Item 1 is a steel handrail that’s going to be welded out of 3/4″ x 1-3/4″ bar stock. Very simple straight runs (2 of them) with returns, and brackets made to my drawing. The door hardware throughout is oil rubbed bronze, so some shade of dark brown, dark grey, or possibly black would work.
Item 2 is a surround for a woodstove… 1/4″ plate that goes behind and to one side of the stove, which is in a corner. The stove is matte black. A charcoal gray or black would work.
My welder does great work but no finishing. They have sent many items out for galvanizing and powder coating for me. I have used a metal plating outfit a few times to get plumbing and cabinet hardware done to order. Other than that…. I know squat… aside from the fact that copper turns dark after a lot of years, and my tools rust if I leave them outside.
I could haul these items down to Seattle to a metal finisher there, and pay a lot to have something done. The money is tired of getting spent. If there are any decent homebrew approaches to this I’m interested.
All right, who’s the expert up in here?