During our evening walk on trash day, I found two old wicker chairs with peeling red paint sitting by the bins. I asked Jason if he would go pick them up with the truck (even though he thinks I’m crazy to try to rescue them!)
They may look sad, but cleaning and painting wicker chairs will have them looking great to go with the painted milk can table I recently put together.
I have been sprucing up our patio and garden gradually this season. Our patio is currently an old cement slab under the deck that holds ladders and firewood. I am slowly attempting to turn it into an outdoor living space. A little milk can table and wicker chairs will help with the sprucing!
A dear friend gave me two milk cans a few years ago and I have used them here and there around the yard. Milk can tables are not a new invention, but I was so excited to make one of my own!
Milk Can Table Assembly:
I cleaned the milk can with some dish soap and water and let it dry. Then, I went over the whole thing with Rustoleum Painters Touch in white.
I used Liquid Nails to attach the wood to the milk can and it is finished. Easy Peasy!
Refinishing Old Wicker:
To get started painting wicker chairs, I thoroughly scrubbed all the loose and chipping paint with a coarse dry brush. Next, I washed the chairs with the hose, letting the hose pressure help remove the loose flaky paint like a light power wash.
Here is the result:
What I learned painting wicker chairs:
Painting wicker a totally different color takes a whole lot of paint. I went through two cans of paint and a can of primer, and the paint is still too light in a couple areas. I’ll have to get a couple more cans to get a saturated glossy finish. I think it wouldn’t be as much of an issue if the wicker I started with was white…or not so old and dry! The old wicker really soaks up the paint!
The legs and frame were a plastic material while the seat and feet were wicker. The wicker seemed to absorb the paint really well, but I’m concerned there may be some flaking down the road anywhere the original paint didn’t come off the plastic legs.
Overall… very happy I did this! All I had on the patio before were some small wood folding chairs. For just a few minutes and $12 in spray paint it was well worth it. 🙂
I accessorized with a couple outdoor throw pillows. Now, I think this patio set makes quite a pretty statement! It has a bit of that farmhouse country style. I just love a good trash to treasure project.
What furniture flips have you been working on? 🙂