How to refurbish wicker chairs, frames are sturdy, ?

by Karen
  12 answers
  • 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.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 24, 2020

    Hello Karen,

    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.

  • Janice Janice on Aug 24, 2020

    Hi Jolene, here's some info I copied from the web.

    Steps to Repair Wicker Furniture
    1. Clean the wicker. First dust the piece with a dry cloth. Then, using warm water and a mild cleanser, clean any dirt and/or residue with a wet cloth. If your wicker furniture is stained, use a solution of vinegar and water to remove the stains.
    2. Next, check for any loose ends. Tuck the loose end back into the frame, and dab a bit of wood glue onto the end. Hold until the glue dries.
    3. Check for loose wrapping. Realign any loose reeds that snake along the legs or arms to its original place. Apply a dot of glue beneath the wrapping and hold until dry.
    4. If you need to replace any broken pieces, the first thing you’ll want to do is soak your replacement wicker fibers. This makes the reed more pliable. Soak in water for 30 minutes.
    5. Remove the broken piece of reed by cutting each end.
    6. Measure out a length of reed and rewrap the damaged area, holding the reed in place with tacks. Glue the ends. Upon drying, remove the tacks.
    7. Once the glue has dried thoroughly, treat your wicker furniture with an olive oil finish so that the reed remains supple. Alternately, you can apply a finishing varnish.

    The above section was taken from this website:

  • Recreated Designs Recreated Designs on Aug 24, 2020

    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.

  • J Brown J Brown on Aug 24, 2020

    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

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Aug 25, 2020

    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.

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    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.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Aug 26, 2020

    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.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Jan 31, 2021

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