Slate Coffee Table with unique lift top surface

slate coffee table lift top

We had the opportunity to rent an apartment in Tampa to be near family. Since this was a second residence for us, we had to purchase most of the furniture.

We, of course, headed first to the local IKEA, but then we fell in love with an entertainment center (not IKEA) with slate accents. So I set out to make the pieces we purchased from IKEA match!

entertainment center with slate accents
The inspiration piece!
IKEA items used:

TRULSTORP coffee table with lift top
VITTSJÖ laptop table

Other materials & tools:

3” x ¼” wood boards
Wood polystain
Peel and stick slate tiles
Brad nailer
Gorilla glue
Tile nippers

DIY Slate coffee table

I started with the TRULSTORP coffee table in white. I really liked this table because it is sturdy and we work from home (or apartment :)) so this offered an additional workspace.

I assembled the table but did not attach the liftable surface. I glued and then used a brad nailer to secure 3” x ¼” wood boards the sides of the table surface to frame it. 

Next, I used a grey wood polystain to try to match the grey stain on the entertainment center. The polystain seals and stains in one step, and I used only one coat, which leaves streaks of white show through, looking like wood grain!

Then I used peel and stick slate tiles to fill in the rest of the table top, taking care to match the thicknesses so that the surface is as level as possible. (No spilled cocktails!)

You can only purchase a case online, but my local Home Depot had them in an individual sheet, for $3.99 ea. I used about 10- 15 sheets.

Once I finished tiling the table, I grouted it with black non-sanded grout that I had on hand.

Once we received the entertainment center, I quickly realized the stains did not match. The entertainment center had much more of a brown undertone, so I restained the table right over the grey! Here is the finished slate coffee table.

slate coffee table IKEA TRULSTORP hack

Slate side table

I also purchased the VITTSJÖ laptop stand to make a side table.

I removed the glass and purchased a blackboard/ whiteboard that I cut to size for the base to the tabletop.

VITTSJO laptop table slate side table

Grouted and sealed:

VITTSJO laptop stand with slate accents to work as side table

Matching mirror with slate tiles

I then used the leftover blackboard, wood and slate tiles and some mirror tiles that I had from another project to create a mirror to match:

Actually, I made many pieces to go with the entertainment center and coffee table.

I was on a roll but am only showing pieces that used stuff from IKEA.

~ by Terri Schafer