Before Mackenzie hit the six month mark, I really wanted to have a high chair ready to go for her. We started feeding her avocado at five and half months and just propped her up on our homemade nursing pillow, but I wanted her to be able to sit in her own chair at the table with us. We have a bébéPOD, but Mackenzie always spits up in it and seems uncomfortable. So, I started hunting around for a high chair that would suit our needs.
There are lots of great high chairs on the market, from eco-friendly versions made from bamboo or sustainable hardwoods, to basic, plastic high chairs. I wanted a solid one that would last, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. So, I decided to look for one on Craigslist that I could refinish. I lucked out and found one for just $15. That’s a solid $100 cheaper than if I had bought a wooden one new.
Chris and I have refinished old furniture before, but I really wanted to get this right, so I followed this tutorial from The Frugal Girl (mostly, anyway). I sanded it down, primed it, and painted it white.
I reattached the old hardware, but I will probably need to replace it. I also made new safety straps from vinyl webbing and parachute buckles since the old ones were worn out.
Then, I sewed cushions for the seats. I didn’t have a pattern for this, but it was super easy. I just cut foam that we already had to fit the seat and seat back, used the foam to trace a pattern onto the fabric, and followed the same technique one uses to sew pillow shams. I love how they turned out, and they cushion Mackenzie’s bottom perfectly. 🙂