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Orly Shani is showing us how to transform a classic piece of furniture into a new modern favorite.
DIY Cane Furniture Refresh
Level:
Advanced
How-To:
Home Decor

MATERIALS:

  • Cane webbing
  • Furniture piece like credenza to refresh
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes or roller
  • Safety glasses
  • Heavy-duty scissors
  • Jigsaw
  • Wood jigsaw blades, thin and normal thickness
  • Drill
  • Drill bit at least ¾” diameter
  • Sanding block
  • Tape measure and straight edge
  • Pencil
  • Canvas puller, clamp or an extra pair of helpful hands

OPTIONAL:

  • Light wood stain
  • Tape

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Remove the doors and drawers from furniture piece.
  2. Measure to determine how much you can cut out of the front of each piece while retaining structural integrity and hardware. Draw out your lines for cutting with a straight edge and pencil.
  3. Measure and draw out all the cut outs to the same inset on each piece. For example, if you cut a 2” inset rectangle on one door, cut 2” inset on the rest even if they’re a different shape and size.
  4. If you want to round the corners of your cuts, use a cup or other circular object to trace on each corner.
  5. To make your cuts, drill four pilot holes and cut all your straight cuts with a normal jigsaw blade.
  6. Round the corners with a thinner jigsaw blade.
  7. Sand the edges of your cuts.
  8. Paint the dresser. Allow to dry.
  9. Cut your pieces of cane webbing a few inches larger on each side than each cut out in the furniture pieces and line it up on the backside of the piece.
  10. Attach the cane webbing with a staple gun to the backside of the doors and drawers. Pull it taut with a pair of helpful hands or a clamp as you staple.
  11. If you want to add stain to the cane webbing, buff it in with a paintbrush using forceful, fast strokes. Allow to dry. PRO TIP: staining can be done before or after you attach the cane webbing to the furniture pieces.
  12. Place the drawers and the doors back in the furniture piece and enjoy!

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