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diy project: tae’s cup holder coffee table

by Kate Pruitt

i’ve always wanted to live in a loft, not only for their airy spacious qualities, but also because i love industrial style furniture, and hard as i try, i cannot seem to make it work in my 1920’s apartment (blast those crooked lines and over abundant molding!).  i love tae’s cup holder coffee table because it’s a little taste of industrial chic that could work well in living spaces of all sizes. not too big, not too small, and (as you might have guessed from this) i am a sucker for using pipe and flange for just about anything around the house. awesome work, tae! –

CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump!

this project was inspired by a cafe table spotted in kanazawa, japan, and fueled by the need for some kind of hard surface to prevent drink spillage while potato couching.  it’s the perfect fit for our tiny living room and l-shaped couch.  i love the mix of bright glossy paint and industrial pipe and flange. buddy seems to dig it too :) enjoy! -tae

– 1/2 inch black plumber’s pipe:
– flange, screw cap, tee, 5″ pipe, 6″ pipe (x 6 of each)
– 3″ pipe (x 3)
– white plasti dip ( you get find this , or at some hardware stores)
– wood screws, #8 x 3/4″ (x 24)
– glossy paint (i used lagoon by martha stewart living for home depot)
– lumber, (1″ x 10″ x 5′, or whatever length you desire)
– drill
– 3″ diameter (you can find these at hardware stores in various sizes. measure the cups you own to determine the best size – err on the small side)
– paint brush
– sand paper
– ruler/measuring tape


1. Drill cup holes in wood with holesaw, anywhere except where legs get attached.  Start drilling on one side until you’re about half way through.  Flip the wood over and finish drilling from the other side for a clean cut.  Sand and prime wood.  Paint edges and bottom half, let dry.

2. Clean black plumber’s pipe with soap and water.

3. Screw a black cap onto each 6″ pipe length.  Dip cap into white plasti dip (which also comes in yellow, red, blue, black and clear).  The plastic coating will protect floors and adds a pop of color.  Once dry, assemble pipe and fittings (as shown in the photo) to form table legs.

4. Attach table legs with wood screws to the painted bottom half.  Space evenly left, right, center.  Inset about 1 1/2 inches on the left and right.

5. Set table upright, paint top.  Once dry, you’re done!

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