I purchased a set of wicker pieces for $25 on Craig's List. A great buy for nightstands for our beach cottage. My husband didn't like them at all when I brought them home. The nude color wicker with the painted knobs was not very appealing and looked very dated. They needed a little cleaning up, but overall they were in very good shape. I recall I had to hot glue a piece of wicker that was unwinding on one of the legs, but that was it.
I was going to take the easy route and just spray paint them a high gloss white. My husband didn't like that idea and suggested a white-washed look would be better. I reluctantly agreed to try it, a little frustrated that my easy upcycle project just got more time consuming.
With a paint brush, I started lightly applying layers of watered down white acrylic craft paint. I think I ended up with about three thin coats total. (Spray paint would have been a easier process, but I have to admit the final look is probably better.) I finished it off with a coat of satin spray polyurethane.
I used the same technique on the second piece as well. I'm not actually sure what it is supposed to be. It seems too short for a table, maybe it's supposed to be more of a bench? Either way - it works just fine where it is.
The painted knobs definitely needed to go. I found the glass-like crackle knobs at Hobby Lobby. The wicker pieces worked well as nightstands in the yellow bedroom where I was trying to put as many neutral items in the room as I could. This was in an effort to calm down the tone of the room with the bright yellow quilt on the bed. By the way - the color on the walls is Sherwin Williams Lemon Chiffon (SW 6686).