You will want to clean them first, Karen. Start with your vacuum brush attachment then use a soft brush and mild soap and water. If there are broken pieces, you can try gluing them back down. Finally, the wicker can be painted for a new look. Spray paint is the easiest.
Hi Karen: Are you looking to put new wicker on? And, if so, real wicker or the plastic type, which is way easier :)
If you just want to make them look nice, here are some good sites that should help:
Plastic or resin wicker
Buy a book or join a group of cane crafters. That will help with materials and methods of caning, or buy some strong string and weave away. Don't forget to secure well at the beginning and ends of your work.
Here is some info
Karen: maybe this will help
Hi Jolene, here's some info I copied from the web.
The above section was taken from this website:
Hi Karen, spray paint always works well for wicker. It will get in between all of the cracks and you could give them a new look and colour.
I know everyone says spray paint but your color selection is limited. I have had good success with thinning regular latex paint, satin or semi gloss finish. the thinned paint is able to flow into all the nooks and crannies. I usually start with a tinnier coat first almost like a wash. See the project I posted with one of my curbside finds
There are lots of wicker makeover ideas here:
Hello. I have used spray paint on my second hand wicker furniture. There are so many colors and sheens to choose from. Particularly using gloss satin or flat finishes in addition to all the available colors.
Always work in a well-ventilated area. Cover the floor and nearby items with a drop cloth. Lightly scuff any glossy surfaces and wipe clean with a lint-free cloth. Use Painter’s tape to hide any surfaces you don’t want to paint.
Using slow, back-and-forth motions, spray paint each item with several light coats of spray paint, making sure to overlap each stroke slightly. Apply 2-3 coats of spray paint, waiting a few minutes in between each coat.
Let spray paint dry for approximately 1 hour before handling.
Tip: Use of 2X Ultra Cover Primer in White provides better paint coverage and color.
Hi! I still have wicker end tables from a set I purchased over 30 years ago. Periodically, when they look tired, I clean them up with a vacuum nozzle and a brush. Then, I spray paint them with a color I like. If something has pulled loose, I glue it back in place with Gorilla Glue that dries clear. I have also stenciled a design that looks like a doily on one. Good luck and stay safe! P.S. they are dark blue right now. Coral is a color I haven't tried yet!
I would clean them, I would spray paint them and I would add cushions.
Here are some ideas https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=How%20to%20refurbish%20wicker%20chairs%2C%20frames%20are%20sturdy%2C%20%3F&rs=typed&term_meta=How%7Ctyped&term_meta=to%7Ctyped&term_meta=refurbish%7Ctyped&term_meta=wicker%7Ctyped&term_meta=chairs%2C%7Ctyped&term_meta=frames%7Ctyped&term_meta=are%7Ctyped&term_meta=sturdy%2C%7Ctyped&term_meta=%3F%7Ctyped