How to repaint wicker chairs

Updated February 21, 2017

Wicker furniture is often placed in conservatories and outdoors on decks and patios. Rain, snow and even bright sunlight will ruin the paint job on wicker furniture and the wicker pieces will require repainting to continue looking brand new. Wicker chairs can also be repainted when they dull from frequent use or just because you fancy a different colour for the chair.

Wash the wicker chair to remove any dust, dirt or mildew that will prevent the paint from sticking to the furniture -- this will make paint stripping easier. To wash the furniture, simply wipe it down with an old rag dampened in a bucket of warm water.

Apply liquid paint stripper to the entire painted surface of the wicker chair. Use a toothbrush and a stiff-bristled artists' paintbrush to work the stripper deep into the wicker weave and remove paint from all crevices.

Leave the stripper on the wicker chair until it liquefies the paint. Once the paint is liquefied, wipe it away with an old rag and out of the cracks with the toothbrush and paintbrush. Rinse the rag and brushes in the water bucket as you wipe away the paint.

Allow the chair to thoroughly dry for a minimum of 24 hours before continuing to repaint the wicker chair. If possible, allow 48 hours or more for drying.

Place newspaper on the ground or floor of your workspace to protect the floor, lawn or other surface from paint. Use enough newspaper to have a 90 cm (3 feet) buffer zone all the way around the wicker chair.

Spray on a primer coat of spray paint onto the wicker chair. Hold the can approximately 30 cm (1 foot) from the chair and spray in strips starting at the top and moving to the bottom to prevent the paint from running.

Allow the paint to dry for a couple of days and spray on a second coat of paint; the amount of paint you will need to double coat the wicker chair will depend on the size of the chair.


Protect your wicker chairs from damage by avoiding excessive exposure to sunlight and moving the furniture indoors during rain and through the winter.

Things You'll Need

  • Old rag
  • Bucket of warm water
  • Liquid paint stripper
  • Toothbrush
  • Stiff artists' paintbrush
  • Newspaper
  • Spray paint cans
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Stephanie Daniels is a freelance writer residing in Louisa, Kentucky. Daniels focuses on parenting, children, gardening and home-decor articles. She was the manager of Home Decor for Home Depot for 4 years. Daniels has written for many online publications and enjoys ghostwriting.