Spring is in full effect here at our house, and I’ve had a burst of energy doing exterior projects and upping our curb appeal game. Our fence was in desperate need of a paint job, which it finally got, but it didn’t stop there. We took the wooden shutters down and repaired and painted them, along with putting on new house numbers and touching up the porch paint.
My next projects are sprucing up two of our porches. While I wish I had an unlimited home improvement budget, that’s not the case! Whenever possible, I like to upcycle items we already have or can locate without spending a fortune.
On our side porch, we had a patio set my mother had purchased from Pier 1 years ago. It has two wicker chairs, a wrought iron table and two seat bench. I love the style and it’s well-made, but years of outdoor use meant it needed a serious face lift! I decided on painting the wicker furniture with chalk paint.
Painting Wicker Furniture
I have used chalk paint on several indoor furniture pieces with great results, so I thought I would try my hand at some outdoor furniture. I headed down to our local hardware store and purchased 2 containers of Amy Howard At Home One-Step paint.
The paint was $15.99 for 8 oz. I already had a few wax brushes I liked– they are awesome for getting good coverage in all of the nooks and crannies. I also had the cushions I used last year and some Minwax polycrylic semi-gloss, so I was in for about $32 when I started the project.
I chose to use the Cartouche green, and I love it! One thing I like about the Amy Howard collection (compared with Annie Sloan) is that there are many more color choices. The Cartouche green goes really well with the flagstone tiles on the porch and the yellow shingles on the house.
- Wax brush
- Amy Howard At Home One Step Paint
- Drop Cloth
- Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish (Semi-gloss)
How to Use Chalk Paint on Wicker Furniture
Clean off your furniture as best you can to make a smooth surface for painting. You can actually use the wax brush and go back and forth to get rid of any bits of debris before painting. Chalk paint is water-based, but it’s still better to lay down a layer of newspaper under the pieces, so clean up is easier!
Dip your brush into the chalk paint and then blot off excess on the inside of the paint jar lid. This will prevent you from getting drips as you paint. Take your brush and move it side to side over the surface, making sure to get into any tight corners or other crevices on your piece (the wax brush will make this easy!).
After you have painted your furniture piece, you can decide whether you want to add another coat or leave it as is. The paint takes only 30 minutes to try under normal conditions. If you want to add more interest to your piece, you can also choose a base coat and then paint over top with another color and distress in areas with a light sand! When you are finished with the chalk paint, cover your furniture with a polycrylic finish coat. I usually do 2-3 coats, depending on how much use the pieces will get.
Chalk painting is just one of many easy (and budget-friendly!) ways to update your existing furniture. You can also use spray paint to give small pieces light lighting fixtures a much-needed facelift. I did just that when I revamped an old chandelier from dated brass to an updated satin nickel finish.