Tuesday, February 15, 2011

15 February 1957 “How To”

I thought today some simple vintage “How to” would be nice. I know I have seen these old cardboard letter files before, but not sure if they were at an antique store or just a stationary store. But, I like the ingenuity of this How To, as today one would just go and buy something like this already made up at a big box store. Here one is encouraged to make it themselves.filehowto I think it would be a great project for anyone who collects vintage dolls to make one of these with vintage wallpaper or shelf paper scraps.

 deskhowtoThis is a great use of an old door (for an antique look) or for a more modern mid-century version. Again, one might visit IKEA today for something like this. Here we see it is simple enough to assemble ourselves and then we can customize it as we like.howtodesk2

Happy Homemaking.


  1. GenealogistHomemakerFebruary 15, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    I love this post, aren't the articles so inspiring?? I almost didn't click on them because I have a preconception of how 'difficult it must be' to make such things, I'm SO glad I did click, it seems so easy, it's a shame so many people nowadays, myself included, head straight to the shops before considering if they can put something together themselves. This has certainly got me thinking! Thanks!!

  2. Thanks for posting. Really enjoyed the how-to articles!

  3. I love these smaller practical projects - do post more of this, when you find it. :)

  4. Thanks for posting. Wonderful little articles. I now am desperate to make that lovely striped box out of a file box. Gorgeous. Cheers.

  5. I'm always impressed by old copies of Good Housekeeping or the like where they expect you to build an entirely tricked out guest room with just the instructions and a material list. I'm always like...guys....you're overestimating me just a tad. :) This! However! *This* I can tackle. Thanks for the post!


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