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covered cane chairs

pair of cane chairs before

This project has been a long time coming.  You guys remember when I found this pair of cane chairs in the trash of a neighbor? Right? I’m not usually the trash picking sort (this was a first for me) but I really couldn’t resist.  I drove by them once, drove all of the way home, then couldn’t stop thinking about them, so I turned around and picked them up!  The cane wrap was unraveling at the joints, the seats were blown out, and they’re original finish was mostly chipped off. But boy, did they clean up nicely!

There were so many potential options for these guys.  Maybe they could be french country? Or maybe with some red lacquer they could be asian inspired kitchy? I wanted the chairs to be chic and modern, but still fun.  I had decided on  painting the frames of the chairs gold, and wanted a simple black and white fabric to mesh well with the navy blue entryway.  I used Design Master Brilliant Gold Spray Paint
to paint the frame and it turned out just as good as I’d hoped.  To prevent chipping when using spray paint, I always use a spray paint primer as well.

I was trying to pick a fabric to cover the chairs with, but when the fabrics chosen weren’t in stock, I had to hand make the fabric myself, and posted a step by step of the fabric in this post.

pom pom fabric

Pom fabric tutorial

pom fabric


upholstered cane chair

It’s a pretty simple project at it’s core – paint a chair and recover it – but so much more went into this project.  I wanted the chair to convey a certain cross between formal and fun.  I think I accomplished just that!

Of course it’s hard to ignore the navy blue walls… but more to come on that soon!  In the meantime, what do you guys think of the finished chair?  A good creation out of a dumpster dive?

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  • Lovely! What spray paint did you use?

  • Wow! Amazing transformation from a dumpster find!! Gets me excited to update my home for the new year 🙂

  • Can’t go wrong with gold! Love the finished chair.

  • Came together beautifully Erin! Love the gold cane and contrast with the Navy walls.

  • That looks amazing! Can’t wait to see your new room– I just posted about my newly-navy & gold dining room. Such a great combo, don’t you think?

  • Gorgeous! I think your roadside-find might be better than mine.:)

  • those came our great!

  • Love the way your chair turned out – so adorable! xo

  • Gorgeous!! I still can’t believe you found these in the trash – craziness! Great makeover – now it’s time for me to go dumpster diving 🙂

  • I absolutely love this! What a fun way to mix it up and add a little surprise! Can’t wait to see it all together!

  • This is gorgeous! Especially next to that gorgeous blue wall.

  • Love the color combos. I’m really into blues right now for walls too…and gold, always! 🙂 Is it comfortable to sit on with the pompoms?

  • Spectacular! I am in the midst of posting a furniture re-do myself. It is so rewarding to make something useful again, not to mention making it exactly what you want.


  • Love it! Can’t wait to see the foyer revealed!

  • So gorgeous! I love the quirky fabric. I’m a sucker for anything covered in pom-poms, and the gold keeps it feeling sophisticated. Can’t believe it’s a DIY! So impressed.

  • Wow. Stunning turnaround!! I LOVE the new chair so much! Actually, I want one for my house.

  • This is really a great way of creating something out of nothing. It has a bit of a wondrous circus-like feel, with the soft gold and the black pom poms. It’s so unique that it’s hard to place it into one specific category. Well done!

  • Cute.

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  • LOVE your chair!! Especially the fabric that you made!

  • I love this style of chair, and I love your use of gold spray paint on them. One quick note: this style of chair is referred to as a Chinese Chippendale 🙂

  • Hope you win!

  • I’ve always LOVED Chinese Chippendale! So your chairs got my attention right out of the gate. But I super like your choice of re-do! The gold paint is a perfect compliment to the classic style. And the B&W fabric is a bit of classy whimsy. Now I have to watch for some chairs myself!