Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Revamped Highchair

My boys are out of highchairs already but I got this adorable highchair from my friend, Jennifer, that used it for her kids before she passed it down to me. Then my boys used it so the sentimental value doubles!!!  And it’s just cute and I’m not ready to part, ok?!

  I got my inspiration from one of my favorite paintings by Rodney White.

I started layering on the colors.

I didn’t worry about covering every single inch of the chair with each color because I was going to distress it. 

I printed the No 5 using Crash Numbering Serif font, size 300. Then used carbon paper to trace to the seat.

I used No 5 because that’s our family number and I love decorating with numbers and letters.

Next, I filled the sign with red paint.

Finally, I distressed it using 220 grit sandpaper.  I used a low grit because I wanted to control what layer of paint would show through.  And here it is!  Drum roll, please.
Too bright??  I might need to glaze it but for now, I'm letting it marinate.  (Sometimes marinating just means I'm too lazy to mess any more with it for the moment.)



This what Sun Kissed Boy #3 did while I painted the last coat.


This is what I listened to while I painted the last coat.


I love my new wind chimes!


UPDATE:
I asked Jennifer if there was any history behind the highchair (I was too eager to wait for an answer before I posted, hence the update now).  She said that her mom gave her a Jenny Lind highchair because that's the kind she's always used at her home with her foster babies (250 so far) and Jenny Linds stand the test of time.  This is definitely a keeper for sentimental reasons!!  Thank you, Jennifer!
  
Yanet  IIIII


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Suzanne said...

I love it~and I'd hang on to it, too. Someday, you'll have grandkids. :)

The whole layered paint thing really, REALLY looks great! And the number! It's all just so cute!

gina3 said...

That's looks great. A lot of work but it was worth it. I think it's a fun color.

Jennifer G said...

I think I want it back. It looks great. I have the same picture and can set the chair right under it.

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

No way, Jen!!!! ;)

RACHELLE said...

i love the added sentiment... i love that your boy was painting the cardboard box...i love the patience you had to do all the layers! :)

This turned out soooo great!

thanks for sharing!

shell

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the cottage child said...

Great looking, and what a sweet story. We still use a Jenny Lind hc, w/o the tray, as a bar stool for our youngest (he's five, and has figured out that it used to be a high chair and is not thrilled) because our other stools are armless and invite distracted tumbles to the floor. I'm going to copy you, fair warning!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

Thank you ladies for your nice comments. And thank you for appreciating the work it took to paint all the different colors. I didn't realize how time consuming it would be to paint spindles. But I always underestimate my projects!

ABBY said...

Very good job , everything looks great and creative,
I love it, congratulations

I love to see your Sun Kissed Boy # 3 painting, he looks so cute!!!!!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Great distressing!

JHill said...

Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Whoohoo, now that's colour! Love that painting by the way. You are right.. the layers of colour are amazing!

Thanks for linking up!
Donna

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I love how this high chair turned out. At first...I thought that green was not going to look good...but once you distressed it and all the layers of paint...it turned out fantastic. Love it!

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

I love it, especially the layers of colours. I bought one of my nieces, now 26, a Jenny Lind highchair when she was born. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.