Coastal White Cane Chair Revival [before & after]

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In the great big world of furniture, one thing you really don’t come across much anymore is caneCane furniture was really popular years ago, but it seems like it’s slowly becoming a lost art….likely due to the skill and amount of time it takes to weave a single piece of cane furniture.  This is why I get so excited when I come across a beautiful piece of cane furniture in pristine condition, I can only begin to imagine the amount of time and effort put into these pieces.

On a recent antique expedition, I came this fabulous solid cane arm chair.  I had an instant vision to brighten it up and bring it back to life.  Here’s how the chair looked when I found it (my apologies for the quality of this photo, it was taken in the shop right before I rushed home with the chair!)

When I got the chair home, the first thing I did was give a a nice coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Simply White paint chalk + clay paint.  This paint did a wonderful job adhering to the cane, which I was a bit worried about to start.  I ended up with two coats of paint on the chair, then I sealed it with a coat of spray lacquer.  I wanted the chair to have a solid, glossy finish.

Next, I decided the chair needed a cushion.  So I used a sheet of cushion foam and traced the shape of the seat, then cut it out.  To make the cushion, I traced the shape with fabric, then sewed it together similarly to how you would make a pillow (inside out, then attached piping to both sides). 

I love my cane chair’s new coastal cottage vibe, it will be loved for many, many more years now =)


Isn’t she a beauty?


I’m loving the gate patterned fabrics right now =)

You can find this chair available for sale at Picklee on Spring!

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2 thoughts on “Coastal White Cane Chair Revival [before & after]

  1. do you find that covering chalk paint with lacquor (sp?) or water-based poly gives a sturdy finish? What a beautiful chair, thanks! Sue

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