My First Garbage Find!

mpmg46November 30, 2012

My mom's neighbor had thrown this marble top table out in his trash, b/c the legs were broken and the marble was stained. My mom rescued it for me. My cousin builds furniture, so he fixed the broken leg in no time for me. I have been able to get most of the staining off, and am still working on it. Maybe it's junk, and it still needs some TLC (but that will have to wait until spring time now). But I'm happy that it didn't find its way to the junk yard.

My parents have a marble top table from the early 1900's that was my grandmother's, and this one is similar (but smaller). My parents live hundreds of miles away, and this little piece reminds me of home.

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I love it. You deserve a pat on the back for saving its life. It would have been a shame if something with that much potential had ended up in the trash. I bet it ends up on Antiques Roadshow and makes your great grandchildren richer than Croesus. Don't mess with that original finish. LOL

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 9:37AM
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Nice save nice table you might want to post a photo in Antique forum of garden web. They are very nice and can tell you a lot about your table.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 9:48AM
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NIce ! A little Restore a Finish on the wood or even just a good cleaning and oiling and you are going to have a gorgeous piece. I love saving things !! c

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 9:56AM
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Nice indeed! I have an antique birdcage I found in someone's trash, but it doesn't come close to your find. Really cool, and so what if you can't make it perfect? Perfect is so overrated. :)

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 10:01AM
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The stains on the marble is called patina.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 10:02AM
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Great idea nyboy! (I'm a former NY'er living in the south now.)I didn't know that there was an antiques page on GW. I'd like to know more about the piece. Perhaps they will be able to tell me whether I should leave it as it is, or if I can refinish/clean it up a bit.

LOL about Antique Roadshow, dedtired!

@nyboy: The stains I'm referring to were dirty, sticky substances that were on the marble when I got it, that has left some light staining. You can't see them too well in the picture, but there are 3 faint marks left on the right hand side and corner. No big deal. I should have taken a picture of it before I cleaned it. You could barely tell it was marble! lol

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 10:30AM
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Great find! Love furniture with a story!

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 10:55AM
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What a nice find! Hooray!

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 3:07PM
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I love those tables. I have two and would buy more if I didnt' have toddlers. They are so sturdy feeling, but I fear they will topple over and kill the kids anyway. :) They go for anywhere from $200-300 usually around here at auction.

In my old house I used them as nightstands in the guestroom. :)

One of these days I will put them in my master bedroom I think in my current house.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 3:07PM
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Oh my goodness! I love it!

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 3:49PM
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Great find! I was shocked to see your table because my Mom passed away in July and my sisters and I divided up her "treasures" and I have the same table from her home! I oiled my with lemon oil and the wood looks great except for some patina : ) My marble has a crack in it but it is still intact and when I get a few minutes I plan on putting it next to a chair in my living room...if I can only figure out what to do with the table I already have there. Enjoy your find!

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 4:04PM
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Pretty room, Boopadaboo!
Thank you all for the kind words. It was definitely a keeper of a find!

@joshuasamah: I'm sorry to hear of your loss. How special that you have something that reminds you of her. That's how I feel about the one at my parents' house. My dad is almost 85 and he used to tell us that his job, when he was a boy was to dust their marble top table every week. :) I will have to search for lemon oil to see if that spruces this one up a bit.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 4:50PM
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that is an Eastlake table

Here is a link that might be useful: eastlake table

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 11:41PM
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Thank you jejvtr. I've never heard an actual name for this type of table. I'm checking out your link now. Very cool, thanks again!

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 9:06AM
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Love it! I have one we inherited from DHs grandfather, and I just love it.
Glad you rescued it.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 6:14PM
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