I am going to show you an easy tutorial on how to paint wicker furniture with a paintbrush.
I found a wicker couch at a local Restore for a steal of a deal! But of course, the wicker couch definitely needed a fresh coat of paint.
Because here is the thing! I do not really like to use spray paint. There is always an overspray, and it actually takes a lot of paint to get good coverage! And in my experience, it really does not hold up to outdoor weather.
And, I don’t have a paint sprayer! So I wanted to try painting with a paintbrush to see how it turned out.
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Prepping a Wicker Couch for Painting
After storing the wick couch in the basement for most of the winter and spring, I finally hauled it outside and gave a good scrub down with a mixture of Liquid TSP and hot water. I used a scrub brush and made sure to wear gloves to protect my hands.
After giving the wicker couch a good rinse, I primed the couch using a chip brush and Kilz-2 Primer.
Update 2 years later – I wish I would have done a second coat of primer on the wicker sofa to try and get some of the splotchy paint spots smoother before starting to paint!
Painting Wicker Furniture using a Paintbrush
I then used this craft paintbrush and painted two coats of exterior paint on the entire wicker couch. I did two even coats, and although I painted as evenly as possible, I think a paint sprayer would have given it a much more even look.
I also think I should have used THIS PAINTBRUSH instead, as it would have given a more even coverage.
Cleaning the Wicker Couch Cushions
After painting the couch, I cleaned the cushions. While I am sure there are better ways of doing this, I just used a scrub brush with dish soap and sprayed off using the garden hose. I let the cushions dry in the sun, and then replaced them on the couch!
Overall, I am very happy with how the couch turned out! It is much more comfortable than lawn chairs, and we can enjoy sitting outside. (When it isn’t 95 degrees outside!)
I used this Scotchgard Heavy Duty Watershield on the cushions and pillows to help keep them protected from the weather. Even though this area is under a covered porch, I wanted to make sure I didn’t end up with moldy pillows!
I lightly sprayed two coats of spray evenly on the cushions and pillow covers and allowed to dry!
What Kind of Paint Do I Use on Wicker Furniture?
I used latex exterior paint on this wicker couch. I got a quart of paint from our local Ace Hardware, and I am very happy with how the paint has held up.
Would I Recommend Using a Paintbrush on Wicker Furniture?
This is a two-part question – yes if that is the only way you have to paint the furniture. I wish I would have had a paint sprayer to apply the exterior paint because I think there would have been a much more even coat of paint.
Update 2022 – I got a paint sprayer for Christmas this past year, and I think I am going to repaint the wicker sofa to see if I can get the paint to be more even.
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