We can’t wait to share with you a wonderful post from our friend, Emily, at Table & Hearth. Emily is uber creative and always has a fun and fresh project in the works! Today she is here sharing a chalk paint wicker chair makeover that is absolutely stunning. Check out her project below then head on over to her blog to say “hi” and see more of her amazing ideas!
Hi everyone! I’m Emily and I am the blogger behind Table & Hearth where I share all about the DIY projects and home decor in our builder basic home on the Texas coast, as well as crafts and recipes. I’m so happy be be over here sharing this project with you guys for my friends Erin and Emily (Emilys unite!).
You can say this project started out with a black sheep of a chair….literally. It came with a gross sheepskin on it and had burn marks. I had been on the search for quite sometime to find a smaller-scale vintage chair to use in our guest bedroom. My super-thrifter friend texted me one day and said she found a wicker chair for $10 that may work, so I told her to snag it up. When I got it from her though, I saw what I was up against.
It may look not so bad in that pic, but just be glad that smell doesn’t travel through a computer because that disgusting faux sheepskin stuuuuuunk!!! But when I took it off, it just revealed a handful of other snags. The main seat wicker wasn’t in that bad of condition, but the legs were rusted, the arms were disintegrating, there were random burned areas, and the wicker was unraveling in a few places. I’m pretty sure it was sitting outside in front of a fire pit for quite some time.
It wasn’t near bad enough for me to throw in the towel though, so I gathered some supplies and started the transformation.
- Super glue
- Chalk paint (I used one small sample pot of Annie Sloan “graphite” and two sample pots of Annie Sloan “pure white”)
- Spraypaint (I used Rustoleum’s Metallic in oil-rubbed bronze)
- Fine sandpaper
- Furniture wax (I used Annie Sloan clear wax)
- Wax brush
First thing I did was spray the chair off with high-pressured water and wipe it down to get rid of the dust and grime and spiderwebs, then let it dry out in the sun. I flipped it over and sprayed two coats of oil-rubbed-bronze spraypaint on the legs and frame.
After the paint was dry, I brought it in and trimmed off any burned/damaged wicker, glued down what was left with superglue gel, and re-wrapped the areas that were unraveled then glued them down. I sanded the worn areas on the arms to get rid of the loose fluff also.
Then she was ready for paint. A little PSA here: if you have to paint wicker, I cannot recommend a paint sprayer enough. I didn’t have one so I painted this by brush but please, do yourself a favor and spray it if you can. I used a bunch of different size brushes to get as much into the nooks as I could, a 2″, a 1″, as well as various little craft brushes too. My brushes weren’t too happy about all that dabbing. There’s some areas I just couldn’t get to but I was going for rustic anyway so I didn’t mind.
I did one coat of “graphite”, then two of “pure white” so that when I sanded, the graphite would come through instead of the orangey original color. I then lightly sanded in areas that would be worn, like the arms, the top, the front edge, and the surface of the wicker on the seat and back. After vacuuming the dust off and wiping it down, I then sealed it with clear furniture wax (not that it’ll get alot of use, but still).
As soon as the first coat of paint went on, the chair was instantly transformed and I knew it would look amazing in the room, I was even more blown away when it was all done in it’s shabby glory. We live close to the beach so our home has alot of weathered, neutral, washed-out colors and textures so the two-tone distressing on the chair blends in perfectly.
I also love that the graphite color peeking through gives a subtle nod to our DIY planked feature wall opposite of it.
The original color did come through a little when sanding but I actually like it better. I think it makes it look even more “antiqued”.
Salvaged from the fire pit and the stinky faux sheepskin, you’d never know where this little gal started! Not too bad for $10. It’s the perfect size and came out to be the perfect look for our guest room.
Thanks again to the girls for having me here today and I hope you love my little chair makeover as much as I do :)
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Wow, what an awesome transformation! Thank you so much, Emily, for sharing your amazing makeover with us!
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