Little Birdie Secrets and techniques
It is nearly warm enough for a BBQ here in Western Washington–hooray! Okay, I’m only sort of kidding. We BBQ within the pouring rain if we must. However as the weather’s been perking up, I have been serious about hosting a yard dinner with some associates. Till I remembered that my patio furniture was just about finished. I’d left the wicker chairs out uncovered and the wicker rotted, and eventually 12 months’s social gathering somebody sat on one and went right via the seat! Yikes! The other chairs are okay, however they’re pretty weathered. And since patio furniture is on the “wants” checklist and not the “wants” checklist, I had to get artistic.
This is one of the chairs before. It was once a pleasant, golden brown real colour. The rain took care of that. This requires slightly outside spray paint!
Step one before painting anything is to prep. Meaning cleansing and taping, and those two steps at all times seem to take longer than the precise painting! For wicker, use a spray bottle to lightly mist the piece,
then use a delicate cloth to wipe off dirt. Or get your kids to do it as a result of a spray bottle at all times screams “Fun!”
Subsequent, you’ll want to repair any broken pieces of wicker. I glued some of the longer ones down with wood glue, and trimmed the shorter ones.
If you are spray painting an outside wicker piece, ensure to decide on an indoor/outdoor spray paint. Tape off any metal components you do not wish to be painted, then spray from left to proper in even sweeps. I did two coats on my set (chairs and table).
For my broken chair, I reduce the wicker seat off fully. Now this part is sort of laughable, and not at all professional, however it totally worked! I minimize lengthy strips of economic grade upholstery fabric (because a friend gave it to me without spending a dime–you would also use upholstery webbing, available at fabric shops like JoAnn, or even Walmart). Then I sewed them together finish-to-end to create a really long strip. Then I tied one end to my place to begin. Wrapping them across the bars of the unique seat, I primarily created a basket weave seat to exchange my damaged one.
Don’t worry–this is not going to be seen. I added a coat of paint simply to make it less noticeable.
Now for the great cover-up. I found cushy chair pads at Walmart for blonde halo hair extensions $10. Once they’re on, you don’t even see my ugly basket weave job! And it’s sturdy sufficient that we can’t have to fret about another comic event at this 12 months’s BBQ. Occasion at my house, everybody!