The only two cleaning products I used were Barkeeper’s Friend and Windex. Both tables had small rust spots on the chrome, so I created a paste with Barkeeper’s Friend and rubbed it into the chrome with a rag. It worked brilliantly. I used a more watered-down solution to clean the rest of the tables, and rinsed them with water. After that, I only needed some Windex for shine.
I had two pieces of 1/4″ mirror cut for the tables at a store here in Brooklyn. The glass cost twice as much as the tables, but holy moly, do I love the look.
As far as the styling goes, I mentioned in my post on coffee tables that ours needs to stay pretty functional. For instance, the bowl has a few of my nail polishes in it, because that’s where I do my nails every week. I’m a big believer in decorating for the way you actually live, not the idealized version of your life. The key is just thoughtful containment.
If you’re in New York, I’m selling my old Moroccan table. I think it’s a prime candidate for a coat of Rustoleum Brass spray paint.