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Restoring wicker furniture can bring the beauty back to your patio without spending a fortune to replace it. As wicker furniture ages the paint can crack, peel and the wicker and break and unravel, both causing an unsightly mess. Learning how to restore wicker furniture is simple and very inexpensive.
If you have the time and energy to restore your wicker furniture there is no need to throw it out and spend hundreds of dollars replacing it. Wicker furniture can easily be restored with a little elbow grease and a few coats of paint. Here you will learn how to restore wicker furniture for under $10. These directions will also teach you how to repaint wicker furniture in the even you don’t need repairs but a change in décor.
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Cleaning Wicker Furniture
How to Restore Wicker Furniture Step #1
How to Clean Wicker Furniture
To restore your old wicker furniture start by giving it a good cleaning. The weather along with morning dew can lead to mildew which can cause your wicker to turn shades of grey and green.
Use a spray bottle to apply a bleach solution made up of 1 part bleach and 2 parts water. Allow the solution to set for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse away using a high pressure nozzle.
After rinsing the bleach use a dish soap and a scrub brush to scrub the entire furniture to remove any dirt, grime, mildew or other particles that may prevent the paint from adhering to the surface. Mean Green and Simple Green are also effective in removing tough mildew stains but bleach is just as good. Either way, use what you have on hand. Both can be bought from the dollar store for around $2.
After washing, allow the furniture to dry completely. A dry cloth will help get off the excess water but will not dry it completely. For best results set in the sun and allow the wicker furniture to dry for a few hours.
Have You Ever Restored Wicker Furniture?
Yes, It was very easy and save a lot of money.
Yes, but it was harder then I thought.
I tried but gave up before it was finished.
No, but I plan on it.
No, I just trash it and start over.
Nope, I don’t have any wicker to restore.
See results Binder Cane Used for Repairing Wicker Furniture
Commonwealth Basket Flat Oval Reed 1/4-Inch 1-Pound Coil, Approximately 275-Feet Buy Now Repair Loose Ends on Wicker Furniture Repairing the Loose Ends
How to Restore Wicker Furniture Step #2
How to Quickly Repair Wicker Furniture
After your wicker furniture is dry use a sharp pair of scissors to cut any loose or frayed pieces of wicker that may have come undone. Check the arms, legs and seating area for any loose pieces that need to be tightened back up, woven back into place, or repaired completely.
The wraps are on the end of legs, edges, and on the arms. They are the most common repair needed for wicker furniture. It’s a simple piece of wicker that has been wrapped around the base to hold the strands in place. These need to be replaced or compensated for… the tie strap will do just that. You can buy those for a buck or two at the dollar store or at box stores. You can also find them online.
If you have wicker wraps that have to be cut back they can be replaced using white tie straps with the connector facing the backside of the furniture. Once it is painted the tie strap will blend in perfectly and will not be noticeable.
If you have parts of the seat, arms, or back that needs to be repaired, that too, is simple. You can purchase the wicker, commonly referred to as ‘cane’. To weave back in. I’m not sure what types of stores would carry it but you might could check craft stores or just purchase it online. Below are a few quick and easy links to Amazon where you can purchase kits to repair your wicker furniture using cane.
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Complete Wicker Repair Kit
Commonwealth Basket Comcraft Chair Caning Kit, Medium 3mm CaneThis kit includes everything you need to repair a piece of wicker furniture. You can find it in a variety of sizes and lengths.
Buy Now Should You Restore Wicker Furniture or Buy New?
Restore it! It’s cheaper.
Restore & recycle!
Throw it out and start over.
See results Krylon Industrial Tough Coat Light Gray Sandable Primer – Lot of 12 Buy Now How to Prime Wicker Furniture Before Painting It
Priming wicker furniture is not required, but it will help the overall appearance of the finished piece by maximizing your painting efforts. Priming wicker furniture before painting it will help seal any exposed wood, cover any painted surfaces that may be glossed and prevent new paint from sticking, and it will also help create an even paint color for beautiful finished look.
Again, priming is optional, but I would recommend it so that your paint last longer. If you are painting over a dark color to start with, it is highly recommended in order to get an even paint color and minimize the amount of paint needed to cover the original color.
You can use primer in a spray can for the easiest application and to insure that you are able to cover the entire surface, including the gaps in between the strips of wicker. You will only need a single coat so one or two cans should do fine unless you are painting multiple pieces of wicker furniture.
Krylon Sandable Primer Aerosol, shown on the right, comes in white and grey and is a great primer for using on wicker.
casa corato is also sandable so that if there are any minor flaws in the wicker you can simply primer, sand down and prime again until the area is smooth and all scratches, pits, and nicks are filled and flawless.