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How to Remove Stains from Marble + Foyer Chest Makeover

This post is all about a stone cold hottie. Or a marble topped one, to be more specific.

If I’m ever given a $10,000 shopping spree to go buy brand new furniture, I still wouldn’t enjoy it as much as finding a $100 diamond-in-the-rough on Craigslist. I don’t know how I got so lucky with this one…

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It’s a Victorian spoon carved marble top chest that Robert and I snagged for $125. Whaaaat?!

She had some rough spots on the wood finish, needed a good wipe down, and had some yellowy/brown staining on the marble, but she was still a beaut. I had no idea what sort of stains I was dealing with, but I searched everywhere online and figured I’d try a few methods using supplies I already owned first to see if they worked. (Spoiler alert: It did!)

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So here’s how I spruced it up to its original glory.

Supplies Used:

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  • Simple Green (for the wood)
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • A cup or small bowl
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Plastic wrap
  • Clean rag
  • Cotton balls

Basically, stuff we already had in our cleaning supply cabinet and first aid box.

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The Steps 

1.I made a paste mixing the baking soda and a little water first, spread it on the stains on the marble, covered with plastic wrap, and let sit for 24 hours.

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2. When I pulled up the plastic wrap and wiped off the paste the next day, it was 10 times better, but there was still a faint stain left in a couple of spots. So I soaked a few cotton balls in hydrogen peroxide, placed on top of the leftover stains, and covered again in plastic wrap to sit for another 24 hours.

Next day, stain-free and good as new. Yay!

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3. I gave the wood a quick wipe down with the Simple Green. It still has a few spots that could use a touch-up with wood stain, but I’m so ga-ga over this chest that, for the first time ever, I don’t want to paint it at all.

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Robert and I hauled it into the newly painted foyer the other day… and I’ve been wandering in here ever since to stare in awe and pet it. Wouldn’t you? Can you blame me? If that’s weird, just forget I ever said that.

It nestles just perfectly in the nook beside our staircase. Sigh… destiny, I tell ya.

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I stuck a few books I had on top along with a concrete artichoke? Pineapple? Acorn? Whatever that little guy is. I found it at the thrift store a couple of years ago for $2 and liked the texture of it.

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The mirror originally came from the thrift store too that I bought for $10 and gave a distressed charcoal finish with paint last year. (And apparently, I need to buy more Windex to clean it. #reallife Oops.)

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For the rest of it, I scooped up the lamp at Target during a Memorial Day sale and found the plant and frame at TJ Maxx.

How to Remove Stains from Marble + Foyer Chest Makeover | blesserhouse.com - A quick and simple tutorial for removing stains from white marble using kitchen & first aid supplies, plus a Victorian chest makeover and foyer update.

How to Remove Stains from Marble + Foyer Chest Makeover | blesserhouse.com - A quick and simple tutorial for removing stains from white marble using kitchen & first aid supplies, plus a Victorian chest makeover and foyer update.

So far, here’s the budget breakdown and sources of this entire space:

  • Wall color: Benjamin Moore Classic Gray
  • Trim color: Benjamin Moore Simply White
  • Ceiling color: Benjamin Moore Simply White
  • Marble top Victorian chest – $125
  • Mirror – $10 from the thrift store  (Similar here)
  • Concrete statuette – $2 from the thrift store
  • Mercury glass lamp – $36.09
  • Linen lamp shade – $19.99
  • Artificial plant – $12 from TJ Maxx (Similar here)
  • Picture frame – $8 from TJ Maxx (Similar here)
  • Candle – $10

Total: $312.05 (counting 3 gallons of paint for the walls/trim/ceiling)

Not too shabby, huh?

Our foyer is looking not-so-lonely anymore. This is definitely one of those spaces where I don’t really have a direction. I’m just wingin’ it and seeing where it takes me. We still have some electrical work that needs to be done so hardly any of our outlets or switch plates have covers right now.

I still wonder if I should try to restore the wood finish on this one exposed side of the chest, but I was impatient and wanted to haul it in here already. (As Murphy’s Law would have it, the other side against the staircase is in gorgeous, like-new condition.)

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Now that this chest is in this space though, I can start seeing it come together with a rug, a new light fixture (the chandy is cute and all but I’m still not 100% feeling it), and a little wall decor on the stairs. Maybe a runner on the staircase one day? Hmm…

Anyways, we’re officially goin’ places. This chest quite possibly ranks up there with our magic wagon bench and card catalog coffee table. (If you want some pro heavyweight Craigslisting tips, you can check them out in this post.)

This marble top absolutely glistens now.

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And the carved designs in the wood remind me a little bit of Scandinavian patterns. My great-grandfather emigrated from Sweden, so anytime I get a chance to incorporate anything semi-Swedish looking, I geek out about it.

This is the first time in a very long time I’ve ever wanted to leave a piece of furniture in its natural wood state with no paint at all. I don’t have the heart to take that away from it.

How to Remove Stains from Marble + Foyer Chest Makeover | blesserhouse.com - A quick and simple tutorial for removing stains from white marble using kitchen & first aid supplies, plus a Victorian chest makeover and foyer update.

How to Remove Stains from Marble + Foyer Chest Makeover | blesserhouse.com - A quick and simple tutorial for removing stains from white marble using kitchen & first aid supplies, plus a Victorian chest makeover and foyer update.

I feel like we currently have a lot of wood in the foyer now, but once I pull in a rug, I have a feeling that will change the entire space for better.

Have you ever found a magical Craigslist find? Or have a stone cold stunner of your own that you walk into the room just to gaze at all creepy like? Just me? Okay.

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57 Comments

  1. Hi Lauren, I adore the Foyer and thanks for the info on the marble. I personally like the distressed look on the side – it tells a story as do all the other pieces.

    well done

    Georgie – Johannesburg South Africa

  2. I love your little ensemble now! The foyer looks lovely and you did a great job with the chest of drawers!

  3. Lovely Eastlake statement piece for your foyer! Used a similar one for linens for years until I down-sized, still miss it. Eastlake was a simple contast to frilly Victorian style, and used a lot of stylized sunflowers and Japanese elements.

  4. Love it love it live it! The dark wood with the marble top-so great. I think your cement thina-ma-bob might be a whistle. I too would definitely have bought it. 2 bucks, perfect. Love your home and style. Keep it coming.

  5. That is an absolute stunner!! What a lucky find. I love the carving and love it even more that you aren’t going to pain this piece. It’s a show off as is!! I don’t think that the roughness on the side of it is a distraction at all. If it bothers you perhaps you can put a basket with pillow/blankets or a taller plant there. Just a thought. Whatever you do it will look just fine because it’s about what YOU like and no one else. 🙂

  6. Love the chest. Was wondering if an application of hemp oil would help? Great styling as always. I would love to come across your finds thrifting. So far my best score has been milk glass. Can’t wait to see your plans unfold in your new home. You have made amazing strides in such a short time. Blessings to you and yours.

  7. Well Done! I do love the chest. I am in awe of all you ladies that can do all of this. I live on a 6 acre farm and a 100 yr old farmhouse and I love to do the painting etc. but I cannot see to find the time. There is always something that has to get done outside like mowing, weeding etc. I am not great with time management but I am trying! I inherited my Great Grandmother’s 1800s White sewing machine and the cabinet was really bad and part of the names etc were missing. I have done the clay overlay and now have to paint it because it is in such bad shape. Any suggestions on colors? I hate to do the standard white. Love your home and your blog!

  8. I’m absolutely in love with this piece. I agree it looks amazing in its natural form. I don’t even see any need to touch up that side. It shows life, there’s a story to this piece. Your entire transformation of this space is inspiring. So bright and beautiful. I never would have seen what you have envisioned here. So much talent! Keep inspiring us!

  9. That chest is GORGEOUS! I mean I’m in love the way it pops against that neutral entry! I love it unpainted as well! Love your blog!

  10. That’s a great tip, Lauren, on how to remove stains from marble. I had a similar piece I worked on and actually had to sand the stone counter where it had been left for years to accumulate a coating of hardened grime… and that worked for that situation too. (Here’s that post if you’d like to see it:
    http://simpledecoratingtips.com/2016/04/27/diy-marble-restoration/ ) I always love stopping by your site to see what you’ve been up to. 🙂 Liz

  11. Awesome find! And I can’t believe it was so easy to remove the stains! We have some marble in our bath that needs a little pick me up. I’ll be giving this a try tonight :~)

  12. So fun to see you pull your house together. I am loving it. I have covered several things like the side of your chest by just a really light sanding and then adding some Minwax wood finish stain. I has a sealer in it so nothing more is necessary. That chest is gorgeous and a great find.

  13. I JUST bought a similar dresser at an auction for $35. The marble is stained a bit and I was wondering how I would get it clean. I will definitely try this method. Yours looks absolutely beautiful!

  14. Lovely Lauren! I too love the natural stain on this piece. It does look like it was meant for that spot. I remember that mirror from your mantle and it looks great in this spot. I’m loving watching you pull this house together.

    Nancy

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