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Monday, December 13, 2010

She's a Big Girl Now.

The time has finally come for us that Princess Newbie is done with her baby highchair. She kept climbing out of it (and in it). So it was no longer safe to have around, as it was. We asked our parents to get her a booster chair for Christmas but they all kinda balked at it. You could tell they had toys in mind for her gifts, not a booster seat.

This is the chair before:

This is the chair I picked out when I was pregnant with Princess Girly Girl, six years ago. I knew I wanted a wood chair so it would last through all my kids and hopefully be saved forever. That's the sentimental pregnant woman brain, thinking about things for kids lasting forever. HA! Now I know better. Things for kids do not last. While this chair has lasted for years, the varnish was wearing off and it was getting harder and harder to get food off the wood and the tray was now launching springs across the kitchen whenever you took it off the highchair. I could have never sold this thing, I would have had to put it on the curb, squashing the memories and love.

So I decided to redo it and I did.... while Damion was at work.. without telling him. I think he's growing to love my surprises. I'm growing to love the jigsaw he got me for valentine's day.

I cut off all four legs with the jigsaw to make it short enough to fit under the lip of the table but still high enough to give her a little boost. Then I painted it green but ran out of paint before I finished it. When I got to the store to pick up more paint, they had a color called London Gray on sale for only $2 per can of spray paint. So I changed the color and picked up the gray. I painted it and then Mod Podged scrapbook paper onto it to break up the color some. Don't we all love Mod Podge? I want to build a house out of Mod Podge. Finally I distressed the edges so a little of the green still comes through and gave it a good coat of varnish.

Now this little chair is around to stay for awhile. 

It makes me happy but it makes Princess Newbie even happier. I'll do anything to keep the biter of the family happy.

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Blogger Angie said...

I absolutely love this idea!!! I too have a wooden high chair that I picked up and have wanted to redo somehow. This is perfect! The booster seat I have on my normal chair now is scratching the chair, so I put a dish towel between the booster and the chair, but it is definitely not cute to look at. This will be sooooo much cuter at my kitchen table! Thanks for the inspiration!

December 14, 2010 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

LOL @ keeping the biter happy! Great job, girl!

December 14, 2010 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Jessie's Girls said...

I want that. I'll have to show this to my sister, who inherited that exact highchair from me. Of course, she has a newborn who will take it over from her big brother soon.

December 14, 2010 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Jill@Barnes Yard said...

Cutest idea ever! I have the same highchair that I'm in the process of revamping for our new baby. I'm never getting rid of it!

December 15, 2010 at 12:52 PM  
Anonymous Nicole said...

You're my hero!

December 20, 2010 at 6:24 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

You did a great job! So pretty! Hope you'll come link up to Made with Love Monday :) The party will be open until Friday so feel free to link up multiple projects. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

December 20, 2010 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger DANA said...

I found you on Tater Tots and Jello! I am loving your blog, I saw it before, but now I am hooked! I would like to invite you to my $50 American Express giveaway and a linky party I have, all going on this week! Happy Holidays! Keep up the great blogging!
-Dana Jean

December 21, 2010 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Mod Podge Amy said...

Bobbie, this is so delightful. You are amazing. What a great job!

January 1, 2011 at 4:17 PM  
Blogger she wears flowers said...

This is beautiful!

January 6, 2011 at 2:25 PM  

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