Sunday, July 13, 2014

Antique Wicker Before & After

You won't find a lot of before and after paint jobs on this blog. In the first place, painting is not my thing. And in the second, I prefer an original vintage paint finish with authentic patina over faux. We have Mr. Cottage to thank for this lovely transformation.

This antique settee came to auction from Pennsylvania, and dates from the early 20th century. I got it with a matching side chair and rocker in perfect condition a few years ago. I first offered it in my shop as a set, and then later priced each piece separately. A wicker loving patron of the shop was lucky enough to take home the rocker at a very good price.

You have to understand that wicker is not a New Mexico thing. We have verandas and patios rather than porches, and old wicker must be protected from the elements. It's also an odd style thing for these parts, so it was a bit of a hard sell. I valued the original paint finish on it even though it would not have been my ideal choice and was a challenge to sell. In umber and brown it was more suited to an Adirondack setting than, say, Cape Cod. We always imagined it would be perfect for a mountain cabin anywhere.

Long story short, we decided to keep the last two pieces, and they were put in storage when we closed up shop. We actually furnished a rented cabin with the side chair and a few other small things that we took up with us one summer.

Here are a few before photos of the original finish. . . .

I forgot to show the settee before we started, but it was the same as this chair, and with the same okay (but not really for me) fabric. (Not original.)

The chair is next to be painted.

I was very, very happy to find muslin beneath the cover in good condition. I'm going to keep it this way for now and only change up the seat cover with fur, lace, or a coverlet a la Jeanne d'Arc Living style.

There is a small impression in one cushion from an item stored on top of it for awhile. Storage is murder on furniture! Don't do it unless you just have to. 

I got this coverlet this summer in Santa Barbara at Antiques Center Mall on Hollister after seeing the identical pattern in JDL magazine. 

Paired with the Pinecone Hill shams I got at LaurieAnna's this spring.

We used Behr exterior semi-gloss enamel Ultra Pure White. We had an overcast afternoon threatening rain so I took some quick photos under the canopy to share with you.

SWEET!!! I'm just thrilled with the change.

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  1. Oh, it is a wonderful piece!


  2. I love it painted white. I would not of kept it in it's original colour too dark for me. Great job.

  3. Love, love, love!! Absolutely gorgeous. What a lovely transformation Jacqueline!

    Thank you for sharing

    Jacqui x

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  5. Very pretty Jacqueline! I like the before and can see how it would be perfect for a cabin setting. But the white is more you and looks like it will fit into your home and decor just perfectly. It looks so lovely with all you linens and your personal touch.

  6. Lovely, Mr. Cottage did a great job! The wicker turned out perfect and the coverlet wonderful. A great addition to the cottage lifestyle. Di@Cottage-Wishes.

  7. Lovely, Jacqueline. You've made it so pretty!

    I have a difficult time finding anything for our cottage when I shop nearby. Furniture and accessories are in dark, primitive colors with moose, fish & bear motifs, etc. I may be the only person living up here that loves Nordic/French style ~ like you wrote, "an odd style thing for these parts.'

    Wishing you a lovely new week ahead.

  8. it's so sweet dressed in the lace and ruffled pillows, jacqueline:) have a great week!

  9. It looks so feminine now. What a lovely transformation.

  10. It looks beautiful now! I love the lace coverlet on it.


  11. Well done Mr. Cottage..looks so Cape Cod !
    I love the style was so Ralph Lauren in the Brown and it would of sold up in Maine. Love the coverlet...nice find.....thanks for sharing Lorraine

  12. Glad you are thrilled because it is GORGEOUS!!!

  13. Ohhhh, how beautiful that is! Love the blanket you have on it also. It looks like a perfect spot to curl up with some tea and a magazine:)

  14. Oh Jacqueline! It is gorgeous! Love it soo much, especially with the lace! What a great find and transformation! So fabulous under your tent, especially when you add the lace floating from the sides like you did for granny camp! Just lovely!

  15. Beautiful transformation. I could see it in the Adirondacks in its original state, but this works much better for you and all your lovely creams and whites. The coverlet is beautiful! Good job Mr. C and C!

  16. There's that word on the tip of my lips again, "lovely, lovely, lovely"!

  17. What a beautiful before-and-after...I LOVE how it turned out and how you styled it!

  18. This is amazingly beautiful. Nothing beats a white washed wicker couch. Very nice! I would love to see that cabin rental that you decorated. I bet it is beautiful!

    Spencer James |

  19. Lovely transformation eventhough I liked the other too. This inspires me to dress up my wicker settee a bit. It needs rejuvenation.

  20. It really did turn out wonderful! The lace coverlet is a nice touch!

  21. It looks so beautiful in the new lighter color. Love how you styled it too!

  22. It turned out just beautiful and the crochet was the perfect addition.

  23. What a great find!! Love it and the crochet on the seat is perfect. I would have painted this piece too. It's just gorgeous!!

  24. So pretty! Love it!! Thanks for linking up at FNF :)


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