Stop spending hundreds of dollars on new wicker furniture! Learn how to paint wicker furniture with a few simple steps and make it shabby chic.

Paint and wicker furniture chairs outdoors.

Old Wicker Furniture Chairs

It is so expensive to purchase new wicker furniture these days, with prices upwards of $500+ per piece. For just $15, you can buy 3 cans of spray paint and recycle an old thrifted wicker furniture piece quickly and easily.

I found these two wicker furniture chairs a few years ago off of Facebook Marketplace for about $125 each.

They were white and very shabby chic at the time I bought them.

They’ve since been painted yellow and now the dark brown color that they are today.

Paint Wicker Furniture

Can you paint over wicker chairs?

Absolutely, it can be a very quick and easy upcycle, too, my favorite kind!

I prefer spray painting wicker furniture, as it’s so much easier with all the texture and gaps in the wicker weaving.

How to Choose Your Spray Paint

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I chose Rust-Oleum’s Deep Blue Gloss to use as the spray paint for today’s painted wicker chair.

5 Blue spray paint cans and wicker furniture
  • You’ll want to use the right paint for the material your furniture is made of. The spray paint cans will list the materials that it works well on, such as wicker, metal, wood, etc.
  • When choosing your spray paint, you’ll also need to consider the elements (indoor vs. outdoor, covered porch vs. exposed patio, etc.).
  • I have also found that most local hardware stores will not carry 6+ cans of the same spray paint color as an FYI. So plan ahead!

How to Spray Paint Wicker Furniture

  • Start with a platform. I used an old pallet and two sawhorses, but you could use something as easy as old bedsheets. I like to elevate my wicker furniture with sawhorses, as it’s easier on the back.
  • Buy all your supplies ahead of time so you don’t run out.
  • Clean the wicker furniture with a rag, shopvac, and/or a garden hose.
  • Sand the wooden pieces like the legs or rockers if needed.
  • I highly recommend painting gloves, as I have yet to find a way to spray paint without getting paint all over my hands.
Hand with blue paint on it.
  • A KN95 face mask is also recommended to avoid the spray paint fumes.
  • Start by spray painting vertically with the grain of your wicker. Then, go back and spray paint the wicker horizontally. This will ensure the paint gets into all the crevices of the wicker furniture.
  • Spray paint about 8″ inches away from the furniture to avoid dripping and running.

How long does it take for painted wicker furniture to dry?

I let the first coat of spray paint dry for about an hour and then I reapplied a second coat, letting it also sit for another hour. It may appear dry to the touch at this time, but I always give my painted wicker furniture pieces 24 hours before I begin to use them.

Here, you can see this chair with one coat of deep blue spray paint. The brown is still showing through, requiring a second coat.

Blue paint wicker furniture chair

And here is the wicker furniture chair after two coats of deep blue on the backside.

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Blue paint wicker furniture chair

Be sure to walk all around the wicker furniture looking for missed spots, as painting wicker can be tricky due to its intricacies.

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Blue paint wicker chair with blue flower.

I love this deep blue color for a home on the coast. It reminds me of my friend Molly in Maine over on Instagram and Kim from Shiplap and Shells at her 100-year-old cottage on the Puget Sound.

But as for today, it’s the start of mud season here in Vermont, so I added two white faux sheepskins to each blue paint wicker furniture chair for this shabby, chic, comfortable style.

Blue Paint Wicker Chairs with white sheepskins.

What is Mud Season?

Mud Season is the period between winter and spring when thawing occurs. It is informally referred to as Vermont’s fifth season. This time period depends on the weather but historically begins around the snowmelt in late March or early April and finishes in early June.


And, of course, Ella, our Bernese Mountain Dog, immediately jumped up to try it out…

Bernese Mountain Dog in blue paint wicker furniture chair

I haven’t decided yet whether I will keep this wicker furniture here in Vermont, sell them at my vintage booth, or maybe bring the chairs to the coast with me this summer.

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Two blue paint wicker furniture chairs with white sheepskins

Do you have any tips or hacks that you would like to share for a painted wicker chair?

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Two blue paint wicker furniture chairs with white sheepskins

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I recently tried out a new electric spray painter and loved it. It would make this project go so much quicker, too. See more in the My First Time Using a Paint Sprayer, What You Need to Know post.

Bernese Mountain Dog on blue paint wicker furniture chairs.

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4 Comments

  1. Marlene S. says:

    Great tips and a pretty chair.