How can I update this metal and cane top table?


Cane needs to be replaced I think but with what? I am not totally against painting the metal but what color?

q how can i update this metal and cane top table
  9 answers
  • Neva Barker Neva Barker on Oct 22, 2018

    I had the same item except mine was used outdoors and the cane rotted with mold.

    I removed all of the cane which cane off very easy after I allowed it to dry out. So I used a metal brush to brush off any rust that had started.

    Then I painted it with Rustoleom spray paint. (I used a metallic gold but you could use any color)

    Then I had glass cut to fit the top and mine had a shelf below the top so I had two pieces of glass cut with beveled edges one for the top and one formhd shelf.

    Finally I had a gorgeous indoor/ outdoor table that will no

    longer rot or rust.

    i originally bought the table 5 years ago for $40 new and ended up selling it for $150 and it cost me only $40 for the glass and $6 for the paint. So I used it for 5 years, then spent $40 and made quite a profit out of something I was going to grow in the dump.

    I will look for pictures of it or I’ll ask the person I sold it to for a picture.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Oct 22, 2018

    Spray paint it any color that works with your decor. If can I g is bad, cut it off, add a glass top or wood.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 22, 2018

    Where do you want to use table after you have finished reviving it, and for what purpose? Start with how you think it might fit in best with its new space to determine how to decorate it.

  • Marci Marci on Oct 22, 2018

    It will go in the foyer and there are 2 teal color chairs there. I didn't realize they sell beveled glass. That would give it a very different look. I'm leaning toward painting the medal too. Appreciate any other suggestions!

  • Janet Janet on Oct 23, 2018

    Take off the old cane. Sand the areas where there may be rust. You can use one color spray paint for the base. Let it dry thoroughly. If your foyer is traditional in decor, gold leaf the leaves edges to give a richer look. Then go to a place that sells marble. They always have remnant pieces. They can cut a thin piece to your measurements. Choose marble that brings out the base colors, white for a bigger contrast of possibly a piece that has a turquoise bring out the chairs.

  • Lydia Lydia on Oct 23, 2018

    Spray paint it white, add gold or silver streaks....done

  • Bonny Batchelor Bonny Batchelor on Oct 23, 2018

    I’d love to get my hands on that table. Don’t give another thought to “matchy-matchy” in terms of your foyer or the color of your chairs.

    Always, go with what you’re drawn to.

    Yes, I agree with taking out the cane. Then decide after what kind of “top”

    you want.

    But, to start with a fresh look

    & open to changing

    color palates.

    its all in the prep how your finished piece will look. I’d give it a thorough cleaning with a degreaser and water. Don’t ever miss the sanding part! When you think you’re done- go over it one more time! I don’t put paint of any sort on before a good coat of Kilz. (I also only use water based. The oil

    base is, to me - too stinky!

    i believe in 2 coats of Kilz. I don’t care if the paint is sold as a 2-1 or not. Then start choosing your color. You’ll only need a sample can to do this project. Decide what YOU want. Not, the always boring gold, copper or bronze- You can always add that by dry brushing or even antiquing it. Go look at paint chips and remember- depending on the light is what your true color will be. 2 coats letting it dry completely before adding the second. I always do a top coat! Why do I want to go through reinventing a piece for it to be scratched, water rings etc.

    ABOVE ALL- Have fun with it!

  • Don't miss the opportunity to put a second piece of wood/marble/granite/beveled glass on the lower portion too, to make it a 2-shelf unit!

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 25, 2018

    Yes, I agree with Michelle's suggestion to add a second shelf in the bottom portion. This would maximize the space that the table is taking up, and I think modernize it as well.