Today, I'm linking to 3 fun blogs---a first for me! Susan, Sally and Rhoda---thanks ladies!
When the "powers that be" gave out genes for DIY, they totally passed me over! Not to mention the gene for thriftiness! -lol- But, I'm trying to learn, so I started out small. I spotted this wicker rocking chair in a
It looks white, sitting here in the Florida sun. But, actually it was grayish and very dirty.
Can you imagine that I've never really painted anything until now? I believe that wicker is usually spray painted, but I couldn't find the color I wanted. And, then it occurred to me that if I painted it with a brush I could get more of the uneven, "antiquey" look I wanted. I bought a color called True Turquoise. It's just cheap Walmart paint, although I've heard that their store-brand paint is made by Benjamin Moore. (Does anybody have information about that?)
Anyway, without further ado, and no skill whatsoever, I slapped the paint on. I tried to use a skimpy amount of paint in some areas, to make it look worn. (Trust me, it's very worn!) I would welcome any suggestions as to whether I should try to "highlight" the carved inserts and how to do that. I tried putting some walnut stain on them and wiping it off with cheese cloth. I thought I remembered reading about some kind of "technique" like that. But, I couldn't see that it made any difference.
Here's the finished product. The wicker is brittle and the chair is a bit rickety, so I plan to only use it for display. I had fun doing it, and it's a start! As for the shells, I collected them on the beach at Ft. Morgan, near Gulf Shores, Alabama.