Yet more from my new apartment. Today will unveil a bit more, though the focus of this post will be a coffee table. Right now, the table is about the only thing in the apartment that I made myself. I hope to change this in time, but it’s a lot of work and all that 🙂

So it all started with a sheet of glass that I had lying around from an old cabinet. I thought to myself, “I wonder if this could work as a table?”. After some more thinking, I put together a rendering like so:


The plan was, the whole time, to make the table black, not wood colored (because it would be made out of MDF or something similar). You can also just barely see the glass in this rendering.

I then realized the sheet of glass had some pretty big holes in it (from handles). So I scrapped the glass, and then instead opted for glossy paint. I really wanted a piano black finish, but to be honest, making that happen is near impossible with a regular paintbrush and MDF.


As least from a distance the finish is kind of glossy. Get closer though, and it’s not quite as nice. Not saying it’s bad though, several coats and lots of sanding did SOMETHING.


The table also ended up being a bit higher than I had planned, something I didn’t realize until I got it into my apartment (which is not where it was assembled). I think it would have looked better if it was lower, but higher is definitely more practical. It’s just the right height for resting your feet when watching tv 🙂

If you’re interested in seeing the table belly up, click here. I don’t think it’s quite complicated enough to warrant a instructable.

More to come. Oh, and don’t mind the curtains, they’re practically gone already 😉


7 Responses to “Crafting: coffee table”  

  1. 1 Anna

    It’s pretty!! Now I want to make something like that myself…

  2. 2 Andreas

    Thanks Anna 🙂 Nothing stopping you now is there? 🙂

  3. 3 Eivind

    I really like it, too! Maybe I’ll try to make one myself sometime..

  4. 4 Andreas

    You should. Just don’t copy mine right down to the color and dimensions 😉

  5. 5 bubba

    Bit low eh? Hard to eat them hotdogs when you have to bend down all the time. If the dang thing was about 10 -15cm higher this would not have been a problem. The build quality is ok, with the exception of the tableheight. The table fits in nicely by the strange 70s orange couch and adds a comforting feel to a livingroom obviusly inspired by a mix of that 70s show and postmodern minimalism. Try to raise the table up a bit by putting some thick books under it, phonebooks, bibles etc, whatever you have handy. That oughta do it!

  6. 6 Ragne

    nice! i didn`t know you were a handy man;) good work! maybe you should make me one some day;)

  7. 7 Andreas

    Thanks Ragne 🙂 Sometimes I even surprise myself 😉


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