Restoring An Antique Highchair

by Melanie
6 Materials
4 Days

I purchased this cute antique highchair at one of my favorite summer yard sales in my hometown. The woman I bought it from is in her late 70s and it was hers as a baby. I was happy to take it off her hands and had initially planned on taking the back and tray off of it and making it into a stool or some kind of stand. The more I looked at it though I didn't have the heart to tear it apart so I opted for restoring it, which is so unlike me but I'm glad that I did.

So this is my highchair. Given the age it was in remarkable condition. It is a Roxton Solid Maple chair. Roxton was a furniture company out of Quebec Canada. Most of the stain was worn off so there was little to no prep work other than giving it a good cleaning to get rid of the dust that had accumulated. For this I used soap and water and let it dry.

As I mentioned I wanted to restore it, so I opted for staining it in two different colors. One is black and the other is Jacobean both by Minwax. Supplies I used for this project are disposal gloves, painters tape, stain and lint free rags.

After determining what stain would go where I taped off my highchair so I wouldn't get the stain where I didn't want it. I decided to do my legs and arms in the black stain. Wearing gloves I dipped my rag in the stain and began wiping it on my legs and arms.

Here is my chair, after the first coat. I needed to do 3 coats to get the desired color. You have to let it dry thoroughly before applying more coats. I was doing this in the heat so I would let dry overnight before applying another coat.

After I was satisfied with the color on my legs and arms it was time to do the seat and tray. For this I used the lighter stain called Jacobean. Wearing gloves and using a rag I dipped in the stain and applied to the seat and tray. For the seat and tray I only applied one coat and let dry overnight.

Here is my highchair complete.

I love how this turned out. I am so glad I opted for staining it and I love the two different colors on the chair. Other than the purchase of the chair for $10, this cost me nothing to complete this project as the stains were left over from a previous project.

There is a new little one in our family so it will be used for him when he comes to visit.

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  • GeorgiaBulldogsFan GeorgiaBulldogsFan on Aug 31, 2020

    What a surprise for me to find your high chair restoration tonight! I have an antique high chair that if not identical, is almost the same chair. It was purchased when my oldest sister, who is now 82, was a baby. It was used for all of my parents 5 daughters. Currently in my husband’s work shop, I had just mentioned to him over this past weekend that I needed to get it back into the house and needed to work on it. Finding your project gives me the momentum now. Great job on the restoration! I will be starting on it tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!

  • GeorgiaBulldogsFan GeorgiaBulldogsFan on Oct 27, 2020

    Well I finally got it done. I’ve been multi-projecting. Is that a word? Here is my finished high chair. So close they may be cousins. Lol

    • Melanie Melanie on Oct 27, 2020

      Wow, that's gorgeous! Great job. Thanks for sharing the picture with me.