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An Easy Way to White Wash Your Old Cane Furniture

Cane Furniture is on trend right now …

But maybe your old cane furniture is from the 80s or 90s and is in need of a desperate update?! I had a friend from church ask me for tips on painting her cane outdoor setting recently and so I thought I’d take the opportunity to share with you some of the things I told her.

*I’ve included a replay of a live Facebook video below with more explanation.

Here’s one easy peasy method that I tried on this cute toy chair I found at my local thrift store (op shop we call them here in Australia).

Before white washing this cane furniture toy chair.

Materials I used for this Cane Furniture update:

  • your piece of cane furniture
  • Fusion Mineral Paint – Raw Silk (you could use any grey paint for a grey wash or a white paint for a white wash)
  • Cling On Brush or any old brush if you don’t want to use your good Cling On.
  • lint free workshop cloth

Method used for creating the look:

Here’s the basic method I used, but you’ll get a better idea along with detailed explanation in the video below.

  • dip your brush tips into the paint colour of your choice
  • smoosh the paint into all the crevices of the cane – working only a section at a time being careful not to allow the paint to pool in any areas. If pooling happens, your brush has too much paint on it – use another dry brush to lift and spread this pooled paint around.
  • with the dry lint free cloth, wipe away the wet paint from the area you have worked on. The paint will sit in the cane crevices and give a slight white-washed appearance to the surfaces.
  • Tip: if you want a lighter look, you can wet your cloth and more paint will be removed.
  • remember to work in sections so that the paint doesn’t have time to dry before you remove the excess.

Here’s the finished look:

white wash cane furniture the easy way
white washed cane furniture toy chair
Close up of white wash on cane furniture toy chair.
cane furniture white wash tutorial

I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial. Know a friend who wants to try this on their cane furniture?

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