I finished these little wicker bedside tables I was working on. I know I say it a million times but paint (and in particular white paint) has the ability to transform your furniture. I just love seeing vintage furniture come alive again under my paint brush. Well in this case, under my spray can!
These vintage wicker bedside tables had seen better days and I spent quite a bit of time cleaning them -they were incredibly dusty and one even had an old cigarette caught up in the underneath. It was quite revolting. Once they were all clean I started the repairs. You can see in the photos at the bottom of this post that the wicker was quite unravelled in parts. I wound it back tightly into place and used my glue gun to secure it.
I then sealed and primed these by brush but just found it incredibly time consuming and fiddly. Getting my brush into all the wicker nooks and crannies was hard, I kept missing bits and couldn't get in deep enough into some areas. So I checked with my best friend Google and all the advice was to spray paint wicker. I bought a few cans of Dy Mark Revolution Enamel in a semi gloss white. It has done a great job on giving these tables a good coverage, no runs and an even gloss. I also changed the handles over to these lovely ceramic ones (one of the original ones were broken)
And here is the before photo. (although I have over exposed it - the downside of playing in the manual zone of by camera and not checking my shots before I painted them). Oh well you get the idea.
I hope my client is happy with them when she picks them up later today. Weirdly I'm always a bit nervous when painting someone else's furniture It's an extra pressure even when I know I've done exactly what I said I would and that I'm sure that the final product looks good.
If you have old furniture that is still solid and in reasonable condition but is dated or not a colour you like, have you thought of painting it? You can always find someone else to paint it for you. Me of course for all you Sydney-siders, Sandy from Paint Me White in Brisbane/Gold Coast and Karen from Restyled Vintage near Port Macquarie are all good starting points.
Are you a fan of rattan/wicker? Do you prefer it au naturale or painted?