|The scary, scary before.|
For the most part, this chair was in good, sturdy shape. It even still had the maker's mark on the back of the headrest. The tray was probably the roughest part, but totally fixable.
|One arm down, lots to go.|
Off to Lowe's I went. Again. The guy at the paint counter asked what I was working on and had some great tips for my project.
- Since I'm going to use a bright color as my top coat, he tinted my primer to a light grey. It'll be easier for the red to cover than a stark white would have been. Thanks paint guy.
- Apparently, primer dries much faster than regular paint. He suggested wetting my brush a bit before starting to paint to prevent dry primer build up in the bristles. Wouldn't you know it worked like a charm. It was incredibly easy to clean the brush afterwards.
- Applying hand cream to your hands (or hands, forearms, and face in my spastic case) prevents paint from sticking to you and drying while you work. It just rubs off.
- Ignore the primer's instructions that say its ready to paint over in 2 hours. He said to let it dry for at least 24 hours for a good solid base. Okay paint man, I trust you.
Why is primer so darn ugly? Grey primer at that. That's alright, as soon as this puppy dries, its getting a beautiful coat of bright red. I cannot wait!
Post sanding, pre-priming. Post priming, pre-painting.
While I wait for the primer to set, my next job is to figure out how to get rust/gunk off of the hardware. Fortunately, the old metal clips that hold the tray on are completely functional, just not pretty. I'm going to look up a few things and see what my options are. I'm hoping I can find a cheap home remedy since I'm trying to keep the price of this restore to a minimum. At the moment, my total between the chair, paint, primer, and sand paper is about $20. Not too shabby for a custom antique highchair.
More to come after I get this thing painted! Get excited!