I may have already checked off my Mother’s Day present for my own mom, but I’ve also been busy at work on a little Mother’s Day present for myself, too. Pretty much since the day we started our daughter on solids, I’ve had a not-so-secret lustful crush on the Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair. It’s sleek, it’s modern, it grows with your child for years and years, and IT’S NOT MADE OF UGLY PLASTIC. For a design nerd like me, the Stokke is the cream of the crop when it comes to high chairs, kind of like what the G5 is to rap stars and business moguls. But, it also has a price point that I just couldn’t quite swallow. For such a tiny little human being, our girl can put a wallop on our wallet what with clothes, food and diapers alone. A luxury high chair wasn’t in the cards.
When Elsa outgrew her Chicco high chair (and by outgrew, I mean she refused to sit in it any longer because it wasn’t a “big girl chair”), we resorted to temporarily using a (hideously ugly) plastic booster until we could come up with a better permanent solution. And then, Sherry and John from Young House Love put up a post detailing how they refinished a wooden high chair that had been passed down through their family.
Sadly, no one in my family had a gorgeous antique child-sized chair to pass on to me, but I knew I could track down a wooden high chair with decent lines to gussy up with my very own DIY makeover treatment. I found a little wonder of a high chair at a consignment sale put on by The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and snagged it for a spectacular $5.00. (WHAAAT? Yes. Color me a consignment sale convert.) John and Sherry of YHL I am not. But our little chair is now all kinds of pretty and sweet and I’m pretty darn tickled to kick that plastic eyesore of a booster seat to the curb. Happy Mother’s Day to me!