Refurbishing a 1950s Era Enamel Counter Top?

How can I DIY an old (retro 50s) enamel counter top?

By Lisa from Haddam, CT


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March 10, 20100 found this helpful

Get somebody that does that kind of work. Ask a friend if they know somebody or a Realtor. They should know who does good work, good luck.

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March 11, 20100 found this helpful

Depends on exactly what your exact problem is. If it is just a deep scratch in a solid color, all the countertop makers like the Formica brand make scratch filler putty that comes in nearly all the colors of the Formica they make. You then mix the color to exactly match your area & apply it to the scratch or gouge with a putty knife. I've see this stuff used on lots of "how to" programs on the DIY channel. They even have speckled colors & a clear over-coat. This colored filler usually comes in a tube. Each brand of laminate & solid-surface counter maker makes their own brand, in their own colors. At least that's what they said on TV when I've seen them demonstrating it!


Some surface scratches can be easily be buffed out using mild buffing compounds made for cars or plastics using a drill & a soft buffing wheel or even by hand with a soft cloth, but you didn't say exactly WHAT your problem was! It could be mild or deep scratches, a missing corner, discoloration, cigarette holes, burn marks, or all of the above. Each problem has a different solution.

For advice, call a "House Flipper". You'll know they are a "flipper" by the ad they place in the classifieds. Usually they say something like "We pay cash for your home". These guys know all the tricks & if they're nice enough, they'll share this trick with yo. Better yet, call person who restores old "Mid-Century" homes. (like yours). To find them, you could call an Architectural Salvage store & ask them. Just look in your yellow pages.

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