A bright, cheerful paint job may be all that’s required to breathe new life into faded wicker furniture. If your chairs, tables, or loveseats are in good condition and can still be used for their original purpose, spruce them up with paint in a variety of lively spring colors, or use some simple stencils to add a whimsical element.
New outdoor furniture not in your budget? Use a vibrant palette of green, orange, yellow, white, and coral paint to pull together an assortment of mismatched wicker flea market pieces.
Sometimes outdoor furniture is simply beyond repair. Once the seats have given way, repurpose old wicker chairs or loveseats into planters for bountiful annuals. Fit a large container into the opening where the seat had been and fill it with your favorite flowers. Petunias, lobelias, and other trailing annuals provide a punchy hit of color and create a unique focal point for your garden.
Upcycle an ugly old wicker trunk by painting it an eye-catching color and turning it into an outdoor storage unit for patio furniture cushions. No cushions to store? Line the trunk with plastic and fill it with ice to create a beer and wine cooler for outdoor entertaining.
A series of cascading wicker baskets used as planters can transform a boring outdoor wall into a conversation piece. Requiring nothing more than rectangular baskets and colorful cord, this is an inexpensive, fun showcase for trailing plants, or even herbs, in outdoor patio areas. When the weather turns cold, just bring the arrangement inside!
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