Black's Cliff Resort's Birch Bark Blog

The projects, chores, and life of a family-owned, Northern Wisconsin resort.

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Wicker furniture is a wonderful thing except for when it comes to cleaning it or painting it.  After 18 years of running the resort with Troy and trying a few different things I think we finally have it figured out.  We used to get the scrub brushes out and wash and scrub them outside but never could you get all the dirt and dust out of the cracks that develops after being out on a porch year round.  My upholstery friend asked me, why don’t you use an air compressor and blow it out with the tip.  We tried it and IT WORKS!  I cleaned these chairs for painting doing just that.  You do have to be careful if you only want to clean the chairs and not paint that you do not get it so intense that you knock paint off with the dirt

After cleaning, time for paint and I use paint in the cans, as it is so much easier than cleaning a paint gun.  I also put the gun attachment on to save my finger from getting a blister

half painted and drying

Put the cushions in and they have a new life and are headed to Holiday’s porch.  So if you have wicker don’t be afraid to clean it or paint it to give it a new life


All cabins are cleaned up and ready for Memorial Day Weekend.  If Craig looks at this picture he is going to say something about painting the facia board on the front of Birchwood but time just ran out, next week


A few last touches.  Everyone’s favorite table on the blue dock needs a touch up paint job


This cool old glider rocker I found at Island City Antique Market is going to get a paint job and ready for summer.  Not sure where I am going to put it….  Needs just the right spot.  I was glad I found it, they had just put it out for an hour before I snagged it at Island City Antiques


Horseshoes also need a quick coat of paint.  Summer here we come!