Co-pilot started solids shortly after 6 months (sort of) and when I pulled out Little Pilot's old high chair I knew it needed a makeover. This mahogany stained Svan high chair stuck out like a sore thumb in our new light and bright dining room.
The high chair was a yard sale find that I got even before I had any kids. I work with children in my day job and this chair was perfect for allowing little ones to sit at an adult-sized table with excellent support. The Svan high chair is similar to the Stokke in that it is one of those that converts all the way into an adult-sized chair (the foot rest becomes the seat). I had thought about just buying the Stokke in a white colour and selling this one, but I really liked the option of having a tray (the Stokke doesn't have one). So a makeover this little high chair got.
I have been getting a lot of Moomin/Muumi things for Co-pilot for some reason. He has a Moomin sleep sack and even a Moomin mobile. So, quite naturally, I added some Moomins to his high chair. (P.S. can you spot Little Pilot in the photo below?)
The tray got a Moomintroll/Muumipeikko and Little My/Pikku Myy.
The footrest/seat got the Moomin Family: Moomintroll/Muumipeikko, Snorkmaiden/Niiskuneiti, Moominmamma/Muumimamma and Moominpappa/Muumipappa.
To paint my high chair I sanded, primed (zinsser), applied three coats of Benjamin Moore Simply White, 1 coat acrylic sealer, 2 coats poly in gloss and 2 coats poly in satin. I made my Moomin Drawings using a sharpie. I printed off some images of Moomins and used carbon paper to transfer them onto the tray and foot rest pieces. I then went over the carbon transfer with a black sharpie. Super Easy! I think painting the chair white was the most tedious since there were so many little pieces.
On the left I put poly straight over the sharpie heart and on the right I sprayed it first with an acrylic sealer (available at the craft store). I am so thankful that I did the test first or otherwise my Moomin drawings would have ran all over the place! Phew! Disaster averted. :)
Here are a couple of photos of the high chair in action. Co-pilot is nearly 7 1/2 months and is still refusing solids. At best, you can sneak a couple tiny bites into his mouth, but lately the thumb in the mouth has become his food avoidance strategy. Look at those eyes - the only time when he's not happy. It breaks my heart a little that he dislikes it so much. :( At least he loves breast milk! Hopefully we'll start succeeding with the solids soon.
Here's my favourite photo from our front yard high chair shoot. Doesn't everyone take pictures of their high chair with the street in the background? :) Little Pilot loves to play hide and seek in the front yard with all the big trees to hide behind. Here he decided to hide behind the high chair. I think Co-pilot found him. :)
That's Co-pilot's high chair! Have you been painting anything lately or tried to get your baby gear to match your space better?
P.S. this isn't my first high chair makeover - you can read about our Phil & Ted's Me Too here.