How to Paint Wicker Furniture

Hi everyone! It’s Connie from FAFF Designs! I have a bit of a thing for retro wicker and bamboo furniture. This pair of sweet bedside tables were already lovely but had peeling varnish and were a bit dull. Read on to find out how I gave them a vibrant makeover!

Materials List:

White Lightning

RAD Pad Sanding Sponges

Evergreen Chalk Mineral Paint

Continuous Mister Bottle

Gloss Clear Coat

Dixie Belle Oval Small Synthetic Brush

Dixie Belle Mini Angle Synthetic Brush

Cozy Sweater Stencil

How To:

Step 1:

First step is to vacuum the cane or wicker areas. The shelf, the top and the drawer front all got a good hoovering as this can collect dust and ‘bits’ which aren’t always removed when cleaning. I then cleaned as normal with Dixie Belle’s White Lightning Cleaner. 

Step 2:

Once they were dry, I used the medium sanding sponge from R.A.D. Pad to scuff sand the surface and remove any flaking varnish. After that, I vacuumed both bedsides again to remove any dust caused from sanding.

Step 3:

Next is painting (the best bit!). I chose Evergreen from Dixie Belle Paint as it’s a funky, vivid green (also one of my all time favourite colours). I used a Dixie Belle  Oval Small synthetic brush which was the perfect size for painting the legs and getting into the nooks and crannies.

Water is your friend when painting wicker and cane so I used my Continuous Mister Bottle to spritz the surface of the piece. I applied very thin coats of Evergreen as you can see from the image. I use less paint than when painting a standard surface so that the paint doesn’t pool and drip. I also use slightly more water than usual to help work the paint into the weave of the cane.

To read the rest of this vibrant tutorial, hop on over to FAFF Designs here!

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  1. Beth Pietras says:

    What a beautiful transformation!!

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Thanks for the kind words, Beth! 😊

  2. Lynne says:

    I love wicker furniture! It’s such a classic. I love the vibrant color you chose. Can’t wait to choose a pretty color for my wicker lingerie chest!

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Thanks so much for the love, Lynne! 😊

  3. Rosie Kaplan says:

    I have been wanting to paint some wicker furniture! This looks amazing! I love this color!

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      That’s awesome! Thanks for the love, Rosie! 😊

  4. Lerri Cockrell says:

    Thanks for this!

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Thank you for the support, Lerri! 😊

  5. Kharla Morgan says:

    You explained this so well! And the beautiful green really gives them new life!

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Glad you enjoyed this blog post, Kharla! We love this green too! 😊

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