Not All Wicker Chairs are Flakes!

If your wicker furniture is looking a little less than beautiful, you may want to consider a fresh coat of paint. Flaking paint, worn feet, and bare spots on the arms are a pretty good indication that your furniture may need a little pick-me-up. So grab your paintbrush and let’s get moving!

The best way to paint wicker furniture is to remove all the flaking paint first. There are a few methods you can use depending on the type of material your furniture is made from. The best way to remove flakes is to take a soft wire or brass brush and gently brush over the flakes to remove them. This will preserve the material and will take less time than some other methods.

If the flakes are stubborn, you can always try a flathead screwdriver or a house paint scraper. Either of these will help remove the flakes that just won’t let go, but you run the risk of gouging the furniture.

If you wicker furniture is made from Rattan or Reed, consider using a high-pressure car washing hose to remove the paint. Just watch out, water can weaken the glue in the furniture joints, so be sure the furniture is thoroughly dry before you begin painting (we recommend waiting at least 24 hours to be sure).
Once you have removed all of the flakes, sand the furniture. Sanding helps remove any last bits of flake; it will smooth the rough spots, and creates the right type of surface to help the paint adhere to the furniture.

Wicker needs primer, if you don’t use it the paint will soak into the wood. Use an oil-based wood primer and apply two coats with a natural bristle brush or a sprayer. Primer is also necessary if you are going from dark to light furniture.
Leave enough drying time in between coats.

Now to the fun part, paint! Choosing the right kind of paint is important if you want the paint to last. One of the best types of paint to use on wicker is oil-based semi-gloss house paint. It is flexible and sticks to the furniture for long-lasting wear. Latex is another choice, just be sure to buy a high-quality paint. If not, you will be repeating this process in a few years.

Use a bristle paint brush or a sprayer to ensure complete coverage.

Let the paint cure for about a week before you sit in the furniture.

For additional information on the care and painting of wicker furniture be sure to ask one of the knowledgeable staff at Wickerworld. We can help you find the right look.