Nightstand chair transformation

I love this chair and ottoman! I think they turned out super cute!
I debated leaving one drawer intact or two but I decided on two. I wanted it to be adult height.
I began by removing the top. It was attached with several screws underneath and in the back
The trim pieces were attached to the top. I ended up removing them with a few strikes from my hammer. Fortunately I didn’t damage the trim or the top.
I used my jigsaw to remove the piece going across the front. It’s starting to look like a chair!
I cut the top panel down to size so it fit inside the back of the chair.
I used nails and glue to reattach the trim to the sides and back. I also used pocket holes to attach the seat and the sides.
I added 1×4 armrests. I should have extended them an inch passed the chair but I still like it
I began cutting the 1/4 inch plywood to use as the cushion base. I started with the back and finished each cushion before moving on to the next one so I could get the measurements as I went along so it would all fit together.
I cut foam to the same size as the cushion base. For this, I actually used a twin size mattress pad. It’s much cheaper than buying foam from the fabric store. I used two layers so it would be comfortable.
Making cushions is super easy! Cut your fabric a few inches wider than your base. Layer fabric face down, then foam, and then 1/4 inch plywood. Begin pulling your fabric tight and then stapling around the edges. I start in the corners, then do the middles, and then work my way around until its tight and even. You will go through a lot of staples.
here’s a finished cushion. I actually like to leave the fabric bigger so it’s easier to work with and has less chance of being visible but I didn’t have quite enough fabric so I had to make do with what I had.
I measured the arm cushions after I finished the back so they would all fit together.
I cut the seat cushion last to make sure they all fit together snugly. For the seat cushion, I used 3 inch foam from Home Depot. Its $30 for a 3 inch thick 30 inch by 6 foot cushion. It’s much cheaper than a craft store. I would normally paint the chair before making the cushions but we were dealing with rainstorms and I didn’t want the paint to be ruined so I made the cushions first. I didn’t attach the cushions yet.
I painted the chair. I didn’t bother painting the surfaces that would be covered by the cushions but I painted the edges that might be visible.
I painted the inside and outside of the drawers. The insides of the drawers had some scribbles on it so I decided to paint over them. I left the bottoms plain to make sure the drawers would still slide smoothly.
Here it is done! I attached the cushions using screws through the sides. The trick is applying enough pressure to the cushions to make sure the screw actually goes into the cushion plywood. I scrubbed the original handles down and then spray painted them silver so they looked more modern.
For the storage ottoman, I took the top drawer and added legs. Since drawer bottoms aren’t very thick, I added a second layer of plywood. I also added a couple of screws to make them more sturdy.
Here’s the bottom. I wish it was a little sturdier but it’s still good.
I cut a piece of 3/4 inch plywood to the size of the drawer box.
I painted it and attached another 3 inch cushion to the top. I also added hinges so it would be a storage ottoman.
And here it is done!
And here’s the finished set! I ended up cutting a few inches off the chair because I couldn’t reach the ground. Now it’s a lot more comfortable. I love how this turned out!

20 thoughts on “Nightstand chair transformation”

  1. Hi I think it is lovely. Very good handy work and good imagination to put into something like that. Do you make them to order if so, I would love one. Spk Sn. Lynne


    1. Honestly I used up the whole can and threw it away. It was a behr paint from home depot with some sort of tropical name. Tiki, oasis, Caribbean, something like that. Sorry.


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