Tips for Painting Wicker

Indoor Wicker

Natural White Wicker Furniture

When we love our wicker pieces, it’s hard to say goodbye to them. With the proper care and attention your favorite pieces can last a lifetime. One great way to revive older pieces is to paint them! Painting wicker takes a bit of time, attention and care, but we hope to get you on your way with the following tips.


The first stage of painting your wicker is arguably the most important. You must remove the flaking paint, so you can have a clean, smooth and professional finish when you are done. Removing the flaking paint can be a little time consuming, so it’s best to be comfortable before beginning.

You should use a soft bristled brush and scrape away the larger flakes. After that you may wish to get the harder to reach flakes with a flat headed screw driver. If you’re positive your piece is not made of natural rattan you may also use a high pressure washer, however be extra careful as this can damage the fine threads of rattan.


Priming the furniture is a two step process. You should clean it with a mild soapy water to ensure there is no grease or spots remaining. Once it has been cleaned and dried you must prime the furniture. Make sure you use a primer that matches the type of paint you intend to use. One coat of primer should do it and let it fully dry before the final step.


Painting is the best part of renewing or updating your wicker furniture. You should use an oil based indoor/outdoor paint as the oil base will provide flexibility for the paint to move with the pieces of wicker. Always use a natural brush or a compressed sprayer to make sure you are getting in every nook and cranny, paint in a well ventilated area-outside is best, and be sure to wear a protective mask and gloves.

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