I found a wicker trunk at Goodwill for $6. It was solidly built and was in excellent shape; however, the brown color was a trifle boring and outdated. I knew the trunk itself would be very useful for extra storage, but I couldn’t imagine anyone wanting to display it as it currently was. I love wood tones, but even I didn’t like this one.
I saw Mod Podge in its future along with a fun, bold pattern in neutral colors so that it would go with any change in room color.
I started out by spray painting it a flat black using Rust-Oleum. It took 2 cans of spray paint to cover all of those grooves and crevices. Who knew it would soak up that much paint? And was it actually necessary to have a perfect paint job before Mod Podging? I’m not sure, but my OCD said it was and so that’s what I went with.
To begin with, I found Mod Podging on wicker to be difficult; however, I came up with a technique that made it simple. It takes a little time and patience, but not much effort.
I wanted the thick black “trim” to show for contrast and interest; therefore, I cut the contact paper to fit between the black borders. Since the contact paper shrinks a little with heat, I cut it into pieces that were slightly larger than the area between the two trim pieces. I picked out a pattern that would be easy to blend since I knew I would have to use overlapping pieces on parts of it.
I added Mod Podge to the wicker and then removed the backing from the contact paper and placed it on the wicker. Next, I used the blow dryer on a low setting to “melt” the contact paper onto the wicker. I used my fingers to “wrap” the edges of the contact paper around the borders of the wicker and I kept the blow dryer heating the area until I was certain the edges wouldn’t come loose.
WARNING: The contact paper can get hot so you may want to use a wood craft stick, pencil, etc. instead of your fingers to help do this.
With each strip of contact paper, I would start heating a small area on the left hand of the paper, making sure the edges were firmly attached and the paper was adhering well to the grooves before I would heat the next small area of that same strip of contact paper. This is a slow process and I split it up over a couple of days to preserve my sanity.
I applied 3 coats of Mod Podge Gloss after I finished adhering the contact paper.
I was worried about how well it would hold up over the long haul. Sure, it looked great when I finished it, but I wasn’t completely certain the contact paper would stay attached to the wicker. It’s often used as a favorite hiding place for a group of 10-12 year old boys playing hide-n-seek and it constantly has things sitting on top of it.
Nine months and many hide-n-seek games later and it’s looks as pretty as it did when I finished it. There’s a small chip in the paint on one corner, but the contact paper is holding up (and on!) beautifully.
I’m giving this one an A+ for durability and looks.