Easy Way to White Wash Cane Furniture

4 Materials
30 Minutes

Cane Furniture is on trend right now …

But maybe your old cane furniture is from the 80s or 90s and is in need of a desperate update?! I had a friend from church ask me for tips on painting her cane outdoor setting recently and so I thought I’d take the opportunity to share with you some of the things I told her.

Here’s one easy peasy method that I tried on this cute toy chair I found at my local thrift store (op shop we call them here in Australia).

BEFORE - Here is the little cane toy chair I picked up from the thrift store.

PROCESS - The video at the top of this post, shows you the process I used for white washing the cane chair. You can also read my detailed steps in this tutorial below.

Method used for creating the white washed look:

Here’s the basic method I used, but you’ll get a better idea along with detailed explanation in the video below.

  • dip your brush tips into the paint colour of your choice
  • smoosh the paint into all the crevices of the cane – working only a section at a time being careful not to allow the paint to pool in any areas. If pooling happens, your brush has too much paint on it – use another dry brush to lift and spread this pooled paint around.
  • with the dry lint free cloth, wipe away the wet paint from the area you have worked on. The paint will sit in the cane crevices and give a slight white-washed appearance to the surfaces.
  • Tip: if you want a lighter look, you can wet your cloth and more paint will be removed.
  • remember to work in sections so that the paint doesn’t have time to dry before you remove the excess.

AFTER - Here's the finished look!

All ready to display your toys, dolls, teddies.

Read this guide for more information on how to paint wicker furniture.

Suggested materials:
  • Cane Furniture   (Thrift Store)
  • Fusion Mineral Paint – Raw Silk   (https://irestorestuff.com/shop/fusion-mineral-paint/fusion-mineral-pai)
  • Cling On Brush or any Paint Brush   (https://irestorestuff.com/product-category/brushes-3/cling-on-madeline)
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  • Cindy Cindy on Oct 28, 2021

    I am inspired however, my cane is a two tone of black and brown stain. Id like to lighten it up specifically the black. Any recommendation?

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