Welcome to Sixth Borough Studios:

All products designed/hand made/restored by artist/craftsman Keith Decent. Keith works out of Sixth Borough Studios in Beacon, NY and specializes in upcycling and restorations with a sense of humor and dramatic flair.

The original dry-fit after the cuts.  Marvel at my innovative clamping system! Dry fit from behind.  Making sure the mitre cuts and the dado channel for the glass piece all line up nicely. After a but of stain, a decorative handrail, and some side panels.  Glued up the bottom and sides. Top off and building the paneled back.  The hole will be used for the light cord and as a pull later. Inside. The small fluorescent light and a couple of layers of satin poly. dry fit the top for a light test.  No major light leaks, time to glue the rest! A quick and dirty shot of the back in order to show the light panel opening. Final product!  From the front... ...and some more of the top... and the 3/4 view.

"Tapper" Mini Bar Arcade Light Box

Built for a friend who loves classic arcade games and is also a professional brewer.  It’s been made to resemble an old bar with handrails and side panels.  It’s built from red oak and the glass piece is a reproduction of the original (expensive) arcade marquee.

Figured I would show a few more stages of the build this time so everyone can see what I’ve been up to!

Posted on Friday, July 4th 2014

Bending the Rules: Upcycled Candle/Plant Holder

Made from an antique glass insulator and repurposed aluminum rulers, this stunning piece can fit tea candles, tapers, or even small plants. You’re really only limited by your imagination. It stands at about 8 inches tall.

Posted on Saturday, September 28th 2013

Reclaimed Lath Desk

This piece was custom designed and built for a wonderful Brooklyn couple. The base is a cast iron school desk from Sears Roebuck and Co. It is surfaced with wood laths salvaged from an 1890s house. Lot of love and elbow grease and two very happy customers!

Reclaimed Lath Desk

This piece was custom designed and built for a wonderful Brooklyn couple. The base is a cast iron school desk from Sears Roebuck and Co. It is surfaced with wood laths salvaged from an 1890s house. Lot of love and elbow grease and two very happy customers!

Posted on Friday, April 19th 2013

Upcycled Antique Window White Board

A great piece for your man cave, workshop, store, kitchen, or anywhere you want to make a statement, this window has ben converted into a white board by NY based artist Keith Decent.


The window was an original piece from a house built in 1898. It is approximately 21 inches by 28 inches. It features original hardware and a shabby-chic distressed finish. It works marvelously as a white board and wipes completely clean. The method by which it was converted leaves a crackled finish to the writing surface for an more authentic feel, while ensuring perfect writability.

Posted on Saturday, March 9th 2013

the CHALKSAW in dark natural

A great piece for your man cave, workshop, store, kitchen, or anywhere you want to make a statement, this antique saw has been converted into a chalkboard by NY based artist Keith Decent.

The saw handle has been refinished in a natural, preservative coating. Beautiful, hand-worn, dark wood is accented by brass hardware. The blade is coated with chalk paint and specially treated. Once used It would not be recommended to wash the blade without rubbing it with chalk dust after it dries, for ease of erasing.

As with any of Sixth Borough’s projects made from old tools, there are pointy, rusty, sharp bits that should absolutely be minded and the piece should be handled with care at all times.

This particular saw is slightly smaller sized, and that is reflected in the price.

Posted on Saturday, March 9th 2013

the CHALKSAW in green and blue

A great piece for your man cave, workshop, store, kitchen, or anywhere you want to make a statement, this antique saw has been converted into a chalkboard by NY based artist Keith Decent.

The saw handle has been refinished in a shabby-chic, distressed paint job. Beautiful apple green gives way to sky blue, accented by brass hardware. The blade is coated with chalk paint and specially treated. Once used It would not be recommended to wash the blade without rubbing it with chalk dust after it dries, for ease of erasing.

As with any of Sixth Borough’s projects made from old tools, there are pointy, rusty, sharp bits that should absolutely be minded and the piece should be handled with care at all times.

Posted on Saturday, March 9th 2013

Upcycled Vintage Chalkboard Saw aka the “CHALKSAW”

A great piece for your man cave, workshop, store, kitchen, or anywhere you want to make a statement, this antique saw has been converted into a chalkboard by NY based artist Keith Decent.

The saw handle has been refinished in a shabby-chic, distressed paint job. Beautiful sky blue gives way to colonial red, accented by brass hardware. The blade is coated with chalk paint and specially treated. Once used It would not be recommended to wash the blade without rubbing it with chalk dust after it dries, for ease of erasing.

As with any of Sixth Borough’s projects made from old tools, there are pointy, rusty, sharp bits that should absolutely be minded and the piece should be handled with care at all times.

Posted on Saturday, March 9th 2013