Marble Lovers: Reinstalled My Redone King of Prussia Mantel Shelf

KevinMPNovember 19, 2012

Some of you know my old house and the remodels I've done to the bathroom, kitchen, and the moulding in the dining room. I finally managed to take the old King of Prussia marble mantel shelf from my den to my local marble and granite yard to be repolished and to have an ogee edge put on. It was in terrible shape: scratches, very dull, worn finish, and a few chips on the straight edge. Now, it looks like new, and the marble place was so excited to get to work with this marble--it's a classic, but rare local stone used in a lot of 18th and early 19th century homes, and it's worth keeping. There's nothing like it (except maybe a very dark bardiglio). Enjoy.

Here's what it looked like the morning I took it off to be refinished:

And here is is now (I know some of you may not think it's that different, but it feels like glass now):

without flash:

with flash:

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that is beautiful Kevin. What lovely stone. I have never heard of it but it would make a gorgeous table !! Lucky you for having the foresight to have it repaired/refurbished as you did. c

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 8:38PM
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Your mantel looks great. Having had stone restoration done several years ago, I can appreciate your joy in how the stone looks after being restored. That same stone was used for the stairs and hallways in the 100+ year old building where we owned a condo. It always amazed me how great it looked after all those years without much maintenance. The tub surround in our unit was a gray stone that had lost its luster. We had a marble restoration company clean it and polish it and it looked brand new again. The guy told us it was called Tennessee marble but was not actually a marble. Pretty amazing thinking how the tub surround stone was subjected to water, soaps and who knows what types of cleaning agents for more than 100 years and thinking how many times the marble stairs/hallway were trodden on.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 10:26PM
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What character.
Sometimes it almost looks like some kind of exotic fur.
What a pleasure than must be to view and admire.

Such a statement on marble, too, with all these folks sweating etching and patina. Stone is stone.
Just take a little care -- or not, right!?

Great job.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2012 at 2:43PM
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It's stunningly beautiful stone. That house is lucky to have you in it!

    Bookmark   November 20, 2012 at 7:51PM
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The marble yard guessed without me telling them that it was King of Prussia marble and that it was nearly 200 years old. That's pretty much spot on given the age of my house, but it's unclear whether it's really a "marble"; some people say the stone is more of a limestone. Limestone and marble are related anyhow, so I don't know who's right, what sedimentary phase this came from, etc. And I don't really care because either way, it's good to reuse something instead of tossing it--especially something with such unique coloring. Allegedly, this stone--quarried about 30 miles from Philadelphia--is now extinct.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2012 at 9:47PM
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