Thursday, 1 August 2013

Wicker Chair Upgrade


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

Why oh why did nobody tell me sooner about the wonders of spray paint?!

I bought this wicker chair for Darcy from a vintage emporium (see blog post and pictures of it HERE) for about £15 and whilst the colour is inoffensive, it didn't look very special in my living room.

Add a can of spray paint and some elbow grease and wowee, wowee, brand new chair. 

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Before you spray, it's best to lightly sand (or get your little sister to do it for you, heh heh), wipe off any dust and debris and take it into a well ventilated space. 

The spray paint I used was from a craft store and under £10. Be sure to check the label to see if it is suitable for the surface you are using it on, ie. wood, metal etc. 

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I decided to leave it at one coat but if you wanted a completely covered look, with no natural wood colour showing through, I would go for two. I prefer the shabby chic, slightly aged effect. 

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The chair now fits perfectly into our lounge which is where we spend the majority of our time. Darcy feels very special to have her own little place and if we decide it doesn't work for the space anymore, it's small enough to fit in lots of other nooks. 

This was such a fast, affordable project that I am now continually on the hunt for new things to paint. I have been doing more and more projects around the house lately and can't wait to share a full tour with you soon. 

This last tour I did was Darcy's room whilst I was pregnant (link), so I am well overdue!

What do you like to do to spruce your rooms up? Have you done any projects lately?


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xx

112 comments:

  1. This chair turned out so perfect! I need to be better about restoring things myself!

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  2. Feel very inspired by this post! We are currently in the process of redecorating our sitting room and I would much rather keep and recycle our previous picture frames then get rid of them. I'm going to look for a colour to spray paint them so that they fit in perfectly with the new decor.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Claire x

    Www.Daydreamsinthegarden.blogspot.com

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  3. Might fix up my old chair in the loft, thanks for the tip :) x

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  5. that looks so nice with the pillow and teddy! x

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  6. The chair looks lovely! Great post xxx

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  7. What a good idea, the chair looks great. You remind me of kirsty allsop.

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  8. That looks so nice! Way better than the original. I love doing little DIY projects! I always feel so satisfied afterwards haha

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  9. Well done Hun, the chair looks great!!
    You have inspired me:)
    Have a lovely day x

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  10. You did a lovely job! And I just want to take that bunny and hug it! It's so cute!

    xx
    Mere

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  11. This is exactly what I want for my spare room, I love the shabby chic look

    Carrieanne x

    http://beautiesunlocked.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. This is the kind of thing I'm looking to do when I move in a months time - I don't have enough money to completely revamp but I can definitely stretch to things like this!

    xxx

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  13. I like this idea. I need to buy myself some spray paint!

    -Anne's Scribbles and Doodles

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  14. such a nice idea...I hope you do some more crafty / project posts!

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  15. That chair looks wonderful. I love making good out of old and any crafty projects!

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  17. I like most girls like to buy a few more candles! Looking into getting new curtains though! Love this post!

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  18. I love buying old fufniture to put new life into! I bought an old desk for £45 and painted it white, left the top wood and added little pink rose nobbs. It looks at least twice the price now! I'll have ro do a blogpost about it, make sure to watch out for one!

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    Emily xxx

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  19. thats such a nice idea!! :)

    oxx, Katrin
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  20. This is such a lovely idea! And it's such a pretty colour too! xxx


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  22. This is awesome! I love it. thegirlinthemoonlight.blogpost.co.uk

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  23. This looks like a great project idea, I love how it turned out! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  24. Wow, you're so creative! I wish I had half the creativity you do! I love this, Darcy is a lucky little girl!

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  25. Beautiful, i love the shabby effect! It almost makes it feel more homely.

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  26. I love doing little DIY projects like this and actually have a chair almost identical to this in my room! Haha :) you should try making your own bunting, would look lovely :)

    Great post Louise xxx

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  27. That looks really nice and so easy to do, even for people like me who aren't good with creative/DIY stuff! Thanks for the idea.

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  28. The chair looks so lovely! I'm looking for an old dressing table to do up at the minuet it quite exiting haha

    Teresa | Little Bits Of Sunshine

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  29. I saw one of your other posts about spray painting and I found a cheap laundry basket and did the same thing! It worked really well so thanks for your tips! xx

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  30. I need to get on this, that chair looks beautiful! Great job Louise!

    -Jade
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  32. The chair turned out so nice! I actually have a chair like that and I might just give that a go!

    Recently I have been doing some things to decorate my room! I have done a tutorial of one and I wish to do more soon! Here it is. http://missalicethecamel.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/tutorial-thursday-1-paper-garlands.html

    Alice xx
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  33. love love love the look of this, so creative! x

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  34. LOVE YOU LOUISE ! I also like the chair a lot ! :)

    xoxo
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  35. This looks great. I've spruced up two chairs lately, one similar wicker one with paint & upcycling and another wooden one with a bit of decoupage and upcycling. So satisfying! x

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  36. Such a great post Louise. The chair looks really nice.
    I'm planning on completely re doing my room this summer, it's going to be a long project but I can't wait to get started xx

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  37. : i have been making my own vintage style candles : please check out my blog to have a go : http://fashionablygrotesque.blogspot.co.uk/

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  38. I organize my room at home at least once a month. I love finding new little storage containers that look pretty and are useful. Lately I've been decorating jars to hold makeup brushes, writing utensils, and other things!

    Ring-a-Round a Rosey

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  39. It looks so cute! My mum wants e to spray some old furniture a different colour to get some new wardrobes without having to spend a fortune. I just haven't got round to it yet lol xx

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  40. This is SUCH a great idea!!

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  41. I am currently painting a side table I got from the charity shop last year. I had originally planned to use it for an exhibition but changed my mind at the last minute. It has been used to hold my dads ironing on it since then and after changing my room about the other month, I now have a use for it as a bed side table. A lick (or two) of cotton white paint and its looking cute!
    I enjoy these DIY posts.

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  42. My mum absolutely loves wicker chairs and they look so cute in any sort of space!

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    xx

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  43. Such a cute idea <3 I think my room is already up to max with all the things in it XD But I think if I had an empty room to work with, I would like to keep it simplistic and filled with plants! I think plants make a living space so beautiful <3 DIY wise, I found some really beautiful ways to store makeup that would really add to a room, so I would do those!

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  44. That is a really lovely idea. This Summer holidays I'm decoupaging an old wooden chair for my bedroom.
    Lauren x

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  45. I love this idea it makes me want to revamp my chest of draws and paint it white!! x

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  46. This is such a good idea! It could completely change the look of almost anything so it fits in with your room. Shows things don't always have to be expensive either!

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  47. Me and my Mom have recently gotten sooo interested in painting old furniture. You can even paint things like couches!! :D And any old dresser that be dark and boring, if you paint it a bright color, like aqua or red, you could even distress it a little bit and they look amaaaazing.
    And then you can even get creative, like this: http://www.simplysalvage.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Refinish-Chair.png.jpg

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  48. Aw that's lovely! I want to paint some of my stuff, perfect time to do it while i'm off from studying for the summer but it seems like so much effort haha!

    Jen x

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  49. This looks lovely, I love your crafty posts Louise!

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    xx

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  50. I'm currently in the process of redecorating my bedroom. Rather than spend a lot of money, I've been going to thrift stores in search of my nightstand and desk, then I'll sand and repaint them white.

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  51. That teddy is adorable Louise!:-)
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  52. Cute! :)

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  53. This is so cute! Would love to get one for my room! I'm hoping to start a memory wall in my room. Hopefully going tomorrow to print out some photo's and start it soon!

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  54. Oh, that chair looks lovely! I'll have to try my hand at spray painting!
    I have done some DIYs this month! I wrote a post about it over on my blog, if you'd like to check it out. (Link below)

    http://midwestpretender.blogspot.com/2013/08/july-diy-roundup.html

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  55. This is so adorable, I can imagine how happy Darcy is for that cute chair!

    x Leah Symonne x

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  56. That is absolutely adorable. I never knew you could spray paint wicker but now I've got lots of ideas.

    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

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  57. Such a good idea! Love your blog <3

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  58. I would really love to see a living room and bedroom tour those are the videos I love watching most. Aside from all the other videos I also love watching most. lol Please do one soon.

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  59. I ruined so many outfits and had to do the changes (sheets, blankets, etc.) in the middle of the night so many times with my son in other diapers. For a while anyone who was holding him would panic if they heard or smelled anything because those other diapers wouldn't hold his forceful breastfed pooh. These never leaked.

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  60. This is so cute! Thank you for the idea. I really enjoy the shabby chic look as well.

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  61. Fab job on the chair Louise!
    I did a similar thing to some drawers I found on eBay for £5 - it's rather satisfying isnt it!

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    xxx

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  62. I had never of thought of spray painting old, boring, bland, wicker furnishings!! Great idea!! And the chair turned out lovely!!

    Jack!!:)

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  63. I've been trying to put a shelf up in my room for a week! Glad your crafty projects are going better haha!

    Natalie xo

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  64. Ooo I cant wait to try this! Thanks for sharing with us. Two entries please!;-)

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  65. I love DIY posts like this, I'm thinking about changing my room around a little and revamping some of my old furniture and posts like this help me out a lot and give me ideas of what I could do xxx

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  66. Little things like this can spruce up a room so much. I like putting throw pillows on couches, or moving furniture around, or changing a few small patterns. It can make such a difference. I like the change in pace from all beauty/makeup to more family and home posts, thank you Louise!

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  69. I've always wanted to revamp some furniture. Chair looks great after some spray paint!

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  71. Hey Louise! Lovely job with this project! I really love the DIY and very affordable solution here. For full disclosure, I work for a manufacturer of patio furniture (we're called Harmonia Living, if you wish to look us up - based in the U.S.), and recently I actually had a client ask about our color options. If you see our furniture, you'll notice that they all tend to come with earth tones and neutral hues - often striking, but sometimes, admittedly a little boring. Well this client wanted a sea-green color for her sectional sofa, which she'd picked up from our store not long before. She decided she wanted to re-do it, but wasn't sure how to go about it.

    Now, I can't just say "well, buy some spray paint and go to town!" because then we'd be liable, etc. etc... so I ended up just saying "I'd consider seeking out the help of a professional for that task." Ugh, what a blunder.

    In the future, I think I will just direct similar questions to this blog post of yours! It's quite well put together!

    Thanks much and take care, Louise!

    -Mike

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  73. LOVE a good arts and crafts sesh!! This looks so simple but really effective *off i trot to find old furniture to spray and reinvent!*

    Such an amazing blog - every time i visit i find something else to try or another touching post - you really are such a relatable, down to earth chicka!

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  74. I love this! I was just talking to a colleague at work this morning and said it would be great it there were some good furniture make-overs available to the average (me: no-idea) person! Thanks!

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    I actually never have done something like that before, but thanks for showing me!
    Love you! x

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