Trash to Treasure Chairs

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1 Hour

My husband ‘rescued’ these off the side of the road meant for the trash. I’m glad he did that cause check out these chairs! Yes, the cushions were outdated and had seen better days, but I knew I didn’t have too much work to do to fix these babies up. I really like the shape and size of them. Bonus, they swivel! I knew these would make the perfect addition to our upstairs deck area.

Let's get started with how to paint wicker furniture.

Step 1, Sand…

As you can see there were some spots that were missing stain and looked a little frayed and beat up. To fix this, I just sanded those spots down using some sand paper from the garage.

Step 2, Paint…

Chocolate Swirl by Behr was the color I chose.

I was excited to use my new paint sprayer (the Wagner FLEXiO 5000) for this project. This thing is pretty great.

If you don’t have a paint sprayer and you like to do projects like this, do yourself a favor and get one. It makes life so much easier! The FLEXiO is awesome. Check out my video.

Viola, here they are all fixed up. PS – It only took about 15 or 20 minutes to paint 2 chairs using my sprayer.

Last month I painted the bench (also found on the side of the road meant for the trash) and wasn’t crazy about the color I chose. While I had my paint sprayer out, I painted it the same brown as the chairs, and like it much better. Now they look like a set that was meant to go together.

I added some cushions and pillows (that we already had) and we were good to go! Not bad for Free Chairs. They are the perfect addition to our deck area. Since we live in Florida we can use these chairs year round.

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  • Beautiful soul Beautiful soul on Jan 19, 2020

    I have some of that same type of furniture that I found. and I’m getting ready to work on. And I have a new paint sprayer but was wondering if you had to add any water to water down the paint a little bit before it goes through the sprayer??. I’ve never use that type of paint before! They turned out beautiful. And Lucky you living in Florida it’s 10° where I live today. Not fun at all. I’m working in my garage with four heaters. Don’t you just love find peoples trash that you can turn into the most awesome treasures to resell or half for yourself. I love it

  • Fannie Smith Fannie Smith on Mar 10, 2020

    I have a set that someone was going to toss. In the front of mine where there is a trim that is braided. This part is bad or missing. Does anyone kn oh w where I can get some

    Where there is miss braids all you see is nails. Any help is appreciated.

  • Brenda Brenda on Mar 12, 2020

    What did you use to cover the cushions with as you said they were kind of outdated and ratty looking?

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  • Lisa Mcwhorter Lisa Mcwhorter on Jan 21, 2022

    You are so freaking lucky to find all that stuff!!! Wow I'm jealous especially after you fixed them all up!! I live in Missouri in more or less rural type area and no one ever throws away anything near as good as what you've found!! Oh, jealous about your paint sprayer also!!😉


    They make a paint to paint Little tykes furniture, which is molded plastic. Maybe that would work. I've seen it several places, so ask about .