Part II: Restoring original theater seats from the Olympia Theater {circa 1929}

UPDATE:  If you’ve been following us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, then you probably already know that we recently acquired 24 of the original theater seats from the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the performing arts in downtown Miami. The seats were manufactured by one of the oldest seating companies still open today, American Seating. We are proud to be a part of the restoration of Miami’s history and excited to offer these soon-to-be beautifully restored theater seats as a part of our collection at Unearthed Vintage.

As you can see in the images below, the theater seats are almost ready for final assembly! Click on the thumbnails for a closer look. All of the cast iron and metal parts have now been sand-blasted and powder-coated in a “dark bronze” color.

Freshly powder-coated sides, supports, back, and seat pan.

We are very excited about how well the powder-coating took to the 83-year-old metal parts!

Seat bottom pan

Seat bottom pan

All the way down to the last detail, even the nuts and bolts that will hold these seats together have been sand-blasted and powder-coated.

Brackets, hinges, & clamps.

Brackets, hinges, & clamps.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for Part III of this blog mini-series when we reupholster the seats and start the final assembly!


Support Small Business – We Need Your Help!

For those of you that haven’t heard, we have signed up to hopefully win a grant for $250,000 from Chase and LivingSocial! **crosses fingers**

But we can’t do this alone!  We need the help of our biggest fans, family, friends, and fellow business owners!  250 votes is what it is going to take for us to officially be in the running to receive this grant, and we’re asking that you please take a moment to vote for us today.  It’s easy!

  • Just click on this link:
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  • Once you’ve logged in with Facebook, scroll to the bottom of the page
  • Search for “unearthed vintage” – Florida – Miami… then VOTE!

You can vote for as many companies as you’d like, but you can only vote for us once.  We really appreciate every single persons vote, so please pass this on!

And, if you’re a fellow small business and you’ve registered to be one of the many grant winners, let us know and we’ll return the favor and vote for you, too!

Just imagine all of the amazing things we could add to our inventory with a $250,000 grant! So many endless possibilities, we don’t even know where to begin!

We’re on Pinterest Too!

As if we weren’t already invading your twitter, facebook, and instagram accounts – we’re on pinterest too!  Follow us for some of our latest updates and ideas, as well as fun ideas for DIY projects you can do yourself!  Inexpensive ways to add vintage touches to your home, wedding, or event!  And if you love these DIY projects, but don’t have the time or the resources to actually “DIY” – well, we can do that for you too!

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To get great ideas like these:

Fun DIY projects, like this one that is super easy:

Or this one, making doily chandeliers (which we are also adding to our collection):

Or what about using a watermelon for a signature cocktail at your reception:

Be sure to follow us today!  We love connecting with our brides to see all of their inspiration for the big day!