I can't take credit for this project at all. When I saw it on a little blog I check in on sometimes, and by "sometimes" I mean three times a week religiously, I knew it was perfect.
We have an old IKEA side table (similar to the LACK side table) that has gone through many reincarnations. A few years ago Ada got two SVALA chairs also from IKEA (though these aren't available something similar is). These inexpensive items have served us very, very well over the past couple of years while they waited patiently for something more inspired to happen to them.
I ordered some fat quarters from the Amy Butler Modern Midwest line -seriously, some of the raddest fabrics around. Not to girly, nothing too precious as we do have a little boy in the mix now too. Granted, he still can't sit up on his own yet - he's only 3 months old. It won't be long until he's sitting at this table and I'm just not going to dwell on the bittersweetness of that.
Off to the races. The key here is to not be too perfect. Anyone who knows me in real life knows that normally I would measure and be obsessed with precisely 90 degree angles on all pieces, perhaps going so far as devising a mathematical algorithm to assure that each pattern occupied an equal amount of surface area on each chair. So to suppress the urge, I had a glass of wine while doing the first chair.
I spray painted the once-pink side table turned kids table (for about half the price, by-the-by) a gender-neutral buttery yellow and called it good.
The result is happy and fun, just what I was looking for without even knowing what I was looking for. Ada calls them her "fancy, beautiful" chairs, which, when translated, means that she approves!
Full instructions can be found HERE. Props to Kelle Hampton for being so crafty and kind enough to share. In case you've been living under a rock and haven't checked out her blog yet, you should.