A Super Quick and Easy Cane Chair Makeover

Last week, I picked up (yet another…) cane chair from Craigslist that was the most darling little thing ever–I was sold right away when I saw the fretwork detailing on the bottom! I was originally planning on keeping the original wood color and spicing it up with a fun pillow or throw blanket. I think cane chairs can easily look too “granny” if you don’t add a little something to them, but at the same time, good quality wood furniture is so special and shouldn’t be covered up on a whim, because there’s obviously no going back. However, while browsing Pinterest, I came across several similar chairs that had been spray painted and looked fantastic, which got me thinking about what I could do to this chair. Once I’d taken a closer look and realized that some of the wood was a little worn anyway, I figured that spray painting wouldn’t be the worst decision, and up to the roof I went!

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I loved how the white chairs in the picture above looked, but the blue also caught my eye. I was a little unsure which direction to go, but white is so versatile, and I already had three cans of white spray paint on hand from a previous project, so it seemed like the simpler option.

Pick-up time in Falls Church, Virginia!
Pick-up time in Falls Church, Virginia!
Drying outside in the sun...
Drying outside in the sun…

I put down an old sheet and went to work. The weather was so awful for most of last week that I immediately took advantage of a (sunny) half day of work and spray painted the afternoon away. I left the chair outside for a couple of hours to (mostly) dry and ran to bring it in the second it started to drizzle…whoops! Thankfully, the paint held up just find, and now the chair is sitting in my bedroom! I love how it looks plain, but since these (poorly lit) pictures were taken, I’ve also draped one of the black and white mudcloth blankets that I purchased in Michigan over the side.

New home!

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This just goes to show how easy it easy to completely change a piece of furniture within an afternoon! Whether this chair stays in its current spot or will be moved to a desk or table is TBD, but I love how the finished product looks and am so happy that I took a risk and spray painted–no, it isn’t perfect (I need to do a few touch ups here and there), but it works for now!

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