I realized as I was compiling the pictures for this post that I never actually talked about how I made the coffee table in the living room. It is a one-of-a-kind J. Paris Designs creation, of course, drawn up from the retro part of my personality. I was going for the kidney-bean shape from the 60s and 70s. I used a 3/4" sheet of plywood as the top and drew out the shape I wanted. I cut it out with a jigsaw. The paint was actually leftovers I had on hand and was watered down a little so the grain of the plywood would show through. I stained the edges of the table in dark ebony.
Side note: I put several coats of polyurethane on the surface. It was cold outside so I did this in the basement. Bad idea! We slept with the windows open for two nights so we wouldn't asphyxiate in our sleep. Take it outside next time!
You can see another shot of it in this post.
Originally, when I was building the table, I wanted authentic retro hairpin legs. But I was trying to be cheap and cut corners. See above story about shotty leg craftsmanship. Until I just couldn't take it anymore. I actually found a website for a company in Columbus that sells strictly hairpin legs, appropriately named hairpinlegs.com. I decided to man up and spend some moula on the legs that would effectively make my table as retro as possible.