I wrote earlier this summer about the lengthy home improvement checklist for the bottom level of my house and showed you one of the most labor-intensive projects so far–replacing the backyard tree wells. My progress slowed a bit in recent weeks but I am still plugging along. This next project reminded me of the power of paint. Paint works miracles!
I’ve had a simple, green wicker chair for so long I can’t remember why I got it or where its original place in the house was. I tried to pawn it off on both kids in recent years but they both told me they didn’t like it and never had. Fair enough. Why I can’t just garage sale it or give it away to somebody is beyond me. I just kept thinking I could make it better–make somebody like it.
I don’t know if I can make anybody like it, but I do think I made it better. It took almost three cans of spray paint, but I did it and I’m excited to share the painted wicker chair DIY makeover with you.
Here is the unloved wicker chair before.
There’s nothing particularly wrong with it. The legs are undamaged, nothing is bent, and it still has its shape. There’s nothing particularly right with it either. I don’t know if it’s just that the color has become boring and faded and the wicker has dried out, or if it’s just generally unremarkable. Whatever the reason–I took pity on it. Even if I decided to give it away, which I probably will, I’d like somebody to not be turned off by it.
I taped up the legs–a task that took much longer than I thought it would because the frame criss-crossed underneath. Then I started spraying.
Once I started painting, I was surprised by how dry the wicker was. I would think I’d covered an area completely, only to realize, once it had dried, that the wicker took the paint in like a sponge. It reminded me of painting an old, dry wall that needed primer. It took multiple coats and I eventually used 2.5 cans of spray paint.
There wasn’t anything wrong with the paint. On the contrary, I used Krylon ColorMaster Paint + Primer and it was fantastic–great color, smooth application, even coverage, and quick drying time. I’ve used Krylon more times than I can count over the years and I love using it and trust it. I don’t think there’s any project Krylon can’t handle, so trust me when I say it wasn’t the paint. The chair was just old and dry.
When I was almost done painting, I pushed and flexed the chair–put some weight into it–to make sure the paint didn’t stick and hold. I guess it was actually stretching the wicker. Then I would spray again, let it dry, and stretch it again. The idea was if somebody sat in the chair, it would flex naturally. I chose Leather Brown in Satin because I’ve been getting rid of the dated green in my house and the brown, if I keep the chair, would be a nice complement to a rug and some accents in the front room. If I decide to get rid of the chair, brown is a pretty universal color for a lot of people to decorate with. They’re welcome.
Here’s a peek at how the newly painted chair looks with the rug.
I have to say, the chair was green for such a long time that I have a hard time NOT seeing the green when I look at it. When I focus on the bottom half of this photograph, I see it.
The chair looks a lot better now. It’s actually kind of pretty–at least the finish is.
Nothing dry looking about that. Everything old can look new again with a coat or two of good paint. The color change on the chair isn’t dramatic–it’s subtle–subtle enough that I’m probably the only person who noticed. It’s more like it got cleaned up and classed up rather than changed. At least I feel better about it and that makes me happy.
This was the first time I’ve ever painted wicker and I’m happy with the results. That doesn’t mean I’m going to buy any more wicker with the idea it can be spruced up, but I’m glad to know it’s possible.
Have you ever painted wicker? Have you used Krylon? Tell me about some of your seasonal spruce ups.