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Painted wicker furniture makeover, quick and easy! Yes, my next project was to take this old tired wicker chair and revamp it into this fun painted wicker furniture piece. Take a look at the steps below for a quick and easy makeover for your old tired wicker furniture!
My sister Nicole, who was my original partner at Double Arrow Designs, (you can read about that here in Double Arrow Designs about page) is visiting this month from California and wanted to do this painted wicker chair makeover. I was total game for this quick and easy project. We spent a total of 4.5 hours working on this from start to finish.
Nicole had been using it for her work chair, but even with a bunch of pillows, she needed to swap this out for a real desk chair. So her idea was to revamp this wicker chair and make is an accent chair.
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Check out our Tik Tok Video on our Wicker chair redo!
We did a quick video to show a quick transformation on our painted wicker furniture makeover. Not only is my Emma, my model for most of my fashion DIY projects. She is also my social media guru in the house and does most of my videos for me. So a big shout out to her!
Getting started on our painted wicker chair makeover
Since this was an indoor wicker chair, it was in pretty good condition. All we needed to do to start was use a damp cloth to wipe the whole wicker chair down before we got started. So important to do this first step, painted dust in not a pretty sight!
Because we were using spray paint we set up a tarp outside to do this. When using spray paint it’s important to use a well ventilated area so on our painted wicker furniture makeover we set it up outside which was the perfect place! I did not want to spray paint my grass blue, so the tarp protected my ground as well. Make sure that you do not have any objects near you because spray paint once sprayed will land on anything! Even Nicole put on a pair of socks so she wouldn’t end up with blue feet.
Picking out our color scheme
The original wicker chair was a natural brown, since we were transforming this into an accent chair for a beach house, we decided to us a blue color story. Painted blue furniture has been trending so we thought this would be the perfect place to try this painted furniture trend out. We also wanted to give is a contrast color and paired it with a creamy neutral. colors we used:
The combo of these two colors came out perfect, we loved the contrast, yet the ink blue was subtle enough to work well as a fun neutral.
Supplies used for the painted wicker furniture makeover
- Krylon Fusion spray paint
- Fusion Mineral paint
- Minwax polycrylic spray
- 1″ Purdy brush
- Sponge brush– used this for edges next to sprayed wicker
- Painters tape
- Fine sanding block– 360 grit
Painting Wicker furniture
Using Spray paint – Since we decided to paint all the wicker and metal one color. We used painters tape, to cover the wood arm rest and frame. Once this was done, we started first with the wicker chair turned upside down to ensure an even coverage for the entire chair. Then we turned the chair right side up side the taped arms so we wouldn’t smudge any of the paint. We then used a methodical method of back and forth in light layers to spray paint the rest of the wicker chair. This procedure helps inavoiding to heavy of a spray which can result on paint drips and uneven painted surfaces.
Pro tip when painting wicker or rattan furniture: When spray painting wicker or rattan move around your wicker or rattan furniture piece to make ensure you spray at every angle for best coverage. Once you think you are done, tilt your piece, because you will see you will have missed a spot!
Painting with Fusion Paint -This is a made for painting on furniture. Primer is not necessary, but you will need to use two coats to fully cover your surface. We ended up doing three coats on this project. In between the second and third coat we did a light sand. Using a fine grit sanding block to even out any brush or wood textures. Make sure that if you sand, to wipe down your surface so that the paint residue is removed. Once dry it will have a matte finish. I always like to protect my painted surfaces with Minwax polycrylic.
Sealing painted wicker furniture
I always seal all my painted furniture pieces with Minwax polycrylic clear matte. Because of the nature of the wicker, and the wood surfaces we used the spray version of Minwax polycrylic. Once everything was painted we sprayed the entire chair from back to front. We let this dry and then applied a second coat in order to make sure we covered all surfaces. Check out this Transformation!
Adding a cushion to our wicker furniture chair
Supplies used to create the cushion:
- Upholstery Foam
- Craft paper
- Upholstery Fabric
- Fiskars rotary cutter
- Self healing cutting mat
- Brothers sewing machine
- Sewing thread
- Straight pins
Since this chair was going to be used an an accent piece we decided to sew up our own cushion. Nicole found this textured blue and cream home goods textile fabric at our local fabric store. You can also shop on Amazon for a full range of fabric selections. Check out this printed fabric… If I was to do this again I would choose this!
We traced the shape and size of the area of the seat we wanted to cover with the cushion using a large piece of paper. Brown craft paper is a perfect option since it comes in a roll. An easy step is to find the center of the chair, place a folded piece of paper with the fold at center. Then trace the seat then you can cut then unfold the paper for a perfect symmetrical pattern template.
Place this template on a piece of foam, use a sharpie to mark your shape. I used this process on my post, Easy steps to Repurposed Patio Furniture. Then cut your foam. We cut two pieces of foam to double the height of our cushion. You can buy upholstery foam in a range of thicknesses. Then taking the same template, we used a rotary cutter on a self healing mat and cut out two pieces of fabric. You can also get this set from Amazon that includes a mat, a ruler and a rotary cutter.
Note* PIllow covers should be two inches smaller then the insert to give the pillow an overall plumpness. When cutting fabric for our cushion, we kept it to size of our foam, since we were doubling our foam.
Match up the two cut fabric pieces, pin them together. With my brothers sewing machine, aligning my needle with a 1/4″ sewing allowance and sewed all away around the case, leaving a small opening in the back. Then Turn your sewn pieces right side out. Make sure that you get into all the corners and push them out to ensure the shape you want. Once we stuffed the foam into place, I folded the edges over of the unsewn portion, pinned then together and hand sewed this together.
Shop painted wicker furniture
Not everyone loves to DIY, so I try and add some already completed options in my DIY posts. Take a look below for some great wicker and Rattan furniture pieces without having to do a makeover!
Finishing touches on our painted wicker chair
I usually finish my piece by adding felt tabs to the bottom of the feet. This chair already had rubber feet, that I covered with painters tape before spraying. One less step! Once we placed it in its new corner with the new upholstered pillow it looked great. This was an easy quick painted wicker furniture makeover that can be done on other pieces or a whole set!
Related painted furniture posts
Check out the below painted furniture posts fo some additional projects and ideas that I have worked on.
For all my painted and DIY furniture projects you can check them out here at Double Arrow Designs furniture posts. Hope you enjoy! I have had so much fun creating each and every one of these furniture makeovers.
Let us see what you have created by painting your wicker furniture, or any of your furniture redo projects. Always love seeing a revamp! You can share below in the comments.