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DIY Thrifted and Distressed Cane-Chair Makeover

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Hey friends! Thanks so much for stopping by today! I’m so excited to show you these cane chairs that were transformed from outdated and lifeless to fresh and bright!
  • diy thrifted and distressed cane chair makeover, how to, painted furniture, reupholstoring, reupholster
Anyone can renovate a chair. You may not think so, but I promise — you can do it! A few years ago, I used to be interested solely in fashion and working out, but since the dawn of Pinterest and the incredible blogland that we have available to us, these little blessings have awakened my inner-diy self! 😉 Okay, now that hopefully you’ve realized you can totally do this project yourself, we’ll get started.
I found all four cane chairs at a yard sale one Saturday morning for a total of $20! I couldn’t believe it! I guess it’s because they were brown, yucky and quite a mess, but looking past their present state, I could see their wonderful potential! And most importantly, their “bones” were in excellent shape!
  • diy thrifted and distressed cane chair makeover, how to, painted furniture, reupholstoring, reupholster
Now, before I begin this tutorial, I'd like to point out that I'm in no way an expert on giving furniture that "chippy" feel, and there are probably tons of better ways to do this project. But I'm just sharing with you what worked for me. ;)
First, before starting this project, I prepped my chairs. (Please click on link at the bottom of this post for the full tutorial and items used.)
So, using the chalkboard paint and foam brush, I painted all the edges of my chairs. You may be wondering why on earth I painted chalkboard paint onto my chairs -- yes? Well, first, it’s because I wanted the black paint to show through the white paint after sanding the edges. Second, it’s because that was the only black paint I had on hand. 🙂 But if you’re not planning to give your chairs that “chippy” effect, you can skip this process all together.
  • diy thrifted and distressed cane chair makeover, how to, painted furniture, reupholstoring, reupholster
After the black paint was dry, I got started on painting the chairs white. Because the grooves of the cane were very difficult to paint with a roller or brush, I grabbed a can of true white spray paint and quickly sprayed the cane without a single hitch!
(In regards to painting cane, make sure you don’t paint a thick layer onto the cane. Add a few thin layers instead of one thick layer, or it’ll look like a sloppy mess. Trust me, I've had to learn the hard way.)
And here’s the finished product!
  • diy thrifted and distressed cane chair makeover, how to, painted furniture, reupholstoring, reupholster
Now, after the white paint is fully dry, and if you’d like to take it a step further like I did, then grab your handy sanding paper and start sanding all the edges….You know, the natural areas that wear over time. I started out with a fine grit sanding paper and then gradually increased the grit for the desired effect.
Here’s the finished result of my chippy chairs….I love them!!
  • diy thrifted and distressed cane chair makeover, how to, painted furniture, reupholstoring, reupholster
  • diy thrifted and distressed cane chair makeover, how to, painted furniture, reupholstoring, reupholster
  • diy thrifted and distressed cane chair makeover, how to, painted furniture, reupholstoring, reupholster
Are you inspired to find a lifeless chair and give it a makeover? If so, I’d love to hear about it and see pics! If you’d like to read about more furniture makeovers, you can see how I transformed a thrifted office chair and our our master bathroom! Xoxo

Material I used for this project:

  • Paint   (lowe's)

To see more: http://therusticboxwood.com/2015/11/thrifted-and-distressed-cane-chair-makeover/

  • Dee B
    Dee B Newport News, VA

    This is a WOW! The chairs look fresh and modernized. Thanks.

  • The Rustic Boxwood
    The Rustic Boxwood Atlanta, GA

    Aww, thanks so much, Dee! xoxo ;)

  • Celeste
    Celeste Lutz, FL

    The chairs turned out really pretty. I love them. Thank you for sharing this it gives me ideas.

  • Annie Doherty

    Great job,you have given these chairs a new lease of life, amazing find, four beautiful chair for 20$ plus your time and effort . Thank you for sharing.

  • Mary Myers
    Mary Myers Pfafftown, NC

    I have the same set of chairs with the table. They are identical to yours. We are also in the process of a makeover. They are primed white right now to become gray when husband can get around to spray painting. Good to know the tip about the

    • The Rustic Boxwood
      The Rustic Boxwood Atlanta, GA

      Oh, I'd love to see the final result! You definitely should share that photo! ;) And thanks so much for your kind words!

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