Our IKEA wicker chairs were getting a little worse for wear, so we had this great idea of spray-painting them. I just wanted to do blue and white but hubby had other plans, and I'm glad he did! I painted each one a different color - though I nixed his rainbow-with-leftover-colors chair so we have one that we left natural. Each chair, with two coats, took about one and a half cans of spray paint. You could probably get away with one generous coat, but we plan to leave them in the hot baking, humid sun on the balcony so I was aiming for a as-closeas-you-can-get-to-complete seal.
Then, we had guests and...
I had to bring in a chair for extra-seating. Yes, we still have our table with four chairs from before kids and entertaining is always a challenge - I institute the "kids table" for more seating.
I brought in just the blue chair and... pop! Wow, I didn't realize that kooky sea-themed plasticized table cloth that I bought at the market would actually match anything. This wicker chair is not going back onto the balcony!
Just a few tips if you plan on spray-painting your wicker chairs:
-Put a generous layer of cardboard, or drop cloth or newspaper because these chairs have holes, so you will be spraying a lot of paint everywhere else.
- Wear your "painting" clothes. Or if you just moved and got rid of them, wear your pj's inside-out so if the wind changes direction you don't ruin a nice outfit. Ignore the Italian neighbors poking their head through the gate who are trying to figure out whether they should tell you that you have a tag standing straight up from your butt.
-Oh yes, the wind. Even on the stillest day.. there will be a breeze. So try to adjust your painting angle so that the wind blows most of the paint towards the chair.