Easy Wicker Chair Makeover

Do any of you have hand-me-down furniture?  The family beach house came furnished, so we are getting creative with ways to update old and tired pieces while spending very little money.  There was a large, beige wicker chair in the living room that I liked, but it just didn’t seem beachy enough so I whipped out the spray paint for a quick and cheap fix.


Be sure to buy more paint than you think you need if you decide to tackle a wicker chair.  Due to all the little nooks and crannies, the paint won’t go as far as you expect it to.  This chair took almost three full cans of spray paint that were applied in just two coats.  Also, before you paint wicker be sure to clean it as well as possible, because the dust will show up more once you have paint over it (unfortunately I was impatient and didn’t clean as well as I should have…lesson learned).  No need to sand a piece of wicker furniture (I’m not even sure if that’s possible), but try to use a paint that has primer mixed in.


For now, I draped some striped beach towels over the cushions to hide the not-so-beachy upholstery.  When I get a chance I’ll buy some fabric and create a quick and easy slip cover, but for now this temporary fix is good enough, and helps to completely change the look of this tired piece of furniture.  This project truly was one that made a huge difference with minimal effort, so give it a shot if you have a wicker piece that needs a little dose of sass 🙂 

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Katie Vail
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  1. November 5, 2014 / 6:57 pm

    Very pretty! I'm living vicariously through all of your DIYs since I don't have room for a lot of furniture. What kind of fabric are you thinking about?

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