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Published on October 1st, 2008 | by Jules Yap


Magiker decoupaged coffee table

Monica got a Magiker coffee table (link no longer available) but was soon sick of people seeing all her junk under the glass. So she took old CD covers and pasted them on the top of the glass. Then mod podged over on top of that, and a polyurethane spray on top of that!

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30 Responses to Magiker decoupaged coffee table

  1. Anonymous says:

    it looks really nice.

    someone with a different interest could easily make a table like this with postcards, maybe even vinyl records.

  2. Glass Coffee Table says:

    there is too much stuff all in one place

  3. tess says:

    As at least one poster said, perhaps spray frost would have looked cool too, but I can appreciate the concept. I may be inspired sometime to do something similar, but on the underside of the glass for a more finished look, and maybe with a cool wallpaper or even wrapping paper. Yeah, I totally want to do that (and it’d work with glass doors, too!). In any case, what an interesting way to make a piece totally unique and personal. : )

  4. ken says:

    this is very nice, and best of all, it’s entirely personal to the owners so that is enough to make it special and one of a kind. I wish i had that kind of creativity and gut to mod all my ikea furniture so as to not have the impression that all my furnitures are from ikea…

  5. Joe Got Lost In The Post says:

    well i think it looks cool

  6. Anonymous says:

    I thought I would jump in as one of the co-conspirators and take the blame since it was mostly my idea. We love the table. My girlfriend and I became a couple after trading cassette tapes on the bus ride home from high school and music has always been a huge part of our lives.

    I can completely understand the comments, since the table doesn’t conform with ikea’s clean aesthetic.

    For us though, it’s a one of kind piece of furniture that is truly “ours”. If you know us personally you can even tell which cd’s belonged to each one of us.

    Anyways, as far as how it has lasted. I layered the top with polyurethane, so there is a hard clear plastic layer on top of everything that has kept the art shiny and protected from the occasional spill.

  7. ethan says:

    to each his own, but that table is not for one with OCD. I can barely look at it without wincing.

  8. waywardmedic says:

    Obviously the ones leaving the negative comments do not leave their names. No matter. I like the idea and the way it was made. I would do the same but I don’t have the amount of CD covers.

    Excellent work, and definitely a conversation piece :-)

  9. maggie says:

    why are so many people being rude? i have a table just like this at home, covered in pictures from OK!magazine and People. it’s a time capsule, of sorts. have some respect for a person’s style and taste. i bet not everyone would like your yuppie ideals, but they would at least have the decency to respect your choices. jerks.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Just two questions:
    Why didn’t you buy a table without glass tabletop?
    Aparte from first question, why didn’t you put the paper UNDER the glass?
    I don’t understand your aims.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I like it but to suit my tastes more I would have lined them up in columns and rows. Thanks for the idea!

  12. Anonymous says:

    also, pasting paper to glass and then covering it with mod podge really sounds like fail. I bet this will look like crap and all peel off in a week or so.

    This could have been done well, it’s kind of a shame

  13. Anonymous says:

    or perhaps you could leave it in the alley

  14. topia7 says:

    I would love to see this idea but before the mod podge perhaps it could be painted with a semi-transparent white paint so that the images can be seen through but it pushes the back and unifies it a bit more?
    Just a thought.

  15. Anonymous says:

    This is a cool idea, but not sure how practical (or pretty) it is. Wouldn’t you then have to put glass on top to protect the paper?

    I’m not sure how the table is set up, but maybe just wrap the glass top in fabric or paper instead?

  16. Anonymous says:

    In theory this sounds like a good idea, but in practice no. I really don’t think you could consider this an “art piece” and sell it for hundreds of dollars.
    And don’t get me wrong, I love me some decoupage.

    Maybe if you had made a frosted border with a CD-cover inlay? Or gotten some colored paper and made an interesting collage by cutting out the images from the CD covers? this just looks messy.

  17. sonika says:

    This is a great idea…..

  18. Christy says:

    This is a great idea for covering something that can be an eyesore inside the table if items are not being displayed there instead of just junky storage.

    For those who think this is awful, people would pay big bucks to buy a “designer” table top just like this. In fact to music fans, she could probably sell it right now for a few hundred dollars just as an art piece. All those covers and such are really fantastic.

    I am tempted to do something like this, but stop with the table just partially covered like in picture one. Then use the inside to do a coordinating display – adding more to the three-d effect of just the items inside. you could decopodge them to the underside of the glass to keep them safer from damage. But then you do have to add them in reverse order to have your choice stuff showing when it’s flipped over and layed on the table.

    I am not so much into the music/CD cover kind of thing myself, but this became art when she used them like this.

    You could do the same thing with any theme.

    Don’t let the spoil sports get you down. I know a lot of music fans who would LOVE to have art like this.

  19. Anonymous says:

    in the right room, i can definitely see it working…

  20. Robj98168 says:

    What a cool idea- I never know what to do with my CD covers after I put the CD into my disc album- now I do! Great Hack!

  21. meysam says:

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  22. Anonymous says:

    Someone did this ON PURPOSE?? Ick.

  23. Anonymous says:

    That looks messy and terrible. Why would you buy a table with a glass top if you didn’t want people to see what you have stored in it. It would have been better (and cleaner looking) if she just applied some spray applied glass frosting (or acid etched) the back of the glass. Bad hack…

  24. Liz says:

    wow… I don’t get all the negative comments! It looks cool. Somebody would understand right away that all those CD covers were mod-podged on there and not just lying on the surface.

  25. Michelle says:

    I think that’s a Vika Gruvan table top. Which by the way, if anyone has successfully used the Runtorp (legs with casters) with the vika gruvan, let me know! I saw online that you’re only supposed to use the big heavy looking trestles, and that won’t work for me.

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  27. Anonymous says:

    Dude, clean off your coffee table… oh wait…

  28. Anonymous says:

    Just hideous.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Looks much less messy now! ;)

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