Mama does love her wicker and being a snowbird here in SW Florida, she gets to have it all over the place.
She found this little chest at a yard sale for $5.00 and knew it had good bones, so she drug it home and asked me to get rid of the yellow………and she wanted it to look old.
My buddy Liz had told me about milk paint and I have several colors, but despite searching, I couldn’t find a tutorial on how to paint wicker with it. So, I decided to just give it a shot and if it didn’t work out or Mama didn’t like it, well there is always spray paint……..
I started by taking off the hinges and putting them in water to try and soak that yellow paint off of them…
I then sanded it lightly, making sure to cover every square inch.
I decided to use cream, rather than white because it wasn’t as stark and was softer, my thoughts were it would help with the aged look.
It was much softer, which is the look I wanted and I thought Mama would want.
Using a good brush, I covered the chest, let it dry and did it again. Yep, it would have been easier to spay paint, but this was an experiment. It took a bit longer to paint with a brush, but it’s worth the effort.
The ONLY thing I would have done differently is use more of the bonding agent for the milk paint. It helps the paint adhere better to a previously painted surface.
After the paint was good and dry ( I took a little nap, I am on vacation after all), I used tinted paste wax and taking a small section at a time,applied to the chest. Using a clean soft cotton rag, I wiped it off after about 5 minutes.