Photography: Bill Batten

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2003

Introduction

Three lightweight coffee tables can be clustered and quickly rearranged as needed. Group them close to the sofa, or pull one over to a side chair and leave magazines stacked on another. We made a set by attaching serving trays to wooden stools; look for pieces in similar wood tones or colors, or paint them to match as we did. The cheerful tables relax the straight lines in this modern living room. For simple serving, detach a tray from its stool base and load it up in the kitchen.

Table Trio How-To
1. Choose trays in a color and material that suit your decor. Easy-to-wipe pieces make cleanup a snap.

2. If desired, prime wooden stools, then paint them with semigloss latex to match trays.

3. Evenly space adhesive Velcro squares on the bottoms of the trays and corresponding spots on the stool tops; set trays on stools.

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