Wicker Chair + Spray Paint = Instant Happiness

Heather Brown
by Heather Brown
2 Materials
15 Minutes

With just 15 minutes and a can of spray paint you can bring new life to a distressed wicker chair. Today, I will show you how to paint wicker furniture!

Spring is FINALLY here! It’s time to switch out the entryway for the new season 🌷.

This week the DIY challege at Hometalk is seating. So I went in search of a project at nearby thrift store.

And -holy cats!- I happened to find this rough Pier 1 wicker chair for FIVE DOLLARS 💕.

I popped it in my SUV, took it home and put a post up on Facebook to help choose a color. I knew I wanted to put it against the house so the color needed to compliment light sage green. I am not in a Romantic Country decorating phase of life, but when my mom suggested a soft red-pink color, something clicked. I drove to the store to look at the pink shades of spray paints and found Vintage Blush!

I wasn’t totally convinced though and grabbed a lighter shade of pink acrylic paint to brush over it for highlights. My idea was to put on a light coat of Vintage Blush so that the darker wood tones were still visible. Then highlight the top of the chair with wispy strokes in pale pink.

Before painting I needed to protect the legs from the spray paint.

Tip: Wrap the chair legs in newspaper wound with masking tape to create little leg warmers. It is much faster than painters tape because they slide right off in a flash after the paint dries!

Once wrapped, it only took 5 minutes to spray paint and transform this piece into a dreamy looking crocheted chair

I loved the color so much, I skipped the highlighting idea and paired it with a beaded pillow I picked up for nine cents a year ago.

Here’s the finished piece on the front porch.

My husband is not exactly thrilled with the color, but summer is right around the corner and I cannot wait to spray paint it again. It was so quick and easy!

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  • Jim Cox Jim Cox on May 16, 2018

    Can you tell me what color your door is? It's gorgeous

  • Sarin Rhodes Sarin Rhodes on May 17, 2018

    We have wicker patio furniture, the corners got ripped from heat , is there a way to fix them? Or it's time to replace them?

  • Robin Buckholtz Bohlin Robin Buckholtz Bohlin on Jul 15, 2018

    I love this! I have a wicker patio set that is in dire need of attention. It has flaking paint and needs new cushions.. anyone know the best way to get the paint off so I can repaint?

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  • Erica Smith Erica Smith on Jun 10, 2018

    Love the color! I'm not a vintage romantic style either but with all the new colors and the old peonies making a huge come back sure makes me fall in love with it! Ha! Great score for $5 oh how I love the Thrift Store! Especially love that it's a chair that can revamp with new colors for each season!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the door color! Thanks for sharing the info on that! For summer I can imagine a yellow with Sunflowers near your door or a cream color with red geraniums near...hey red, white and blue accent pillow!

    Oh btw....I was just in Home Depot looking at the sprays and Rustolium has some amazing new colors!!!!!


    Erica Smith

  • Lindsay Dillon Lindsay Dillon on Feb 03, 2020

    Love that wreath as well