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.
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.
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:
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