How to spray paint wicker baskets

This guide is for those amateurs who want to achieve the best results after completing their job.

Then this step-by-step guide is completely tested by me and my professional painter fellas.

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Newbies should not miss any step explained in this guide and must follow each step in order to attain satisfactory results.

Spray paint may not be the first material that you consider painting your wicker basket with but it is actually an excellent option for creating a professional finish.

This blog covers the benefits of using spray paint rather than paint brushes and how, with the right equipment, it is extremely easy to use.

Clean the wicker baskets

Clean the wicker basket by brushing it with a soft brush and wiping the dirt off with a damp rag.

Do not spray any chemicals or water on the baskets. After cleaning wash, the wicker baskets with soap and water.

Prepare the area before painting

To pro-tip learning how to spray paint properly, it’s always a good idea to set up a safe and well-ventilated work area.

In my case, because it’s still very cold outside I set my canned aerosols up in our garage.

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It might be your basement or even depending on the weather if you’re working outdoors you’ll want to make sure there’s plenty of barrier between your cans and the ground beneath them to prevent rust from forming.

If you don’t have something already then feel free to use household drop cloths or large sheets of cardboard as a crash pad for those cans you plan on painting with.

Apply Base coat

Spray the base coat on wicker baskets to protect them from the spray paint. If you do not protect the wicker baskets, the paint will get into the holes and crack the baskets.

Start spraying wicker baskets

Keep the spray paint at least 12 inches away from the basket and do not spray in one spot for too long.

Allowing the paint to dry before you touch it is also very important, as you could get a skin burn if you do not. After this, give the basket time to dry.

It might be a good idea to use a hair dryer because the paint is likely pretty thick at this point. After the baskets are dry, you can use sandpaper to distress the paint further.


There are two types of paint that can be used on wicker baskets: Oil-based paint and latex paint. Latex paint dry’s faster than oil-based paint and is easier to clean up. So, if you are going to repaint the basket often or you have kids or pets in the house, then latex paint is a good option. Latex paint tends to peel if the surface is often scratched. So, if you are going to scratch the basket often you should use oil-based paint.

Staining white wicker is a tricky procedure as it requires not only the right material and color, but also the right process. So, before you start staining the wicker, you have to first understand the nature of the material you are dealing with. White outdoor furniture is usually painted over with a layer of white paint. This paint can be anything from the common latex paint to an alkyd based paint. The cover of the wicker is generally very thin and hence the paint job can crack over time and need a touch up. If you are planning on doing the touch up, here are a few tips.

You can make wicker look modern by first removing the rust from it. This can be done by using sandpaper. You can make the wicker look new by using a double coat of paint. This will make the wicker look sleek and shiny. Hang up some nice flowers in it, and then the wicker will look even more stylish.

Painting over some types of existing furniture finish will result in the finish bubbling and peeling off. The reason for this is that paint cannot bond to the finish. Hence, it is not a good idea to paint over furniture that has been varnished. If you have wicker furniture that has been treated with some other type of finish, it might be possible to paint it. However, it’s always best to check with the manufacturer before painting their products. For example, if you have wicker furniture that has been treated with linseed oil, which is a common treatment for wicker furniture, it’s not a good idea to paint it with an oil-based paint. It’s always best to use an acrylic paint on this type of furniture. The same is true with wood furniture that has been treated with linseed or tung oil. Acrylic paints do not have the same drying time as oil-based paints, and they also have a more durable finish.

Summary of How to spray paint wicker baskets

This method which I have explained to you is wholly based on the tested and tried methods.

And if you have any queries regarding this guide or any step which is confusing then let me know in the comments section.

I hope that you might find the complete guide useful so that you can get the best results after spraying painting wicker baskets of your favorite color.

If you are not satisfied with the results or have any other queries, you can simply contact us anytime.

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