How to Paint Lloyd Loom Furniture

Melissa Lewis

Lloyd Loom is a furniture style made from twisted paper and wire that is weaved over of a wood frame. It was invented in the early 19th century by Marshall Burns Lloyd and is still made today in England.

Lloyd Loom furniture and other pieces made in a similar manner are commonly known as wicker, but Lloyd Loom is known for its high quality and durability. You can effectively change the entire look of your Lloyd Loom furniture with a coat of paint, but note that you will likely never be able to restore it to its original condition.

  1. Sand the Lloyd Loom furniture lightly with a fine grit sandpaper, such as 120 grit, to help the paint adhere to the surface.

  2. Vacuum the Lloyd Loom furniture with the wand or upholstery attachment to remove all the dust and debris.

  3. Dampen a rag slightly with water and wipe down the surface to remove the remaining dirt and debris.

  4. Set the piece of furniture on a large tarp or drop cloth. Do this outdoors or in a well-ventilated space.

  5. Prime the Lloyd Loom furniture if you are painting it a color that is drastically different than the current paint color. Prime using an acrylic spray primer, making large horizontal sweeping motions. Start and end each sweep off of the furniture. One layer of primer should suffice.

  6. Spray paint the furniture in the same manner as the primer. Reapply coats as necessary for complete coverage, allowing sufficient drying time in between. Use spray paint specifically designed for Lloyd Loom furniture, available from the manufacturer, or an acrylic spray paint.

  7. Spray an acrylic sealant or varnish in the same manner as priming and painting. This will protect the paint and make the furniture easier to clean. Apply the sealer or varnish per manufacturer directions.