Vintage Painted High Chair!

I have always loved old wooden high chairs. I especially love them when painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

When I was preparing and nesting before my daughter was born, I knew without a doubt that I did NOT want a plastic high chair. A plastic high chair was going to be an eyesore in my home. I needed something that would blend into my other furniture and my 1915 home. So, my Mom and Dad found us a new wooden high chair that looked like a vintage high chair. My daughter used it every day and I loved it. When it was time to part with it, I gave it new life for my photographer friend, Christie Adams. You can see the before and after blog of this high chair here and how Christie uses it now as a photography prop here.

When my friend Allison said she was interested in finding a wooden high chair for her soon to be born third child to use, I was more than happy to help! We both searched Craigslist, consignment shops, garage and estate sales. I finally found one on a Facebook sale page. It was similar to the one I had owned. It was a newer wooden high chair with a vintage feel. It had the safety straps and the removable tray. It was going to be perfect… once painted!

After I picked it up, I was so excited to start painting this for my friend that I forgot to take a before photo.

Allison and her husband did not find out the sex of the baby, but she requested a navy blue paint to work with the blues in her home’s open plan kitchen / family room. I created a custom blue by mixing Annie Sloan’s Napoleonic Blue with Barcelona Orange and Graphite. I can’t tell you the proportions, I just poured and stirred and poured and stirred until I liked the color.

I painted and distressed as usual, but this time I finished with Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil. This oil penetrates the paint and wood and protects from the inside out. It is also food-safe.

I am so happy with how this high chair turned out!


I especially love the acorns and leaves on the seat back! Perfect for this November baby who turned out to be a boy! Welcome to the world, Max!


Although it will be many months until Max will be sitting in his highchair, I am looking forward to the messes and joys of new foods he will have in his newly redesigned high chair! Congratulations on your new family of five, my dear friend! I loved snuggling with Max this morning!

… Kristin

If you are interested in another high chair I painted, you can find it here. This one was painted for Abigail Thomas Photography and was used by her client in a first birthday photo shoot. It is available for rent for your little ones birthday party by contacting me at

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