Saturday, August 21, 2010


 I can't think of a better way to relax on a summer evening than on a porch, lounging on a wicker chaise! Maybe you have one that's in need of a little help. Here's how to revive it.
First, hose off your item outdoors to remove loose dust. If needed for grime removal, use a small brush or toothbrush dipped in dishwashing liquid & water. Be sure to remove all dirt, loose paint, mildew, etc. Rinse & dry.  For best results, dry in the sun as you will not be able to towel/wipe dry in the weaving.

Using a sharp pair of scissors cut back any loose or frayed pieces of wicker that may have come undone. If any legs or arms are getting loose, be sure to tighten the strands and secure. If the wraps are fraying near the bottom of the legs, simply repair them using a plastic tie strap. Be sure to put the connecter on the back side of the leg. Due to the size of the tie strap they fit in perfectly and not be noticeable once painted.

Now you can varnish your item in a matte to gloss finish or spray paint with a thin coat of good quality paint. Repeat a second thin coat if needed. Varnish may also be applied over paint if desired.

For sagging woven cane seats, completely soak the caning with HOT water & leave to tighten & dry in the sun.

Dying Unfinished Wood
Lightly sand the bare wood item and carefully dust off. Apply a solution of liquid "RIT" dye with a sponge in a circular motion. Let dry completely. The color will be lighter when dry, so repeat the application of dye to obtain a richer color. You may wish to seal the finish with a coat of varnish.

1 comment:

yorkie's primitives said...

Thanks Denise, I didn't know you could tighten webbing that way. Now I can fix some of my chairs, Valerie