The Absolute Easiest Tutorial on How to Paint a Rattan Chair

How to Paint an Inexpensive Rattan Chair
credit: Sara Albers
How to Paint an Inexpensive Rattan Chair
credit: Sara Albers

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!

The IKEA Albacken rattan chair is perfect for this project. 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.

Things You'll Need

  • Optional: sand paper if painting an old/thrifted rattan chair

  • Drop cloth or plastic drop cloth

How to Paint an Inexpensive Rattan Chair
credit: Sara Albers

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.

How to paint a rattan chair
credit: Sara Albers

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.

Painting Rattan furniture
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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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