THIS ETHAN ALLEN END TABLE GETS A FRESH NEW LOOK WITH PAINTED CANE WEBBING! | STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL + VIDEO
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 Ethan Allen Cane Side table into a sleek statement piece that apparently sells for upwards of $800! Here’s the back story. Before everything went into lockdown again, my sister Andrea spotted this dreary-looking table at our local ReStore. 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!
Pssst… before I get into this makeover, it’s also one of my favorite days of the month – Furniture Fixer Upper Day! If you’re new here, on the fourth Thursday of every month I join a few of my fellow bloggers to share our before and afters’ plus the step-by-step tutorials. I’ll be linking to their projects down below and I know you’re going to luv what they do!
Here’s the Ethan Allen Cane Side Table I started with…
My original plan was to paint it ALL one color but it looked washed out as you’ll see later in the tutorial. So classic black to the rescue!
What do you think? Are you into this cane webbing trend or not so much?
I’m always amazed at what a little paint can do!
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CANE WEBBING SIDE TABLE MAKEOVER
Here’s a quick step-by-step video. If you have any issues viewing it, you can find it here on my Youtube Channel… and don’t forget to subscribe and hit the notification button!
STEP 1:: CLEAN AND SAND
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 favorite 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:: MASKING OFF
Before painting this piece I masked off the Ethan Allen plaque with this green painters tape and removed the plastic furniture pads/foot buffers. I like taking time to mask off these small details because it’s the difference between a mediocre paint finish and a professional-looking finish.
STEP 3:: PRIME AND PAINT
The quickest and easiest way to paint cane webbing is to use an all-in-one paint and primer and SPRAY it on. This will save you so much time and give you REALLY nice results. I have a paint sprayer and used this Sand Castle Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint. But if you don’t have a sprayer you can easily use spray paint from Home Depot, Lowes, or Amazon — like this Rustoleum Ivory Silk Paint and Primer in One.
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.
Here’s what the table looked like sprayed in Sand Castle. Meh, it’s okay but the cane wasn’t popping enough for my liking.
I went online looking for inspiration and came across a few cane side tables I really liked. I found this Harbour Cane nightstand selling for almost $898 and this Flanders Cane Table selling for $980!
The black contrasted against the natural cane looked amazing so it was back to the drawing board. I masked off the natural painted cane with painters tape and newspaper.
Then I resprayed the wood sections with this Black Sands All-In-One Mineral Paint. I’ve used Silk on other pieces which I’ll link to down in the “Related Posts” section and it brushes on beautifully. 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!
STEP 4:: TOP COAT AND PROTECT
The paint I used has a built-in topcoat but depending on what brand of paint you use, protecting and top coating your newly painted piece is always a good idea. You want your piece to look good for years to come.
Here’s the finished look…
And a close-up of the cane. You’d NEVER know it was painted cane webbing, right? It looks so natural! Also, did you notice how good the foot guides look unpainted?!
I used Alexandra’s hair to help style this piece! … I better get it back on her asap! 😉
AND NOW FOR SOME FURNITURE FIXER-UPPER FUN!
You’re going to LOVE what my creative team of Furniture Fixer Upper girls do! Below are their BEFORE photos. Visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and learn how they did it! I’m heading over to take a peek as well! x
3. SALVAGED INSPIRATIONS (HAPPY YOU’RE HERE!)
Here’s another look at this before and after. I hope it’s inspired you with some new ideas.
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS PAINTED CANE TABLE OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting my friends!
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