Wicker chairs makeover in bold red!

May 31 2016
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Last summer I spotted my aunt giving away a couple of wicker chairs on her Facebook page on a “first come first serve basis” I jumped on them! They were so darned cute I couldn’t help myself! They were a bit beat up and needed a good bath but I really thought that they would clean up just fine. I don’t have ANY experience with wicker furniture but these two were on my list to get done as early this spring as I could. So, I stopped by Ace hardware after I left work one Friday and picked up three cans of outdoor tinted primer, three cans of outdoor red spray paint and two cans of spray-on outdoor sealant. Then, I covered my garage floor with a tarp on Saturday morning and got to work!

Outdoor furniture makeover with red paint, two old wicker chairs get a bold new look with red paint and covered cushions.
Outdoor furniture makeover with red paint, two old wicker chairs get a bold new look with red paint and covered cushions.


Outdoor furniture makeover with red paint, two old wicker chairs get a bold new look with red paint and covered cushions.

You see here where the worst of the wicker damage was. After some debating I realized there wouldn’t be any “real” fixing it for me that morning but I thought I could at least support the wicker enough so no more damage would happen and, also, down play the damage as much as I could. I grabbed some wire from the barn and just started strapping it all down and together as best as I could.

Outdoor furniture makeover with red paint, two old wicker chairs get a bold new look with red paint and covered cushions.


Outdoor furniture makeover with red paint, two old wicker chairs get a bold new look with red paint and covered cushions.


Outdoor furniture makeover with red paint, two old wicker chairs get a bold new look with red paint and covered cushions.

I also flipped both of the chairs over and put a cross of wire under the seats just for a little added support. All in these wicker chairs were certainly sturdy enough but I wanted to help them out and prolong their lives as long as I possibly could.

Outdoor furniture makeover with red paint, two old wicker chairs get a bold new look with red paint and covered cushions.

I used a tinted primer and put it on HEAVY. These were probably the easiest pieces of outdoor furniture I’ve ever painted in the sense that they were so dry and desperate that it was impossible to make a drip lol. However, painting wicker is not easy, I hit it from every side and angle I possibly could and I still sit down in these chairs and notice places where you can see a hint of blue still showing through. After doing two heavy coats of primer I then put two heavy coats of red paint on them as well. Over the course of the entire day I finally put on one heavy coat of spray on outdoor sealant and tucked them away in a safe spot in the garage to dry for 24 hours.

Outdoor furniture makeover with red paint, two old wicker chairs get a bold new look with red paint and covered cushions.

All in I am pretty excited for how these little wicker chairs turned out!

I had one last outdoor table cloth left over from my Goose hunting chairs to sun loungers project that I simply wrapped those big cushions in and tied them underneath with baling twine. These little wicker chairs are amazingly comfortable! Granted my husband tells me they’re a little low to the ground for him, well I’m not a very big or tall person so they’re about right for me. You kind of fall and “sink” into them – these are some real relaxation chairs right here!

Outdoor furniture makeover with red paint, two old wicker chairs get a bold new look with red paint and covered cushions.

Sorry for the wet photos guys! I knew I should have taken the after pictures yesterday afternoon when it was sunny out. We’re getting just pounded with storms right now, which is good because we really need to the rain, but maybe not so good for after pictures of red wicker chairs!

Anyway, thanks for stopping by guys!

Outdoor furniture makeover with red paint, two old wicker chairs get a bold new look with red paint and covered cushions.pinit-wicker-chair-makeover-red

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Kathy from CT
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Fabulous!

Melanie
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Wicker is so hard to spray paint, your right! Those little, un-painted spots hide way down in the cracks . . . I’m glad you persisted though 🙂 These look really cute, I like the bold red! Thanks so much for linking up to Friday’s Furniture Fix!

Diana Petrillo
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I think the bold new look is terrific, Tarah. The fabric you chose is so fun and is a nice match with the red paint. Thanks so much for linking your posts up with us regularly at Vintage Charm. It’s so nice to have you party with us 🙂

Quirky Homemaker (@QuirkyHomemaker)
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I absolutely adored how they turned out! Love the red and the cushions. Have a great week!

Helen at Pleasures of the NW
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What an amazing transformation!! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party-and don’t forget to leave a comment at the party – Next week’s features that also leave a comment get pinned and tweeted!

Katrin
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Aw you really made them shine again, these two wicker chairs are lovely! The colour is perfect and the cushions look super! I just drove by a wicker chair the other day, it was in bad shape and I didn’t really know how I could fix it… shame, now I wish I had picked it up!

Sherry Nappa
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What a great makeover! I love the color of the chairs, too. Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday.

Angela
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Your chairs look awesome. I saw that red and I just had to click on them.

Erlene Amat
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Nice save. The new color makes them so cheery and they look great. Thanks for sharing this on Merry Monday.

Jann Olson
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What a transformation! I love red and they are so darn cute!! Thanks for sharing them with SYC.
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Jann

Stacey Keeling
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Well if you ask me, a little red spray paint makes everything better.

Happy Thoughts of Home. 🙂

Jess
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These look so great!! 🙂

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Christine
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Those look great, I wouldn’t have been able to pass those up either. Great job!

Mary
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That pop of color is spot on I love it! Great makeover

Debrashoppeno5
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The chairs look great. Red is a happy color and they do look so comfy. It is a good place to relax in your pretty red chairs.

Sandra L Garth
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Like night and day, what a beautiful makeover! Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great week.

Leslie
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Those chairs are awesome! Wicker really is hard to paint or stain, and it looks like you did a great job. I love the idea of using outdoor table cloths for the cushions, too. Thanks for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

Carla a.k.a Mrs. R
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Oh gosh … these are adorable chairs! I love how you refurbished them xo

Beverly
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Love how the wicker chairs turned out. Great job!
Bev

Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle
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An awesome color and a job well done. Ana amazing transformation.
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Carol
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You’re so creative to think of wire to support the wicker. I wouldn’t have thought of that!

Marie|The Interior Frugalista
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Wow, these really are stunning, especially with the pretty fabric you used on the seats. Pinning

Brenda E Young
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I cant seem to ever pass up free pieces to refurb either, lol! Your recycle project came out beautifully! Thanks for sharing it at Fridays Furniture Fix!

Gentle Joy Homemaker
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The red is a great improvement… really fits the country farmhouse theme. They look much better. 🙂

Patrick Weseman
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Love those chairs. Very nice.

Carol ("Mimi")
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The bright red chairs with the colorful cushions make such a cheerful statement for you deck! After painting, you can’t see where you wired the broken places. They now have a lot more life left in them. I bet that when she put it on FB, your aunt knew it would be you who came to pick those chairs up. ha-ha

Cassie Smallwood
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These look amazing in red! They look so much more modern. I would love to have those on my deck!

Amber Harrop
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I love the red, I know what you mean about wicker Tarah, I painted a laundry basket white – you think you have everywhere but I still spot bits I missed !!

Leanna
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The bold red makeover really makes these little chairs pop. Such a nice backdrop with the barn and the super shiny wood patio. It just says come sit here and enjoy the moment.

Spray painting is not my favorite activity, I am currently working on some outdoor chairs and its a struggle to see every little bit. I cannot imagine how hard wicker is to cover. Well done.

Ivory
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I am not your neighbor, and I am already green with envy! Wow, so beautiful!!!

Miriam
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What a beautiful makeover. I love your choice of colors and fabric.

Denise
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Wow…you sure did pick the perfect color….loving the red. Thanks for sharing this with us at the Waste Not Wednesday link party. Hope to see you back again this week.

Jodie
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Love the shape of these chairs! You really have them new life…they look great 🙂
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Toni
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I love your choice of color! The red looks awesome, and it’s just the color I’ve been looking for. Can you tell me where I can find it and what the name of the color is? Thanks!

Ann @ Live The Old Way
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These turned out beautiful! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Homestead Blog Hop!

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