Name: Veronica Risko
City: Boca Raton
I have a dining room table that I absolutely love. It is a Directional City Scape by Paul Evans in chrome and brass purchased in 1972. It is a large octagon that can be made larger with leaves. Now for the problem – the ’tiles’ were damaged by a moving company and my attempts to get it repaired were not successful. There are ’tiles’ that no longer stick on, have tarnish or are dented. Do you think there is any hope for this table or do I have to stop living in the ’70′s? I have been enjoying the rediscovery of the retro feel and mid-century modern and have never really fallen in love with a dining room table since. I am about to move into a new home that we custom built and don’t know how to solve this dilemma. If the ’tiles’ cannot be replaced, do you think the whole table could be refinished in some other way. It would then be a great table shape but would be obviously missing that shiny wow factor that is so retro. I would appreciate! any advice you could give.
Why don’t you see if you can find any high-end metal workers in your community to advise you on the situation. They would be the best ones to give you a full assessment, replace the squares that have been damaged or polish the table as a whole. Rather than refinishing it, I would suggest you try to sell the table as it is, because to strip it would be a real pity. They are worth a fortune and you could get some money back. However, if you restored it you could really enjoy it as a great piece so look into that option first.
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