A Surprise Gift!

2 dirty wicker chairs
Found Chairs

One morning, as I was taking a walk, I saw two wicker chairs which had been set out for the trash. Now, when I see something like this, I don’t see trash, like Dan does. I see what it could be – with some creativity and a little bit of work. However, I knew we didn’t need chairs like this or even have a place for them, but then, Eureka! I had an idea!

So, when Dan got home from playing Euchre with the old guys group, I corralled him into going and getting those chairs. We had to act fast as we needed to get there before the trash truck did.

2 wicker chairs cleaned up
Cleaned Chairs

I did a little research on Youtube about how to restore wicker chairs. The first thing I did was to wash the chairs with Dawn dish soap. I washed them really well and scrubbed each chair gently with a brush. I let them dry for a couple of days.

Meanwhile, I scoured Facebook Marketplace for several days before I found two 18″ U-shaped chair cushions in good condition. I wanted to have these cushions in hand before deciding what paint color to use on the chairs.

2 cans of spray paint

Cushions in hand, my next step was to paint the chairs. I used a spray paint which was a combination primer and paint. I chose Satin Otter Brown for the color, and I put on three light coats, allowing plenty of drying time in between. My last step was to apply a coat of spar urethane to protect the chairs from the sun and the rain.

A few weeks before I did any of this, before even finding the chairs, our neighbors had put some patio furniture in the trash. We checked with them, and then helped ourselves to a glass-topped table. I was planning to use this table when I worked on my dollhouse. However, after I found the chairs, I knew it was the perfect table to put between the chairs, so one could have a nice drink or snack while relaxing in the wicker. With attention to detail, I removed the table’s glass top and spray painted the metal frame the same color as the wicker chairs.

Here’s the end result:

2 painted wicker chairs with cushions and a table in between
Ready for Relaxing

So, what am I going to do with this rescued trio?

Remember, my friend, Karen, who has decided to retire? She and her husband have bought a cabin on a lake. This cabin property will be their retirement retreat, not too far from home, where they can go often and enjoy the peace that nature provides. When I found those two chairs, I didn’t see trash. I saw Karen and Tim sitting in these chairs, under an overhang, sipping some tea – or whatever they like – and looking out onto their lake watching the birds and the geese and feeling the gentle breezes. So, yes, Karen, these are for you! Happy Retirement!! I hope you and Tim like these up-cycled wicker chairs and spend many hours relaxing in them. Now that you’ve read this post, please contact me, and we’ll arrange delivery.

However, at this point, Karen, I need you to stop reading. Everyone else, please continue.

So, for everyone else, here’s the cost breakdown, just in case someday you are out walking and you happen to see a couple of wicker chairs in an alley just waiting to be rescued.

  • 2 wicker chairs – free
  • table – free
  • 2 outdoor wicker chair cushions – $16
  • 4 spray cans of Paint+Printer – $20
  • 1 spray can of Spar Urethane – $10
  • Total cost: $46
Karen’s Paradise
Picture by Karen


    • Thank you! As far as project goes, spray painting the chairs was pretty easy. Convincing Dan to bring something home that I found in the trash is another matter. 🙂 I appreciate your compliments. Thanks again, and enjoy your day!

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    • You are exactly right that convincing a husband that trash can be a treasure can be a challenge. That is always the hardest part for me! Thanks for reading, and enjoy your day!


  1. It’s great when you find someone’s trash as your treasure. Great job on bringing those chairs to like new condition and gifting them to your friend. You’re awesome.👍🏼❤️

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  2. The creative mind sees a treasure in the trash! These pieces were in good condition, just needed a little freshening up! I’m sure Karen will appreciate them every time they sit in them to enjoy their retreat!

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  3. How beautiful! What’s the saying, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. What a wonderful gift you’ve created for your friend. You rock!

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    • Hi Bill! Glad you are back! Yes, one’s person trash is another one’s treasure. However, I think Dan would prefer I spend a little less time in the alleys! Thanks for your compliments, and I am looking forward to reading your posts. Enjoy your day!


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