How to Paint Wicker Furniture

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Wicker furniture makes a beautiful addition in almost any room, as it adds a casual and welcoming feel to your home. In this article, we’ll discuss how to paint wicker furniture to give it new life. Whether you are fixing up wicker furniture you already own, or are adding color to brand new wicker furniture, you can use the tips to learn how to paint wicker furniture.

Supplies Needed to Paint Wicker Furniture

– Warm water and vinegar mix

– Sponge

– Sandpaper

– TSP (Tisodium phosphate) – if necessary

– Primer (similar to the color of paint you choose)

– Spray paint

– Small paint brush

– Drop cloth

How to Paint Wicker Furniture

STEP 1 – Clean

If you are painting over old or pre-owned furniture, clean it well with a mixture of warm water and vinegar. This will remove dirt and mildew from the surface.

STEP 2 – Sand

Prep the surface for painting by lightly sanding.

STEP 3 – Wash With TSP

If the wicker shows any signs of grease or stubborn dirt or mildew, wash it with TSP. TSP is Tisodium phosphate, and it is used as a heavy duty degreaser. Find it at most home improvement or paint specialty stores

STEP 4 – Prime

A lot of people skip right over priming, but it really is important to do. A primer will help the new paint adhere to the surface and will give your wicker furniture a professional look. (Your paint job will last longer too!) Allow primer to dry a full 24 hours.

STEP 5 – Apply The Spray Paint

Now you’re ready to get painting! Spread out a drop cloth and hold the spray paint a few inches away from the furniture. Spray evenly, changing directions frequently as you spray the paint. In hard to reach areas, you may need to use a small paintbrush to work the paint into cracks and crevices.

STEP 6 – Allow to Dry

When the furniture is completely covered, allow it to sit in a well ventilated area for a full 24 hours. If you feel it needs a second coat of paint, repeat step 5.

Now that you have learned how to paint wicker furniture, you can decorate the chair with colorful chair pads or throw pillows.


When using spray paint, gloves should be worn to protect the skin and a vent mask should be used to prevent inhaling the paint fumes. Always work in a well ventilated space, preferably outdoors.

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