painting wicker furniture

mistychazApril 2, 2012

I have a vintage wicker chair that needs to be painted. Would it be best to use satin or semi-gloss for this project?

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I�ve redone my wicker furniture many times. One chair is over 100 years old, and still kickin�! I prefer to use a semi-gloss, or high gloss spray to get the look I want. I just made a new seat cushion for it and am in the process of making a back cushion, too.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 3:34PM
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Not to hijack - but I also have wicker that needs to be repainted --- what do you do to prep, Nanny?? Mine is not vintage, but it is about 10 years old and some of the painted is chipped. Thanks a lot.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 4:07PM
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I would like to also know what you have done if a piece has too much paint. I tried stripping it and it really didn't get hardly any off. I left it on and covered it with plastic wrap to keep it moist. I sure wish the person/s that had this beautiful old stuff had used a much more judicious hand with the paint !!

That would be the one caution...go lightly ! It ruins all the gorgeous detail when the paint is thick.

Nanny...I would appreciate any/all tips and would love to see your furniture up close :) c

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 5:22PM
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I usually use a garden hose on my wicker to get the loose stuff off along with a brush that's not too stiff. Then DH takes the air hose to it blow all the loose stuff off of it. The cleaner the surface BEFORE you paint the better the paint sticks. Make sure your wicker has dried out from the cleaning completely before you try to paint.
Spray paint works best on wicker and a light hand is much better than a heavy one when applying paint. Much better to do several light coats than one heavy one.
BTW a old appliance box makes a good wind shield for spraying. It keeps the paint from blowing all over AND it keeps things like dirt and leaves from blowing onto your freshly sprayed paint.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 7:12PM
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Thank younanny2a, I love your chair, so cute. Good luck to everyone needing to paint some wicker.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 8:09PM
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I paint wicker chairs and use spray paint. The only complaint I have is that it takes nearly three cans per chair and that's spraying lightly and a couple coats. It can get expensive depending upon the brand. Love the finish though. My favorite color lately has been sage. Last Fall I bought three brand new white wicker chairs at Pat Catans on clearance, couldn't resist the price, and plan on painting at least one of them a nice warm brown or tan. Not dark brown.

Do you also use a protective coat of some kind afterwards? I don't and eventually the paint does crack and peel,which isn't a terrible look actually. Just curious if I'd have better luck with a final coat of something.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2012 at 11:30AM
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What a timely thread--- I am redoing my daughter's bedroom and her vintage (1930s) wicker desk/vanity has definitely seen better days. It is white at present, and I found a Laura Ashley pale pink paint that will make it look fresh and pretty, I hope! We bought the paint and the painter is going to spray it tomorrow. Will post pictures of how it turns out.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2012 at 1:41PM
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DH painted our vintage wicker set with exterior paint from Sherwin Williams, not sure of the was what the guy at the paint store recommended. We blew debris off first, then sprayed down with a hose. Let dry and then we bought a relatively inexpensive paint sprayer. The paint has held up really well, even though it's been out on our covered porch all winter.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2012 at 4:20PM
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Thank you.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2012 at 7:18PM
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I think it works out best to repaint painted wicker the same color that it is. If there is any flaking or wear down the road, you won't be seeing a contrasting color peeking through.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 1:07PM
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