Hi! Today I had planned to begin the sofa reupholstering project, but I realised that I had better wait for the move after all. It turns out that closing on the house is basically one week away, and I have a lot of moving preparations to make. So, I did some errands and chores today, and I finally tried to repair the marble tray that I mentioned the other day.
The other day I had a little kitchen accident. 😦 You see, I love marble, and since I couldn’t have a fancy marble countertop I used a tray I found on sale at the local Restoration Hardware outlet as a way to include it in our kitchen. I really liked the antique/rustic look of the tray and thought it made a great dry sink to place herbs, greens, and vegetables in after washing while in queue for chopping. Then I fumbled and dropped a full bottle of olive oil. It hit a corner of the tray as it fell, and the corner cracked right off in two pieces and some crumbs! :sobs:
This isn’t the first time I had to deal with cracked marble. When I was moving in with my husband the piece that tops our coffee table snapped in two. I still haven’t found a suitable replacement a couple of years later and had found the table in my favourite Salvation Army thrift store. It was quite the find being marked as sold at 150$ yet not picked up after weeks. Their policy is to allow a day, so I asked about it. They told me I could have it for 17$ (35, but it 50% off day) if I took it immediately. Sold! I planned to strip the base and do a particular finish, but it turned out to be plastic overlay not carved wood (surprise to me!) So, I did a wash over it with plaster mixed with white paint and liked it very much. When it cracked I was sad but thought I’d find something nicer. Eventually hasn’t happened yet, and I wish I had done better than the hack-job glueing that seemed okay at the time.
Now I know better but still didn’t know exactly how to repair a crack. I did some research and found that epoxy mixed with stone dust is the way to go, but I couldn’t find an exact product. I’ve ended up with some sort of Loctite epoxy and a piece of marble tile to pulverise. I’m not pleased with the fact that it is described as translucent yellow, but I hope it will not be too obvious, because it was the best I could find at Home Depot. If I begin mixing and it looks terrible I’ll keep searching.
…So I crushed a bit of the marble tile. It wasn’t too hard, and finding a surface to smash it on was the most difficult portion of the task. Haha. Then I left everything for a week since it looked passable held together with scotch tape.
The repair actually wasn’t the bother I expected, and it took me only about ten minutes. I laid out the supplies, read the instructions on the epoxy, and extruded some onto the foil. I realised pretty quickly that I would need to cut the cotton off of the q-tip, because the fibres were sticking in the mix. It wasn’t difficult to transfer the mix to the pieces, really. Then I held it together while it set. I did my best to line it up well. Next I swabbed away any excess epoxy with rubbing alcohol. After the mending layer held I mixed another batch of marble dust and epoxy to fill in the voids. Applying this was easier than the first portion, and it filled in almost on its own. I think it was a very successful repair! Looking at the whole tray I’d bet no one would realise there had been a repair made to it. Do you agree?
I hope this post helps other people as a cheap but very nice looking way to fix broken marble items they may have. 🙂