Wicker Furniture Care

Wicker furniture is a great addition to a home or outdoor space, but the sunlight and average wear on the sensitive and delicate wood can slowly but surely chip away and fade the paint.

But painting wicker furniture us not as easy as getting out a brush and throwing on a few coats.

When you feel its time to paint your wicker furniture first consider the use.

If the furniture is outdoors, you may want to keep the natural beauty of the woods. Lighter, more natural colors will fit into outdoors spaces. Splashes of color and colorful accents to highlight the surroundings, such as flowers and foliage, will bring a cohesive feel to the space.

Indoor, you can be a bit more daring with color on wicker furniture, and instead opt to choose colors that match the look and feel of the room in which it's being used. Of course, subtle colors with splashy, colorful accents are a great way to tie a room together. When painting your indoor wicker furniture, you could pick an aspect of the room—whether it's a rug, fabric or painting—and select a color within that item to use on the wicker. This can tie the wicker into a room but, at the same time, maintain its natural beauty of its original state.

Prior to painting, make sure you remove al the dirt and dust that has accumulated over the years, Because of its nature, wicker collects a tremendous of dust and dirt over the years. This dust and dirt creeps into the many crevices commonly associated with the wicker style, so you must do a pretty intensive scrubbing before you paint, if not, paints will not adhere as well, and you will find yourself painting it again in a few years or moths as the dirty painted areas are worn out.

You can pick a variety of methods, be it spray paint or brush. Make sure to pick an oil based house paint if you are going to do it by hand, and pick the best and most high quality spray paints if you should go that route,. Your local hardware store or furniture store can advise you as to the best paint selection.

If using brushes, make sure to pick softer bristled brushes that won't harm the delicate wood.

Because of its crevices, wicker furniture needs more than just one coat if you want to do a good job painting it. If brushing, flip the furniture over and start at the bottom of the furniture, smaller brushes should be used to get into the crevices. Let the first coat dry, and apply another coat. Once you have at least two coats on, go over the furniture and use a smaller brush or a toothbrush to apply paint in any areas that the initial coats missed. Make sure not to let the paint build up in any of the crevices, which can lead to a larger drop-like appearance. These drops will wear and often chip, leaving a bare spot on your furniture.

If spraying, you will lose a large amount of paint through the various holes and crevices, so make sure to stock up on the right amount of paint.

If painted correctly and the right colors are used depending on the space, wicker furniture can last a lifetime, providing a comfortable yet stylish seating arrangement for any amount of guests.

A final note, wicker furniture is commonly used outdoors, but direct sunlight, wind, rain and snow are ultimately not good for it even though it is made of natural materials. Whenever possible, bring the furniture inside during inclement weather to ensure its longevity and keep you from having to break out the paint brush every year.