Monday, April 15, 2013

DIY Antique Wicker Table Restoration Tutorial

by Elizabeth

in Crafts and DIY


DIY Antique Wicker Table Restoration Tutorial

This DIY Antique Wicker Table Restoration project has a tremendous sentimental value to me. I first saw this old, beat up table made of wood and wicker at my great aunt’s house collecting dust in her basement. I made a comment on how beautiful the table was, and she told me I could have it if I wanted. It turns out that it belonged to my great-great grandfather, and is more than a hundred years old. I knew instantly that I needed to do something special to breathe life back into this table.

DIY Antique Wicker Table Restoration Tutorial

 

The top of the table and the shelf were solid wood, that had been painted first a mint green, and then on top of that, a bright yellow. I wanted to preserve the wood, as the wood and painted wicker combination is really beautiful. Given the age of this table, I didn’t want to use a sander, as it could risk damaging the wood. I opted to use a paint stripper instead, so I chose one of the ‘friendlier’ brands, that wouldn’t burn through my skin or destroy anything. I had to buy some tools, such as scrapers and scrubbers, but the dollar store had everything I needed in order to remove the paint.

DIY Antique Wicker Table Restoration Tutorial

I washed the table first, as it had collected dirt and dust over the years, then I made sure to change into my painting clothes. I also used rubber gloves, just in case. The paint stripper I used was really smelly, so I had to open all of the windows to make sure there was proper ventilation. The product I used was goopy and messy, so I laid out a tarp under the table.

DIY Antique Wicker Table Restoration Tutorial

What I did, was put a layer of the paint stripper (about a quarter of an inch thick) all over the wooden surfaces. I let it sit for about a half an hour, then with my scrapers in hand, took off the first layer of paint. Because this was the least ‘intense’ paint stripper and the table had a few different layers of paint, I had to repeat the process about four times to ensure all of the paint was removed from the wooden tabletop and shelf.

The transformation has been incredible, especially knowing how old this table was. I would definitely use paint stripper again, but in the future, I might use something a little stronger, as it would consume less time.  I am so happy and honored to be able to breathe new life into a family heirloom that I will hold onto forever. I decided to paint the wicker parts of the table an antique white, so in order to prep the surface, I just washed it and gave it a very light sanding by hand. I painted the wicker parts with two coats of paint, and after this was dry, I decided I wanted to stain the tabletop and shelf a dark walnut color. The old wood absorbed the stain, so I gave it two good coats, and then finished it with a matte sealant.

 

 

DIY Antique Wicker Table Restoration Tutorial

Sarah is currently studying Anthropology at McMaster University.  She enjoys up-cycling, creating customized furniture, decorative furniture painting and any do-it-yourself projects, big or small. She is passionate about creative sustainability, by breathing new life into items destined for the land-fill. 



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Stephanie LaPlante April 15, 2013 at 9:08 am

Wow! You made that table absolutely gorgeous! It has a beautiful vintage look to it.

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coffeewithjulie April 15, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Wow, you can’t even recognize the before piece with the after piece! Great job! I tend to think of wicker as “cottagey” but this piece looks like it could fit in just about anywhere. Love it.

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Gingermommy April 15, 2013 at 3:08 pm

I wish I had the talent of seeing the potential on old items. This looks great.

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Bewildered Bug April 15, 2013 at 3:30 pm

That table looks amazing! If I visited I would completely think it is brand new! And getting everything at the dollar store?! Wow! Good going crafty (hee hee see what I did? Double meaning?) lady!

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HilLesha @To the Motherhood April 15, 2013 at 9:43 pm

That is really pretty!

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Inspire Me Heather April 16, 2013 at 7:39 am

That table looks beautiful, you’ve done a lovely job!

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Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc. April 16, 2013 at 9:08 am

I love sentimental pieces in the home, that’s an awesome story and you did a wonderful job. A hint though, for your next project, if you need to strip paint a heat gun works amazingly! If you move the gun around, don’t leave it in one place it just lifts the paint right off.

Laurie @ Vin’yet Etc.

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Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell April 16, 2013 at 9:26 am

It turned out great. The white is much better than the lime green/yellow. Love having pieces around the house that have meaning.

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Janelle @ Two Cups of Happy April 16, 2013 at 5:23 pm

You did a great job! It’s practically unrecognizable from what it once was, but it still has it’s history.

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Jenn April 16, 2013 at 6:30 pm

WOW!! great restoration!

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Dani@Lifeovereasy April 16, 2013 at 8:20 pm

There’s nothing better than antique “shopping” in relative’s homes’, isn’t there? I have a few things from my family – so much more special than anything I could buy. The piece turned out beautiful – great job!

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Cynthia @ A Button Tufted Life... April 17, 2013 at 6:14 am

This little gem came up beautifully! I love the two tone effect you got by leaving the top dark. Some of my favourite pieces came from family… I love walking through the house and remembering special people and feeling them close.

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Victoria Ess April 17, 2013 at 9:57 am

I am in love with these DIY posts of yours. They are completely inspiring and I’m committed to doing ONE project like this, this summer.

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Tia April 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm

A nice fresh update. I’ve been trying to keep my eye out for some wicker/natural items for my porch. Nice work!

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mara April 18, 2013 at 1:31 pm

TALENTED. Any ideas of how to resurface cheap brown ikea ‘wood’ furniture? My daughter is using for her dorm room and wants it white.

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Jen P April 19, 2013 at 9:59 am

looks SO much better – i love furniture with a story and a personal touch!

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Tasha April 19, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I love restoration posts! WOW! Talk about going from drab to FAB! Super pretty! :)

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caryn s April 19, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Love your table reno its looks amazing!

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Kerrie @ Family Food and Travel April 20, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Every time I see one of these posts I want to rush out and find things to make myself a table!

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Brett April 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Wow, I love this! We had a whole wicker settee?? Setee? Set and just didn’t know what to do with it so we gave it away. Now I wish we hadn’t :(

Thanks for linking up at Inspire. Create. Do. last week- we’re featuring this post for this week!!

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Janel C April 23, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Linked back to you in our Inspire. Create. Do linky party!! :) Thanks for sharing!

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Darlene Jones-Nelson April 24, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Wow a great job restoring this it looks amazing.

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Stacey L April 26, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Love the transformation what a beautiful job you did. Great to see that you were to bring back an old sentimental piece to new again.

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Darlene May 8, 2013 at 12:42 pm

wow!! that is pretty amazing!! thank you so much for this .. I’m now going to redo my mom’s for her!!

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Paige May 14, 2013 at 9:41 pm

amazing!

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Rose May 14, 2013 at 9:43 pm

cool!

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Michelle Elizondo May 18, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I love how you can just diy!

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Our Family World August 21, 2013 at 3:16 am

Wow, I would have thrown the “before” away, but you did an amazing job with it!

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Todd Lovessweeps August 23, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Very nicely done – I have gotten rid of things that looked better than the “before” picture.

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Darlene Schuller October 24, 2013 at 7:18 am

wow! What an amazing job!! That came up absolutely beautiful!!

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jessica s October 28, 2013 at 8:18 am

wow that thing was pretty ugly before you got your hands on it! kudos to you! absolutely beautiful finish!

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ginette4 November 4, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Wow, good job, would never know that it’s over 100 years old, your great great grandfather is smiling from up above, thank you for sharing

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loriag November 30, 2013 at 10:52 am

You did a fantastic job, and what a sentimental piece. Love your work.

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Elizabeth Matthiesen December 8, 2013 at 9:56 am

what a marvellous job you made of this table. It looks enchanting now it’s had a touch of TLC. Your great-great grandfather would be very proud of you of that you can be assured.

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Laurie P April 7, 2014 at 10:50 am

Quite the transformation! well done!

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kathy downey July 24, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Awesome job,I love giving new life to an old item

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