New Life to Inexpensive Resin Wicker Chairs
When we first moved, I got some inexpensive "wicker look" furniture for the patio. After a few years in the sun, the resin began to fail. I hated to toss the metal frames, so I stripped off the resin and wove a new surface from rope.
I had never done this before, so I had a lot of trial and error. If I had the "first step" to do over, I would have taken the time to touch up the primer and repaint with a color closer to the rope. I used dabs of hot glue to hold the loose ends from the starter pieces in place so I could cover them with wrapping later. As I wove the seat and back, I worked to keep the rope pulled tight. I started with the horizontal (warp) threads on the seat, then used the back and forth (Woof) threads on the seat to make the upright threads on the back.
I completed the seat and back, adding some details by changing from two at a time to one at a time. Then I just very literally wrapped the arms, backs, and front legs. Again, getting the rope loops tight and adding or leaving out loops to account for the curves required some trial and error. That was part of the fun.
This is where I left it, and it functions very well. If I were doing it again, I would repaint the frame to a color that blended better or I would change the color of the rope. I put a pillow on it for every day use. It is surprizingly comfortable. I'm thinking now of using chalk paint to give it a different look, but for now, I like the "natural" color of the rope.
- Salvaged lawn furniture frame (In my case, it was one we had purchased new, but you might find these elsewhere.)
- Rope... far more than I would have guessed. I had to balance the finish (I did not want rough to th (hardware store)
- Waterproof glue to hold the loose ends out of sight. (hardware or craft store)
Published July 3rd, 2016 8:40 PM