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Chrome and Copper Plating Furniture

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I had a customer ask about chroming a desk today. Wow, a chrome desk? Sounds interesting, and shiny, and I like shiny things! So I looked into pricing which was $250-$350 for a media console or desk. And they can do brushed chrome or nickel and polished chrome, nickel or COPPER! So my mind has been running, what would look good chrome or copper?! One thought is a making a media console with a polished copper frame, and chrome lower cabinet/doors and casters. Then put a butcher block top on it to make it a rolling island. Or maybe a chrome Brooklyn coffee table? A copper desk with chrome wheels? Hmm, the possiblities are endless.

This would change the style of these pieces a bit, probably more mid-century modern.

Wood Finishes

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I have 2 vintage stains I work with currently. Each stain uses a multi-step process and the coloring varies some with different grain and wood. Typically I use a furniture wax to seal and give it a vintage look.

Grandpa Stain – A dark stain based on one of Carlisle’s antique reclaimed floorings. It has a look of being in service for a long time.
Maine Stain – A grayish stain designed to replicate weathered coastal wood like you would see in Maine on the beach. This stain also has some tans and reds in it.

Optional drawer

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I decided to add an optional drawer for my pieces. It’s handmade including the handle. I figured it would be nice to have a small hidden drawer for the clutter coffee tables collect like remote controls. My thought was to recess it a couple inches or more so it’s not really seen unless you look at the table at an angle or under it. Dimensions are 10.5″ wide x 12″ deep x 1.5″ tall, although since it hangs down 1/2″ it will fit something almost 2″ tall. This drawer is unfinished and not attached to the table, just sitting on a stack of CDs. Also, this could go under the bottom shelf to be even more hidden, and/or you could have multiple drawers. As always, custom sizes are available. Priced at $95 each installed on your table with a matching finish.