Dresser Makeover With Faux Caning

5 Materials
2 Days

Ive been eager to try caning on furniture but I didn't realize how expensive it was and hard to find. I really wanted that woven textured look for this $60 yard sale dresser I was planning for the nursery so I decided to use PLACEMATS instead!




As with any project its always a good idea to sand before painting to help the paint adhere. This stain was pretty thick so I just roughed it up as much as I should.

Faux Caning

I wasnt sure if this was genius or crazy but instead of expensive caning I found these woven placemats on Amazon. I hoped this would give me the texture I wanted on the drawer faces.

$14.99 for a pack of woven placemats on Amazon

Cut trim

Because I didnt want to deal with seams and a single placemat didnt cover the whole drawer, I decided to add some trim to cover the gaps. I cut all my pieces with a miter saw so I could paint them before adding to the dresser.


I used a paint sprayer to put on a few coats of white paint. My first time spraying and I dont think I’ll ever go back to hand painting! This Homeright sprayer is affordable and simple to use.

Add “caning”

Next I cut my placemats to size and used liquid nails to attach them to the drawer fronts. I made sure to only use a thin amount so it didnt seep through the placemats.

Add trim

Here I was dry-fitting the trim to make sure it covered where the placemats didnt. I then painted it white to match the rest of the dresser before attaching.

Its coming together! I used liquid nails again to adhere.

Update Hardware

One of my favorite ways to update Furniture is to swap out the hardware for something more modern and unique. I picked these up at Hobby Lobby.

Heres a close up! Plus the kitten we found abandoned in our flower bed and have been hand raising.

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  • Zsuzsi
    on Nov 7, 2020

     The confetti spray when I hit the "Wow" is FANTASTIC!!!

    I keep 'un'WOWing, so i can reWOW and watch the spray. Is it a GIF that I can add to my page? Thanks

    Oh, yeah: the original reason i came here was to see your dresser redo; I LOVE this project! Thank you for sharing.

    • Janie
      on Nov 12, 2020

      A really beautiful transformation! Bravo! All those miter cuts would be so off putting to me, I’m afraid I’d never get this many cuts done!

  • Sherry
    on Nov 12, 2020

    Love it! ❤️

  • Miranda
    on Nov 12, 2020

    In the resource / materials you show trim that's flexible and used for replacing chalk, where did you use that?

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  • Nel49996543
    on Nov 15, 2020

    I did that to my kitchen cupboards using a ratan looking washable wallpaper. They were still looking fresh when we sold the house 15 years later.

  • Michelle
    Just now

    You did an amazing job!!

    It looks so high end. I bought a paint sprayer at a church rummage sale and I have been afraid to use it- but you have inspired me!

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