by Rebecca on July 26th, 2015
I normally stay away from wicker and rattan. I've seen some amazing makeovers with this medium, but there is something about growing up in Hawaii and my mom cleaning condominiums my whole life, that I am jaded and prefer to spend my time on something a little less "80's." Also, it's hard to paint! You have to get a really good primer and sanding, and even then, it tends to absorb the paint and somehow still chip. Plus, it's hard to get a good coat around the intricate grooves and details. With all that to say, I re-did a rattan bench. Ha! Forgive my photography, I was in the middle of moving when I redid this piece, and rushed through the photo taking :)
One of the main reasons I took on this piece was because it was free, (along with 2 other non-rattan benches- see the feather stool I re-did here). The only other pieces of wicker/rattan furniture I've tackled in the past were a chair I bought at a garage sale for $1, and another one I overpaid for from Salvation army. Click here and here to see those.
The fabric is actually a grey and white pinstripe. (For some reason picmonkey.com wanted to turn it into a wood grain fabric in the before & after picture up above, ugh). The rattan is a flat mint Benjamin Moore color called "Hollingsworth Green" I had leftover from this vintage kids' rocking chair. It actually took me a while to come up with this fabric. Here's what I wanted to use from my stash of fabric:
I took a poll on the Ivy & Co. Facebook page, and no one voted, so I figured these two fabrics were out.
Anything would be better than this mold-ridden floral mess.
See? Much better. This piece is for sale for $55. Local pick up only. Goes great with any neutral decor, and especially nice with a space with a beachy feel. I'm almost convinced it just belongs in my home. Hee hee.
Posted in Furniture Projects Tagged with pinstripes, bench, ottoman, grey, white, mint, benjamin moore paint, rattan, wicker