July 25, 2012

D I Y / Clear Side Table




My obsession for all things clear goes further than jewelry, bags and clothes. Our house is also filled with clear objects; from chairs, to glass containers, lamps and now also this side table I made as a DIY for NSMBL.

What you'll need is a piece of perspex of 5mm thickness, a heat blower gun (the kind that is used to remove paint from wood) and a few pieces of tape. Start out by determining the measurements of your table, though the bigger the table, the thicker the perspex needs to be. I used a panel of perspex of 120cm x 50cm and decided to make the side table 25cm in height, marked it with bits of tape and bended it into shape.
To bend the sides of your table, lay the perspex on a right, heat proof edge, like for example the kitchen counter. Secure the panel of perspex with clamps or ask someone to hold it for you.
Blow hot air across the edge you want to bend, close to the plastic for about four minutes. Now the perspex should be soft enough to bend. You could bend it all the way and make a sharp 90 degrees angle, or like me, bend it a little less so that the sides are slightly inclined. That's it! You've got a clear side table in under 30 minutes.

Update: though the plastic doesn't smell when heating it, the fumes can be extremely toxic. Be sure to wear a mouth mask and keep the area well ventilated.


KMA said...

you surprise me everytime i get here.


Bella B. said...


xx BBella

Vicky said...

You are so creative!

Michele said...

Ahh zo briljant! Denk sowiezo niet dat ik 'the balls' heb om dit te proberen haha!

Christopher said...

fucking cool shit, srly. I DIE.

miasmode said...

I really wish I had your skills and your creativity. It looks awesoeme :D


addicted said...

oh i think i'm going to try to do this! i'd love to have such table in my room. also my dream is a transparent chair but i think it's not so easy to do that :)

i'm wondering how looks your house. could you take a photo of your house? it'd be great! :)

and i love your blog, you're definitely one of the most amazing bloggers i've ever seen. you've got your own style and your diy is really impressive!


Anonymous said...

omg, it's amazing!
really great DIY!



You are the clear stuff queen! Inspiring as always! xx

Amy said...

wow dit is echt een super goed idee!
En de grootste grap is dat mijn ouders zo'n soort tafel hebben (maar dan wat groter) maar dan van een of andere dure designer van de bijenkorf! Ohjah en hij is van glas, maar dat verschil zie je niet als ik je foto's zo bekijk. Anyhow: super goede DIY!

lola said...

Are you a model?

Nicole said...


Michele said...

Btw, waar haal je zo'n plaat vandaan?

Laura said...

Great! Nobody would think it's self-made.

AleenaB said...

You never cease to amaze with your incredible taste, such an inspiration! Love, love, love this!
Aleena x

Diah said...

Wauw...no other words needed!

Je blijft verrassen!



Anonymous said...

Ivania you are genius!

Best wishes,
Asia :)

Takia Ksatryo said...

just brilliant!

Tara said...

That is amazing! Fabulous tutorial :)


Nienke said...


Annie Louise said...

amazing! xx


Unknown said...

great post,i am your new follower!!

Evie Stothert said...

this is SO AWESOME
seriously, you're a genius

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Julia said...

Heel nice Ivania!
Heb zelf ooit een mini ontwerp voor een stoel gemaakt met dit materiaal, maar nooit meer aangedacht het ook op grote schaal uit te werken! Je brengt me op ideeen :)

Raj said...

Incredibly gorgeous and so very chic
I love it!

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Anonymous said...

Great! I honestly would never attempt to make something like that because I wouldn't know where to start and how. Who would have thought it would have been so simple and easy.

Crystallography said...

is there anything you don't think of. you are honestly so clever, x

Cassandra Too said...

I cant believe you did it yourself! This is amazing!

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Jade said...

Another freaking great DIY. I'm also obsessed with all things clear. Maybe I'll try out this in the holidays :). x

Candy said...

So genius! You never fail to impress!


Erin Z said...

I would never think of making something like that... it's pretty amazing!

katherine said...

Love it

duckalicious said...

totally agree with the first comment.

RAYNE said...

I'm really speechless. THIS IS INCREDIBLE! I will be making a perspex coffee table for my new place.


the white ribbon said...

Looks absolutely beautiful! Well done! xx

Sharon (Style-Chameleon) said...

I'm totally going to try this!

Can you also use a hair dryer in the highest heat?


Unknown said...

love that idea!!!!


Gladys said...

This is just super awesome! :D

V. said...

You are the queen of plexiglass DIY. Love it!


Esther said...

DIY to DIE for! I'm thinking of combining this with my rather vintage interior to make a nice clash, thanks for the idea.

Lise said...

awesome! i want a transparent chair!!

Karolina Chudek said...

you're great!;)love your blog!

Sarah said...

Your DIY's are always IMMENSE

Unknown said...

Great inspiration. By the way I love your glasses ! x


. said...

You are too clever <3

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Vivian Xie said...

on my to do list!


Anonymous said...

I love this! The finished look is so beautiful & stylish! x

Kate {Modette}

Mika said...

love this tutorial! very reminiscent of those stark ghost chairs.

Arissa said...

I absolutely love your DIYs. I would keep this in mine when I have a place of my own. :)

Unknown said...

Um.... I need this! I am so not handy when it comes to this stuff though. x P.S. the sunnies! LOVE!

Alice said...

I love the glasses on the table. And obviously the table is fantastic.

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Unknown said...

Ja ik ga dit zeker proberen!
Ik moet zoiets nog hebben en wat is leuker om het zelf te maken.

Unknown said...

OK Ivania, business plan here: you'd start your line of DIY "LOVE AESTHETICS BY IVANIA CARPIO" jewelry and clothing, then move into furniture and home furnishings like rick owens and armani casa, this is soooo your niche... It's SET AND DONE! you rock!

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Anonymous said...

Wauw - amazing; I love it - and I love the sunglasses too (:

Ana Lucia Gutierrez said...

Love, love, love your blog. Its so creative. You really are a unique blogger with unique material.


Anonymous said...

Wow SOO amazing but so simple. Love it. It would make a great little shelf on my desk in mini version.

c said...

wow that's amazing! we love your blog!


Tim Mcgraw said...

love your blog x


jessica said...

I love this!!

WOLFCUB said...

dude, I am speechless. You are extraordinarily creative, and so gutsy with your DIYs.


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Unknown said...

I love it!! gorgeous:)

Lulu Frances said...

wow that table looks amazing!!! you´ll have to make one for me one day too please ;)
anyway, I wanted to say that you absolutely made my day by commenting, I could hardly believe it when I saw the comment waiting for approval!because i have been reading your blog for ages and really admiring your unique sense of style! plus I keep seeing you in magazines these days (for example in the newest company mag!) so thanks a lot for really making my day :)
i actually had to say it out loud a few times to myself haha i am that pathetic sometimes :D God bless you xx

Lara Maria said...

What a great idea!! I really looove it!


If clear also means spotless with no dust, I'm pretty confident that I should adopt your style (probably even starting from cleaning my room) and let my crib have a major face lift. My place is a nightmare from the 3rd world war.


Zweiteiler said...

thank you so much for your lovely comment! I´m so in love with this table! An amazing DIY!


Yvonne said...


nataliya said...

thats awesome! i can just see you laying in bed with that over your lap blogging! or snacking!


jessica konstantinos said...

such a good diy post!!!


Nichole said...

Amazing! Love this idea.

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