If you missed installment number one of Mr. Chippy you can read about me rescuing my mother's vintage enamel topped table. He wasn't being held hostage or anything, he had just been a little mistreated and neglected.
He now resides happily at my house.
This is what he started as
and what he looks like now.
I solved the excessive chippiness and rust problem by unscrewing the enamel top and turning it around 180 degrees.
I know that doesn't really solve the problem, but it is a heck of a lot less noticeable now, since I can put the bad spot against a wall.
Using soap and water and spray cleaners really didn't even TOUCH the embedded black stuff on the top, so I brought out my trusty Bar Keepers Friend and it got the majority of the 100 years of dirt off of it.
If you've never used it, Bar Keepers Friend is like Comet Cleanser except not gritty and it doesn't scratch. I originally bought it to keep my fancy cookware looking shiny, but I am finding more and more places to use it.
This is one of my favorite kitchen towels, although I never actually use it for dishes. Don't we all have just-for-look towels?
It's not just me is it?
One of my favorite mixing bowls with my vintage egg beater.
You didn't think I was actually mixing something up in here, did you? Nope, just for looks.
I cleaned the paint off the original handle with a wire brush on my husband's bench grinder. It's that machine with all the stiff twirling metal wires that looks like it could take your fingers off if you slipped.
And the paint sort of fell off the label while I was taking it off the table. Sort of like. magic. Then I just polished it up with the Bar Keepers Friend.
The color used was Benjamin Moore's Azores, but mixed at Home Depot in their semi-gloss Behr paint. I have nothing against Benjamin Moore paint, I just happened to be at Home Depot that day.
Some of my photos make it look a little like 1980's country blue, but it is actually a turquoise/blue/green/gray color.
One more look at Mr. Chippy's before and after.
Eileen @ Cottage Beach House
I love what you did with the table. the paint looks great, right down to the little label sno white! Great little kitchen towel too.
All I can say is WOW!!!! It looks new. I love the color you selected. I'm sure, it makes you feel good inside. Job well done my Friend!
Thanks for all your sweet comments.
Ditto Liz's Wow! Love the color. Turning the top solved a lot of problems alone. Great job!
Dropping by from Met Monday, with a post on repurposed shelving.
Well, I don't know what happened to my post- it went poof! Anyway~ you did a beautiful job on the table. Love the color and you did a great job! Hugs-Diana
Dandelion and Daisy
I love enamel topped tables. Our kitchen table is a vintage enamel top with a red design on the white. I've seen them cut down for coffee tables, too, which would be cool in a family room. Great that yours has the label. It's a beauty, so are your vintage accessories.
Wow, that table turned out so great, Pam! You did a great job on it, and it looks wonderful with your accessories!
this is lovely! the color you chose is so fresh and airy! great job:D
great job! i never would have thought to turn the top around! that color is BEAUTIFUL!
Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes
Pam, great job on that table! I'll bet you could even try painting the rust spots with enamel paint to stop the rust from creeping. Brilliant idea to rotate the top!
I love Barkeepers Friend, I use it all the time! If you happen to be in Williams Sonoma they have the giant economy size! My market doesn't carry that!
I hope your husband liked the lobster mac & cheese! So nice of you to come back and tell me you made, I really appreciate that.
Hi Pam - I love your table! I have been getting more and more into the farmhouse style and your table would fit right in, no to mention that it's blue - perfect! I use barkeepers friend also - it does work on many stubborn problems and it's inexpensive to boot! And don't be silly - of course I don't actually USE my favorite dishtowels. : ) I love to decorate with them!
I really love your 'new' table! What a clever idea to turn the top around too. The tea towel is so cute. I've never heard of that cleaner before but maybe it's not available in Canada. Great job!
It turned out wonderful! Love the color! And who cares as long as you can't see it. We all do that, don't we?
Pam that is beautiful! You did an amazing job cleaning it up and giving it new life! I love the color!
Pam I was in love with your table from part one and perfectly happpy to admire it in it's dirty grubby state. BUT NOW - - I'm over. the. moon. in. LOVE. With. It! It's just so fabulous I have goosebumps. Very smart of you to turn the top around to use the good side - smart, smart, smart (I feel smarter just by stopping by, you see I think it's rubbing off on me a bit LOL)
The color for the legs is perfect too of course. I just love it. Now if only you could clone it and then sell me one - now that would be the perfect situation. Sorry for the long post, and I promise not to stalk your table anymore but I just had to attemp to let you know how fabulous I thought your it is. Have a great night Pam!
Courtney ~ French Country Cottage
Hi there~ This piece is so charming- I love it. Love the color , love the top- it is such a little sweetie! Thanks for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! 🙂
Mr. Chippy looks so much nicer with his new coat on. We use bar keepers friend to clean our vintage farm sink and it works wonders. Have a wonderful weekend.
I own a resale shop and came across your post. I have two enameled top tables and appreciate your sharing your success on refinishing. The table looks great! I'm off to see if I can get my two tables to look as good as yours.
Love the transformation! The towel is perfect for show on your table! I have 2 of these tables. One sits in my garden shed (it's in great condition) and I just bought another one that someone made a little fancier and plan to make it into a potting shed this summer. I really like your blog and am now followingn along. I've always loved my aunt and my mom's vintage things while growing up and am now slowiing collecting. I've always loved a good garage sale.
So excited to see this table. When we bought our first house in 1979 the old owners left a table just like this behind. I used it in the basement for laundry. When we built a new house 3 years ago I insisted on bringing with me. (Boy am I glad!)My son who thought I was nuts to bring it with me just told me for my Christmas gift he was going to restore it for me!Can't wait to see how it turns out!!
I just bought a table and the top was very bad, so I googled how to clean enamel and found your blog. Thank you so much, now my table top looks 100% better.