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Refurbishing Old Wicker Couches

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I wanted to share with you guys the project I have been working on lately - its finally finished! Refurbishing an old wicker settee.
Time: 4 Weeks Cost: $450 Difficulty: Medium
I got given 2 wicker couches FOR FREE, as the person who had them before thought they were in too bad state of disrepair and was about to throw them out - but I got to them first!
They were pretty bad to be fair - and I won't lie - it was A LOT of work!
The underneath was totally rotted, and was being held together by string! I had to rebuild the frame first.
Gradually I built up the base again, and once I had finished that I covered it in a 2 part Boiled Linseed Oil to one part Turps mixture to replenish the dried out wicker.
Then came the fun part of painting! I used Krylon Fusion Spray Paint in Ivory Satin, it is a primer and paint in one, and I found it has the best coverage. I used A LOT of spray paint for this - it would have been way cheaper to of found somewhere I could of gotten a Paint gun and used a can of Latex paint with it instead. Anyway you live and learn!
After getting the cushions recovered I am so happy with the results! The cushions were the most expensive part as I don't sew, but if you can recover cushions yourself it would be even cheaper! You can read my full posts on what I did here: http://desertnest.blogspot.ae/2014/09/part-1-old-wicker-sofa-refurb-saga.html

To see more: http://desertnest.blogspot.ae/2014/09/part-1-old-wicker-sofa-refurb-saga.html

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  • Carole
    Carole Australia
    on Oct 20, 2014

    Great repair and save. I have also done same with donated garden set from neighbours. One leg was missing, rubber webbing was disintegrating and paintjob was in a shocking state. Makes you feel good to give something another lease of life doesn't it. Yours looks lovely and inviting now. The charity stores would not have taken my neighbours set away it was too awful, but I fixed it up and sold it on ebay, having no deck to use it on ourselves.

    • Beth Cason-Sexton
      Beth Cason-Sexton Oregonia, OH
      on Oct 21, 2014

      @Carole Wow, your wicker furniture turned out great. Gorgeous & I am not a big fan of wicker, but love this.

  • Hayley@ TheDesertNestDubai
    Hayley@ TheDesertNestDubai United Arab Emirates
    on Oct 20, 2014

    Wow @Carole yours look great! I certainly didn't realize how much work would be needed but yes its definately worth it in the end! I hope you made a nice profit on ebay to treat yourself to another piece of un-loved furniture! hehe

    • Carole
      Carole Australia
      on Oct 21, 2014

      @Hayley@ TheDesertNestDubai Very sensible. The straight edge sewing on the machine was tricky enough, I think the round end cushions you have on yours would have finished me! LOL!

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Oct 20, 2014

    Wow! Looks awesome!

  • Hayley@ TheDesertNestDubai
    Hayley@ TheDesertNestDubai United Arab Emirates
    on Oct 21, 2014

    Thank you @Hannah V !

  • Robyn
    Robyn La Puente, CA
    on Oct 21, 2014

    Goodb job!

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