The Lack coffee table is a perennial Lifehacker IKEA favourite (especially with the basic colours now $7.99). If monochrome's not your thing, spice up the design with old comics.
At IKEAhackers, Daniela shows off how effective lacquering comic pages to the tables can be. For a more subtle effect, you can just do the legs:
If that seems too fiddly, check out the multi-coloured Lack stack.
IKEA Comic Tables [IKEAhackers]