Last week on Canada Day, Dave and I headed out to Granny and Grumpas (a local “antique barn”) in search of a high chair for Lucy. Our house is very tiny, and so we like to be really intentional about the kinds of furniture that we use. Baby furniture has a tendency to be clunky and mismatched, not to mention often cheap feeling (because it’s always plastic).
We came across this lovely high chair tucked away in a corner and smelling strongly of cat urine (yay!) but looking like it needed us. I’ve done my share of reupholstering but using vinyl was new to me. This also meant doing vinyl piping at the seams, which I’m also new to. Dave and I are always ready for the challenge of renewing an old item though so we brought it home for $25.
Here’s the finished product! I originally wanted to do it in a yellow, but couldn’t find the right kind of yellow. I really wanted to stay true to the era though, so this sea foam green did just the trick.
We started by taking the entire chair apart and cleaning it all. We used steel wool to clean up the chrome to make it shiny and new (in the pictures I forgot to wipe some sticky baby fingerprints off of it…oops!)
After it was all stripped of it’s original vinyl, I traced out the new pieces. In total, I used 1.5m of vinyl to cover it, and 2m of vinyl piping for the edges. We stapled the vinyl on, working from the centres to the corners making sure to keep it nice and tight. When we got to the corners we stapled the center of the corner, then smoothed out the folds as much as possible while we stapled. After we stapled on the vinyl for the top of the seat and front of the back (?!) we stapled the vinyl piping on, making sure to keep it even and as close to the edge as possible.
For the back piece (below) we spray glued the vinyl to it. When we folded over the edges, we made sure to notch out all the rounds to keep it smooth. After that, we laid it on to the chair and hammered it on with the finishing tacks. Not bad for our first vinyl reupholster! We were really happy to save this piece, especially since it was made in Canada!
Scroll down for more pictures – no high chair post would be complete without pictures of a cute baby eating cheerios.
Oh, I should mention that we are planning on adding a seat belt. This little girl likes to stand, and already has tried numerous times to stand in her chair. :S