So long, Saved By The Bell high chair!

>> Sunday, August 9, 2009

So, right about the time that my bitty boy was old enough to need a high chair, one of my old neighbors called me up and asked if I wanted their old one, since they had gotten a booster-style seat instead.

Heck yes! I LOVE FREE STUFF! Thanks neighbor! We were so grateful to get this high chair for free, and I really do like it; it works great!

But, let's just say it didn't exactly go with the decor. And never would, unless I decided to move to the set of Saved By The Bell.

See what I mean? Like I said, wonderful chair, so grateful to have it, it just needed a little bit of love! I couldn't resist using a before picture with my adorable little pea-covered boy in it! Feel free to tell me that he's the cutest baby you've ever seen. I'll readily agree with you!

So shortly after I got the high chair, I found a little remnant of neutral vinyl (like the kind you make a table cloth out of...) at JoAnn for a couple of dollars. I can't remember how much it cost exactly, except that it was cheap. It's been several months since I bought it, but this weekend I finally got around to recovering my Saved By The Bell high chair!

I was so excited to get it done (before Bitty needed to eat lunch in his chair :) that I forgot to take pictures until I was more than halfway done. But here's what I did:

1. Cut the old vinyl off of the seat, and trace around the foam onto the backside of the new fabric. (You can see the green pen marks where I traced mine in one of the pictures.) Cut out around the traced shape, leaving some space for a seam allowance.

2. Sew together your front and back pieces, leaving the bottom open, so you can stuff the cushion into it.

At this point I wasn't sure what I should do...Should I hand stitch it closed? Somehow finagle sewing it shut with my sewing machine? Then Bitty woke up from his nap, and wanted lunch, so I needed to finish it quickly (and yes, I was also just lazy :), so...

3. Hot glue the opening shut.

I did it sort of present-style, folding in the part from the front, so that it would be nice and smooth in all the right places on the front, and then folded over the back pieces so it would look finished, and glued that down as well.

This is essentially what it looked like when it was finished. This picture was actually taken before I glued it, so it actually looked better than this, because I made sure the fabric was pulled nice and tight and smooth.

4. Screw the cushion back onto the high chair, and feed your baby lunch!

TaDa! Don't you think it's quite an improvement?! It did end up that my remnant was only enough to cover this top cushion, so I'm actually going to have to go back to the store and find some vinyl to cover the seat cushion with. Oh well! I think it's great so far!

P.S. Do you just LOVE my vertical blinds?! Hahaha...I didn't think so. I'm planning a cornice board and curtains to cover that up, so be sure to watch for that post. It'll probably be a couple of weeks or so before that happens, but I should have a few other fun projects to post in the meantime, so keep checking back!

Check Metamorphosis Monday (button above) at Between Naps on the Porch, Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Reinvented and DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land!


Pam @ This Humble House August 10, 2009 at 6:46 AM  

Now, aren't you smart! What a great idea to re-cover a high chair seat! Good job!

Caroline August 10, 2009 at 8:26 AM  

Looks great! Are you going to make the seat match your new curtains? :)

Michelle August 10, 2009 at 9:25 AM  

I love my glue gun and don't know what I did without it! Good job!

Alyssa August 10, 2009 at 4:56 PM  

It looks so great! I love that you used a hot glue gun. I love my hot glue gun, it is so useful for so many things! And William already looks older to me... he is so dang cute!

Kimm at Reinvented August 11, 2009 at 6:19 PM  

What an awesome idea, I wish I would have thought of this when I was using an ugly highchair!
Thanks for linking up to REINVENTED, please remember to link back to my blog in your post, thanks!

Britt August 12, 2009 at 3:56 PM  

Looks great! So much better than the Saved by the Bell look - and I totally know what you mean by that:)

Your cool friend Cheryl August 12, 2009 at 10:02 PM  

You did a great job...thanks for sharing! I bet you could do this with a vinyl table cloth, too.

ps. Saved By the Bell will never go out of style. Screech and Zack Morris are the coolest!

Jill August 13, 2009 at 10:37 AM  

Ok, that is just pretty much GENIUS!

Heidi August 13, 2009 at 6:39 PM  

what a great idea! nicely done.

Maman Tattoo August 14, 2009 at 2:23 PM  

We had a free high chair from my hairdresser actually. I love free stuff too!
I didn't need to change the back though, it is blue with white polka dot :)

(I have tones of pea-covered baby photos, too)

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