Well, today it's a high chair.
This high chair belonged to my youngest son. Here he is in it at his first birthday sticking his finger in his Winnie The Pooh cake I made for him. (Note: I was smart and took his shirt off. Frosting, you know?)
I love that high chair. It is sturdy and easy to operate. One handed even! I haven't found a single one today that compares to it. Now, my little baby up there in that photo is now 11. However, I frequently have visitors with little kids so I kept the chair and it does get used. This is what the chair looked like originally.
When it was newer I was able to buy replacement chair pads from Graco for $17. Not so anymore. Graco doesn't offer them for this model because they WANT YOU TO SPEND $100+ FOR THE LATEST MODEL. Not gonna happen. The last few years I've had to make my own chair pad. I head to Hobby Lobby and purchase the black and white checker board vinyl fabric. I love the design. It costs about $5 a yard. They do have other choices of vinyl fabric but we are partial to checkered flags. The first year I made one I purchased foam for the cushion. I reuse the same foam over and over.
Normally, this would be it. I would call it complete. A black and white checker board cover on the original white high chair.
Not this time.
This time, I took it a step further and gave the entire chair a makeover by using Rust-Oleum's Paint Plus 2X Ultra Cover spray paint in black semi-gloss. It bonds to plastic. I love the stuff. Before I began I called the company and not just one, but two employees assured me that once the chair cures for 7-10 days, it will be perfectly safe to serve food off of the tray. If you do this to a high chair, call the company of whatever paint you choose to use. It might vary depending on the paint brand/company.
Here's the tray before it was painted...
...and here is the complete chair all finished.
Isn't it cool? It looks better than brand new. I'm so glad I took the extra steps and went with the black spray paint. I used just a little over two cans of paint on this.
My kitchen cabinets I had painted black a few years ago so it really compliments the kitchen now. This re-do makes me want to go house to house making over people's high chairs.Pin It