How to paint a wicker chair

We have a little covered (porch wanna-be) stoop on the front of our house. On that stoop is a wicker chair. We actually use it when I am out front with the kids or when one of us is waiting for someone to come. The chair was in our sunroom at our old house but has been living outside since we moved into this house seven years ago.

This chair has seen better days. I didn’t want to buy a new one, so decided to spruce up this one. It cost me about $10 in fabric and $8 in spray paint. When I saw the look-alike Casbah Chair selling for $120 sans cushion at Pier 1 Imports, I felt even better about this little wicker chair makeover!


  • A wicker chair
  • 2 cans of gloss spray paint (if you get the color right the first time
  • A cushion (you can buy a new one or cover an existing one)
  • Outdoor fabric (if you are recovering a cushion)
  • Sewing machine (if you are recovering a cushion)

I will let you in on a little secret… Well, it’s not much of a secret at all. I really do not enjoy sewing things. At all. I love doing DIY projects and making things using all different kinds of methods and techniques, but for some reason, this machine has become my nemesis. So if you see any sewing in any project I am doing, I promise you it is very basic. I dare say I couldn’t handle much more. Even super basic sewing projects have a way of getting messed up.

Due to my sewing limitations, I found a simple way to recover the existing cushion. I used the envelope method outlined here.

Once your cushion is covered (or you bought a new one), it’s time to paint your chair. I was going for a very dark gray. I chose a color called “dark gray”, but this is how it turned out… much lighter than I had wanted.

When you’re DIY’in it, things don’t always turn out the way you want the first (or second) time. So I just went back to Lowe’s and picked another color. They didn’t have a dark enough gloss gray without going to black, so I went with “dark walnut.” It’s so dark that you can barely tell it’s brown. I sprayed two cans worth of the new color over the “not-so-dark” dark gray color.

Let it dry thoroughly, add your cushion and call it a day!

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