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Caned Bench Makeover

Reclaim a vintage caned bench with a fresh coat of paint



Sometimes a dated piece of furniture only needs a new paint color to make it fresher and more relevant to today's style. This caned bench which would be hard to paint is a cinch to re-do using the Wagner sprayer. Lay a drop cloth outside and prep your piece for a makeover. Begin by wiping piece thoroughly with a tack cloth to remove all dust and debris. Spray with spray shellac to seal in the wood and stain varnish so that when paint is applied there will be no brown stain bleeding though.


Caned Bench Before Makeover


Caned bench after painting

Prepare for painting

Prepare bench by wiping down and applying a coat of spray shellac. Let dry thoroughly. Place drop cloth on ground and put bench upside down on the surface of the cloth.

Caned bench over turned

Fill paint sprayer with paint

Load Wagner FLEXiO 3000 paint sprayer fitted with detail front end with paint. Hold sprayer 7-10 inches from the surface of the bench and with the nozzle set to a horizontal spray pattern spray the underside of the bench until fully coated with paint.

Spraying a caned bench

Paint bench with paint sprayer

To paint the legs of the bench turn the sprayer nozzle to the vertical pattern and spray all sides of each leg.

Spraying a caned bench 2

Finish painting bench

Once legs are painted turn spray nozzle to the horizontal spray pattern and coat rest of bench back and underside.

Spraying caned bench with FLEXiO

Spray second coat with a paint sprayer

Cane back can be painted in the same fashion with the sprayer held 7-10 inches from the surface and sprayed in an even horizontal pattern in smooth passes from left to right. Let dry thoroughly.

Spraying bench with white paint

Flip bench over

Flip bench placing right side up on the paint cloth.

Spraying caned bench with FLEXiO sprayer

Evenly coat the rest of bench

Continue spraying the furniture piece until all wood and cane areas are covered in an even coat of paint.

Spraying caned bench with FLEXiO Paint Sprayer

Final coat of paint

Find any places on the bench that require more paint. Spray again and let dry thoroughly.

Spraying caned bench white

Style bench and enjoy

Style with pre-made pillows or hand make pillows to add a layer of cushion to the bench.

Caned bench after painting with FLEXiO
Products Used



Canvas paint cloth

Spray shellac

Tack cloth

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