With our budget bedroom makeover I really wanted a new headboard for my bedroom makeover. But I knew I was going to have to settle for a headboard makeover with caning and paint instead.
My poor husband. He claims I’ve gotten rid of all of his childhood memories by getting rid of and painting over his old,ugly oak 1980’s furniture. I am not. It does not mean I am trying to kill his youth. :), It just means the things from his youth were..blech!… I know, nothing he has left from his pre-Jen days is sacred. One from Ballard’s was my dream; but way out of my budget, so I decided to use it as inspiration instead and pretty up the one I already had. After all, it was solid wood and has a ton of potential!!
Oak, 80’s. UGH.But it is solid wood. It has that going for it.
Rattan caning is a great way to update an old piece of furniture and add texture.
I purchased rattan chair caning from Van Dyke’s Restorers and I already had an architectural piece from an old dresser. I first added my dresser piece ( sorry, no pics… my bad.) to the top. Then I primed and painted the whole thing white.
I then cut the caning to size.I spray painted it with white primer to make it easier to paint later. Once it was dry, I stapled it onto my headboard. Use A LOT of staples. Believe me. I unloaded my gun into it.
Later, you’ll paint right over the trim them and you can’t even tell they are there.
I then cut molding to frame around the rough edges and hold it in place. I mitered them so the ends match up and it makes a frame.
Where it didn’t match exactly, I just wood filled it white white wood filler. After it was dry,then I painted the whole thing again.Here’s where I cried. I guess when caning gets wet it relaxes and buckles* .Which I did NOT know. When I pulled it in that night, I noticed it was all wavy and bumpy. After a full day of work on the darn thing, the tears flowed with a few expletives.But then the sun came out the next day and when it had dried overnight, the caning tightened up again and it was flat. I think my saving grace was all of the staples.Use lots of staples. *Edit – So I guess when you re-cane a chair you’re supposed to get it wet and then it stretches tight and flat in place.
The total cost was $23.00 for the caning with shipping. I already had the other supplies on hand.
This headboard makeover with caning and paint just added the right touch to our new bedroom space. It wasn’t hard either, just time consuming. I love the idea of using caning now on other things…
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