Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Cleaning Up Chrome Legs On Formica And Chrome Vintage Kitchen Tables And Chairs

Restoring 1950s Kitchen Tables And Chairs

This 1950's yellow Formica kitchen set with chrome legs looks pretty good from afar or in this  photograph . But when you get up close to the set, there is a lot of rust and grime on the table and chair chrome legs

 I asked the owner of Main Street Antiques in Seymour, CT  if this kitchen set will clean up? He said it would look much better after he takes some very fine steel wool and gently rubs the table legs to clean. Here is a link to this method  http://www.ehow.com/how_6168100_fix-chrome-rusty-table.html

Some folks also have had much success with Noxon Metal Polish.

Please feel free to add  comments about your experience in cleaning up old Formica and Chrome table and chairs.

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists


  1. I have used super fine steel wool and Nu-Finish car wax to get them shiny and it works very well.

  2. Have u tried using aluminum foil and water? Less abrasive that steel wool.

  3. U ever try aluminum foil with water. Suppose to b less abrasive.

  4. Foil and vinager is perfect works great

  5. I have red and grey chairs like this and i used chrome polish and they are nice, but my tacks are rusty and nothing helps them but it gives it a rustic look.