Friday, December 10, 2010

Toddler Chair~ How to refinish!

I love, absolutely Love vintage chairs, tables, and any great vintage item. When I ran across this darling toddler chair at an antique store, I had to buy it! I wasn't sure what I would use it for at the time, becuase my children were much too big for it...I thought...humm, maybe a doll or a plant? I wasn't sure....on with the story....

When I bought it, it had several layers of paint, tan, yellow and red to be exact. So, I stripped the paint and all evidence of stain to get to this bare wooden chair.

(click on the picture for a larger view.)

Above is the chair in the middle of primer. I had to take the chair apart, because it was rickity and falling apart! I had to reglue all of the pieces back together to make it strong again. 

The rest of the Story:  I have had this chair in "pieces" for probably over 7 years! It was a long time! I, now, had a good reason to fix it up....our 2-1/2 year old grandson, was getting too big for the high chair, so I pulled out this chair and began fixing it up!

I glued all the pieces back together and then brushed primer over the raw wood. After it dried, I sprayed the chair with one of Krylon's new spray paint colors, a beautiful new green color, called Ivy Leaf! I fell in love with it right away.

I couldn't stop there, so I made a little matching, quilted, cushion, made from one of Moda's beautiful prints, to fit onto the chair! The circle shape fit best since the chair had an unusual shape to it. I also put ties on the front and back so that it would fit secure and not move around while little bodies sat in it! You know how toddlers like to wiggle! :O)

So, here is the final chair! It is a fun little "high" toddler chair that sits perfectly at the dining table for little boys or girls! Ryan can even climb up into it by himself!

It is very easy to do, so if you have a chair, table, shelf, etc. to refinish, don't forget how easy a can of spray paint can make it!!! I'm going to spray paint a wooden shelf, next! It is a walnut color with brass brackets and hooks, It will soon be BLACK!

Have a creative day!


  1. This is fabulous, Denise! And your circle cushion looks great, of course. I cannot believe how much Ryan has grown. Oh, this is going to be a big Christmas for him to experience. Merry Christmas to you and yours! hugs, from Texas, xo

  2. It will be a BIG Christmas! He was over the other day and I was showing my daughter all of the unfinished Wood projects I have and he saw the Christmas Train that I hadn't finished yet. It has 5 "cars" and little toys that will be glued to the "cars." He had so much fun with it! Better finish it THIS year! huh?


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