The basics of painting wicker furniture

Written by Wicker Paradise

One of the advantages when you buy wicker furniture is that you can paint it whenever you remodel or want a change. Wicker takes color well and if painted regularly will last you longer. Here is a step-by-step guide to the basics of painting wicker furniture:


Firstly remove any and all flaking paint. You can do this with a wire brush. Scrape off as much as you can. In some cases you can even use a home high-pressure car washer to blast the paint off, though this only applies to rattan reed furniture.

Once the flaking paint has come off, you need to apply a primer. For both indoor and outdoor wicker furniture apply two coats of an oil based wood primer. You can either spray it on or use a good natural bristle brush.

Once the primer has dried you can apply the paint. For the best finish use a compressor and apply two coats of semi gloss house paint. This paint adheres to wicker well and is durable. Latex paint is also an option, though it does not last as long and is prone to flaking.

Remember to take general safety precautions when painting. Wear safety goggles and a facemask when applying both the primer and the paint. Paint in a well-ventilated area and not in a small-enclosed space. While the compressor is the recommended way to apply paint, if you only have one piece to paint, then using a spray is a good alternative. Generally spray cans are not recommended when painting multiple pieces is due to the wasted paint from the over-spray and it can be costlier.

Wicker paradise sells beautiful outdoor wicker furniture that will be perfect for your patio or deck.