Sunday, February 16, 2014

You're So Vain

I bet you think this post is about you.

The title of this post isn't directed to you, it's directed here.

Y'see, I finished the chair for the new play room table, and all the frustration I felt when trying to figure out the perfect chair in my last post was totally worth it, don'tcha think?

My friend London and I had picked out this fabric from Hobby Lobby, because I was planning on reupholstering my window seat cushion (before walking in on my daughter sitting extremely uncomfortably at the original play room table), and this was my first choice in fabric.

Let me tell you, it looked terrible in this room, on my window seat.


So we picked out a coordinating fabric, because I knew that I still wanted to use this one in this room, and I reupholstered the window seat cushion.

Which, I guess isn't completely off-topic, since I am talking about seating in the play room, but I want to go back to the chair.

I wanted a swoop chair because.. Well, I just love them.

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And I wanted it to be low-backed because it's a teeeeeeeny space and doesn't need something so visually heavy.

I had a very good idea of what I wanted, but couldn't find anything that was "it".

Do you want to know what that means?

It either means that it's genius, but no one else has caught on!


That it's a terrible idea. And you should run for the hills before attempting it. Because.... it's a terrible idea...

I was so scared that it was the latter, but I pulled up my big girl tool belt and started it anyway.

You've already seen this

If you follow me on Facebook. It was the closest thing I could find to the image I had in my head, but I wasn't sure if I loved it or hated it....

But trekked forward and made this vanity-type chair.

Let me tell you, I think it's perfect for this spot.

And the big kid loves it, too..!

This was quite the build, let me tell you. And this post is so long now that I doubt you can sit through me giving instructions, but I'll see if I can work with someone who'll be able to draw up plans for this.

And then instructions on upholstering it.

Ohhhh, upholstering... Not my best skill....

Of course I'll keep you updated! Do you love swoop chairs as much as I do? How are you on upholstering? Do instructions for this interest you at all?


  1. I love love love the chair! When you posted the pic of the other chair on fb, I did not love the metal, but thought it would look great in wood. And it really does look great!! You did a wonderful job! And it really does go great with the table. (Which I love also!)
    Liz F

    1. Agreed! It was your comment that made me decide to push forward and try it, THANK YOU!

  2. Ahhh!!! I LOVE it! It fits perfect with the table and the fabric is so awesome! Good for you for just going forward and doing it! I haven't really attempted upholstery, but I am about to attempt a simple rectangle this week, so I would love the instructions! And the plans for your cute little chair please!! Awesome Gina!

    1. Thanks, Mindi! I don't know what makes me think I can upholster (I've done four slipper chairs so far and was miserable the entire time), but a rectangle shouldn't make you want to pull out your hair?
      Here's where I reupholstered my living room slipper chairs with tack strips
      and here's how I upholstered with fabric glue
      Maybe one of those'll help?

  3. Wow! Love the little chair! Yes, please...instructions on both the chair and upholstery. Linda

  4. I would love instructions! It is Super Cute!

  5. Over from Ana's. Gina, this came out so nice! Love it!

  6. Yes please instructions! This chair is fantastic.

  7. I'm a master upholsterer (not really, I'm just pretty good at it) but I 100% want the chair plans! I love this chair. It would be perfect for my daughter's vanity!!! Thanks in advance!

    1. Well, hello master upholsterer! haha. I'm working with Ana White of to have her draw up plans. So when she has time, they'll be posted!!!

  8. This is too cute! I have done a lot of the projects you have posted on Ana White's site, however I don't see this tutorial anywhere. Are there instructions somewhere?? I swear we have one mind, I have done or have wanted to do most of the projects you have completed. We are currently building a house and are making a lot of the furniture in it so I will continue to religiously scour your website for more ideas! Thanks for all you do!!!

    1. Audrey, I still haven't figured out how to get the chair plans posted, but I have a proposition for you... Since I have no need for another chair, if I make plans, could you build/photograph/type your experience up for me? Then I can post the plans for everyone but have photos for the steps in case my plans aren't clear? Email me at ladygoats at gmail dot com and we can discuss this. :-)

  9. Yes yes yes! I would love the plans posted as well!!

    Thanks, Rachel

  10. Have the plans for the chair been posted? It is absolutely adorable!

  11. omg the plans to this awesome chair would be most appreciated

  12. We need the plans for this perfect chair! Do you have them available yet? Thanks!

  13. Please please do instructions on the build