Thursday, April 12, 2012

1950's Painted Drop Leaf Kitchen Table

1950's Kitchen Table. I think it may have been last used as a garden table. Filthy. Took 2+ hours just to wash. The top had to be sanded to smooth the bumps in the paint. Clear wax and polish were the last cleaning steps. Vintage paint colours; cream and red. The 'stop' bars under the leaves needed to be glued, screwed and clamped. Heavy, fir.

First wipe down dirt shows on the paper towels. Lots of old spider webs. Used elbow grease, rubber gloves and spray cleaner to start and quickly changed to a cleaner in hot water (sink) with the scrubbing sponge, had to change the water for fresh frequently.

The table (below) in the sunshine the next day after a light sanding and a polishing with clear wax. The dark areas on the legs are clean wood with no paint. The bare/worn off paint area is just as found, no paint was removed, just smoothed a bit.

Below is the cleaned and waxed table top from above, showing wear and marks.

Below are some pictures of the grime, cleaning and small repairs.

Repairs on the 'stop' guides.

An end view of the table.

Finished table cleaned and waxed.

I went back to this table because it is authentic vintage.

Special link up With Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Friday Final Link up Party July 23, 2015

Tammy's  One More Time Events Feb 17/18
Andrea Scrapality Feb 17/18

Linking to: Funky Junk InteriorsMiss Mustard Seed Furniture FridayJunker Newbie Would You Buy It # 31, Colorado Lady Vintage Thingie Thursday, Brambleberry Cottage Time Travel Thursday 92, The Vintage Farmhouse: Creative Things Thursday, From My Front Porch To Yours Treasure Hunt Thursday, Its So Very Cheri


  1. I bought a table very similar to yours except that the drop leaves were rectangular and mine was not quite as soiled. I don't think some customers realize how much cleaning goes into some of the pieces we find and why we need to charge the price we charge. Good job, Joy!

  2. A wonderful table, Joy! Worth all the work, isn't it? Have a lovely day.


  3. The table lives again! How much gunk do you think we have cleaned off vintage pieces in our lives? I bet I could fill a dump truck with it! ~ Maureen

  4. Great save! Thanx for joining the party!

  5. What a fabulous job! I have an old table in the basement just waiting for some of that TLC that you gave your table! Thank you for inspiring me to get it going!

  6. I am in table love with your so cute gate-leg. I'd like to order up one well-used, well-loved table. Grime and all. I have a small round kitchen table that was painted light blue with flowers stenciled all around the round outer edge. My husband stripped and stained it : ( I still love it of course . . . but would love to have the blue table and stenciled flowers back.


Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

Recent Posts