How To Revamp An Old Cane Table

  • How To Revamp An Old Cane Table

This cane table was in a sorry state when it was salvaged from a heap of sodden furniture on a nature strip.

The paint had peeled off and it was covered with cracks and divots. The wicker around the legs was missing in places and the original top had been replaced with unsightly Perspex.

It almost looked beyond saving, but after a hose down, the damaged sections were filled and sanded, the missing wicker was replaced and the table was then primed and sprayed.

For a decorative finish, the top was covered with leftover wallpaper.

The cane magazine rack was a $5 charity shop find and was simply sprayed the same colour as the table.

Step 1. Prepare the table

Wash the table with warm soapy water and let it dry. Repair any damage with timber filler and sand smooth
all over with 180 grit abrasive paper. Remove the wicker wrapping from the base of the legs and use it to replace the missing wicker at the top by rewinding, then securing using a hot glue gun.

Step 2. Apply paint

Using a paintbrush, apply two coats of primer to ensure good coverage of the Perspex top and any damaged areas. Spray with two coats of paint, allowing it to dry completely in between coats. TIP We used Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover Paint + Primer in Ivory Silk.

Step 3. Decorate the top

Measure the diameter of the top from the edge of the recessed section, then make a template. Cut a piece of wallpaper to size, lay it pattern-side down on a flat surface and put the template on top. Draw around it with a pencil, cut out the wallpaper circle and secure using wallpaper paste.

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