In the furniture lot I recently acquired via an on-line estate auction, there was a very simple pedestal table with a white and grey marble top. The top had light scratches on it but what bothered me more, was the discolouration and stains.
So of course I consulted the ever so wise GOOGLE and found I should mix up and apply a POULTICE. That’s right… kind of like a “mustard plaster” for marble. Regardless, it made some sense to me.
I mixed Hydrogen Peroxide and Plaster or Paris into a paste with the consistency of peanut butter. The peroxide is a whitener and the P of P is an absorbent into which the stain is drawn. This info came from the Marble Institute website.
The poultice is then spread on your marble and it is covered saran wrap. They suggest it should be left to dry for 24 to 48 hours. Here is how it looked.
After 24 hours, I removed the saran wrap and let it dry for another 24 hours.
When I removed the dried poultice, I noticed a slight overall improvement. The website indicated it could take up to 5 or 6 applications to draw out most of the stain. I applied THREE poultices and I have to say the stain appeared to be 80% gone and the overall colour of the marble was whiter.
Sadly, I was unable to get out the scratches with a baking soda mix or a rub with extra fine steel wool. When dealing with vintage furniture, you can only take it so far. And a few fine scratches show character and age.
Even though I could not remove the fine scratches, I did seal the top with a marble sealant I had on hand for my bathroom vanity.
So now that the top has been dealt with, it is time to look at the base.
I considered going safe with a grey and white finish.
But Agh! Too safe.
The table is conservative and needs a new “look”.
RED? I wrapped it in red Christmas ribbon and it looked like a Valentine table.
I tried a coat of BM’s Buxton Blue and it didn’t impress me so SW Maxi Teal it is!
It is so cute now and the teal adds the pop of colour I was looking for!
My new squirrel looks happy!
Have you ever tried a Marble Poultice to remove stains?
The technique wasn’t 100% effective but for a $20 table and paint I already owned and love,
I think the little table looks fabulous!
Nicer Than New!