How to Update a Wicker Table
Hello, friends! I’m so glad to be publishing this post on how to update a wicker table.
It’s my first post in over two weeks!
Two weeks ago, Mr. B. and I enjoyed a fun camping trip to Magnolia Springs State Park, near Augusta, Georgia. The nights were cold, but the days were sunny and gorgeous. We were invigorated by hiking and observing nature along the park’s trails, and it was great to just sit around the campfire and relax.
Then, after returning from the camping trip, I became ill with a nasty-awful-yucky flu-like “thing” that knocked me down for a full week. I am so glad to be over it! I have renewed appreciation and gratitude for good health.
Updating a Little Old Wicker Table
I have a little wicker table with metal legs that I bought at Pier One in 1995 (I remember the date because I was moving into a new house at the time).
It’s just the perfect size to place beside a chair to hold a drink and some magazines or books.
The wicker top is still in good shape, but it had become darkened and drab-looking over time. The dark green metal legs were doing nothing to ratchet up the excitement factor, either.
I wanted to give this little old table a bit more flair.
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- Annie Sloan chalk paint in Napoleonic Blue
- Annie Sloan dark wax
- Paint brush
- Soft, lint-free cloths
- Rustoleum metallic gold spray paint
- Rustoleum spray paint handle
- Painters’ tape
First, I painted the wicker table top with 2 coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Napoleonic Blue.
I allowed a couple of hours drying time between coats.
It’s so convenient to work with this type of paint because there is no need for priming or preparing the surface for the paint. You can just jump right in with applying the color.
I let the paint dry overnight and then applied Annie Sloan dark wax. I just rubbed it in with a soft, lint-free cloth.
After a couple of hours, I buffed the wax with the same cloth to get a little more sheen.
Then, I completely covered the wicker top with craft paper and carefully taped it down around the edges with painters tape.
Next, I took the table outside on a sunny day and spray painted the table legs with Rustoleum metallic gold spray paint.
Starting with the table upside down, I gave the legs a first coat of spray paint, followed by a second coat about an hour later.
After the paint was dry, I flipped the table over and gave the legs another 2 coats of the metallic gold spray paint.
Then, it was time to remove the craft paper and painters tape to reveal the refurbished table.
The Little Old Wicker Table Has New Life!
The navy blue and gold colors on the old table make a nice, updated statement.
I’ve been using this little table in a seating area in our bedroom, and I decided to put it right back in the same spot after its little facelift.
This seating area is across the room from a wall-mounted TV in the master bedroom, and it makes a great place to sit and read or watch TV. I have an ottoman that matches the chairs (not pictured), and I spend too much time here with my feet up, binge-watching Netflix shows.
I really like how the navy blue and gold table blends with the fabric on the chairs, the wall color, and the lamp.
Takeaways from This Project
- It was not difficult to update this little wicker table. Now, it complements my bedroom décor, and it has a few more years of life left in it.
- This project included an Epic Fail! I originally wanted to “gold leaf” the metal table legs. So, I purchased Martha Stewart gilding sheets, brushes, and gilding adhesive from Michael’s. But, I just could not get it right! Especially around the detailed areas, my “gold leafing” project was a miserable fail. That’s when I went for the good ol’ Rustoleum spray paint! It never lets me down.
- I still have the gilding supplies from Michael’s. Someday soon, I’ll try to develop my gilding skills on a smaller, flat surface. Maybe I’ll do the “gold leafing” on something like a plate, a small box, or a tray.
- I’m satisfied with the results of this project. I was using left-over materials from recent projects: (1) Annie Sloan chalk paint and dark wax from My Family Gallery Wall Makeover, and (2) Rustoleum metallic gold spray paint from the “Leprechaun’s Pot of Gold” in my post about Easy St. Patrick’s Day Crafts . I love it when I can use up materials from my stash and do a project for no cost!
So, how goes it with you? Are you having fun with updating any pieces of furniture or décor from your home? Or, have you experienced any Epic Fails, like I did in this project?
Also—does anyone out there have experience with “gold leafing” or gilding objects? Do you have any advice? Before I try it again on a new project, I need to do a little studying on the subject of “gilding”.
Let me know. I’d love to hear from you.
Enjoy Life Creatively!