Any time I see a wicker chair at the thrift store for less than eight bucks, I snatch it up. I don’t know why I choose 8 dollars as my limit and not 7 or 9…it just seems like an awfully nice number. Like the Blake Shelton of numbers. I would get along with an 8.
Anyhoo…I found these two wicker chairs at different thrift stores at different times and they have been sitting in my garage waiting for a makeover.
The white one was really really dry. It had obviously been outside and the paint cracked and was flaking off.
I want to use these outside – so the first thing I did was whip out my wire brush. It’s a great tool for cleaning in crevices like these. It did the job pretty well with the dandruff.
Then I used our new Amplifi to spray the entire thing down. What is an Amplifi? Well I am so glad you asked 🙂 It’s like a hose holder and a pressure washer washer had a baby. And the thing came out all dark gray and hairless. The fine folks at Briggs & Stratton sent us one and we’ve been playing with it every.single.day since.
I think the technical term is hose powering and storage system. It takes a regular ole hose and turns it into a high powered cleaning and watering tool…and a wicker-chair makeover tool. I wish I had a picture of me in action with this bad boy (but I didn’t want to risk ‘cleaning’ my Mark II). Anyhoo…it’s awesome…you want it. I did. I just didn’t know I did.
So after I got done spraying the entire chair, it was looking clean and ready for paint.
Now let’s take a look at the black one.
It’s finish wasn’t quite as bad…just a few flakes and a bit of Amplifi-ing got it ready.
Now are you ready? Here’s the finished product – a couple newly spraypainted chairs. I used the Rustoleum’s Oil-Rubbed Bronze and love it so much.
Since the black chair wasn’t as dramatic – I decided to show ya just the white to black transformation. Doesn’t it look so much newer and cleaner? I love the sheen that comes with the spraypaint (although black would look good too – I just wanted that extra ORB glimmer). Oh and the cushion is from Walmart. Much better, huh?
Plus – it’s great that we have a his & hers chair out front…you know…so that we can greet those girls knocking on the door for Will. And yes, we are holding weaponry. A mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do 🙂