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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
  • outdoor furniture old wicker couch refinish, outdoor furniture, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, reupholster
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!
  • outdoor furniture old wicker couch refinish, outdoor furniture, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, reupholster
They were pretty bad to be fair - and I won't lie - it was A LOT of work!
  • outdoor furniture old wicker couch refinish, outdoor furniture, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, reupholster
The underneath was totally rotted, and was being held together by string! I had to rebuild the frame first.
  • outdoor furniture old wicker couch refinish, outdoor furniture, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, reupholster
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.
  • outdoor furniture old wicker couch refinish, outdoor furniture, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, reupholster
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!
  • outdoor furniture old wicker couch refinish, outdoor furniture, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, reupholster
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

Got a question about this project?

  • Lori
    Lori Torrington, CT

    I could not even tell it was wicker in the first photo, love what you have done with it

  • Sharon
    Sharon Chicago, IL

    Beautiful

  • Becky Grayless Berry
    Becky Grayless Berry Terre Haute, IN

    Love it, great job

  • Cuisinekathleen.com
    Cuisinekathleen.com Southampton, NY

    You did a great job! I just posted a question about a spray gun for wicker. I usually use Krylon, but I have a lot of wicker and redo it every year, sometimes just a refresh others a full spray. I am looking for advice as to the best sprayer to get.

  • Hayley@ TheDesertNestDubai
    Hayley@... United Arab Emirates

    @Cuisinekathleen.com hello! to be honest I just used a very cheap plastic sprayer! it worked great but I would guess it depends on how much wicker you are spraying. If you have loads it may be more economical in the long term to buy an expensive auto

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