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Adventures in Spray Paint – Viv’s Refinished High Chair

8 Mar

I had been planning on spray painting Viv’s high chair on Tuesday or Wednesday, but nasty weather combined with a busy school schedule meant that I didn’t have an opportunity to haul out the tarp and freshly-sanded chair until Friday morning. I was chomping at the bit to get started, figuring I’d have a finished chair to show off with plenty of time to spare before going out for dinner in the evening.

Almost finished with sanding

Painting was more difficult than I had anticipated. Despite trying to keep a good distance and spray lightly, I still ended up with paint drips. I managed to remove some of them with my fingers but others remained pretty obvious. With a relatively even but amateurish coat of paint applied, I walked away, allowing the magical spray paint leveling agents to (please please please) do their work and make the paint dry drip-free. The remainder of the afternoon was spent checking on paint drying progress (slow to non-existent) and waiting for my Fabric.com order to serendipitously show up so I could stick to my (totally unrealistic) timetable…

…by Saturday morning, the most glaringly obvious drips seemed to have disappeared, my fabric had arrived, and the chair was ready for its final, touch-up coat of paint. Home stretch! And then the cracking started – and I was not going for a faux country look. According to Google, spray paint is prone to cracking when 1) multiple layers are applied too quickly or 2) the temperature is too cold. And, with Friday’s paint drip debacle and a temperature hovering right around 50, I was an unsuspecting prime candidate for yet another spray paint disaster. I prayed to the DIY gods and went inside to knit and bake corn muffins.

The paint was dry when I went outside to check on Sunday. The cracking was apparent but minimal, and generally on the underside of the chair. I was getting impatient by this point and decided I could live with the cracking – time for upholstery! Searching for information on making the corners look especially awesome yielded few results, so I just folded and re-folded it until I thought it looked acceptable, and stapled away. I’m pleased with the result:



  • High Chair – $40, Craigslist
  • Sandpaper and Mask – $11.00, Lowe’s
  • Spray Paint (three cans) – $14.00, Lowe’s
  • Tarp – $10.oo, Hardware Store
  • Upholstery Tacks – $4.00, Upholstery Supply Company
  • Fabric – $22.00, Fabric.com

Total Cost: $101.00

Obviously, I didn’t save a whole lot of money by choosing to refinish a high chair instead of buying one new. But, I do feel like I ended up with a product of far superior quality to the plastic-and-particleboard high chairs that are so common today, not to mention the fact that I’m pretty sure Viv’s chair is fairly unique in its style. It’s a nice addition to our dining room and I hope that Viv will get a kick out of it someday.


Big Plans For Little Baby: Refinishing a High Chair

27 Jan

Early Tuesday morning I discovered a darling wooden high chair on Craigslist. By Tuesday afternoon it was all mine:

It was difficult to stay focused on school work all Wednesday as I dreamed of what I could do with it. So many possibilities!

I had a few more, er, vivid fabric prints in mind, but Mr. Right gets veto power, and his design taste tends toward the more sensible.¬†With a little bit of laminated Amy Butler fabric (“Passion Lily Fern” from “Soul Blossoms” collection via Fabric.com), a borrowed sander, and a can or two of high gloss spray paint, I’m hoping to turn my retro cool high chair into something fun, funky, and modern.

I have yet to finish stitching the border on Vivian’s quilt. Oh, and there’s another sleep sack on the way. And the Clara dress. At the rate I’m going with planned projects, it’ll be a miracle if I finish everything before she arrives.