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How to Paint All-Weather Wicker Furniture

Updated February 21, 2017

Painting all-weather wicker furniture, which is made to be outside, is a great way to change the look of your front porch, sunroom or backyard patio. With just a few easy-to-find supplies and a little bit of time, you can freshen up your wicker furniture or completely give it a radically different appearance. Want to match your garden gnome? Choose a purple colour. You may not find purple wicker in a store, but you can easily paint your own. Not only that, but painting all-weather wicker furniture is easy and inexpensive to do so. Just follow the steps below to find out how.

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  1. Clean the furniture thoroughly. Use the sponge and warm, soapy water to really get into the cracks. Use a hose to rinse it clean. Remove any flaking paint with sandpaper and rinse again.

  2. Lay down the tarp or otherwise protect the work area. Use the instructions on the deglosser and apply it to the furniture. This will allow the new layer of paint to stick. If you don't want to use deglosser, you can apply a layer of primer, using the techniques in Step 3.

  3. Spray all sides of the furniture with the spray paint. Again, remember to protect nearby surfaces, as spray paint can drift. Use wide, sweeping motions and spray from different angles to make sure the furniture is completely covered with paint.

  4. Allow the paint to dry completely, then apply a second layer of paint, if needed. For vibrant colours, a second layer of paint is recommended. If you are going to paint a design onto the wicker such as flowers on the back of a chair, then no second layer of paint is needed.

  5. After you have completed all of your painting, cover the furniture with a spray varnish. This will protect your paint and give the furniture a nice shine.

  6. Tip

    Try painting one piece of furniture one colour, and another a complementary colour for a unique and stunning effect.


    Protect your skin and eyes from spray paint with long-sleeved shirts and goggles.

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Things You'll Need

  • Tarp, newspapers or dust sheet
  • Sponge
  • Mild soap, bucket, water
  • Liquid deglosser
  • Outdoor acrylic spray paint
  • Sandpaper

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