Hayley@ TheDesertNestDubai
Hayley@ TheDesertNestDubai
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Refurbishing Old Wicker Couches

9 Materials
$450
4 Weeks
Medium

I wanted to share with you guys the project I have been working on lately - its finally finished! Refurbishing an old wicker settee.
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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!
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They were pretty bad to be fair - and I won't lie - it was A LOT of work!
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The underneath was totally rotted, and was being held together by string! I had to rebuild the frame first.
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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.
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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!
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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
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  • Heather Porst
    on Oct 23, 2018

    My wicker is the outside plastic kind. The webs are coming apart and the things look just ratty. Is there anything I can do to fix them.

  • Rachael Robert
    on Oct 27, 2018

    How can I repair old plastic wicker.

  • Angie Forster
    on Nov 18, 2018

    I have a wicker with legs. I want to refurbish it. The wicker is unwrapping itself on different parts. Legs and arms. Can I save it and paint it?

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  • Tanya
    on Oct 22, 2018

    This is a really great refurb.!

  • CAROL
    on Oct 26, 2018

    What a beautiful unusual piece of wicker and kudos to you for your ingenuity and hard work in trstoring her original glory!!!!

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