This wicker rocker had seen better days, and....

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  • Difficulty Equal To :

    Taking a cold shower

    Sitting in a tub of ice

    Jumping into a frozen lake

  • Final Cost of The Project

    $10

  • Timeframe to Complete

    2 Day(s)

  • Social Sharing

STEP 1

Here's she is...I cleaned up the flaking paint on the wicker with a wire brush and used sandpaper to smooth the wooden rockers

STEP 2

While cleaning it up, I saw the Heywood-Wakefield label, a company well-known for quality antique wicker furniture. That convinced me even more that I wanted to save this chair

STEP 3

The arm was badly damaged. I am not a wicker repair expert and didn't want to spend the big bucks to have it professionally repaired. I just wanted to make it a lovely piece that I could use in my potting shed for some relaxation at the end of the day

STEP 4

I had some scrap copper pipe about the right size to make a replacement for the missing outside edge, so used a tubing cutter to cut it to the right length. I bent it to approximately the same curve as the arm.

STEP 5

Using e-6000 glue, I attached the inserted the broken ends of the wicker arm into the hollow ends of the tubing. I taped the tubing to the framework and let it dry for 24 hours

STEP 6

Still a pretty ugly repair,, now it's looks for A coat of white latex primer and a couple of coats of Krylon Ballet Slipper pink paint, and it's starting to look better!

STEP 7

Now, to cover up that ugly broken arm! I had some old and faded Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic rosebud sheets that I had saved after we bought new ones for the bed. I tore a piece of the sheet into about 1" wide strips and wrapped them around the arms, tying the strips at each end to the wicker frame.

STEP 8

To make the fabric more moisture resistant so I could put it outdoors on occasion, I sprayed the strips with several coats of clear acrylic

STEP 9

A bit of a vintage lace scrap for trim to cover the broken seat edge, a pillow for the seat, and a vintage flour sack pillowcase tied on the back with ribbons

Recommended Products or Materials

Copper tubing
Sandpaper