Ok, back to the coffee table. Thanks all so much for the awsome comments! Wille and Martin have been beaming with pride since last week.
In the coffee table there's a divider with a spot for magazines and above a shelf for all those nasty remotes and other clutter that always seems to accumulate in front of the TV.
I used a bread basket to corral them just to get them out of sight just after the coffee table was ready but this weekend I updated an old wooden jewelry tray (receycled from a broken one that got tossed at work) by mending it with wood glue and spray painting it white.
To cushion the contents I fit the tray with a liner so the stuff won't rattle around so much. For the liner I used a scrap sheet of rubber and a scrap piece of fabric and used a (book binder's ?) tape to stick it all together.
This elephant fabric by Estrid Ericson of Svenskt Tenn is a firm favorite of mine and I had a scrap piece which was just big enough. So now little Dumbo's are peeking out everytime we get a remote out or chuck something in there. I like!