A high chair normally isn’t the first thing to come to mind when you think painted furniture. But there is no reason why it shouldn’t be. People have their furniture painted for multiple different reasons:
- painting furniture often has to do with updating an outdated piece
- keeping a family heirloom in the family
- passing down a piece of furniture to loved ones
In this case, my customer intends to pass her vintage high chair down to her grandson. With that, I was so happy when my she contacted me and put her trust in me to paint her grandson’s high chair. Since a child will be eating here make sure to safely paint your wooden high chair. It’s a good thing I only use non-toxic, VOC free, 100% safe products which are so important especially when it comes to our little ones. I sure wouldn’t want to eat off of something filled with toxic chemicals if I can help it and I’m guessing you wouldn’t either. It may not even be something we put much thought into in our day to day, but still important none the less.
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The Project – Unfinished Vintage High Chair
The vintage high chair has great characteristics with chunky and unique spindles. We all know how much I hate spindles, but you can’t help but like these. The chair is sturdy and strong and clearly well made with much more life left in it.
Choosing a Paint Color for the High Chair
She brought in her vintage high chair and chose Slate by Kristi Kuehl Pure Home Paint. Slate is a creamy neutral gray with blue undertones.
Preparing the High Chair for a Makeover
The first thing to do was remove the old straps that were attached to the seat since they were no longer functioning and also remove the hardware for the tray. I made sure to take photos of the hardware on the tray so that when it’s time to put it back on I have a little help.
As usual, the entire high chair was sanded and cleaned before getting started. This is my entire process for How to Prep Painted Furniture.
Starting the Painted High Chair Project
The high chair was flipped it over to work on the underside first making sure to get in all the nooks and crannies.
I also painted the tray in shifts so to speak, letting each side dry before flipping it back over to do the opposite side. Who knew, paint containers make great stands too!
Spindles are often a huge nightmare to paint. Often I will use a paint sprayer to paint spindles. But since these are chunky with so much detail they weren’t at all as bad as I had thought they would be. The high chair and the spindles will be hand painted. They have the perfect shape for distressing, which is exactly what I did. I used my favorite flexible sandpaper to distress the entire high chair, which came in handy since there are so many curves and small areas to sand. I also lightly sanded the rest of the piece to give a super smooth finish to the touch.
The tray hardware was reinstalled. It’s a good thing I took those photos before removing them so I knew which way to put them back on properly.
The high chair was then sealed for protection with clear satin protective finish. An extra coat was added to the tray since it will be getting the most traffic.
The Result – Painted Vintage High Chair
This painted high chair brought back memories to my customer of her own baby shower, and now she can continue to cherish and make new memories with her grandson.
Such a darling transformation for a grandmother’s little guy.
My little ones just started summer camp. I admit that I can’t remember the last time it’s ever been so quiet around here. It’s allowing me to be extremely productive but I also miss those loud crazy kids of mine! I hope everyone is having a happy and safe start to the summer. I only mention this because with them being out all day, I was able to borrow my daughter’s teddy bear to take photos. All without worrying about her trying to steal it back mid shot. hehe In addition to my daughter’s teddy bear I found this adorable flag pennant banner here.
Also, since we removed the original straps, a replacement high chair seatbelt/safety harness was ordered. This will be going home with my customer as well to make sure her grandson is safe and belted in when using the high chair.
If you’re curious or interested in learning more about the paint line and it’s safety aspects you can read more here. For the technical stuff, you can see the actual MSDS sheets here (in the technical stuff section).
If you like this gray paint color and would love to see more gray make sure to check out: Gray Painted Furniture Projects
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