How to sympathetically restore an old marble top?
November 6, 2009 1:52 PM Subscribe
How best to sympathetically restore an old marble top?
posted by kitfreeman to Home & Garden (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have an old sideboard (around 100 years old) with a marble top which has broken into two pieces. The top also has scratches and some dirt. I'd like to restore the top, but want to do so sympathetically, with respect for how it originally looked. I'm worried that if I take it to a professional restorer they will over-restore it so that it looks like a new piece. How should I go proceed? What would a sympathetic restoration involve, and how should I go about it? More specifically, how should I repair the break (glue?), and should I allow it to show? How should I treat the surface (polish? wax? oil-based polish? sanding?). Would the surface originally have had a shiny finish or a matt one? Does anyone have any advice, please?