Kim and I "talked" through e-mail a few times and ultimately decided that black, distressed, glazed, and poly'd (for easier clean-up) would be best.
The high chair was really in great shape and very sturdy but did need a thorough sanding. I painted it with 2 coats of black suede and then distressed it, glazed it with dark walnut stain, and finally covered it in Cabot's Water-Borne Polyurethane. I applied several extra coats of the poly to the seat and tray for extra protection and to make it even easier for wipe down.
Finally, one of the more important parts...the safety straps! They were still there but were just not cute! I really wanted them to be easy to clean (no one likes gunky straps on a highchair - eew) but I also did not want to compromise the safety aspect SO, Kim picked out fabric for a girl and boy! She will be using this chair now for her little girl but anticipates using it in the future for the new little man! I used the old straps and made removable (velcro) covers for them. I think they are super cute, easy to take off and on, and the old straps provide the all important buckle. The strap for their little legs wasn't in great shape so I made a new one for each set and hope this will stop them from slip-sliding straight through.
I think these two little ones will be eating in style now! What do you think?
More projects are lined up in the driveway....hopefully there will be more finished projects to post about later today! My lunch break is now over! :)