The Absolute Easiest Tutorial on How to Paint a Rattan Chair

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Are you loving the rattan furniture trend as much as we are? Rattan love seats, chairs, hutches, coffee tables — you name it. Today we are sharing just how simple it is to paint an inexpensive rattan chair to give it a personalized look. Whether it's a new or thrifted chair, you'll want to grab some spray paint and get DIYing!

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Any rattan chair will work, such as the IKEA Buskbo armchair. The earthy green color can go with just about anything — it looks perfect with fluffy off-white pillows, light pink pops of color, and plants. Scroll down for our tips and tricks on re-inventing your rattan furniture.

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Step 1

Gently remove any dust and rattan strands using a scrub brush. If you are painting a thrifted or older rattan chair, you will also need to gently sand the chair arms and legs if it had been painted before.

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Step 2

Place the chair on a protective drop cloth in a well ventilated area. Apply spray paint in light coats — about five coats for an even, no drip look. Allow to dry completely. (Spray paint is the best type of paint to use for rattan and wicker.)

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Step 3

Be sure to flip the chair and paint under and on the sides. You'll need to evenly paint the chair from all angles.

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After you have applied multiple coats of spray paint, allow the chair to completely dry. If the chair will be used in a covered porch or patio, we recommend adding a clear protective finish.

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