Wicker repair and restoration is an art that requires knowledge and experience
of creating wicker products. My wicker repair and restoration project is to preserve
and refresh my Grandmother’s wicker fern plant stand. Here is what it looked like
when I got it.
I know, it looks bad and why would I want to try to fix this.
Well, I see myself as a person who doesn’t need material things
but at the same time, I am interested in the things my Grandparents
had in their home. It allows me to remember them and to imagine
them as a young married couple on their farm. My Grandmother
always had healthy plants when I was visiting her and my Mother did
also. When my Mom received the planter, she used it until she gave it to
me. So it’s meaningful. I thrive on having meaningful thoughts and
this is like therapy to me. So I went about the makeover.
I started to sand the planter but it seemed to be disintegrating with
every swipe of the sandpaper. So the handles and legs seemed stronger
so I sanded them as much as I could.
There are a lot of different types of glue on the market today
but my hot glue gun was what I had at home and I knew the part
I was gluing wasn’t heavy so my hot glue could handle it. It dries
fast which made it easy to squeeze the glue where I needed it and
hold the wicker piece in place til the glue cooled. Only a few minutes
Spray paint was the best option because it didn’t require brushing
which I wasn’t sure the planter would hold up for. So after 3 coats
of paint, and allowing at least an hour in between each coat I was
happy with the results!
The planter soaked up the paint and I may put another coat
of paint on it. Haven’t decided yet.
I’m thrilled that I can continue to use something my
grandmother used and probably acquired in the 1930’s.
If you would like a planter that’s similar click on the photo below.
You will also find a cordless hot glue gun that is so convenient to use.
When a flower falls off a wreath you made or any other project that
wasn’t quite glued right or comes apart.