Sunday, November 21, 2010

Happy Ever After

Hello, Dear Ones! I'm so excited to show you a little redo I've just completed! I'm always excited, aren't I?

Well, I wanted a highchair for our little granddaughter, Carter, to sit in when she comes to visit. Now that's not very often because they live so far away. But I do like to be prepared! :)

I could have bought her a new highchair and it would have worked just fine. But No, No Nannette!! I wanted an olden one like I had as a little baby ~ all wooden and very sturdy. On with the search - antique shops, junk shops, Goodwill and even Craigslist. Not one single olden wooden highchair. And then...

as I was browsing one of my favorite thrift shops, there to my wandering eyes should appear - standing in the corner an olden wooden highchair!! :) Hallelujah! Joyness!!

Brought her home and began to fill in the cracks with filler. Guess what? I only paid $22.50 for this lovely! The thrill of it all! Woo Hooness!!

Olden, but sturdy. She just needed some TLC and I was the one to give it!! ;)

Placed her in the garage and took off the little food tray and the foot rest, got out my electric mousey and went to town sanding away.

Then primed her all up. Now I used Kilz primer but someone said there was a Zinnsser primer you could use on wooden pieces and you didn't have to sand first. Have any of you used it and did it work okay? That would be so nice to skip sanding.

Brought her back in the house and painted her up with the same green paint I used on my little half island in the kitchen. She looked sweet but she needed something else.

I decided to maker her cutzy pootzy just for my little Carter. Painted on some Mary Englebreit fried egg flowers, well, I tried to but they look more like lollipops! :) I just used my little craft paints.

Then I painted on a little bunny, trying to make her look sweet. I almost used stencils, because I'm a little bit lazy, but now I'm glad I used my own dainty fingers to freehand my little artwork - the good, bad and ugly of it all! :)

I can't leave well enough alone so I painted one tiny little bunny's backside on the little tray. I was so proud that I was finished and grabbed my brush and polyed til late one evening. I must have been really tired not to notice but the next morning I came down to admire all my work and there was one of Chloe Dawn's silky little hairs all polyed down on the tray!! Yikes! I could have resanded, I guess and gotten it off, but heck, it's stayin'! :) I've just made some hairy little memories. No hair in Carter's food, but hair on the tray! :) I am thinking she'll probably scratch that little bunny to death trying to get him off! :)

Now my olden sturdy wooden highchair is all put back together and sitting in the breakfast room waiting for Carter.

Do you love her? Oh, I do, Dear Ones! She's olden and she's revived and she's green!

Here's where the little tray is attached...

and to place Carter in the chair and take her out - you just flip the tray to the back.

Little footrest all in place.

See? You can adjust it.

What do you think? Did I do good?

Well, I couldn't just leave this post and not poke something in the highchair now could I? So I grabbed Roscoe, my olden childhood bear, and poked him in the seat. He loved it and wanted something to eat. He cannot smell food anymore since his nose is gone but he can sure look at it and eat it! :) The darling little silver fork and spoon were given to Carter when she was born by my sweet friends, Sheila at Quintessential Magpie and Jeanne at Backyard Neighbor. Well, I decided to keep them here at grandma's house just for these special occasions. Does this qualify for a tabletop, Marty? :)

What have I started? Friends are gathering. :)

Hope you liked my little redo today and I'm awaiting a very special guest for Thanksgiving! :)

I'm joining Our Dear Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday,
Our Dear Sally for at Smiling Sally for Blue Monday,
Our Dear Cielo at The House in the Roses for Show Off Your Cottage Monday,
Our Dear Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday,
Our Dear Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday,
Our Dear Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Before and After Party on Wednesday,
Gina at The Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformations Thursday.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Ever Ever After

Storybook endings, fairy tales coming true
Deep down inside we want to believe they still do
In our secretest heart, it's our favorite part of the story
Let's just admit we all want to make it too

Ever ever after
If we just don't get it our own way
Ever ever after
It may only be a wish away

Start a new fashion, wear your heart on your sleeve
Sometimes you reach what's real just by making believe
Unafraid, unashamed
There is joy to be claimed in this world
You even might wind up being glad to be you

Ever ever after
Though the world will tell you it's not smart

Ever ever after
The world can be yours if you let your heart
Believe in ever after

No wonder your heart feels it's flying
Your head feels it's spinning
Each happy ending's a brand new beginning
Let yourself be enchanted, you just might break through

To ever ever after
Forever could even start today
Ever ever after
Maybe it's just one wish away
Your ever ever after

(I've been dreaming of a true love's kiss)

Oh, for ever ever after
~ sung by Carrie Underwood


  1. Oh Shelia, it is soooooo cute. I know she will look so adorable sitting in it. Kathy

  2. This is great...I will remember it when I get my first grand! Great Job!

  3. It is wonderful and Carter will love it! La

  4. The high chair is darling -you are so talented and wouldn't it be wonderful if someday she used the high chair for her children ?

  5. Shelia,
    How adorable! My Dad, me, and all boys had a high chair like this. They are fantastic. You did a great job painting that, very cute!

  6. Carter is one special lady!! She will absolutely love the sweet chair. Later when she realizes that it was lovingly refinished by her Grandma she will love it all the more. Enjoy this special Thanksgiving. Hugs, Ginger

  7. Sheila, that is the cutest little olden high chair ever. Look at how cute that is with your artwork added!! I did not know you were artistic. I love the green and the bunny and flowers, oh my! Awe that hair want come off. I don't think I could have started over either. It's all in the family, I say.

  8. It's precious, Shelia! Cute dog hair just means more love.

  9. Looks great Sheila, the only thing cuter will be Carter in it and a cookie on the tray:@)

  10. Too cute for words!
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    (¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Lori Lynn ♥

  11. Carter will be precious in her sturdy bunny high chair Shelia. You did such a beautiful job with the paint and I think it is fine that Chloe Dawn "contributed!" Can't wait to see your little granddaughter in her special chair. Happy Thanksgiving.

  12. PERFECT!!!!! She'll love it! Sally

  13. Oh, you did a fantastic job. You can paint so well...and I'm talking about the little bunnies! How sweet they it's little backside!

    I love all the features that little olden chair has, especially the tray that flips back. Little Carter is going to love it!! Great job!


  14. Oh it is darling....sooo cute! You did such a great job!

  15. What a steal and great job fixing it up. Super sweet!

  16. Shelia, it is full of vintage goodness. Much much better than plastic. Love the bunny tush btw. ♥O

  17. Oh how sweet this little chair is. Love it!

  18. Shelia, You did SUPER!!!!!
    Darling chair to share with your sweet grandbaby.
    She'll love it!

    Have a sweet Thanksgivings,
    d from homehaven

  19. This is just too cute, Shelia. I love the bunny you added. We have a Victorian wooden high chair too. I bought it before the first grandkid visited 3 years ago. It mostly just sits in the corner but it sure is handy when they come....Christine

  20. Oh Sheila Sweetie...
    Now this chair is so stinkin cute. What a beautiful job you did. I love the green color, and the flowers and the rabbit are just precious. I can see her sitting there just looking around. Love the little backside bunny on the corner as well. You did a heck of a great job. I love, love, love it, and can't wait to see Sweet Carter sitting in it, in a picture. Just precious. (I feel a future post coming on.)

    Love your teddy. He looks a lot like my husbands teddy that he has. He has had his since 1946. As a child he rubbed all of his fur right off of him.

    How kind of Sheila and Jeanne to give the little silver set to Carter as well. It looks darling in the little bowl. Everything is all set for Carter.

    Thank you for sharing sweetie. What a beautiful post you have shared today. I love it. Many hugs and so much love, Sherry

  21. How adorable! I love the bunny! I have an old highchair w/o the tray that I have started sanding but will ahve to wait til the spring to finish it Thanks for reminding me how cute a highchair can be!

  22. Oh, Shelia! It looks precious, and you did a wonderful job with your painting. And those bunnies! Oh, they are CUTE! And I love the hair. LOL! That was Chole Dawn's artistic contribution to the project for her little niece. ;-)

    I am so pleased that you love the gifts for Carter and that they will be used in your home for her dining pleasure and yours in watching that precious girl enjoy her goodies! :-)

    This is an heirloom, and the bear is the perfect compliment to the whole deal. I love him, noseless and all! That makes him even more special.

    I love you, too, and I appreciate your sweet comments over on Eddie's blog as well as your friendship. I just hope you know how much you are loved. You are a sister of the heart, my dear friend...


    Sheila :-)

  23. How cute!!!! I cant wait to see pictures with Miss Sweet Carter in it! You did a great job my friend!!!

  24. I love, love, love it Sheila!!!
    What a great job! I love the color, the stencils you used and just the whole thing!
    It looks custom made!
    That little Carter is going to look so darn cute sitting inside that darling high chair.
    Can't wait to see those pics!
    And my hubby, the woodworking/construction teacher said he only uses the zinnsser primer and he said there is no need to sand.
    Great Job my friend,

  25. Shelia,
    The high chair is delightful!! I especially like the bunny picture and flowers you painted on it with your very own hands, much better than a stencil. They really make it special and beautiful.
    It looks much prettier painted, and your excitement is contagious!

  26. Oh, Shelia, how sweet! The bunny is so adorable, with such a sweet little expression on its face! And I do like the green color, how perfect! You are quite a talented young lady!!!

  27. Hi Shelia
    How sweet. Isn't that fun that you found what you were looking for? You did a great job fixing it up and painting. The flowers and bunny are so sweet. That is very special of you to make a special olden highchair for your little grandbaby. Now I bet you can't wait even more for her to come and visit!
    I hope you've had a lovely weekend...*hugs*

  28. Sheila, that is absolutely adorable. I love the color and how you transformed this high chair into a real beauty...and how green of you!

  29. Ya'll are just the sweetest thing! {did I say that right...did you catch my accent? I was really trying to be Southern! ;} That is THE cutest darn thing I have ever seen! Nothing beats a grammie's
    inspiration! It's A-dorable!

    m ^..^

  30. I always leave your blog smiling and chuckling! That is just the cutest thing -- and your bunnies are perfect. Be sure to share pix of Carter in the chair. Happy TGV!

  31. Great job Shelia...that is the cutest little high chair I have ever seen! Perfect for the queenly little bottom that will sit in it! ;D

  32. Very well done!! I am in admiration of those who have such gifts as yours! Thank you for sharing! Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Cathy

  33. Hi Sheila
    The chair turned out really nice, aren't you a creative grandma! The bunny paintings and flowers add a special touch that your granddaughter is sure to love.

  34. You did fantastic, Shelia. Carter is so blessed to have such a wonderful grandmother and family to cherish her.

  35. Shelia,
    What a beautiful job you did! I hope Carter gets to use it very soon!


  36. So adorable. You did a fabulous job on the chair. Any child would be thrilled to eat their meal from it. I loved your little embellishments.

  37. Ohhh, how Carter is going to LOVE this precious chair. I can just picture Carter's eyes lighting up with delight when she sees this beauty. The bunnies will just tickle her to no end. What a fabulous artist you are, Shelia ... & how blessed Carter is to have such a wonderful Grandmother.

    We did the same thing for Joshua ... vintage high chair for him, also. Wouldn't have anything less ...

    Oh, how our hearts sing in the joy they bring ... God bless our little ones.

    Have a beautiful Thanksgiving ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

    PS I sent you the picture requested, my friend. TYSM

  38. That is adorable!!! I love your artwork! You are too funny by the way, I love it!

  39. When can you come to my house and paint some fun on things here? Oh, I would have loved to find an olden high chair and prettied it up for my dear little ones - but now there's just one more to sit in my little, folding chair that is straight out of WalMart! Too late I fear to begin the search for a chair so I'll just enjoy yours from afar! Can't wait to see Miss Carter in her lovely new chair.

  40. I'm so glad you added those sweet, blue flowers on Carter's lovely NEW chair. How precious she'll look sitting there, eating Grandma's cookie.

    Happy Blue Monday, Shelia.

  41. Absolutely charming!!! One of a kind in a cookie-cutter world---what a treasure!!

    I'm still giggling at "he can't smell food because his nose is gone . . ." That just struck me as so tragically comic, I had to laugh.

    Carter will LOVE that chair. (And the sterling is gorgeous, as well---what lovely Fairy Godmothers she has!)

  42. Breathtaking! YOU GO GIRL (snapping fingers overhead).... you out did yourself this time. I see many happy meals being eaten from this chair and we cant wait to see some photos of your grandbaby in this work of art.

  43. Hi Shelia,
    Wow! your hi-chair turned out so pretty! and the little bunnies are just adorable..its very sweet!
    and what a great find...I love when it all comes together..
    Have a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving!
    Hugs, Elizabeth

  44. LOVE IT! What a wonderful idea! It looks like a chair from a storybook! So sweet :)

    Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  45. Oh my dear Shelia.... you sing, you play the piano and now I learn that you can paint too! Oh my goodness this is lovely! Love it! Love the color and the little bunny... just lovely! And thanks for bringing us here by participating in Show Off Your Cottage Monday! What a treat!



  46. That is just adorable!!!! :) Love it!! Great job! I am sure your grandaughter will just love it so so much. :) Well done! xx

  47. Hi Sheila
    The highchair looks fabulous. She is going to love it. So cute.

  48. That is just the sweetest thing ever. Happy Blue Monday & Happy thanksgiving.

  49. Hard to believe that is the same chair. You did an amazing transformation on it. I am sure the little one will be delighted to use it.

  50. Beautiful!!! You did a wonderful job Sheila!!

  51. O, dear Shelianess, I do think you have created an heirloom that will be handed down to all following. It is just adorable and about a thousand times cuter than any new one you would ever find.
    Oh, yes, are SUCH a good grandmother.:)

  52. That is just as cute as can be!


  53. The high chair is absolutely DARLING, Shelia! And the bunny is too cute! I knew you were talented when it came to decorating, sewing and music, but I didn't realize you painted too.

    I detest sanding. With all the furniture I've painted, my first choice is the Zinsser primer (after wiping the furniture piece down with Kleen Strip liquid sandpaper) and I've been happy with the results. However, this weekend, I started working on a vanity I bought for the bathroom so I decided to try something I read about on a blog somewhere: Valspar (Lowe's) Multi-purpose Primer. The label says it "adheres to glossy surfaces without sanding." Once the initial coat of it was dry, I tried to scrape it off with my fingernail and it didn't even budge! I'm sold! It's my new primer of choice from this day forward.

  54. Could that highchair be any cuter??? Adorable, absolutely adorable.

  55. Wow, you are good! Great job on the high chair and I just love that cute bunny.

  56. You did great! I am sure it will be perfect for her!
    I have my son's and all 4 of my gkids have used it. I didn't even paint it! It has the original dings from their daddy banging on the tray!
    Happy Tgiving, S!

  57. You did a beautiful job on the chair, it is awesome!

  58. Oh my goodness, Shelia! I love it! You chose the perfect color for the highchair!

  59. just darling, shelia!! Great job!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  60. Yes, I love it, and yes you did a wonderful job!! I didn't know you are an artist! The bunnies are adorable, and I like your Roscoe in the seat! So cute!


  61. LOVE LOVE LOVE it~!! its soooooooooooooo You.. I am amazed by your artist skills. Those bunnies are too adorable,,

    Happy Thanksgiving

  62. What a happy post I found visiting your this morning! I can just see that sweet chair being Carter's favorite place to be in your kitchen! I love the color and the flowers and bunny.

    I'm wishing you a happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones gathered around.


  63. I am late seeing this..catching up with bloggy visits after our Thanksgiving weekend and tree trimming yesterday!

    You did a fabulous job with this little chair, Shelia. We have a tiny elderly youth chair for our g'kiddos. Noah sat in it at our Thanksgiving table, Sunday.

    I love that you left Chloe Dawn's hair.:-)

  64. Oooooohhhh precious Shelia! She will love it and reading about how Grandma made it for her.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all.
    ~Melissa :)

  65. Hi, Sheila,
    I'm so impressed with your handywork. What a transformation! I'm sure Carter will enjoy it very much.

  66. That is adorable Sheila, and what a deal and a half!! So sweet, and I am sure it will get used:) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a wonderful birthday.

  67. Just stopping by to wish you and your family a happy and blessed Thanksgiving holiday.

  68. Aww! The highchair is just too precious now. You did a fabu job! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Shelia.

  69. Shelia makes me want to pick it up and burp's so cute!! The chair I mean!
    How adorable and the very best part (after finding it) is that you did the artwork your very own self! Priceless!! Just priceless!!
    LOVE it!
    I do hope your Thanksgiving Day was all you hoped for.

  70. Oh Shelia you are so funny! Your commentary just cracks me up! I love your redo on the high chair. It looks so much better and I know you just love it. I especially love the little backside of the bunny on the tray! Just adorable!

  71. Shelia- You've created something very special for all of your grandchildren to eventually use. Your artwork is sweet and the doggie hair will make for a great heirloom story! hugs, Sue

    P.S. Did I miss your B-day? If so, I'm sending some belated best wishes. Mine was yesterday. I might be a year older, but am not feeling it... in my head, anyway. :-)

  72. Oh, precious! You did good, dear!

  73. Oh my gosh, this is just too cute for words, all the love you poured in making this so special is priceless. What a joy to see that darling baby sitting here. hugs ~lynne~

  74. Great job, Shelia! I love it that you captured one of Chloe Dawn's hairs. Double treasure!


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