How to repaint wicker furniture – 5 steps to revive the retro staple

How to repaint wicker furniture – 5 steps to revive the retro staple

There is no more appropriate time to know how to repaint wicker furniture than this season. This retro classic is a summer decor favorite – and it's back to offer a sense of nostalgia to your living room (and outdoor living room) for the months ahead. 

Whether you have an old chair in hiding in the attic or just picked up a tired (but promising) piece at an antique store, it's refreshingly easy to bring wicker pieces back to life with modern paint ideas. 

This is how to repaint wicker furniture quickly – so you can spend less time painting – and more time enjoying this ever-enduring interior design trend.  

With an expert's help, you can ensure your tired wicker furniture looks as good as new. This is what the process involves.

'To properly take care of your wicker furniture, you will need a space free from clutter and distractions,' explains interior designer Caroline Patterson from Foter (opens in new tab). 'It is also important to ensure that your home appliances do not become stained while working.' Caroline suggests finding a comfortable place with enough room to spread out the protective material. A painting cloth [such as this one from Amazon (opens in new tab)] is most suitable for the job. However, you can use a sheet of cloth if you would prefer. 

'As with painting other items, it is important with wicker furniture that it is clean before you begin renovating,' Caroline explains. She suggests using a brush with stiff bristles to clean the piece of debris before washing the furniture with soapy water and a sponge or cloth. You should then use the de-glosser to permanently remove any dirt or stains. 

'Remember to check the manufacturer's instructions for contraindications to this type of treatment,' Caroline says. She then recommends letting your furniture dry completely – possibly overnight if you used a lot of water. 

'Now that the furniture is clean and dry, it's time to apply primer. Once you're gone priming, it is essential that the furniture is left to dry again,' Caroline says. Then, it is time to experiment with your paint – the most transformative step of all. 

'Remember to paint the furniture from every angle, so the color is applied evenly. The key is to use gentle movements,' she adds. 

Your paint can dry in as little as one hour, but it can sometimes take longer, depending on your chosen room color idea. 'Evaluate if you have applied the paint evenly and that the furniture has acquired the correct color. If so, you can apply one more coat,' Caroline says. However, the process doesn't quite end there.  

While the paint can dry quickly, it is important to allow the paint to cure. This can often take around two days, but Caroline suggests checking your paint manufacturer's instructions to be sure before using your recently revived piece. 'After these steps, your furniture is ready for use,' she says. 

Knowing how to repaint wicker furniture will elevate your vintage piece in only one weekend – we're tempted to start as soon as possible. 

There is a range of paint finishes you can use on wicker furniture, including chalk paint, milk paint and oil-based satin paint and gloss paint. You can apply these paints by brushing them on, although spraying is quicker and can reach those areas that are harder to get to with a brush.

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