For a long time now, as we have walked around our neighborhood, I keep noticing that most other houses have a welcoming, comfy chair sitting by the front door. I like the nuance of it. The come-sit-and-enjoy-life-from-this-porch attitude. The suggestion that we must be kind people because we keep a lovely chair on the front stoop.
I want to be one of those houses. And our front porch has just enough room in the corner there for such a chair. The problem is finding the right chair. I perused Craigslist. I roamed the garden aisles at Target and Walmart. I visited the local furniture consignment shop. There are plenty of cute chairs, they just cost WAY too much for my little wallet.
Last week I mentioned my chair idea to my mother-in-law and she said she HAD a chair like that, just sitting in the basement that I could have. I know fate when I run into it head-on, so I gratefully brought home a new wicker chair.
I could barely wait to get to the store and pick out some paint for it. First, I found a seat cushion at Walmart for $12. I figured that was cheaper than buying the fabric and foam and making my own. So I went for it.
Then I took that cushion over to the spray paint and selected an "Oxford Blue" color because it looked right next to the cushion (plus it sounded well-educated).
I set the chair in the grass and started spray-painting it. I did not prime this piece because the blue I was using was significantly darker than the wicker color. I used 2 full cans and decided that it looked great. Then I put it up on the porch and suddenly, staring at it from a lower angle, I could see all the many, many places I had missed.
Two MORE full cans of Oxford Blue later, it really was done. My advice: if you are painting wicker, turn it every which way and spray it from every angle (upside down, sideways, top-ways, bottom-ways, etc.) because there are so many nooks and crannies to cover.
Final Cost of this project:
Cushion: $12 (Walmart)
Paint: 4 cans @ $3.27 (Walmart) = $13.08
Total = about $25
But for what minimal effort it took, I have to say the outcome was rather satisfying. It looks great on the front porch and not half-bad in my living room, too! I hope people will walk by my house and say, "What a comfy little porch they have, I really want to get to know that family." Or something to that effect.
One more side-by-side: