Mimi Sue's Cottage

A home is much more than a house built of lumber, brick, or stone. A home is made of love, sacrifice, and respect. We are responsible for the homes we build. We must build wisely, for eternity is not a short voyage. There will be calm and wind, sunlight and shadows, joy and sorrow. But if we really try, our home can be a bit of heaven here on earth. Thomas S Monson

Friday, August 14, 2009

I Need Some Advice

One of our cute neighbors had an estate sale this week. Her husband passed away a couple of years ago and she is selling her big old victorian home and moving to an efficient condo. They were antique dealers for many years and their house was jam packed full of quality British antiques and other pieces. Most of the stuff was waaayyy beyond my budget but I did find this cute little high chair. Do you think it's a reproduction? I know it's not the original paint.
Love the enamel tray.
It's painted a limey green and has this bunny painted on the back rest. The color works OK in my house. The bunny has this funny expression on his face. Kind of like the characters in early cartoons.

Should I paint it? Should I live with it for awhile until it needs painting? What do you ladies think?


Rhondi said...

Hi Mimi Sue
That high chair is adorable and I don't think it is a reproduction. The bunny is awfully cute. I think I'd be tempted tp leave it as is.
Hugs, Rhondi

Cindy said...

Hi Mimi Sue. It looks old to me because of the bunny back. The medal tray, I guess, could have been put on. But it still looks old. If it matches your colors, I'd leave it like it is. You'll either really know you love it like it is, or you'll know what color to paint it. I'd want to keep serching for it's date!

Keep smiling.


Anne Fannie said...

Hi Sue
That high chair is adorable. It doesn't look like a reproduction to me, It is really cute with that bunny. I like the metal tray too.
I would just leave it alone because of that bunny painting.

foxxy said...

I like it just as it is! Adorable! I've never seen one quite like that.

Brenda @Just a Bed of Roses said...

this is what I would do...I would take the electric sander just lightly over it and sand a little more off so its more faded and even chipping and around the edges of the bunny. You could also sand the chair up a little bit and then put a stain over it...making it more antiquey.
It's a high chair, wouldnt really worry about ruining value...think it would be fine value wise.

Scrap for Joy said...

I have never seen a high chair like this-what a great piece! I, too, think it looks old and I'd probably leave it as is. Have a great weekend!

Mercy Otis/The Stone House said...

Here I am going agreeing with Cindy.... I would leave and see if you like it, or you'll know what color you want to paint it.... lol I love the way the bunny is painted and the tray! What a fun high chair to have in your home! Have you googled it? Maybe you could find some info there... Maybe take a pic and ask an antique dealer it's age.... I think it's old, and maybe they just "refreshed" the paint on it.....???? Old or a reprod...It's a coolie chair!

Ginger said...

I think it looks really old. It is adorable. I would leave it alone for awhile and see how you feel about it in a few months.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh how cute!!! I also LOVE the enamal tray...so charming.
If it were me, I would google 'High Chair Makeover' just for the fun of it and see what comes up??? Just food for thought.

Sue said...

My two cents is that it's original...why would someone reproduce a high chair to make it look vintage....it's probably from the 1950's would be my guess....go onto E-Bay and enter into the search function."Bunny backed vintage high chair" or some variation of that and see what pops up...

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

It's adorable and I have no idea if it's repro or not. But I would leave it alone - it's cute as it is.


Kathleen Grace said...

I think the expression on the bunny is so unique and cute. I would hate to paint it. I think it really is old.

Aubrey said...

I wouldn't know what to do--except leave it for awhile until you realize you love it as is, or are sick of it and want to change it.

Where did you find that? I wanted to go back so badly without kids on Saturday and completely forgot. I really just wanted a better look at the house. I love looking through those old houses.

I hope the new people don't kill too much character when they fix it up--but I bet it will look so great after seeing what they did in their last house.