Fab Friday Finds – Ode to an Antique Wallpaper Pasting Table

Lordy, Lordy hear my call

Please don’t let the wallpaper fall.

A century ago, men would try

But sometimes paste refused to dry?

They carried this folding table full of supplies

And prayed while they pasted and applied.

The table top folds neatly in half

Next the legs fold under, these men weren’t daft.

A portable case with a place for their tools

Now their profession is considered old school.

With the technology of today

These men would shout hip, hip hooray!

The wallpaper is hung all neat and straight

Wish they invented pre-pasted paper in 1898!

Lordy, Lordy hear my call

Please don’t let the wallpaper fall.

Thanks for letting me get my poet on today!
Can you believe the table was less than $100?!
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  1. Kelly…that is an awesome find!!!…I have never in all my travels have seen a wallpapering table….I am so in love with it!….You are definitely the “Queen of Pickers” !!!…

  2. Kelly–
    My grandpa Harlow used to be a painting and papering contractor in his retirement. He had a wallpapering table, but it “disappeared” when he passed away. If I ever find out who scoffed it up….

  3. Wow! You’re just brimming with undiscovered talents! A wallpaper pasting table? Sheesh … you are definitely my resource for cool, old things I never knew existed. :)

  4. you’re thrifting skillz are rad,
    that table is so bad!

  5. My Grandmother hung wallpaper for a living…not in 1898…Thanks for bringing back the memories…
    Bllessings, Becky

  6. Love this table! You have to tell us the story about how you found it. Pinning it…

    • My neighbor scours estate sales and flea markets then has a yearly antique sale – I scooped it up there.

      • Thank you so much for sharing – I have had a wallpaper pasting table like this with all supplies inside for years but did not know what to do with it – I am hoping I will be able to find a place in the house that I can use it.

  7. Why Kelly Allan Poe, I do believe you just penned the very first wallpaper poem.


  8. Kelly, this is amazing. I didn’t know there were wallpaper pasting portable tables. Now say that three times fast. And you are a very very clever poet, too!!

  9. I’ve never heard of such a thing, but I LOVE IT!!

  10. You need to get that poem published! What an awesome find Kelly. Could not be more perfect for that space too.

  11. Your poem is hysterical,
    your table gorgeous.
    I only wish
    I was as fortuotus. :-)
    (and that I had spell check on my phone.)

  12. I swear Kell, If we lived in the same area there would be a beat down for this table…I am in AWE!! That is the coolest freaking thing I have seen in a long time…Now its on my never ending wish (envy) list….I am pretty sure I turned 5 shades of green while looking at it!!
    You are a poet and I didn’t know it!! :)

  13. What a fantastic find! Looks amazing with your books and silver. Beautifully done.

  14. You may be surprised to know that there still are some old school walllpaper-ers out there … like my brother … who has his very own wallpaper business and mostly does commercial work throughout NYC …

    I’m pretty sure his wallpaper never falls … and he’s not a religious guy so I don’t think he’s praying for it to stay up!

    Love the table. It truly is a fab find …



  15. What a fantastic find! Looks amazing with your books and silver. I have rolls and rolls of vintage wallpaper I’m not sure what to do with and I think what I really need is a table like this.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Nah, it’s a console table! Look how perfect it looks there? HAD to be what they originally had in mind ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ANOTHER great score. You are on fire with finding COOL. STUFF.

  17. When I think you got the most awesome find! I come here a week later to find out that it’s been surpassed by something else!!! Wow! That table is amazing!!! I didn’t even know they existed!! Love love love it!! That first pic is insane!

  18. I love your table
    I think it’s divine
    But really and truly
    I wish it were mine

    Awesome find rock star!

    :). me

  19. I so love this table, it folds, so it can come with you when you visit! You got your poet on darn good day. There is no way in all my efforts, I could say, a better poet is on the blogosphere today.

  20. Love it! How in the world do you make all these excellent discoveries?!?!

  21. Hah! Very cute. :)

  22. Wow an awesome picker for a neighbor, now that’s one feature that should be on an MLS listing. Lol seriously great find. I love it.

  23. I would be feeling poetic too if I had that table! Wowzer!

  24. so awesome!! love your new table :)

  25. Kelly, LOVE this post! Love the table, love the poem, love the vignette with all the trophy cups…drool worthy!

  26. You don’t have enough enviable qualities, now I have to add poet? Or maybe limerist? Spell check says I just made up that word for one who writes limericks. I think making up words maybe my big talent. Too funny, Kelly. And you arranged your antique wallpapering table beautifully, of course. :-)

  27. So incredibly cool! Perfect for showing off those awesome vintage trophies!! Are you intentionally trying to make me jealous? Oh, and then you add that your neighbor is a skilled picker and has an annual sale? Gah!!

    Lucky, lucky!

    Seriously, I am thrilled for you and your good fortune!! Just wish the finds were as great out here on the west coast! :-)


  28. I once met a great Decorator,
    Viewing her home; I was a a Spectator.
    She wrote of her table;
    To make rhyme she was able-
    Now the rest of us want to Imitate ‘er!

    The table is cool. I like the patina and wear on the wood.
    Looks great in your home.

  29. OH my gosh!! I am in love with that table!!! I betcha the men who used that table long ago would laugh hysterically if they saw it in a home used as a table…. ๐Ÿ˜›

  30. LOVE this table … I will be on the look-out of one.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures.

  31. What a fantastic find! I always enjoy seeing what new treasure you have found. Love your poem ,too! :-)

  32. Such a find,
    just blows my mind…

    Yep, I’m going to stick with prose from now on:)

  33. Holy cow! I am seriously in love with THAT find! and I love the antique silver pieces, Kelly ~ you always have just the right touch! Clever post!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    xo Heidi

  34. Kelly, your table is fabulous! I don’t see these very often, like maybe one time and it was sold before I even had a chance at it.
    Mary Alice

  35. Love it! The table and the poem……. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  36. The table is a great find and you have the perfect place for it!

  37. Kelly, that table is GORGEOUS! What an incredible find, and your styling is perfection :-)

  38. Jealous! This table is fabulous- lucky, lucky you!

  39. The table is seriously stunning. And less than $100?!?! Unbelievable. It looks lovely in your room. So jealous. Thanks for sharing, liz

  40. That would have been super-handy when I was hanging wallpaper! And so cute! But in entire fairness…I’ve hung pre-pasted, un-pasted expanding, and un-pasted non-expanding (none of them perfectly). And I think pre-pasted is at least as much of a pain as un-pasted! But I’ve only hung vinyl. I can only imagine the added difficulties of real paper.

  41. Thank you for sharing your you fabulous find at Potpourri Friday!

  42. I love it. Super charming- and the character of the wood is and your poetry are perfect! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  43. Very interesting texture on that piece! I like your objects d’art on display, too!

  44. What a fabulous find
    Wish I had the same kind

  45. What an awesome find! I’m so jealous!

    Found you over at The 36th Avenue.

    I’d love for you to link up to my party:


    Have a great weekend!

  46. Great looking table and such a nice size. LOVE your old books and silver loving cups collection!

  47. Great story and what a find! I love it!

  48. Hopping over from Funky Junk party… NOT SHOCKED to see that YOU scored this AWESOME table. Lucky girl! What a stunner :-)

  49. I finally found one two after years and years of looking…not for under a hundred…drats

  50. Fabulous find indeed, Kelly! LOVE the rusticness of it! :)

    xoxo laurie

  51. What a fantastic score. Congratulations!

  52. Great find and I love your collection of cups!

  53. Hmm….I had a feeling this was your table when I saw the little thumbnail picture. I wonder why!!?? Love it. You and I would have a great time going out and looking for treasures. Well, maybe not. We’d probably get into a cat fight because we would want the same things. Scratch that idea ๐Ÿ˜‰

  54. What an amazing piece!!

  55. Great table, love the way you have it displayed,oh, and the poem!!!!

  56. Yeah, I’m pretty jealous!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOVE the table!

  57. I don’t know about a century ago but I’m a carpenter, I’ve got one of these and use it daily. I set my chop saw up on it.

  58. Love your poem and use of this wallpaper table! I have my grandfather’s wallpaper table from the early 1900s and am just beginning to research its value since I’m thinking about selling it. I remember using this table with my own father putting up wallpaper with him. Memories….. I live in the northwest suburbs of IChicago if anyone is interested.

  59. I love the table. I found 2 of them and had to grab them.

  60. It’s not my first time to visit this site, i am browsing
    this web page dailly and get nice facts from here everyday.

  61. found your sight tonight and was happy I did! My husband found a wallpapering table today just like yours.

  62. Wow, the table you created is simply gorgeous!


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