It was actually in really great condition and very pretty to begin with, but I had to make it my own.
How I refinished it: First I tried to use this spray-on paint stripper to kind of loosen up all of the finish on the chair before sanding it down. It did not work at all and I don't recommend it! It just ended up being a huge mess and didn't really take off any of the finish. I have never used the kind that you pour/wipe on, so that may have worked better. But I was trying to have the least mess possible, while also doing a good job and the spray just ended up being a hassle.
Step 1. So after cleaning off all of that, I sanded it down with a hand sander. It took a while and I had to hand sand the legs and crevices.
Step 2. Then I stained it with Varathane Wood Stain in Weathered Gray.
Step 3.Then I sanded that down slightly to give it an antiqued look and let the wood show through in places.
Step 4. Then I sealed the chair with Martha Stewart Crafts Vintage Decor Clear Wax and the top/tray I sealed with Watco Butcher Block Oil and Finish. I did the tray with the butcher block finish because it is food safe. The butcher block finish also made the tray wipable. The clear wax (I have noticed on my kitchen hutch that I refinished a while back) can wipe off pretty easily when it gets wet. Both finishes are very different and you may notice in the pictures that the butcher block oil made the tray shinier than the rest of the chair. This step took the longest because they both needed several coats and you have to let the coats dry for several hours. Then that was it! A brand new wooden high chair for Shortcake!
She is still a little bit too small for it and isn't quite sitting up on her own yet, but I think she likes it!
Hope you enjoyed and as always, let me know if you have any questions about the project.
Have a great weekend! I'm off to LA for the weekend to do some wedding dress shopping with my sister!!! I'm so excited for her! And guess who gets to come with me? Little Shortcake for her first ever plan ride. Wish me luck!