DIY Repurposing

Wicker Gone Wild: 10 Easy Ways to Transform Old into New

If your wicker furniture has seen better days, transform it into whimsical but useful accents for your home or garden.

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Stenciled Beauty

A bright, cheerful paint job may be all that’s required to breathe new life into faded wicker furniture. If your chairs, tables, or loveseats are in good condition and can still be used for their original purpose, spruce them up with paint in a variety of lively spring colors, or use some simple stencils to add a whimsical element.

Horticultural Headboard

Who says bedroom furniture doesn’t belong outside? This wicker headboard takes to the outdoors as part of a playful yet functional potting bench. Fresh white paint and a few hooks give gardeners an attractive place to hang trowels and other small garden tools.

Garden Baskets

Dollar-store wicker baskets in various shapes and sizes create an instant, colorful outdoor container garden. Produce uniformity in mismatched baskets by spray-painting them in shades of pink, lavender, and lilac, then filling them with flowers in complementary colors. Beautiful!

Rolling Bin

Looking for a practical but lovely storage solution for recyclable paper? This simple wicker basket becomes a traveling recycling bin with the addition of four furniture casters. Fill it up and roll it out!

Unlikely Companions

New outdoor furniture not in your budget? Use a vibrant palette of green, orange, yellow, white, and coral paint to pull together an assortment of mismatched wicker flea market pieces. 

Recycled Stand

A Victorian-style wicker bassinet charmingly cradles ferns on a veranda. Leave it unpainted for a shabby chic look, and pair it with a rolling plant stand so you can move the greenery indoors at summer’s end.

Flower Seats

Sometimes outdoor furniture is simply beyond repair. Once the seats have given way, repurpose old wicker chairs or loveseats into planters for bountiful annuals. Fit a large container into the opening where the seat had been and fill it with your favorite flowers. Petunias, lobelias, and other trailing annuals provide a punchy hit of color and create a unique focal point for your garden.

Storage Trunk

Upcycle an ugly old wicker trunk by painting it an eye-catching color and turning it into an outdoor storage unit for patio furniture cushions. No cushions to store? Line the trunk with plastic and fill it with ice to create a beer and wine cooler for outdoor entertaining.

Hanging Baskets

A series of cascading wicker baskets used as planters can transform a boring outdoor wall into a conversation piece. Requiring nothing more than rectangular baskets and colorful cord, this is an inexpensive, fun showcase for trailing plants, or even herbs, in outdoor patio areas. When the weather turns cold, just bring the arrangement inside!

Decorative Cabinet

Wild wicker doesn’t have to stay outside! Pulsating pink can turn an old wicker cabinet like this into a dramatic accent for an entryway or dining room. Beauty and functional storage—who could ask for more?