Painting Wicker Furniture

Happy Sunday to everyone!  Did you have a day of rest today?  I have never been good at resting or relaxing.  I need to practice more :-).  Even on No Chore/No Guilt Friday, I still don’t rest.  I just do fun things.  I’m not one to sit down and read a book in the middle of the day….but if I did, it would be on a Sunday.  I’m a Wanna Be Sunday Book Reader!

Recently, I found out that my cousin, Judy, was going to get rid of her wicker furniture.  I about had a heart attack!  I couldn’t get to the phone fast enough to tell her I WANTED IT!!!!   The furniture is not your typical modern wicker furniture.  It is old and very vintage.  It is so awesome and comfortable.  I’m not one to have an emotional attachment to material things (I’m taking this back after thinking of getting rid of my pedestal cake plates and my McKenzie-Child collection, ha!), but oh how I love these chairs!

Judy lives in Bakersfield and owns a very old house that was built in the early 1900’s with a big ol’ wrap-around porch (if I had a picture I would insert it here…darn).  I have fond memories of my Dad with cousins and uncles sitting on the porch in them smoking their cigars.  My Dad was a large man, so these chairs were perfect for him.  He will be gone 6 years next month.  I still miss him, his laughter and his smile.

I now own 4 of these beauties, along with a side table.  I have them in a grouping on my patio. They are wonderful to sit in under the fan and have coffee in the morning (and when my grandchildren are here we watch the birds and have chocolate milk!).  My little piece of heaven.

The first thing I did to spruce this furniture up was washed it down with a power washer.  They had been painted white and were chipping badly.  Hint: Be careful when power washing…. the paint comes off, but if the wicker gets too wet, it gets kind of “fuzzy”.  When it dries, it’s very “prickly”.  I was so amazed and engrossed at how the paint was just coming off with that powerful water spray that I didn’t even notice how it was affecting the wicker!

After I let the wicker dry for a few days, I primed it with a Gray Valspar Enamel Spray Paint.  Next, I sprayed it with Valspar Premium Spray Paint in Gloss Black.  Each chair took 2 cans of primer and 2 cans of black paint.  There was lots of surface area and lots of angles in these chairs to cover!

I had purchased some Sunbrella Fabric and foam to make cushions for the chairs, but then I was in Homegoods (my most favorite store in the world…if I’m look for something particular I swear I go 3 times a week) and found these cushions which were absolutely perfect and a better deal (and less time) than what it would have taken me to make them.  They were a bit pricey (I think) for Homegoods at $40 each, but I just couldn’t pass them up.  I found the throw pillows at Costco (a 2-pack) for less than $15.

This was before I power washed.

After priming and painting.

Homegoods cushions.  They have “garden” words on them.

The side table

Candle holder (hydrangea holder ha!) from Homegoods.

I paid $7.99 for it!

I love the way they turned out.  Let me know if you give this a try and send me a picture!

I’ll be sharing my “Red Letter” Weekend within the next few days…. lots of good stuff going on in our house!

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