Monday, May 24, 2010

High Chair Reveal

After more than a month of working on this high chair, complaining the whole way...it's finally done. And I love it:

My little girl does, too. She was being such a ham for our photo shoot.

Here's what I did:

Step One: Dismantled the chair- removed the tray, tray arms and seat belts.

Step Two: Tried to remove the previous polyurethane coat by hand sanding.

Step Three: Used stripper to remove the polyurethane. I didn't use the stripper at first because I personally don't like having to clean up all of the gunk it leaves behind. But it worked.

Step Four: Still had to sand parts down until the wood was back to its original form.

Step Five: Cleaned the sand off and applied three coats of walnut stain. In between each coat, I waited the appropriate amount of dry time according to the back of my can of stain. (At this point in the process I also stained the top of the high chair's tray)

Step Six: Waited 24 hours and then applied first coat of polyurethane.

Step Seven: After first coat dried, I lightly sanded each piece and then applied another coat of polyurethane.

Step Eight: Created a flower pattern out of clear contact paper, attached it to the high chair tray and then spray painted three coats of spray paint.


Step Nine: Removed contact paper when paint was still slight wet.

Step Ten: Roughed up the edges of the tray to give it a "weathered" feel.

Step Eleven: Put everything back together!

Voila!

7 comments:

  1. Looks WONDERFUL! Totally worth the bogs of effort. Nice work!

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  2. It is beautiful...definitely worth it. Can we see a close up of the flower?

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  3. What a masterpiece. Seriously, it is so cute. Definitely worth all that hard work!

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  4. This looks fantastic!! Great work!

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  5. Great high chair...very pretty! But even prettier baby, omg! Too cute!!!

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  6. LOOOOOOVE IT! Baby E. is so freaking cute.

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  7. Posted a close up of the flower today!

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