A Seated Facelift

Before I took photos for my dining room “afters”, I knew my chairs needed a little facelift. It’s a bit hard to tell in this photo, but my consignment chairs that I scored for $12.50 a piece had blonde wood seats. That’s not so bad, but when I have a dark walnut finish on my table and bench, it really bothered me. Not to mention the fact that I never cleaned them and they had gotten really grody. Like, super gross with dirt. I’m a horrible housewife.

Before

Here’s the sad chair before. It’s not really all that sad, it’s just in the wrong color combo. I toyed around with repainting the white bits and sanding and re-staining the seat, but that sounded like way too much work. So I put my hubby to the test and assigned him to paint my chairs for me (since I’m all pregnant and can use the whole “harmful fumes” bit to get out of work!) He applied one coat of primer, two coats of gloss white, and two coats of clear gloss finish.

Ahhh, much better! Everything matches! I didn’t really notice before that the original chair paint was cream, not white. After we painted them all white, they actually matched our table and bench legs.

Here’s another angle, featuring our amazing score of a high chair. If you recall, this bad boy started out like this:

A couple of screws and some wood glue had that handle and seat piece back on tight. Then with a little sanding and spraypaint, we had this beauty:

So much better! And pretty awesome for 20 bucks. And don’t freak out, I’m not just throwing my baby in there willy-nilly. I’ve registered for a travel seat that buckles into restaurant chairs and such, so she will have a stable place to rest her bum. I think I’ll also cut some oilcloth or plastic to fit inside the tray to add a little fun and color, as well as protection. But that’s a project for another day. For now I’ll bask in the beauty that is a matching dining set!

5 thoughts on “A Seated Facelift

  1. It looks so great, Brooke! I love the matching, mis-matched look. And I think my brother and I had a highchair very similar to that one!

  2. just to let you know, oilcloth is not safe to be around food. you can use the new laminated cottons (fabric.com) but stay away from oilcloth.

    1. Thank you so much for letting me know! I’ll have to try out a laminated cotton. I’d hate to do anything that isn’t baby-safe. Really appreciate the heads up!

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