June 14, 2019
by Katy Husband
My family was recently tidying out my Nana’s home where she had lived happily for many years. These old cane chairs were out on the lawn after spending many years in the sunroom. I thought they looked like they might love a new lease of life as they are a comfortable shape and a handy extra pair of chairs and I love a good spray can of paint (my inner graffiti child had a blast!)
Here are some photos of the chairs in their original state:
I went down and talked with the local Mitre 10 paint team who recommended this spray paint. It is a black high gloss spray paint that was easy to use and had good coverage. Instructions include spraying in the open air or where there is good ventilation and wearing a mask. It is necessary to have the temperature at or above 16 degrees for two hours after spraying to dry.
I would definitely suggest spray painting outside if you have the space as the fine paint particles would love to stick to your garage floor and walls. I used newspaper initially for the chairs to lay down on but you had to be quick to lift and change position of the chairs as the initial dry time is only 10 minutes. I found that because the chairs are quite open it took a while to get around all the rounded cane edges by which stage the newspaper wanted to remain friends with the chairs.
Spraying with long even strokes is best however I found this paint to be super forgiving as I needed to focus on getting between layers of cane and joints. In the end I needed two applications to get good coverage and the glossy finish I was hoping for. I used three cans of paint and there were only minimal patches of spray remaining on the grass afterwards (choose a secret patch if you have grass police in your household and maintain complete innocence!!)
I have an amazing Lynda at Feather and Oak that whipped together a couple of cushion cover options for me (she makes it look so easy!). If you want to use our amazing Lynda and her sewing skills then give us a call – she is completely fabulous!
The chairs will be useful as an extra couple of seats to throw around if needed for guests or outside gatherings in summer. They can be styled with a cosy throw and a small cushion for inside and it would be really easy to make a variety of cushion covers to suit the occasion. I think Nana would have approved of the updated version of her old chairs 🙂
Here is a quick before and after recap…
This project was fun and quick. Only a half an hour or so painting plus dry time and then a quick cushion cover makeover. A great weekend project. Do you have any cane lying around that might benefit from a quick refresh?
Love Katy XX