Restoring a Vintage Wicker Side Car can be somewhat of a challenge. For instance, where to start and where to end. Blending in the new wicker with the old. Strength and sturdiness is paramount, so any old wicker or structural cane that are weak, are replaced. And to finish off, staining the new wicker to create that natural aged look will keep the integrity of this historical piece. And finally the black leather upholstered seat, back and sides complete the restoration. Job well done!
This beautiful antique decorative teak lounge suite was badly damaged in a fire. The cost to re cane this lounge, by the original hand woven method would have been extremely time consuming and would be beyond the customers budget to re place. So with careful consideration, the pre woven rattan webbing became a viable option. Yes it changes the design and the authenticity of the lounge, but the final outcome after the complete restoration was met with an overwhelming appreciation from its owner. Job well done.
This worn out old wicker babies cradle has definitely seen better days and as it's an heirloom, need some TLC. As you can see from the images the cradle was stripped and the broken wicker was carefully replaced. This was quite a time consuming task but well worth the effort. The cradle then was given a fresh coat of white lacquer.
It's not every day that I get to hand weave one of these amazing chair backs. But when I do, I enjoy the slightly different technique of weaving the back compared with the straight back version. You can see from the pics how it all comes together, and maintaining the curved shape.
This Indonesian Steamer Chair had a well worn and broken seat. The rest of the cane was in really good condition, so new cane was carefully woven and married to the old cane. A great result.
This wicker bird feeder was a little shabby and well weathered over the years as you can see. Some of the birds only cherped as the food was disappearing through the gaps. So a ll of the birds got together and asked me to help. And I did. I gave some wicker tweetment and now the birds are happy singing again. Ahhh!
Spray Painting Doll's Prams and Wicker Chairs is really the only way to go. Quicker, easier, and you achieve a professional finish, especially when you use oil base enamel.
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