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By Laura Huff from Wildwood, NJ
Secure anything that might cause splinters or injuries- wood, sand it down- wicker bits, try to weave back into the general pattern of it, and use a glue gun, or Gorilla Glue, if necessary. Then, remember the following rule: Spray paint covers an amazing variety of sins, my dear. Especially with wicker. Take a sample (cats tend to leave a few of 'em, with wicker claw-damage) to your local home improvement place, and have them match the paint.
I would also suggest that you remove the cushions and such from this first, spray it down with a hose, to remove any ambient dust and such, and then let the frame dry well- your paint will adhere much better, if you do this first.
At Walmart in the fabric department they have little 2 ounce bottles of artist paint of every color you can imagine for 99 cents each. You can put this on with a small brush and blend it into your wicker with your finger.
If your wicker is natural color and only has a protective finish on it, then you might want to use those wax crayons used to fill nail holes. The paint dept. usually have them.
I bought a rattan chair at a thrift store for $10. It looks like a cat scratched it pretty badly. The rattan flakes off when you rub your hand over it. I thought maybe I could mix glue and a little water over it to stop it from flaking and then restain it. It is still a very sturdy chair. If anyone has any other suggestions I'd appreciate it.
By B. M.