Barn Fab Find

I attended a farm estate auction recently. There was a lot of farm equipment for sale. I had zero interest in purchasing a tractor. They didn't have a lot of antiques and none of the household items were in the sale. But they did have a little gem in the barn buried under a pile of dirt and grime—this old farmhouse enamel top table.

Fortunately, a lot of the dirt and grime was just a thick layer of dust. I brushed the majority off before I put it in my car. It was very wobbly and the paint was chipping off.

I took it apart to clean it and sand the chippy paint.

This was my workspace after cleaning and scraping off the chippy paint. It was a mess!

I put it back together, added a coat of Varathane Crystal Clear Satin polyurethane to prevent it from continuing to chip. I didn't want paint over the chippy goodness, but I wanted to prevent it from chipping further.

By reattaching the legs and tightening the screws, the piece became very solid. The wobbly-ness was simply caused by the screws in the table legs not being tight enough. It is solid as a rock now.


The knob on the drawer was broken, but I had a vintage glass knob in my stash so I replaced it.

The enamel top cleaned up really well. It glistens now. This table has move out of the barn and will find a new home and be useful for years to come!

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Whether my junk is from a garage sale, estate or farm auction, flea market or the side of the road, I love to find it, fix it, clean it, sell it or keep it. So come along the backroads of Indiana with Junk is My Life (me), let's find something vintage and do something cool with it! Formerly Junk Journal.