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.
If you like upcycling antiques click here to see another project.
I started to sand the planter but it seemed to be disintegrating with every swipe of the sandpaper. Since the handles and legs seemed stronger, I only 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 was needed.
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.
My entire porch needed and update, you can see that here
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 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 you can bring the glue gun to it without looking for the closest outlet or possibly moving the project to a place closer to an outlet.