Vintage High Chair Upcycle: Friday's Find #213


Thank God it's thrifty Friday, Friends! I cannot believe it's Labor Day weekend! How do you spend the holiday? This week I have just a few finds to share--one big and one small. Today's post will be a little different as I share an upcycle, how I used my two finds together and a sneak peek at a future project!


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At a recent yard sale, I noticed this vintage high chair off to the side and though it was missing its tray, it immediately caught my eye. I assumed it must have already sold since it wasn't grouped with the rest of the sale and I found myself thinking it was too bad, because I have a fondness for upcycling vintage chairs. Two of my favorites were rescued thrift store chairs and I recreated another as a wall shelf. I was already seeing potential underneath the layers of eighties country blue paint so I was thrilled when I learned it was available for $5. As I continued to browse, the seller and her sister reminisced about all of the children and grandchildren that had used it over the years. I assured them it was going to a good home and would be well loved ;) 


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Chalk painting doesn't usually doesn't require much preparation but I do prime pieces like this that have spindles and other hard to reach parts. I cleaned it thoroughly, removing loose paint and then gave it a coat of inexpensive white spray paint. 


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Here it is after two coats of Deco Art Americana Decor Chalky Finish, Lace.


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Last, I lightly distressed it and then I was ready for the fun part--styling it! Here's that small find I mentioned earlier, a little black crow I picked up from the same sale.


vintage high chair upcycle


I had this vintage basket in my garden and by adding S hooks to each side, it hangs perfectly inside the bottom of the chair. I'll add more pumpkins or gourds as they become available. 


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Here's a view of the full chair. The upcycle creates a whimsical farmhouse display. This spot is near my front entrance and it will be fun to add plants and change the vignette for the seasons.


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I gathered the wildflowers during my morning walk and here's a sneak peek at an upcoming project. I had so much fun creating my vintage hankie hoops that I've been keeping an eye out for more embroidery hoops ever since. Stay tuned--you might be surprised by my latest craft supply! 


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Until next time, happy hunting! 

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12 comments:

  1. How clever! Love the history and stories about the chair too.

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  2. So cute! Great job with styling it for Fall. Isn't it amazing how we all survived using these kinds of things for babies hahaha!

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  3. Great idea Cecilia... looks so pretty. Love those wildflowers too. Butterflies love them too.
    Hugs,
    Audrey Z.

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  4. I used my granddaughter's high chair without the tray at the table till she couldn't fit in it anymore (she EXPECTED to sit in it) so I had to smile when I saw yours; it was SOOO much better than a booster seat. The basket underneath is SO clever. I have a fondness for "my" crows; they call each other when we deliver new potential compost (veggie scraps, etc.) to the heap!

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  5. What a steal to find that! I love that old chair! Love how you styled it, and you know what? I have a couple of those very wire baskets! I was thinking of putting them in my Etsy shop, but I think I'll use them awhile first! You inspired me Cecilia!

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  6. Adorable! Love the color on the chair and the way you styled it is just perfect for the season.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your finds at Snickerdoodle.

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  7. That's lovely Cecilia and I bet if the seller and her sister saw the chair now they'd be over the moon about how you've painted it and used it to make such a beautiful decor piece.

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  8. Aww...this is so cute! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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