Intermission: A Great DIY Project

Well, I know I’m a little late in writing this week – isn’t it crazy how sometimes it gets so hectic that you wish you had 48 hours in a day?!  My last week was one of those wacky weeks.

My daughter requested to see some of my renovation and restoration projects on this blog.  So, for my daughter, I thought I would change it up a bit this week and give you a brief intermission from home staging and show you an adorable DIY project that I recently did.

I have to ask … am I the only one addicted to OfferUp?  I am telling you, there are some amazing bargains out there!  I enjoy going to neighborhood garage sales and finding “treasures” … but there are so many options now to “garage sale shopping”.  There are even group pages on Facebook that are categorized by your neighborhood zip codes where they post items they are selling.  Love it!

One of my favorite things to do is to find old, inexpensive tables, chairs or dressers that are in relatively good shape, but just in need of some TLC!  It is not only a fun hobby, but very satisfying when you can take something very old and restore it back to life!

So, I found these wicker chairs on OfferUp for $20.  They were pretty solid and in excellent condition (no broken wicker parts).  I was looking for something small to put on our balcony that faced the front of our home but didn’t want to invest in expensive patio furniture.  Although the seller offered the cushions, there are a few things I always recommend to replace and chair cushions are on the top of the list.

I visualized what I wanted these chairs to end up looking like, when I first saw them on OfferUp.  I knew this would be a super easy project and that it wouldn’t take me too long to finish.

You don’t have to sand these before spray painting, but it is a good idea to hose them down to get the dirt out of all the nooks and crannies.  There are a lot of places dirt can hide in wicker.  Once I hosed them down, I let them dry for 24 hours.  We can now go on to the next step of spray painting them.

I purchased 4 cans of the Rust-Oleum Paint+Primer in the Satin Granite Color at Home Depot for $3.87 a can.  When it comes to wicker, it takes a lot of spray paint to cover all the angles of the wicker so better to have more spray paint than not enough!

I will say it took about 1-1/2 cans of spray paint for each chair.  It was hot enough outside that each coating dried pretty quickly and it took about 2 full coats for each chair.  Once I was finished, I went around and literally looked at the chair in all angles and directions to make sure I didn’t miss anything and spritzed missed spots.

I chose this damask grey fabric I found online at  It is a heavier weight fabric and can be used for either indoors or outdoors.  This pattern was also very versatile.  You could change the style from eclectic, French Country, Contemporary or even Farmhouse just by the accents and decor you pair it up with.  I think I am going more for the French country look.


As I was looking up the information for this fabric to pass along to you, it turns out that no longer carries this particular fabric (they still have it in the oatmeal, but not in the grey).  Good news though, there are so many variations of grey damask, that you could duplicate this pretty closely.  I purchased 1 yard at $12.98 per yard.  Since this was 54″ in width, there was plenty of fabric to do two chair cushions.

I have a wonderful seamstress I have known since I moved here to Arizona 14 years ago and her name is Ro.  Since I am very petite, there isn’t a pair of pants that I don’t have Ro alter for me.  Ro is absolutely amazing!  She does everything from window coverings to wedding dresses!  As I started this project, I created a template of the wicker chair seat area, I ordered a hefty piece of 4″ thick cushion foam from the Online Fabric Store for under $50.  (You only need half of the size I purchased – I was going to use this for other projects).

These are how the cushions turned out –  I love them!

For a final touch – I found these flirty little 18″ pillow covers on Amazon for under $5 each!  (They actually come in a variety of colors – so if you end up going with a different fabric for your seat cushions you can choose a color to match).   These were only the covers so you would have to get the pillow inserts – you can get pillow inserts pretty much anywhere.

Typically I get pillow inserts that are 2″ larger than the size of the pillow covers, but I actually went with the 18″ pillow inserts and they were perfect for these.  Super Cute!

The end result ….

I couldn’t take a photo with the two wicker chairs side-by-side since our balcony patio is really small.  They did come out pretty charming.  A little white table and some patio lights and it will be a nice place to sit and have a glass of wine!

Hope you enjoyed – we’ll continue next week with Step #2 in our Home Staging Process.  See you next week!

Happy Staging!


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