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 a picture of it inside. :)
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.