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« on: January 28, 2009 04:07:48 PM »

alright so I found this old, beaten-up metal hi-chair in my favorite hole-in-the-wall thrift store at the beginning of the summer. I had always wanted to take on more ambitious projects and this was my first stab at furniture. Since I picked this up, I've rehabbed 2 vintage kitchen tables and I'm hooked. And I think my right arm is twice as big as my left from all that sanding and polishing.

the BEFORE pics:


(not pictured: me taking it apart and exclaiming "Ugh! WHY is this STICKY!??! EWW!")

painting in progress:


and the AFTER pics:





I sealed all the painted metal to bajeezus & it's alot lighter than it looks.
let me know what you think!
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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2009 04:20:13 PM »

This is too awesome!!!  Grin I love it!
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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2009 04:44:00 PM »

Really nice!
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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2009 05:07:14 PM »

It's beautiful! I LOVE the painting on the back! Brilliant!
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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2009 05:21:58 PM »

This is a really good job.  What kind of "fabric" did you use for the seat and back?  I hope it's something washable.  It would be a shame to mess up a work of art.

Also, I can't really tell from the pics, but is the back where you painted the kitty metal?
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« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2009 06:02:43 PM »

This is really awesome. I like the colors and the picture on the back.   Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2009 07:04:14 PM »

I love it... !!
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« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2009 07:10:26 PM »

Aw MAN!  The things I'd have used as a little tyke are being called vintage!  Great job though.  We never had  a high chair so cool.
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« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2009 07:15:16 PM »

HOLY CRAP ON A STICK!!! I freakin LOVE it! lol If you find another one like it will you decorate it for my little boy, he's due in April. lol Just kiddin, but seriously I think this is the coolest high chair EVER, waaaaaay better than anything plastic or wooden I've seen in the stores.
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« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2009 07:37:38 PM »

Wow that is *cool*! Love the painting. The whole thing is amazing. Way to see the potential in something!

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« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2009 12:33:53 AM »

You've done a fantastic job on this chair.  It looks brand new!
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« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2009 10:22:08 AM »

That paint job is awesome!
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« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2009 01:11:49 PM »

thanks so much to everyone!! I really appreciate the feedback.

This is a really good job.  What kind of "fabric" did you use for the seat and back?  I hope it's something washable.  It would be a shame to mess up a work of art.

Also, I can't really tell from the pics, but is the back where you painted the kitty metal?

I used vinyl to cover the seat and back, so yes they're totally washable plastic

and yep! the kitty is painted on the back
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« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2009 06:02:09 PM »

Those are the most solid, best quality highchairs ever built. I know, my youngest sister is now using the one my mother bought used when my older brother (now 24) was small. It has lived through several recoverings, although it doesn't look nearly as good as yours! The painting on the back is so great!
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« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2009 12:36:08 AM »

AWWW! NEKO!!!!

That is totally awesome! Cheesy Who needs a boring brown highchair anyways Tongue
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« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2009 09:23:26 PM »

Those are the most solid, best quality highchairs ever built. I know, my youngest sister is now using the one my mother bought used when my older brother (now 24) was small. It has lived through several recoverings, although it doesn't look nearly as good as yours! The painting on the back is so great!

thank you! I thought about that when I made it. Several of my crafty friends are like "oh, someone would busy that for a show piece"-- to which I reply "then why did I spend so much time sealing it for everyday use?!!???!" I put tons of work into the use-it-every-day thing and I would like someone to actually use it. It's totally sturdy and durable

AWWW! NEKO!!!!

That is totally awesome! Cheesy Who needs a boring brown highchair anyways Tongue

Thanks! haha, I know right? I took alot of the sharp, gross, sticky vinyl tears off of it too. Did I mention that like every inch of this thing was sticky when I bought it? I've impressed myself with how well I can deal with so many mysterious, old, sticky substances

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« Reply #16 on: February 19, 2009 05:34:16 PM »

it looks beautiful.  did you use a special paint on the metal parts??
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« Reply #17 on: February 19, 2009 06:55:17 PM »

It looks like a lot of work but boy was it worth it!  You could so sell those.  I don't have any small children and I'd like to have it sitting around just as Art.
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« Reply #18 on: February 19, 2009 07:06:40 PM »

that's pretty dang awesome. I like it. Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2009 03:20:16 PM »

thank you all very much!!

it looks beautiful.  did you use a special paint on the metal parts??

I used metal primer under the black and about 3 coats of sealant over the black. Lots of painting...
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« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2009 07:26:54 PM »

That is friggin' AWESOME!  Shocked

I don't plan on having kids for a very long time... but if and when I do, I only hope that I can make them something as awesome as this!
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