Sorry I can't show you a photo of the whole chair. Blogger is having vertical photo issues. It had lots of damage.
But this is what it looks like now!
It was a labor of love! I thought it would just be a quick paint job. I was so wrong. This thing has layers and layers of paint, mod podge, and glaze.
The decals on the back were given to me by a good friend. She bought them on e-bay. They were so easy to use. You just put them in warm water for a few seconds and when they peel off the protective paper you press them on. If you love vintage you will definitely want to go check out her site here ! Even if you don't she's an amazing collage artist with lots of great ideas. She just recently finished a play kitchen that is Sooo cute!
I repaired the tray using decoupage. I tried wood fill and it wouldn't smooth out so I ended up putting down mod podge, a sheet of scrap book paper, more mod podge, and then painted several layers to cover up the paper. It worked better than I thought. It's perfectly smooth and you can't tell there was ever paper added.
The last thing I did was make the cushion. My favorite part! It took 10 minutes and I really love how it turned out! I wanted the fabric to match the vintage look of the highchair so I tea stained it first. You might want to search for a tutorial if you want to try this. I'm sure there is a much more professional way than mine but I just put 4 tea bags in the microwave for 4 minutes with 4 cups of water. When it was done I added the fabric and went and took a shower. Maybe 20 minutes. I took it out when I was done and threw it in the dryer. You can see that some of it is stained darker than others. I actually like that for this particular project.
I made the pattern by tracing the seat. For the cushion I cut 6 pattern pieces of quilt batting and basted them together.
I used chenille for the back.
It fit snugly in the seat so I decided not to worry about adding ties. What do you think? Was it worth rescuing?