How To Fix Wicker Furniture
Step #1: Pick up Wicker Caning
You'll need to pick up new wicker strands, often called “caning,” at the store. Look for wide strips if you're planning on repairing a leg on the furniture. Otherwise pick up the thin strips because they'll work best for those intricate repairs.
Step #2: Soak the Caning
In order to make the caning flexible enough to make a repair, you'll need to soak it. Let it stand in water for about 30 minutes. This should make it flexible enough that it won't break. If the caning doesn't bend easily after soaking, then let it soak for an additional 15 minutes before beginning the repair.
Step #3: Cut Off Protruding Ends
Take a sharp utility knife and remove any of the old strands of wicker that are protruding. Then take your fresh caning that's been soaking and glue it to the remaining piece of wicker that you've just snipped if at all possible. This will help to create repair that is more seamless.
Step #4: Complete the Repair
Place some glue inside the woven strands of the wicker furniture. Take the flexible new caning, tuck one end of it into the woven wicker next to the broken strand. If you were unable to glue it directly, begin weaving the caning in and out so that it replicates the pattern of the wicker that is already there. You may need needle nose pliers to be able to accomplish this task.
If you're repairing a leg, the repair is a lot easier. You'll just need to take a thicker piece of caning that you've also soaked and then wrap it around the leg. Make sure there is some glue on the furniture to secure the new caning and add extra glue where the caning ends.
Cut off any excess caning that you have. If you're working on the body of the furniture, then you'll also want to tuck in the caning back into the weave as well.
Step #5: Let It Dry... and Then Paint
It generally takes 24 hours for the caning to fully dry and become secure with the glue. Once it has dried, use a light spray paint that matches the color of the chair unless you're just planning on repainting the entire piece. If you're using the wicker furniture outside, then you'll need to use an enamel exterior spray to keep the furniture durable.
Although it takes a little time and practice, repairing wicker furniture is pretty easy to do. Use these 5 steps and you'll be able to make your broken piece of wicker furniture look brand new.
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