How to Paint Cane Webbing Furniture

Hi everyone! It’s Denise from Salvaged Inspirations! If you’ve ever passed up a dated cane webbing piece of furniture because it looks tricky to paint… this post is for you! Today I’m sharing how to turn a dark and sad side table into a sleek statement piece! Here’s the back story. Before everything went into lockdown again, my sister Andrea spotted this dreary-looking table at a local shop. I wouldn’t have given it a second look. But she reminded me I’ve been wanting to try cane webbing and this might be a good opportunity to work with some!

My original plan was to paint it ALL one color but it looked washed out. So classic black to the rescue! I’m always amazed at what a little paint can do!

Materials List:

How To:

Step 1:

Even though this side table looked dark and dreary, it was solid and no repairs were needed. I started by giving this piece a good cleaning with this White Lightning Cleaner.  Then I gave it an overall scuff sanding with 120 grit sandpaper on my orbital sander.  For the cane webbing, I used a 220 sanding sponge and gave it a light once over. Even though cane webbing is extremely durable, you don’t want to use an aggressive sander on it.

Step 2:

The quickest and easiest way to paint cane webbing is to use Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint and to spray it on.  This will save you so much time and give you REALLY nice results. If you thin out Silk, it is only recommend using water of no more than 8 ounces per gallon. I used this Sand Castle Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint on the cane webbing. Another tip when painting cane webbing is to flip it over so you get full coverage on BOTH sides. The webbing has so many nooks and crannies and you don’t want to miss any spots.

Step 3:

I masked off the natural painted cane with painters tape and newspaper. Then, I sprayed the wood sections with this Black Sands All-In-One Mineral Paint. It is self-leveling so if you don’t have a sprayer this paint will still give you a super smooth finish. As a bonus, it also has a built-in topcoat!

To read the rest of this beautiful tutorial, head on over to Salvaged Inspirations here!

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