Today, I’ll show you how to paint wicker furniture. You can easily update wicker, rattan or woven furniture with a fresh coat of paint so it looks new again. You can paint wood wicker and woven resin furniture one of three ways:
Getting paint into all the nooks and crannies of wicker furniture takes forever, it’s hard to get an even coat and almost impossible to get deep inside the wicker strands of wood.
Plus, you’ll ruin your good paintbrush by pouncing it into the woven wicker while trying to work in the paint. All of those items affect the quality of how your painted furniture looks in the end.
Bottom line is, why go to all of the trouble and expense of a DIY wicker furniture paint job if it won’t look amazing in the end? Using the paint sprayer I was able to get a factory-quality finish with no dark wood showing through anywhere.
It’s been about 3-4 years since I finished this DIY project and it still looks as good as the day I painted it! I made a quick 3 minute video that shows how to paint wicker furniture.
I think seeing the steps shows how easy it was to use the Finish Max Extra paint sprayer. If you need to make any repairs to your woven or rattan furniture do it before moving on to the next step.
You may need to use a brush and a hose to rinse if there’s a lot of dust build-up inside of the woven wood. Next, wipe your chair or item well with Simple Green and a clean cloth. Use painter’s tape and plastic drop cloths to protect any areas that you don’t want to be painted.
Garbage bags cut down to size work great for chairs and small furniture pieces!
Self-sealing paint means it does not need a wax or another type of clear top coat to seal it to your furniture item. I promise you…you don’t want to try to wax wicker furniture by hand!
The latex base does not dry as hard as other paints so it’s not as long lasting. It will last longer, has UV blocking built-in, and be fade resistant.
I slowly added water until my paint was the consistency of thin pancake batter.
My HomerRight Super Finish Max comes with four tips for spraying different types of paint. Use a piece of cardboard to test the paint flow and spray pattern. It’s easy to adjust the spray flow on the Finish Max Extra with the little dial that’s located on the handle.
Allow the paint to dry to the touch before taking off painter’s tape and protective plastic. Dry brushing paint in a contrasting color on the wicker chair adds dimension.
I share a good example of a dry brushing technique in my Bakers Rack makeover tutorial. I’ve used them for years and they last a long time when you take care of them.