DIY Antique Wicker Table Restoration Tutorial

DIY Antique Wicker Table Restoration Tutorial.  This is a great way to update your home decor with vintage pieces!

This DIY Antique Wicker Table Restoration project has a tremendous sentimental value to me. I first saw this old, beat up table made of wood and wicker at my great aunt’s house collecting dust in her basement. I made a comment on how beautiful the table was, and she told me I could have it if I wanted. It turns out that it belonged to my great-great grandfather, and is more than a hundred years old. I knew instantly that I needed to do something special to breathe life back into this table.

DIY Antique Wicker Table Restoration Tutorial


The top of the table and the shelf were solid wood, that had been painted first a mint green, and then on top of that, a bright yellow. I wanted to preserve the wood, as the wood and painted wicker combination is really beautiful. Given the age of this table, I didn’t want to use a sander, as it could risk damaging the wood. I opted to use a paint stripper instead, so I chose one of the ‘friendlier’ brands, that wouldn’t burn through my skin or destroy anything. I had to buy some tools, such as scrapers and scrubbers, but the dollar store had everything I needed in order to remove the paint.

DIY Antique Wicker Table Restoration Tutorial

I washed the table first, as it had collected dirt and dust over the years, then I made sure to change into my painting clothes. I also used rubber gloves, just in case. The paint stripper I used was really smelly, so I had to open all of the windows to make sure there was proper ventilation. The product I used was goopy and messy, so I laid out a tarp under the table.

DIY Antique Wicker Table Restoration Tutorial

What I did, was put a layer of the paint stripper (about a quarter of an inch thick) all over the wooden surfaces. I let it sit for about a half an hour, then with my scrapers in hand, took off the first layer of paint. Because this was the least ‘intense’ paint stripper and the table had a few different layers of paint, I had to repeat the process about four times to ensure all of the paint was removed from the wooden tabletop and shelf.

The transformation has been incredible, especially knowing how old this table was. I would definitely use paint stripper again, but in the future, I might use something a little stronger, as it would consume less time.  I am so happy and honored to be able to breathe new life into a family heirloom that I will hold onto forever. I decided to paint the wicker parts of the table an antique white, so in order to prep the surface, I just washed it and gave it a very light sanding by hand. I painted the wicker parts with two coats of paint, and after this was dry, I decided I wanted to stain the tabletop and shelf a dark walnut color. The old wood absorbed the stain, so I gave it two good coats, and then finished it with a matte sealant.



DIY Antique Wicker Table Restoration Tutorial

Sarah is currently studying Anthropology at McMaster University.  She enjoys up-cycling, creating customized furniture, decorative furniture painting and any do-it-yourself projects, big or small. She is passionate about creative sustainability, by breathing new life into items destined for the land-fill. 

45 thoughts on “DIY Antique Wicker Table Restoration Tutorial

  1. Wow, you can’t even recognize the before piece with the after piece! Great job! I tend to think of wicker as “cottagey” but this piece looks like it could fit in just about anywhere. Love it.

  2. That table looks amazing! If I visited I would completely think it is brand new! And getting everything at the dollar store?! Wow! Good going crafty (hee hee see what I did? Double meaning?) lady!

  3. I love sentimental pieces in the home, that’s an awesome story and you did a wonderful job. A hint though, for your next project, if you need to strip paint a heat gun works amazingly! If you move the gun around, don’t leave it in one place it just lifts the paint right off.

    Laurie @ Vin’yet Etc.

  4. There’s nothing better than antique “shopping” in relative’s homes’, isn’t there? I have a few things from my family – so much more special than anything I could buy. The piece turned out beautiful – great job!

  5. I am in love with these DIY posts of yours. They are completely inspiring and I’m committed to doing ONE project like this, this summer.

  6. TALENTED. Any ideas of how to resurface cheap brown ikea ‘wood’ furniture? My daughter is using for her dorm room and wants it white.

  7. Wow, I love this! We had a whole wicker settee?? Setee? Set and just didn’t know what to do with it so we gave it away. Now I wish we hadn’t 🙁

    Thanks for linking up at Inspire. Create. Do. last week- we’re featuring this post for this week!!

  8. Love the transformation what a beautiful job you did. Great to see that you were to bring back an old sentimental piece to new again.

  9. Wow, good job, would never know that it’s over 100 years old, your great great grandfather is smiling from up above, thank you for sharing

  10. what a marvellous job you made of this table. It looks enchanting now it’s had a touch of TLC. Your great-great grandfather would be very proud of you of that you can be assured.

  11. You have a great imagination of how the finished product is going to look when it’s done.It looks awesome!It is such a pretty table that has it’s own distinguished look now.Great job!!!!!

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