Friday, December 28, 2012

How to repair MacKenzie-Childs enamelware

This is what happens when MacKenzie-Childs enamelware is dropped or dragged:

This is a large, expensive pitcher, from the retired MacKenzie-Childs "Buttercup" pattern.  When these things happen I am usually bound and determined to find a way to repair.

I went to the autobody shop to hunt for some enamel paint.  It was a challenge to match the exact color  and every time I thought I had the perfect color, another color seemed to match it better.

I chose this GM paint, sanded the rim of the pitcher and painted on 4 layers, letting it dry in between each layer:

And I am very pleased with the results:

This also worked well on a little chip I had on a Courtly Check flower pot!

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Patti @ Pandoras Box
Patti @ Pandoras Box

I live in central NY and I am a retired family and consumer science teacher. I enjoy all types of crafting, decorating and cooking


  1. Patti, you are a master! This looks terrific. Glad you could save this wonderful piece. It's good as new! I adore the Buttercup pattern. Sad they discontinued it.

  2. I hope I never need these instructions ;o) But thanks for sharing in case I do!

  3. Wow, never thought about using auto paint. Great idea. It looks amazing. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  4. I too have many pieces of the Buttercup pattern and have noticed this problem with the tea kettle rusting on the inside around the spout. This pattern seems to be quite valuable now. Will repairing it hurt it's value?

  5. I have several rust stains on the white checks of a courtly check dinner plate. The rust stains are near the bronze rim. Do you think I can use this to cover the stains? Would it then be safe to use this plate with food? Would the results be permanent or rub off? Thank you

  6. What paint have you found to work well to repair black and white courtly check?

  7. can you use the teapot again on a gas stove after the repair?

    1. If the chip has affected the inside of the tea kettle I would not use the kettle at all. I do not know how this enamel paint would work with open flame, but i wouldnt suggest it!

  8. can you use the teapot again on a gas stove after the repair?