February 25, 2011

Vintage Enamel Top Table

I want to thank each of you who commented on my last post or sent me emails. I really, really appreciate you thinking of me. It's been a hard couple of weeks, but I think I'm ready to get back to some of my normal routines now. Which include blogging of course.

So meet Mr. Chippy! Full name would be Mr. Rust E. Chippy.

I brought this table home from my sister's house.

It had originally been in my Mom's basement for years and years and years. OK, a really long time.

And when we were cleaning out my Mom's house, my sister took it to her house.

Where it sat in her garage for a few more years.

We did pull it out for one of my sister's famous 4th Of July parties, so we could put food on it (with a vintage tablecloth between the dirt and the food of course), but in general it had just been hanging out in her garage.

I had never noticed this cool metal label on it before - Sno-White.

Sounds so sterile. So clean. So white.

I attempted to clean the dirt off the top, but there's still no sno-whiteness about this table.

A dingy white at best.

These type of tables are called baking tables I think. They are just the right height to stand at to roll out some pie dough or cut out Christmas cookies. But too small to be used as a kitchen dining table.

If someone out there knows more about these than I do (everyone raise their hand), let me know what you know.

By Googling the company on the label, I did find that the Kompass & Stoll Company operated from 1908-1927, so this table could be going on 100 years old.

Since I didn't want to do a post with 40 photos (yawn), I'll show you what I have done to Mr. Chippy on my next post. Or you could just wait and read both posts together, but then you wouldn't be reading this now, so....


  1. What a great table, and I'm sure your sister would be thrilled to know that you'll be using it! I'm looking forward to seeing the next set of photos!

  2. What an awesome find Pam. Can't wait to see what you do with Mr. Chippy :) Have you tried Mr. Clean Stain Eraser? Works wonders for whites. xoxo tami

  3. Wow, nice sister to give it to you!!! Hurry up and do something with it before she changes her mind!

  4. For some reason I think those type of tables were used in old fashioned physicians offices to hold the items they used most often. I may be really showing my age here though. The enamel was easily cleaned with alcohol. Curious as to how you revamp it.

  5. I love the table! It is really nice! I cannot wait to see what you have done with it!


  6. Love enamel top tables. My grandma used her's on the utility porch for laundry. Funny thing is she baked pies, etc almost daily :) Can't wait to see the makeover.
    My thoughts are with you!

  7. Oh my! That is so gorgeous...and the memories...I just love it! I am so glad you are back and feeling like hanging out with us...You have been missed!

  8. Hi Pam.

    Glad to see you back. This is a great table in and of itself, let alone all the wonderful memories from your childhood and family gatherings.

    I look forward to seeing what you did to it. La

  9. Cool table Pam! Imagine a table made specifically for baking, I love that! I look forward to seeing her next post:@)

  10. Pam, I must have missed your last post. It is so very difficult to lose a loved one. I am glad that you are back to blogging and am able to share your wonderful finds, such as this very cute table. I am anxious to see what you've done with it!

  11. Oh- I had one I left behind...and I am so sad about it. What fun that you have one from your Mom's house! Hugs- Diana

  12. Cute little table! Can't wait to read your next post!

  13. Mr. Chippy is very handsome. Can't wait to see what you've done with him.

  14. I love him as is and I do believe we have one with a green top in the laundry room at the old house being horribly abused. Now I wonder what you did to him. Welcome back lovey!

  15. That would make an excellent potting bench! Of course my mind is on gardening...

  16. We had a table like Mr chippy at MY Mom's house. I keft it there when we cleaned it out. Now I wish I'd kept it.

    Happy Saturday!!!


  17. Great table Pam I hope it holds alot of great memories for you.
    I've been thinking of you and wondering how you are doing...I'm sure it is still a difficult time.
    Wishing you all the best!!

  18. I love those enamel topped tables. I found a white with black trimmed one on Craig's List but could never meet up with the owner due to where he lived in relation to where I am and his work hours so I couldn't get it.

    I am just now reading about the loss of your sister. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

  19. I am in LOVE! You may remember my love of anything enamelware so you can just imagine how excited I am about your fabulous table! I didn't even realize something like that had ever been made, I've never even seen one. You lucky, lucky girl can't wait to see how you make it merge with your home. It's going to knock my socks off, I just know it!

  20. Pam,
    Great table! Try a magic eraser. It's worth a shot on that surface. You have years of age there!I love it..
    Have a great weekend.
    xx Liz

  21. Glad you rescued it out of the basement. I recently did the same. I had my Grandmothers in my basement and when I bought my other house I took it there for the kitchen and now it sits proudly with my Grandmothers crock, cookie jar and rolling pin. The snow white label is something I have never seen!

  22. Hi, I found you while google enamel table and potting benches. My neighbor across the street gave me a white table like this. It's in near perfect condition. It's it my garden shed. This past weeknd I purchase another enamel table that is more ornate. I want to make a potting table out of it.

  23. Oh how awesome to find this post as I am working on one right now...I used one of those "Magic Erasers" and the top came out really good. I have pictures I can post I have one coat of paint on mine so far and need to make a new drawer...please send pictures of what you've done!


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