Picture of Make an Armchair out of a...Coffee Table!
Some days ago I was visiting a local store when I noticed a beautiful octagonal chair that almost looked like a hand.
A mix of this and this.
Unfortunately I didn't take a picture of it (making it was not in the plans), but I thought it was really cool, I like original furniture that you don't see often.
At first I didn't even think that I could make one, but a few days later I found a ruined coffee table in my basement. I had it in the living room for years before but I completely forgot about it. And because of its octagonal shape, it immediately reminded me of that chair I saw in the store!

I knew this would have been one of the hardest things I had ever tried to do, but I thought "why not?" :)
So I took advantage of these super hot weather to spend some time in the basement (thanks god it's cool there) working on this chair...and this is the result!

What do you think? :)
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Step 1: Prepare the Table

Picture of Prepare the Table
My coffee table has a triangle at the bottom of its legs, and as you can see from the picture, the edges have been eaten by my bunny years ago :D
I thought that it would have been useful to keep this level on my future chair, so I removed it for a while and cut its edges out a little to give it a regular shape again and put it back where it was after I painted it.

Anyway, let's start!

The first thing I did is passing a layer of primer for wood on the triangle and on the legs of my table.
This paint helps the final color hold on a very smooth piece of wood. 
You could actually sand it a little with sandpaper instead, but doing this on a very curvy surface is not easy at all. For this reason, I used this special paint for wood and let it dry.

I didn't do this on the whole table because I knew that I was going to upholster the rest later.
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I never would have thought of turning a table into a chair. Wow!

lindarose92 (author)  knitwitcharm1 year ago

Thank you! I'm so glad you like it! :)

mtarek21 year ago
Loved it
So creative
lindarose92 (author)  mtarek21 year ago
Thank you so much! :)
foobear1 year ago
Beautiful finished result. I am wondering if the back of it will withstand being leaned on though.
lindarose92 (author)  foobear1 year ago
Thank you! The back doesn't move even if you try to force it, after I added the iron bars in the back the whole thing became even firmer :)
oh okay, somehow I missed that part. looks beautiful!
Jollyshi1 year ago
An electric meat carver works well. You may need a hand but definitely better than a knife or scissors.
lindarose92 (author)  Jollyshi1 year ago
Thanks! I am glad I am finding so many new ways of cutting foam :)
Cindy021 year ago
lindarose92 (author)  Cindy021 year ago
Glad you like it! :)
SuzukiDHP1 year ago
Two thumbs up!!!
lindarose92 (author)  SuzukiDHP1 year ago
Thank you!! :)
Awesome chair! and for those that don't have foam cutter, as strange as it may sound, an electric bread knife works great for cutting foam.
lindarose92 (author)  mr.mountaineer1 year ago
Thank you! If it wasn't for this I would have never found out that electric bread knives existed :D I must get one!!
Yea, there nice to have, pretty good for cutting bread too.
You should make an octagonal coffee table to match the chair! :)
Superb job. There's a shop here where you could sell this chair for a weeks wages. Beautiful work! Expert documentation! Easy writing style! You are the most marketable maker on here. And all done so very dirt cheap. *panting*
lindarose92 (author)  donedirtcheap1 year ago
Really?? :D Thank you DDC! I wish there was a shop like that here...
You gave me an idea!! Next project: "make a coffee table out of a chair"!
lindarose92 (author)  meetinglungs1 year ago
Thank you so much, it makes me feel really proud :)
Believe it or not, the moment I saw the main picture I knew it was your ible! excellent work Linda, as always :)
lindarose92 (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz1 year ago
That's exactly what happens when I see your projects, seriously! Thank you so much!! :)
This is what happens when a creative brain hibernates for a while and comes back with mind-blowing surprises :). Linda... the transformation is super amazing and you are super awesome. Very professional indeed :)
Thank you so much for sharing.
lindarose92 (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago
Aw thank you so much Tarun! I can't tell you enough how much this means to me, I am honored! :)
HollyMann1 year ago
Wow Linda - your brain works in amazing ways!!! You are so creative - what an amazing transformation!!! :)
lindarose92 (author)  HollyMann1 year ago
Thank you so much Holly! I had a lot of fun doing it...I wish I could do things like this more often :D
tech savvy1 year ago
very well done , you would not even know that use to be a table ,
you've got a real talent , keep up the great work
lindarose92 (author)  tech savvy1 year ago
Wow, thank you so much!! :)
I like it, its very creative to do this with a tabe. I actually do upholstry myself so this instructable was cool to see.
lindarose92 (author)  jasonmhandyman 1 year ago
Great! I am sure you can do something beautiful! :)
Thats hillarious, we have a backup turky carver in the shop :D
what a modern design, very good!
lindarose92 (author)  andrea biffi1 year ago
Thank you Andrea!
That is really clever! I wish I had your talents! Everything you do is so professional :D
lindarose92 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Wow, I had no idea about it! This means so much to me, thank you Nicole! Believe me, you have a huge talent too, I love what you do! :)
That's a really cool idea!
lindarose92 (author)  emilyvanleemput1 year ago
Thank you Emily! I am so glad you like it :)
You're welcome!
This is awesome!!! Great job, Linda!
lindarose92 (author)  M.C. Langer1 year ago
Thank you so much Mario!!! :)
You're welcome, Linda!
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