I recently found this really sweet wicker chair at our local thrift shop. It was a child’s version of the larger wicker chairs often used to decorate outdoor areas. They’re usually woven from natural materials such as cane, bamboo, rattan or willow and have a lovely natural quality. As soon as I saw this chair I knew Miss E would love it. I had found an Annie Sloan “recipe” on how to paint a wicker chair with chalk paint and thought this the perfect project to give it a try. Here is the before photo … it’s just the perfect size for little girls. As you can see the chair was in pretty good condition, but with just a little too much orange lacquer for my taste. As Miss E’s favourite colour is pinky purple she choose Henrietta, which we mixed with some Pure White to lighten the colour up a little. I then added some water – about one third so it’s fairly sloppy and easily applied to the woven wicker. I applied one coat of paint all over the chair with a fairly thick brush. The idea is to use just the tip of the brush and wipe over the top of the wicker to bring out the weave rather than try to get into all the nooks and crannies.
To create some interest … try to vary the density of the application by applying more paint on the areas where there is a different weave, such as along the edges of the arms.
However this is were I started to improvise and rather than wipe the paint on top, I began to work it into the weave (which you can see in the photo below). This changed the overall look … without the natural weave showing through the chair lacked interest and looked rather “dull”. To try and add some more interest I painted on some white chalk paint, starting with the diamond shaped lozenge on the back and the plaited weave down the arms. I also used a dry brush technique to paint white chalk paint over the rest of the chair, but I still wasn’t happy with the finished look. In the end, to create more of a distressed look I rubbed the chair with some fine sandpaper and then a damp cloth (which worked a treat!). While this produced the opposite effect to what Annie Sloan suggested, it did create some charm and interest that the chair needed. I liked to the matt finish of the wicker weave, so didn’t use a varnish or wax. For a relatively simple little project, I learnt heaps. By the end I was pleased with the overall look and finish of this cute little wicker chair. The biggest lesson I learnt from this project…
Sometimes Less Really is More!
I took this photo of the wicker chair next to one of my kitchen chairs to give you an idea of the size. Do you have any great tips or tricks for painting wicker? Here are some of my favourite chair makeovers from Pinterest.
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