Monday, September 15, 2014

Wicker Furniture Makeover

Hello!

Yes, I am alive...and actually doing well.  I have had lots of snags in life over the past month or so and blogging has had to take the back burner for a bit.  Nothing big or serious, just more important.

With that said, my marathon project for the summer is finally done and I truly LOVE it!  Here is my Wicker Furniture Makeover...
MyLove2Create, Wicker Furniture Makeover

Really this is quite an easy and simple project.  With the summer I have had, it has been started and stopped so many times, I had a difficult time finding the before and mid shots in all my photos.  I think I started this in June...yea, pathetic I know.
MyLove2Create, Wicker Furniture Makeover
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This wicker set came home with me from a garage sale about 4 years ago and looked pretty shabby, but for $10 I couldn't pass it up!  With the magic of spray paint I was able to make it look almost brand new, but after 4 years...
MyLove2Create, Wicker Furniture Makeover
Another makeover was definitely in order.
Tablecloth used to cover seats
So, on a pleasure trip to "At Home" aka "Garden Ridge" (they just changed names) I spotted this super fun outdoor/indoor table cloth and I knew it would be perfect to recover the seats on my wicker furniture.

This was a total splurge for me, but I felt justified because I was sure I couldn't find a great fabric for this cheap....and the colors were just what I wanted.  Of course I didn't buy it right away, I went home and stewed about it for half a day before I hurried back to the store to make the purchase.
Removing staples
Knowing I had my fun fabric ready to go I set to work removing the seats and a million staples!  (ok, not a million but it seemed like it)  I took off the fabric layer and this is what I found...
Removing staples
Yep.  Five million more.  Is it against child labor laws to pay your 10 year old a dollar to help you remove staples?
Spray painting wicker
I decided that a nice navy blue spray paint on the wicker and metal would be perfect to match the newly recovered seats.  I made sure to wipe them clean and then used not quite three cans to spray all three chairs.  I love Rust-oleum's spray paint, seriously it hasn't failed me yet!!  Great coverage and easy to spray, I get it at Home Depot.
Staple on fabric
I set my seats on the tablecloth and cut the fabric a few inches bigger on all sides, I made sure to pull it up to check if I had enough fabric.  

I had more than half of the table cloth left when I finished cutting.  I was happy about that because I can use it for something else!  I used my power shot pro staple gun to attach the fabric and that was it!  I am not a pro at doing upholstery, but it really isn't bad, you can check out my DIY upholstery bench for a little more detail.  I learned how to upholster from YouTube. (:
MyLove2Create, Wicker Furniture Makeover, adding Thompson's water seal fabric seal
This is obviously outdoor furniture, and the weather must be dealt with.  I have been wanting to try this Thompson's Water Seal Fabric Seal for SOOOOO long.  Since June to be exact.  I was so impressed with this product when I saw it at the Thompson's Booth at SNAP in March that I was giddy with excitement when they sent me some to try!!  
MyLove2Create, Wicker Furniture Makeover, adding Thompson's water seal fabric seal
I sprayed it on and recoated after 4 hours.  Super simple!  Not only does it waterproof the fabric, it resists color fading, and repels stains, a total must with 6 kids and a dog.  It was really quick and easy to apply, and I am now itching to make some outdoor pillows to spray it on!
I reattached the seats aaannd....TA DA...a super cute wicker furniture makeover for less than $30!  It is so fun, bright and inviting!  
MyLove2Create, Wicker Furniture Makeover
It will stay here on my front porch for a little while, maybe until next spring.  This set was supposed to go on my finished back porch that....isn't finished.  Ahhh, the best laid plans....maybe next summer won't be as busy?  Ha ha ha!
MyLove2Create, Wicker Furniture Makeover
Do you  have any wicker furniture that needs sprucing up?  I totally recommend just going for it, you won't be sorry!

Thanks for stopping by!
Hugs,
Mindi

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20 comments:

  1. WOW! Mindi, this is amazing and gorgeous! That wicker set was looking pretty sad and I am sure some people would have donated it or thrown it away. You transformed it for about thirty bucks! Impressive! I love the shower curtain you found. It goes well with the blue spray paint and the color of your house. Geesh, wicker furniture is expensive and you have remade yours to look very expensive. :) Lady, take a break and have some lemonade on your front porch tomorrow. It is suppose to be hot again. Enjoy your hard work! :)

    Mindi, I completely understand about life snags. These past four weeks have been crazy. I meant to post today, but could not. Hopefully, Wednesday. My blog had to take a back seat (again) so I could focus on other stuff that really needed my attention.

    Okay, I need to pin this makeover! :)

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  2. Wow, this transformation is amazing! Genius to use a table cloth as your seat fabric! I co-host a link party that opened tomorrow (wed) at 8:00 pm EST and I'd love for you to stop by and share this great post! www.4you-withlove.com Here's to a great day!

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  3. Pinned to the trash 2 treasure tuesday highlights board! That looks spectacular! I'll have to try that fabric protection spray. Sounds worth buying some (unless they send me a free one like you managed! ) ;)

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  4. I so enjoy seeing before and after pictures of a project, especially when the results are so amazing. Wonderful job on you patio project.
    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  5. This looks GREAT! I have been wanting to try that water seal spray myself so I think when I move, I will do something similar to this. Great job!

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  6. Fantastic transformation!!! Thanks for linking it up to Monday Funday!

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  7. wow what a huge difference! I love the finished redo wicker furniture! thanks for sharing the diy, hints, tips, etc. appreciate it!

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  8. The before and after on this project is awesome lady! Holy cow! First I find the the vision you had for this set to be spectacular! The tablecloth you found is the perfect touch and the color for the body of the furniture is just beautiful! It looks brand new! You seriously need to start up a business...no joke!!! I hope that everything is ok and that all goes smoothly. Thinking of you friend! Nicole xoxo

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  9. Beautiful makeover Mindi!!!! Great save!

    gail
    ps pinned!

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  10. That looks awesome! Such a great transformation...it looks totally new. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday. I love projects like this.

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  11. This is a great project! I'm now on the hunt for some of that fabric spray... imagine the possibilities! I featured your post on my "Feature Friday" post today, and I'm following you on bloglovin! Please let me know if you'd rather me not use your image to link =)

    http://www.hillsidemomma.com/?p=291

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  12. Well that is a great make-over, great job with the fabric choice. I have an upholstery post today too, if I didn't know better I say its the same. I bought my fabric at Joanne's but it sure does look like a similar pattern.
    Ann

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  13. What a huge transformation! It looks great. I love the how the tablecloth pops next to the Navy! I will be featuring this project on this coming Merry Monday Link Party! Be sure to check it out Sunday evening 8 CST

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  14. Very cute transformation! Thanks for linking!

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  15. Oh wow, what a transformation! I would never have guessed the after came from the before. Well done!

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  16. Hi Mindi! Love how your tired set looks brand new! Brilliant to use a table cloth. Happy Fall & thanks for sharing @DearCreatives Theresa

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  17. Wow! Mindi this turned out great! When I was there last summer you were wanting to do this make-over. You are amazing, I am so proud of you. I know it is pathetic that I am just now seeing this...part of that "life snags" stuff!

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  18. I recently did my wicker in a mint green and white....I have the perfect tablecloth as I have been searching for fabric... Duh! Thanks for the inspiration

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