Friday, October 12, 2012

Painted White Wicker Bedside Tables

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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! 

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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. 


Lilyfield Life custom painted furniture sydney
Lilyfield Life custom painted furniture sydney
 

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)

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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?

Fiona xx



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11 comments:

  1. Oh Fiona you sweet girl giving me a mention on your blog, that is so nice of you! Just checked my emails after reading this and there was one with the subject 'furniture painting' and I thought I was getting work already lol...the email was from NZ though :(

    The wicker tables look wonderful and you were right to use the spray can on this job.

    I know EXACTLY what you mean about being nervous when people come to pick up their newly painted furniture, I am just the same. Haven't had anyone said they hate it though, thankfully!

    xx Karen

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  2. These wicker side tables are absolutely adorable! What a great job you did in repairing and transforming them. LOVE them!
    Mary Alice

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  3. They look lovely, and I'm sure your client will be happy with them, who wouldn't be!

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  4. hi Fiona, these are just lovely and you've done a beautiful job of bringing them back to life. I am sure your client will be happy with them. I love your photos of them and that beautiful pot!
    all the best, Gwen

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  5. Stunning.I don't normally like cane but these are great.great job Fiona-love dee x

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  6. They are the cutest little fella's! Cool camera shot's too.

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  7. You've given them a whole new lease on life. They look fabulous! Well done! x KL

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  8. these are adorable - you have worked your magic on them. great photography also.
    xx ML

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  9. Well if she doesn't like them I'll take them off her hands.. gorgeous work.

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