You can see them right after they came home here...and after I scrubbed them with bleach. Even after all my scrubbing though, they still needed some love as much of the wicker on them had unraveled and broken off.
Well, after searching online and in stores, I couldn't seem to find any replacement rattan (the stuff wicker furniture is made of). So, as is usual in my life, I took matters into my own, cheap hands. Two things, duct tape and a hot glue gun, were all I needed to bring our wicker back to reality.
I used what rattan I had from what had already unraveled or fallen off the furniture, but I didn't have enough to recover the legs. As you can see above, some of them were in bad shape and needed to be bandaged back together. I went back and forth from using duct tape to gift wrapping ribbon but in the end decided to go the easy way and use the duct tape since I was already planning on spray painting over it anyway.
Next it was on to spray painting these babies. Since we're in the South, I would've loved to make them bright and bold and thought about a blue but I wasn't thrilled with any of the blues I could find. I also toyed around with possibly painting them striped or adding a stencil to the back (things that can be done later). We planted pink and white flowers in front of the porch so we needed a color that would play off those too. We also played with the idea of just giving them a fresh coat of white, but decided that there was already a lot of white going on on our porch. Hmmm...we decided to take the neutral route and either go with taupe or dark brown. So in the end...
...we went with keeping it lighter up on the 'ole porch with Krylon's Khaki from Wal-Mart. Cost: 3 cans at $2.97 each. This spray paint is my new favorite not only because it's cheap but because it sprays in a line instead of a circle, which covers better when you're spraying large items like furniture.
Tips on painting wicker furniture:
-two thin coats are better than one thick coat and ward off drip lines from too much paint
-spray each area at different angles (I stood on each side of the chair - front, back, and sides - when spraying to ensure even coverage)
-since the underside of the furniture isn't seen, I only sprayed a thin coat for protection. This saves paint and time. :)