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


  • Timeframe to Complete

    2 Day(s)

  • Social Sharing


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


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


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


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.


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


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!


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.


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


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