A lot of people come to this blog looking for things related to chrome tables — particularly those chrome tables that are covered with the cracked ice Formica. I myself was in that same place about a year and a half ago when I first got a wild hair to obtain one such table. Red cracked ice is what I had my heart set on, and I’m a little embarrassed to say that it became somewhat of an obsession. I scoured eBay and local ads, pouncing on anything that said “50’s table” or “chrome dinette set.” But alas — as is the trouble with being an antique hound, it takes a lot of time and energy to find what you want. Even if you are lucky enough to find what you want, the other part of that battle is finding it in good condition.
Some have purposely redecorated in 50’s style (like I did), and others just want that warm nostalgic feeling that comes from sitting at the same sort of table that Mom used to set each night. Either way, this table is going to be a centerpiece of your home. A fraction of people will be lucky enough to find a table that meets their specifications in regard to condition and color. The rest of us will have to find a different avenue.
My advice? Buy new. Yes, it costs more, although in some cases, it won’t. The chrome tables in excellent condition are not selling much less than the new ones. The owners of those tables (most of them, anyway) know what a priceless commodity they have; they’re not dumb. They’re going to make you pay a nice chunk of change in order to grab a piece of 50’s nostalgia. If you know what you want in regard to color, size, and style, then buying new is the easiest avenue to take. It’s the same cracked ice Formica that originally adorned chrome tables; it’s the same shiny chrome that surrounds and supports those tables. Buying new gives you the added bonus of being able to get that same thrill out of seeing a shiny, colorful table in your kitchen as the housewives of the 1950s did.
I know I have talked a lot in the past about American Chairs, and I will swear once again that I am not affiliated with that company in any way, shape or form. When I find a company that gives me ease of ordering and great customer service, then I will be sure to give them a shout out whenever someone needs a product that they sell. I spent a lot of time browsing different sites that sold customized chrome tables. None of them had the ease of ordering and customizing that American Chairs did. I could browse the site and set up the table size I wanted, along with the sort of laminate I desired, and also customize the style of chairs that I wanted to surround my table. It was so easy — and I ended up getting exactly what I wanted, rather than having to settle for something in a different color or in substandard condition.
If you’re not into cracked ice but still want a 50’s style Formica, then you’re in luck, because American Chairs offers a ton of other finishes as well. Like boomerangs? They have it. Like the virr varr pattern? It’s there. I had so much fun “trying on” different Formicas before again settling down with the red cracked ice that I originally wanted. The options were endless, it seemed.