So you’ve got that lovely set of rattan furniture or wicker garden chair that has (lets be honest), seen better days!

And now you want to repair it to it’s former glory.

Follow the detailed instructions in the video below to help restore your own furniture. The video example uses a chair, but the techniques can be applied to rattan dining sets, sofa sets, tables, chairs, or anything that’s been made in the traditional wicker method!

Transcript below (easier to watch the video!):

Introduction and Things you Need

I’m going to spray paint it in dark green, and in the arm area I will add putty to make them smooth and fill in the cracks. Then I will sand it down and paint it chocolate brown.
You can now see the chair before without the cushion, a little bit damaged on the side, apparently from 2003 (so 11 years old).

Things you need:

  1. Damp Cloth.
  2. Plastic Wood (hardware store).
  3. Two types of paint (hardware store).
  4. Cloth and sewing machine to refinish cushions.

Transcript of restoring a wicker garden chair:

The damages are obvious, but that’s not a problem we will fix all of that.
Ok, so I am going to move the chair onto the pallets in the yard so I can spray paint it.
Probably will do the putty first, this won’t take the longest time, neither will the paint which is quick dry.
The longest process will be re covering the cushion, which I will do with some fabric from the dining room.
As you can see this is now on the pallets in the back yard, and I am going to fill in the cracks using Platic Wood by DAP.
I have a flexible spatula which I will use to fill in the cracks on the arms, but making sure not to ruin the pattern on the sides of the chair.
This will dry very fast in the sun, and I will then sand it down to make is smooth.
This plastic wood stuff really does smell, so make sure you are in a well ventilated location!
I may have to add some, let it dry, and then add some more once it has dried properly.
So I have used the plastic wood to cover most of the cracks, but I left some to allow the wicker pattern to be maintained.
This has dried nice and fast, so I can now sand it down to make it smooth.
Next I will use a damp cloth to remove all the dust on the chair, this will make sure the paint added is smooth and contains no lumps.
Remove as much dust as you can because it will really help the final finish.
For the paint of the chair I am using a glossed green paint from Krylon, the Fusion for plastic, metal, wicker and more.
This spray paint will look ok with little coverage, the dark green is very nice, but it really does smell when it’s fresh!
Spray evenly from about 10cm away from the chair, making sure you approach it from all angles to get in between the wicker pattern.
Ok I spray painted the entire chair apart from the wood section, this stuff really stinks so I’m lucky it isn’t windy today!
Now I am ready to do the arms, for that I am using Rust-Oleum Painters Touch, Ultra Cover premium latex paint in chocolate brown.
This is interior paint from a normal hardware store, and it should make it look nice next to the green.
I panicked when I opened it as it looks purple!
However when you paint it on it dries as a brown very nicely. That would’ve been horrendous with the green!
Now we are done, and unfortunately I do not want to spend $50 on a replacement cushion. So I will use my replacement fabric from the guest bedroom to make a rounded edged cushion.
So the first step is to position the fabric over the pillow, obviously you want to have an even look of the cushion, so the pattern must be central.
Obviously the stripe could be beige or red, but I will make is even with the red centrally.
I will cut the edge of the pillow on either side, so that way I can use the strips of fabric for the side panel.
Where I will make the stripe pattern run vertically.
As you can see I am leaving a lot of lose fabric to pin the stripes on the side.
I do have more but I am trying to be economical as this is expensive fabric.
This should be enough fabric to pin to the sides. You have to make sure the fabric is taught, otherwise it will make a lose cushion.
I will pin on the inside, so this is the piece of fabric that is running vertical, so I will apply it to this side of the cushion, and join it on the corner, and pin them all along.
Then I will use the sewing machine to finish of the cuts. So you get the idea, this is pinned together, and then we will cut them so there isn’t much fabric in the way, and then I will thread it.
Some of the extra fabric is cut off, just make sure if you get a striped fabric, you must have the stripes perpendicular to the top.
As you can see it now looks lovely with the new paint job, this was one of the projects, and it looks great in my garden!

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