If you’ve got wicker furniture (or any outdoor furniture, for that matter), there will be a time when you find that it desperately needs an update.
There’s a hard way to update it…
and there’s an easy way.
Let’s go with the latter option, shall we?
How to paint wicker furniture quickly and easily for a lasting finish.
A fresh coat of paint providing a new layer of protection from the elements will ensure you get many more years of enjoyment from your outdoor pieces.
Of course, you could totally get out your paintbrush and make sure you get into every last nook and cranny of your furniture. It should only take you a few days…and many hours of backbreaking work in the sun. 😉
OR you can buy 79 cans of spray paint and
get high on the fumes have your hand cramp up 230 times from the awkward angle it has to be in for hours on end.
That doesn’t sound great either.
There’s a better way to paint those pieces
*This post is sponsored by HomeRight and DecoArt and contains affiliate links for your convenience. Full disclosure here.*
Let’s skip all those not-so-fun, back-breaking, “why am I doing this to myself” ways…because I’m happy to tell you there’s an easier, WAY-FASTER way. And this is the tool you need.
I’ve talked about the new HomeRight Finish Max Super before, when I showed you how I painted my vintage metal glider – and yep, you’ve guessed it. It is, by far, still my new favorite tool and is the one thing you need to make all your painting projects even better than you thought they could be. It’s that good.
The best part of this sprayer? Not only does it come with three different tips to accommodate almost any material you need to spray, but you DON’T HAVE TO THIN YOUR PAINT!!! I used Deco Art Americana Decor Outdoor Living paint in “Picket Fence” and it needed no thinning, even though it’s a lovely, thick paint. And check out all these gorgeous paint colors!
Now, to be fair, if you have ridiculously ancient paint that’s been sitting down in the recesses of your basement for umpteen years, then yes, you *might* need to thin it a little. 😉 But for the most part, all you need to do is dump and go.
A Note about the paint
*From the DecoArt website: “Americana Decor Outdoor Living is a specially designed acrylic paint that gives a durable, weather-resistant finish to interior and exterior home projects. The beautiful eggshell finish does not require an additional sealer. There is no need to sand or prime before using. It’s the ideal paint for refurbishing patio furniture, deck boards, terra cotta pots, outdoor signs, and more”.
Now, while I did NOT prime my furniture, I DID have Mr. 1915 pressure wash it all to get rid of any loose, chipping paint. (shown below after it’s pressure washing)
Because, sweet friend, I don’t care how amazing your paint is, you still need to make sure you don’t have any old, loose paint on your project piece. Otherwise that loose paint will just continue to fall right off – taking the fresh, new paint with it.It's totally worth it to properly prep your wicker furniture before painting to ensure a long-lasting finish.Click To Tweet
Hassle-free painting at it’s best
Even though I’ve used the Finish Max Super a few times now, I still get giddy when I can just open a can of paint, dump it into my sprayer and go. It saves so. much. time!
I set up my HomeRight large spray shelter, laid down a drop cloth, and placed two of the chairs inside the shelter, upside down. (Yes, the rest of the pieces I just sprayed in the yard. I only have one spray shelter and I wasn’t patient enough to rotate out the pieces). Shocker, I know. 😀
I find that it’s always best to start painting the underside of furniture first. Painting the undersides went really fast – I had all 5 pieces done in 40 minutes. That included getting into all the nooks and crannies – this sprayer is a gem for getting into those otherwise time-consuming spots.
I let them dry upside down for a couple hours, while I took the kids to the park. When we got home, I flipped the pieces over and finished spraying them. The topsides seem to take less time and I was done in about 30 minutes.
To be honest, the combination of using the Finish Max Super and the Outdoor Living Paint gave really, really good coverage with only one coat. However, I did go ahead and give the tops of the wicker furniture a second coat. I figured why not? They could only benefit from extra protection and the tops seem to get the most wear, anyway.
And they look great!
When wicker furniture is given new life
It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do to refresh your space and wake up your tired, worn outdoor furniture. In one afternoon, you can give your pieces a whole new look and protect them for many more years of use.
So the next time you see some cute furniture on the side of the road or you find a steal of a deal on Craigslist? Snatch it up, girlfriend! In one afternoon, you can breathe new life back into those pieces…and they’ll give you years of service. Absolutely, undoubtedly worth a little paint and some time.
You got this.