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Painting Wicker Furniture

Painting Wicker Furniture

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Painting natural wicker furniture can restore a wicker piece to like new conditions.  It’s inexpensive and easy to do.    With a good work area and in a few short hours, you can have your wicker look new again.  All you need to do is set aside the time to do it.

Painting Wicker Furniture

Painting wicker furniture can be a fun project. You can see the difference paint can make just by looking at the image above. One of the chairs is natural wicker, and the other is painted white. If your thinking about painting natural wicker furniture to make it look new again, you don’t need to think much longer.   Painting wicker furniture is an easy chore that usually results in great results.  Natural wicker accepts acrylic paint quite well, and it helps protect the natural wicker longer than other paints.

As much as painting resin wicker (Plastic Wicker ) is generally unnecessary, you can paint it too, especially if you need a piece to match within a set. The only difference is that you must use paint that will adhere to the resin wicker. They generally will say on the can that it can be used for resin wicker.

Paint Selection

With the large selection of acrylic paints on the market today, you don’t have an excuse for not finding a color.  Select a few cans of Rust-Oleum ® Krylon ® or similar paint at your local hardware store.  Both of these paints can be used on natural and resin wicker. Just make sure you read the can and verify that its good to use on wicker. These are also known as acrylic or enamel paint.  Consult your hardware store specialist if you need assistance.  You can use enamel paint in a can with fewer fumes but more work.  But this will need to be brushed on rather than sprayed on.

The fumes from spray paint can be quite strong and noxious, so find a well-ventilated area to work in and follow the instructions on the can by the manufacturer for safe working conditions.

Preparing The Piece

Prior to painting, clean your wicker piece using a vacuum and dust brush to remove loose dirt.  Clean with household cleaners and allow to completely dry.

Painting The Piece

Spray painting is generally the best option because you can easily get into all the small wicker cracks. Painting by brush will take a lot longer and a lot of patience.

When spraying, always start praying with a light coat. And usually, it’s best to continue with light coats until the furniture is completely covered. Otherwise, the paint will have a tendency to cling to itself and not go deep into the cracks. But, a light spray will get deep into the cracks and dry quickly, lessening the surface tension.

When using a brush, you will want to use one that has stiff bristles so you can get down in the cracks of the wicker. in fact, you should have a brush handy even when using spray paint because there will be some stubborn spots that just won’t fill in. When that happens, spray some paint into a paint cap, and use it to dab into the fussy spots.

Plan on putting three or more light coats of spray paint on the furniture. The number of coats depends on a number of things. The original color of the furniture, how much pigment is in your spray paint. Typically, cheaper paint has less pigment. This means it will take more paint to cover the surface if you have less pigment in the can. Stick with name brands and you should be good.

 Don’t try to spay too much paint on at one time.  You want to do just enough to cover well but not so much as it runs. Begin painting from the underside of the furniture by turning the furniture upside down, and then start painting in the deepest areas and working your way out.  Then, turn the furniture right-side up and finish the coat.

Allow the paint to dry between coats.  In 70-degree warm, dry temperatures, the paint should be completely dry within 15-30 minutes.  Cooler temperatures will extend the drying time.


When you’re done, you will have a piece of wicker furniture that looks brand new and can use for many more years.

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