1. Be Prepared to Get Messy!
I think it's the messiest job there is in painting.
But the effort is worth it.
If you come to the game prepared to be splashed and splattered
with paint everywhere...it can actually be fun.
Why not get the the kids involved?
Enjoy the ride...
Pretend you're at Holi, the spring Festival of Colours in India!
2. What's the Best Paint to Use?
I'm not a fan. It will chip and peel and really,
knowing what we know about our health and the planet...
we just don't need those nasties.
Plus, I hate the drips!
A paint sprayer is certainly an option and I would absolutely
recommend a sprayer if doing an outdoor set or
a large number of pieces.
My go-to is Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint and a brush.
A couple reasons.
The first is that a little goes a long way.
I find MMS Milk Paint to be quite economical.
Secondly, because it's easy to control the consistency and amount.
Mix up only what you need and add water or paint as needed.
Lastly, I love how Milk Paint grabs onto a surface and
will withstand the elements.
I used Miss Mustard Seed to stencil my front porch, I've used it on
terracotta and ceramic pots and I've used it on
outdoor furniture (see below) all with great success.
4. Use a Throw-away Paint Brush
to mix your Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint thin and runny.
This works in your favour!
The paint will run through cracks, crevices and seams
doing the hard work for you.
Mix you paint thin and let it pour through the weave.
3. Make it Thin and Runny
And this little tip is going to make it even messier.
This is another instance with Milk Paint where the brush is everything.
With one exception — do not use a quality brush.
Yup, you heard me.
Instead look for a low-quality, natural bristle brush
from the hardware store.
It's the very best option.
and you can use the brush like a tool to shove, slide and jam
and distribute the paint into the nooks, crannies and corners of the wicker.
Twist the brush around and even rub it back and forth
with the nap and against it to soak the paint through.
It works surprisingly well!
Be warned the brushing action will flick the paint around
and it will leave plenty of bristles behind.
I bought one of these $2 brushes at the local hardware store
specifically for painting cane.
It's rusting after one wash, I certainly wouldn't use it for proper painting,
but it does THIS job spectacularly well.
No need to be careful or gentle!
jute, hemp, etc... are a bit tougher to get true colour.
Perhaps it's a byproduct of mixing the paint so thin?
Deeper paint colours appear lighter than usual
(as shown in the photo above of the wicker basket painted in Flow Blue).
Here is one coat of MMSMP in Kitchen Scale
over light to mid-tone cane, the colour is quite flat:
5. Colour Selection & Number of Coats
help the colour, but then it wouldn't be as easy to
saturate the wicker — I suppose it's best to pick your battle!
The colour will get there, but due to the thirstiness of wicker
(unfinished behaves differently from shiny/varnished)
it will likely take one coat to saturate the surface and then a second or even
third coat (and sealing) to bring out the true colour of the paint.
And then there is dark-coloured wicker...something to keep in mind!
I love how MMS Milk Paint freshened my antique cane outdoor chairs.
They were a very sad, yellow-y colour with rust on their gorgeous legs.
I used the whitest of the whites in the
Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint range, Ironstone.
See how the yellow is peeking through a bit?
So they moved out of the studio and sat on my front porch until
I was lucky enough to have Shop Girl Anna
paint the much-needed second coat.
but still needed a "touch-up third" meaning
I ran a brush here and there as needed.
I didn't seal the chairs, not for any reason other than
I wanted them out enjoying the front porch asap!
I may eventually treat them to a coat of Hemp Oil.
When painting wicker, I have reasonable expectations.
I enjoy the process, the mess and especially the transformation.
But I'm not patient enough for perfection.
Which suits me fine, I actually prefer the beauty of imperfection.
Here's a little project I did today using
Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint leftovers.
It took less than five minutes:
of MMS Milk Paint can do to revitalise tired cane, rattan, wicker, etc...
I love the new life given to this outdoor basket used to hold
wood for the chiminea.
Inside is a mix of leftovers that includes Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint
in Ironstone, Grain Sack and Trophy.
The outside is pure, gorgeous Eulalie's Sky
leftover from stencilling the front porch.
I hope you find these tips useful.
Do you have any cane, wicker or rattan items
that can use a lift?
I'd love to hear about them.
Even better — send me your photos!
ONE MORE THING: I found this information on cane vs. wicker interesting.
It is roughly interpreted from the website www.differencebetween.info
Cane is a grass and wicker, on the other hand, refers to the process through which cane furniture is made.
It may also be commonly used to refer to pieces made from a woven fiber from various plants,
such as bamboo, cane, rattan and/or palms.
At times, the fiber may even be plastic or resin or a combination
of plastic, resin and/or natural fibers.
It's all here...for the love...