Can You Paint a Wicker Basket?

We often get asked whether it’s possible to paint wicker baskets. The answer is yes, you can! However, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to ensure that your paint job turns out looking great. In this blog post, we’ll share some tips on how to paint a wicker basket so that it looks beautiful and lasts for years to come.

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Wicker is a type of weave made from natural fibers, such as willow, rattan or reed. Wicker baskets are strong and durable, making them ideal for a variety of uses, such as storage or decoration. You can paint wicker baskets to match your home’s decor or to add a pop of color to a room. With the right tools and supplies, painting a wicker basket is a simple project that can be completed in a few hours.

What You’ll Need

-Paints: choose any colors you like!
-Paintbrushes: one for each color of paint you’re using
-Wicker basket: any size or shape will work
-Newspaper or drop cloth: to protect your surfaces from paint

Preparing the Basket

Before you start painting your wicker basket, you need to make sure that it is clean and in good repair. If the basket is new, you may want to wash it with a mild soap and water solution to remove any dirt or debris that may be on it. If the basket is old, you may need to do some repair work before you start painting.

Once the basket is clean and in good repair, you will need to prepare it for painting. This includes sanding down any rough spots and priming the surface. You can use a variety of different primers, but Make sure you choose one that is compatible with the type of paint you plan to use.

Painting the Basket

Wicker baskets are a great way to add some extra storage to your home. But what if you want to change the color of your basket? Can you paint a wicker basket?

Yes, you can paint a wicker basket. The key is to use the right kind of paint. You will also need to prepare the surface of the basket before you start painting.

Here are the supplies you will need:
-Latex paint
-Primer (optional)

To begin, sand down the surface of the basket with sandpaper. This will create a rough surface for the paint to adhere to. If you are using a primer, apply it now and let it dry completely before proceeding.

Next, apply a layer of latex paint to the basket. Start with a thin layer and then build up to thicker layers if necessary. Allow each layer of paint to dry completely before applying the next one.
It is important to use latex paint because other types of paint will not be able to adhere properly to the surface of the basket. Once you have finished painting, let the basket dry for 24 hours before using it again.

Finishing the Basket

Once the basket is dry, you can add a top coat of paint if desired. A top coat will protect the paint and make it last longer. Choose a paint that is durable and made for outdoor use. Apply the top coat with a brush, using the same techniques as you used for the primer and paint. Allow the top coat to dry completely before using the basket.


Based on the evidence, it seems that painting a wicker basket is not recommended. Wicker is made of natural materials, and paint can be difficult to adhere to and may not last long. Furthermore, painted wicker can look unnatural and take away from the beauty of the basket. If you’re set on painting your wicker basket, be sure to use a primer and paint made specifically for use on wicker.