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Did you know you can clean and refurbish a vintage porcelain enamel table top using a battery powered sander? I didn’t know it either until I gave it a try.
I thought I found a new technique but after Googling it I found out I’m not the first to use this method. You have to wet the table first, don’t dry sand it.
I painted the base of the table too and I’m going to take you through the whole process. I also filmed a short video of me sanding the porcelain table top.
Today is Furniture Fixer Upper Day so we have a lot going on. Links to everyone’s projects are after the table story.
The photo I took of the whole table was so blurry I couldn’t use it. This is the top of the table. See how scratched up and dirty it is?
I bought the table at my favorite junk shop for $10. Can’t beat that. My plan was to just sand off the loose paint, apply wax, and leave it like that.
Then I decided I would rather paint the base. I plan to keep the table and use it as my video table and small project table.
How To Clean And Paint A Vintage Porcelain Enamel Table
I decided to paint the chair and metal stool to use with the table. I’ve had the chair forever and Sofi uses it at her work table. The metal stool is a recent thrift store purchase for $8.
Cleaning The Wood Base
You can see in this photo how badly the paint was chipping and peeling away. I sanded the whole table getting rid of the loose pieces.
I worked on the underneath of the table cleaning it with Simple Green.
Cleaning The Porcelain Enamel Table Top
I tried to clean the table from top to bottom. The porcelain on the underside cleaned up pretty well. I didn’t remove the legs for cleaning because I didn’t know what other issues I might have. I didn’t want one of the legs to split for sure.
After I finished with the base of the table I got to thinking about the sander and the table top. What the heck, let’s just spray a bit of Simple Green on a small area of the table and see what the Ryobi sander does.
Boy was I surprised when the sandpaper didn’t scratch up the top……it cleaned up the top, either buffing the scratches away or at least making them less noticeable.
So then I did the whole top. I went over the porcelain top three different times with the Simple Green and the sander. I used 120 grit sandpaper because that’s what I had in the cabinet.
Later, when reading about others using this method they say to use a very very fine grit sandpaper.
If you want to try this on a project I would suggest doing what I did and trying a small area with sandpaper (whatever grit) and go from there.
Painting The Table
Time to paint now that the clean up is done. I wanted something that would look good with the black band around the enamel top.
I thought about pink but spotted this beautiful color first on the paint shelf.
The paint is FolkArt Home Décor Texture Chalk, color Island Indigo. I love this Home Decor Chalk, both the regular chalk and the texture chalk.
As you can see I’m just painting right over the messed up original paint finish. I applied two coats of paint.
One coat covered really well but there are always bits and pieces I miss painting the first go around.
Tighten Nuts and Bolts And Replace Hardware
Once I finished the cleaning and painting I tightened the bolts on the legs. I also tightened the screws holding the top to the table base.
I planned all along to use the original drawer handle but I really didn’t like it. I looked through my box of new hardware and pulled out several silver cup handles.
I put one on and it didn’t look right so I headed to my junk stash of hardware and look what I found. It couldn’t have been more perfect.
I cleaned the handle but it still had some pitted places. It really is perfect for the table.
I painted the drawer all over because it was such a mess. Then I lined the drawer with pretty scrapbook paper. Easy touches like this can really elevate a piece.
Putting It All Together
I love my turquoise porcelain top table. I have it all set up with my new phone and tablet stand for taking videos. I can do Facebook lives with my phone and be able to see comments from you guys on my iPad at the same time.
The mount will also hold my small point and shoot camera that I use to film videos.
I used Walmart brand black gloss spray paint on the stool and chair because that’s what I had on hand. I choose gloss because of the shiny black porcelain band around the table.
What do you think of the cute shoes. I found them at Goodwill and have a project in mind for them.
The video of me refurbishing the table top with the sander is below….
How To Refurbish A Porcelain Enamel Table Top
How To Clean A Vintage Porcelain Enamel Table
What do you think of the table? Like the color? What about how I cleaned the porcelain top? Leave a note before you take off on the Furniture Fixer Upper Tour. Just click the pink text links below the “before makeover” photo collage.
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As always, thanks for being here and have a great day, Kathy