, but I am just finishing up painting the trim color in the master bedroom. Zzzzz painting is soooo boring!

Because I bought the cheap paint from Home Depot for the master bedroom (I only had a certain amount of cash on me when I got a bunch of paint, and the other 6 cans of paint were the good stuff, so I thought I'd go with the cheap stuff for this room so I could get all the paint at once), it had to have 3 coats of paint on all the walls and most of the trim, too. Three coats. Yeah, that's always a good time lol....

Never buy cheap paint from Home Depot. It's not like the cheap paint from Wal Mart which is good enough for two coats. Oh no, this crap is as thin as I have ever seen wall paint. Ugh. I debated another day before I went ahead and used it anyway. Use Glidden or Behr, but not the SpeedWall or Speedball or whatever they call it. Trust me on this.


So, next I have to sew up the curtains I have for the room, and then get everything settled, then I hope to FINALLY show some photos.

Funny thing is, after all that work, it won't look like anything spectacular! *groan* No Better Homes and Gardens house here folks, just a working class middle class room, but I am excited so I suppose that counts for something lol....


I hope everyone had a happy Mothers Day yesterday!
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17 comments:

  1. You know, I believe there's something very special about our little middle class homes that we have carefully and lovingly decorated piece by piece. Very often picture-perfect homes that have been professionally decorated by strangers lack a personal touch. Everything in my home is a reflection of my personality and my taste, and I'm sure yours is the same. I think that counts for a lot.

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  2. LOVE those books! Great cover art!! I am a little obsessed with Atomic Age Science stuff ever since going to the Atomic Test Museum in Las Vegas. Their display of atomic-themed pop culture items was to die for, if I thought I could get away with it, I would have attempted the first ever nerdy museum heist. However, I am just not cut out to be a master criminal.

    I hear you on painting and cheap paint - I buy the Behr primer + paint because I can't stand painting and want to get it done (and still looking good) ASAP. I learned the hard way with that Speedball crap. ;)

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  3. Dana, beautifully put!!

    It's always been my intention to make the house look as it did when it was new: A suburban, middle class home, and like people live here, not some "showroom".

    omg lollll "nerdy museum heist". I LOVE it!!! Hmmm and I am not that far from Vegas, I'll have to go check that out.

    I get these same obsessions, and I have a secret obsession for atomic bomb stuff. And the whole chemical/science thing too. I mean, I still remember going to Disneyland as a kid, and hearing: "Monsanto! Better living through chemicals!" (Or was it "chemistry"?). At any rate, the Ride Thru Inner Space was one of my favorites, and the Monsanto chemical display at the end of the ride is still a wonderful memory. You know, before we learned that chemicals kill us and these companies don't care lollll

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  4. I hate to see picture perfect show home i call them there not real homes there is no real heart or soul in the place. Unlike yours, yours has a long family history and that make's it extra special and painting it you are bringing all that magic and beauty back to life the way you see it. And to me that speaks volumes. Can't wait to see it, happy painting, dee x

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  5. Looking forward to seeing your newly painted room. I have not done any e-baying lately instead I have switched to garage saling. *lol* "Heck at least I don't have to pay shipping" =D

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  6. Thanks for the paint tip! Three coats of paint is a little ridiculous! Cant wait to see.

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  7. If you're excited, that's all that matters. :-)

    I think that Arthur C. Clarke book sits on our bookshelf some place. lol

    I'd love to have those books for the covers! I've started looking at vintage SF books (50s or earlier) for various art related projects.

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  8. It'll look an awful lot better to you and thats the most important thing! After all, you're the one who has to live with it-and I'm sure your folks would be proud of what you've done.

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  9. 3 coats?! Ugh. We just had to do two coats of primer then two coats of paint, so I feel your pain. And we had Benjamin Moore paint that the nice ladies at ACE promised would go on thick! In my opinion, painting the trim is the WORST. All that stooping and bending down...

    Those books are really really cool. I love the cover art especially. How will you display them?

    P.S. We've got the middle class ranch, too (maybe lower middle class?) and I agree about decorating comfortably and not showroom-y. Of course, with a 3 year old and one on the way, I'm not sure what we could possibly do to not make our house look like a toy store exploded in it... Good luck!

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  10. I really love old Sci-fi and these covers are truly brilliant! The colours and designs and stuff! Decorating is not good for you, stop it! Instead eat good food and drink wine, yeah!
    xx

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  11. After looking at these books, they are more like science books, but agree, the covers are so cool! Will put them on the book shelf.


    awww Kitty, that was sweet of you to say. I know Mom would be thrilled what I am doing to the house. My late bro, too.


    Ha ha adriane, one room looks like an antique/thrift store exploded in it. I have to have one place to put all the 'extras'!

    My friend kept telling me to primer the walls first, but after researching on google, latex over latex is the best way to go (unless you are painting on bare drywall).

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  12. Ha ha Earl, I love the decorating, it's the wall painting I hate!!!

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  13. I can't WAIT to see the photos of all your hard work! I'm sure it will all be worth it in the end. Also, I love the fact that you collect vintage space memorabilia. How fun!

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  14. You are so much braver than me--I don't set foot in Home Depot because there are men with glazed-over eyes wandering around lusting after tools and not watching where they're going. Sort of like me at an antique mall . . . On the other hand, my husband makes DAILY trips to HD and I think he's having an affair with the girl who stands at the self-checkout counter. Well, not really, but he sure does love him some Home Deeeepoh. I just admire the heck out of you for doing all that painting yourself! Love, moi

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  15. Ah ha ha ha!!!

    When I was renovating the garage into my Studio, I spent a lot of time at Home Depot, watching those guys fondle power tools and finger BBQ grills.

    I notice they are lusting after the tools so much, they don't even notice there are women in the store lollll...

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  16. Ooh I like these - love anything that's 1950s or Space related, so these are right up my street. I've got a stack of Galaxy Science Fiction magazines from the '50s and early '60s and they're pretty fab. It's the illustrations in your kind of books that I like as much as the information. Good luck painting! Emma

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  17. The vintage space graphics are 1/2 the reason to buy and own these things, aren't they?!

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