Hey Creative Home fans!

Well, I can’t believe it, but we’ve fallen for the wicker trend! I found a thrifted wicker bench I just couldn’t pass up, so we’re back today to share our tips on how we transformed this piece WITHOUT spray paint!

Here’s an iPhone quality before pic of this $20 bench, courtesy of our home decor hoarder pal who was clearing out her storage unit. (I know what you’re thinking, you would love a unit full of trendy home decor, right? Us too! LOL)

Before | Lolly Jane

Anyway as you can see, it was black with the natural woven wicker top in mint condition. I knew this was the perfect piece for my small family room as it is kid-friendly (non sharp edges they won’t hurt themselves on and is very sturdy), so with a little elbow grease, it now fits right in:

How to paint wicker without spray paint

To get started, I separated the top from the bottom of the bench. I quickly applied 2 light coats of Glidden paint (midwinter sky) in a flat finish, then distressed the edges to accomplish this look for the base of the bench. I always, always buy paint + primer in one and almost always use a roller vs. a brush. It saves an insane amount of time, and for us impatient DIY’ers, it has become a must (;

Painting the base

The top of the bench was another story. You see, I live in a teeny tiny town, and our only “craft store” is the small section in Walmart, another town away. Although I am digging the look of wicker right now, I know eventually I want to recover the top in a more modern print (to match the rug and throw pillows), but until I can make a stop in the city, painting the wicker a fresh white will have to do… and by the time I have recovered it, the wicker trend will probably be dying out anyway! LOL

So, how do you paint wicker without spray paint? First things first, make sure your wicker is clean! Because it is a natural fiber, any spots (like dust, dirt or oil) can show through the paint. Rinse it in warm soapy water and for tough spots, a bit of degreaser may be necessary. Make sure it is bone dry before proceeding! Secondly, prime. Because I use paint + primer in one, we can skip this step and start painting. Yay!

I used a $2 foam brush to paint the wicker. Yes, you read that right: foam brush. Because there are so many nooks and crannies with wicker, it is easy (when getting in between them with the brush) to lose bristles. I avoided that all together and got a better quality foam brush. Paint adheres to wicker quite well, so the difference between a foam and bristle brush was very minor. Again, I just brushed on 2 light coats of paint, this time using Behr’s self priming interior flat in ultra pure white.

Paint for wicker | Lolly Jane

As you can see by my little helper, a quart of each is plenty! (; Notice that I painted heavily inside the grooves of the wicker. This makes the piece look more blended than spray painting, where the natural wicker shows through.

Painted wicker bench by LollyJane

To match the base, I lightly sanded again to give it the aged look. All in all, I didn’t spend anything more than the original purchase price since I had the leftover paint from the revamped couch table and two-tone kitchen barstools we shared with you earlier, and of course have a stash of foam brushes on hand. Not too shabby!

Lolly Jane how to paint wicker furniture

So tell us, do you think the wicker trend will last?