Painting Wicker

How to Paint Wicker Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide

Wicker furniture can add a touch of rustic charm and elegance to any space. Over time, however, it may begin to look worn or outdated. Painting a fresh coat of paint, on your wicker furniture is a great way to refresh its appearance and make it look brand new. This step-by-step tutorial is easy and will give your wicker chair or any piece an instant update!
The weather has been bizarre here, almost tropical, rain-showers at night, fog in the morning, I like the change.  I had to wait a few days to get started on the project but that’s ok. I love that wicker is durable enough to last for years, even when exposed to the crazy weather we’ve had lately.  A family member gave us this love seat but you can find them many times for free on Marketplace or at a thrift store. 

This post was originally published in 2012, I’ve updated it but unfortunately, I don’t have new pictures.

Paint that old wicker futniture


Here is the before, it has seen better days that is for sure.

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Materials You’ll Need:


Step 1: Clean the Furniture

Before you start painting your first step is to clean the furniture piece thoroughly especially if it has a lot of dust build-up. The best way is to use a mild detergent mixed with warm water and a soft-bristle brush, old toothbrush, or wire brush to remove dirt, loose dust, and grime. Rinse with clean water and let it dry completely. This step is crucial as paint adheres better to a clean surface.

Step 2: Prepare Your Workspace

Lay down a plastic drop cloth or newspaper to protect your work area. Choose a well-ventilated area, preferably outdoors, to avoid inhaling fumes. 

Step 3: Repair Any Damage

Inspect your wicker furniture for any broken or loose pieces. Repair these areas before painting. Use wood glue for small repairs and let it dry completely before proceeding.

Step 4: Sand the Surface

For your next step, gently sand the wicker with 220-grit sandpaper or a sanding block to create a smooth surface for the primer and paint to adhere to. Wipe away any dust with a damp cloth after sanding.

Step 5: Apply Primer

Apply a coat of primer designed for wicker furniture. This step is essential as it helps the paint adhere better and last longer. Spray primers are often easier to apply to the intricate weave of wicker, but brush-on primers work well too. Allow the primer to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  


Here it is after 1 coat of primer

Step 6: Paint the Wicker

Once the primer is dry, you can add your first coat of paint. For best results, hold the can about 12 inches away from the surface and spray in light even coats. Multiple coats of paint are better than one heavy coat to avoid drips and runs. Allow each coat to dry before applying the next.  I applied 3 light coats and used 2 cans of spray paint. Make sure you spray in different angles so you don’t miss any areas.

Step 7: Apply a Sealant (Optional)

For added protection and durability from the outdoor elements, apply a clear sealant once the paint is completely dry. This is especially useful for outdoor furniture that is exposed to the elements. Choose a sealant suitable for wicker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 8: Let It Cure

Allow the painted wicker furniture to cure for at least 24 hours before using it. 


I found this damask print cushion on Amazon.

Tips and Tricks:

Choose the Right Paint: Use paint specifically designed for wicker or outdoor furniture. Acrylic or oil-based paints work well.
Test the Paint: Before starting, test the paint on a small, inconspicuous area to ensure it adheres well and the color is what you expect.
Patience is Key: Allow adequate drying time between coats. Rushing can lead to drips and an uneven finish.
Chalk paint is another option for painting old wicker furniture using a paintbrush

Painting natural wicker furniture is a quick makeover that can transform your old pieces into beautiful, refreshed items in just a few hours.  We loved having it on our back yard patio for many years, this would also look gorgeous  on a front porch.
By following these steps, you can achieve a professional-looking finish that breathes new life into your wicker furniture. Happy painting!

You can see how I updated these wicker baskets using paint! 

These Wicker Planters were just recently spray-painted


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  1. It looks beautiful with its fresh coat of paint! Lovely cushion, too. Your outdoor space is looking great. We finally have a day of sunshine today…a little chilly but the sun is out and the birds are chirping. I love it! Enjoy your Sunday, Kristin.

  2. Really beautiful makeover.
    We were just in Carlsbad last week, and experienced some of the wacky weather!! It was sad after seeing all our CA friends teasing us with all the sunny and unseasonably warm weather over the last few months!! Hope you get to enjoy a nice cup of coffee or glass of wine out there soon!

  3. I have a wicker dresser and it is painted with a brush a thick layer should take off the paint first if so then with what? or should I just paint over it with spray? but I think I should remove the old.paint first please help.

  4. Hi, I was just wondering if you cleaned with anything prior to painting? I recently picked up a 10 piece wicker lot for $80. It is in rough shape, and I was just wondering where to start.

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