September 30, 2011

A Swing, a Miss, & a Homerun

Like every other parent since the dawn of time, when we had our daughter seven months ago, we made several naive declarations - I will never hold my daughter's back side up to my nose to check for a dirty diaper, I will never ride in the backseat with my child - and almost immediately ate our words. Almost everything we said we would NEVER do has been done...on many an occasion. I say almost, because we are still holding on to a modicum of self-respect. 1. We will NEVER drive a mini van. 2. We will NOT fill our house with cheap plastic kid stuff.

Number 1 has been easy to hold strong on. There are lots and lots of cars out there, and most of them will transport a child, no problem. However, the no cheap plastic kid stuff has proven to be slightly more difficult. Plastic and kids seem to have become synonymous these days. So when it came time to find a high chair we had to get a little creative. I quickly became obsessed with the idea of a turquoise high chair and I began a lengthy search for a vintage wood high chair that I could paint. A trip to my favorite consignment shops, boutiques, and second hand stores still left me empty handed. I almost gave up, thinking that wood high chairs must no longer exist.

Then I happened upon this picture on pinterest via Drew B. Photography. Oh. My. Lands. It was exactly what I wanted. My quest for that elusive turquoise high chair  continued.

Finally, in desperation I turned to the KSL classifieds ( a local, better, version of Craig's list) and found a sturdy, vintage wood high chair for 25 smackers. The couple we bought it from used it for their only son twenty five years ago, put it in storage and hadn't thought about it since, and it is in perfect condition! (Their son must not have been as adventurous an eater as our little H!)

Here it is before, in the kitchen (which is still in progress so ignore the crazy splotchy walls and the cereal on the floor - I can't be expected to clean when under construction). The finish on the chair was still in pristine condition so I sanded it to rough it up so the primer would have something to stick to.

After one coat of Rustoleum grey spray primer. 

A hit and a miss. (I don't know why I am busting out the baseball analogies today. I am not really a sports fan. Just a word nerd.) This is after one coat of Valspar's Exotic Sea spray paint. The second the first drops of paint hit the high chair, I knew I had made a huge mistake. The color was all wrong. Too bright. Too blue. A cool color, but not at all what I wanted.

After two coats of Krylon's Blue Ocean Breeze. Yes. Yes. Yes. This is the one. The home-run (sorry, I had to follow through on the sports lingo)!

A humble little note from the Editor (yep, that's me) about spray paint (and no, I am not being paid for this or any other of my many opinions, which is sad really, as I have a lot of them): 

While the color of Valspar's Exotic Sea wasn't right for this project, their spray paint, in my opinion, is far superior to Krylon. It went on like a dream and coated really well. The Krylon on the other hand is thin and runny and has a tendency to run if you are not really careful.  

A word to those buying spray paint at Michael's Craft: They are now locking up their multitude of spray paint, you know, in case any crafty hoodlums try to spray the display case. I am guessing that their paint doesn't turn over very often, because the two cans of Krylon I bought there (and then promptly returned) were extremely old and defective. I figure that most people won't go to the trouble of having the case unlocked (lazy crafters) and instead head to Smith's Marketplace (like I did) where your access to the trouble causing spray paint is not regulated (they also have a really wide selection.)

I also learned that not every store sells the same colors of the same brand. So while the Home Depot on 21st may carry the color Satin Jade, the Home Depot on 72nd may not. So you may want to call and ask about a specific color first before you drive all over town in search of Blue Ocean Breeze (or the perfect color of your choosing). 

Go forth and spray paint (legally of course). 


Kara @ June & Bear said...

I love the high chair. Great inspiration pic and great recreation.

Pine Tree Home said...

I really want a high chair just so I can paint it a fun color.

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

This is completely adorable, and I can't believe you found it for $25!! I wish I had been smarter when my kids were little (or that KSL classifieds had been around) so i would NOT have had to had the ugly plastic high chair that graced our kitchen for so many years...

I'm Busy Procrastinating said...

This is sooo much better than an ugly modern plastic high chair! I swoon over turquoise anyway, so you had me at hello! A while back I saw a baby gate that had been spray painted a glossy red. I love how people are getting creative about making baby stuff look glam!

I'm Busy Procrastinating said...

Almost forgot to say (too quick on the "publish" button) that I featured you this week on my blog!

Galexi Cupcakes said...

As a person who not only bakes but also does a lot of furniture refinishes, I agree with your Valspar statement. I've tried Rustoleum and Krylon and was not impressed. Yet, Valspar is a great spray paint and 99% drip free. I love it. Now if I could only combine my love of baking with spraypainting? Thanks, Jackie
btw, great color choice for the high chair!

michele said...


Love it.

Found you via MMS and hope you’ll swing by! I have a great giveaway today:

best to you.


Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

oh my goodness why didn't I think to find a vintage chair?! my mouth is still open...great job!

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

I forgot to say that I like your list...just be sure to tell the grandparents about the cheap plastic toys...they love the stuff! And we will never drive an suv either, but it is only the three of us so an suv works just fine.

The Johnsons- Deep in the Heart of...Arkansas?!! said...

amazing. I AM going to do this when we have kids one day! I am so happy to know that the spray paint will hold up on such a challenge. I have painted a secretary's desk and a china cabinet using Krylon Jade! New follower here!!!

Tamara and Jason said...

Is the spray paint food safe for little ones to eat from?


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