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Cane-Top Table




Iron garden tables from the mid-20th century are easy to find at flea markets, but they often look plain. Give one instant style with a fresh coat of paint in a sunny shade and easy-to-install caning (no weaving required). This is also a simple way to unify outdoor accent tables that have different designs.


  1. Step 1

    Have your local glazier cut two sheets of glass to fit inside the table frame. Cut a sheet of caning (available at specialty stores) to size, and sandwich it between the glass sheets; set in frame.

Martha Stewart Living, July 2005



Reviews (25)

  • Tiffany_Sun 17 Aug, 2010

    You can find caning at for this project, we used 1/2-inch mesh cane webbing.

  • jescue3 2 Jun, 2008

    I really would like to find the caning, too, I have two chairs that need caning and would have to pay someone to do it. thanks!

  • JaneEtzel 1 Jun, 2008

    This would work well with a cool piece of fabric or wall paper. It will probably need to be replaced seasonally if in the elements. Could you see it with the coral type fabric or a wonderful floral?

  • dander3253 30 May, 2008

    Finding the cane is the problem for me. I'[ve never seen any in stores anywhere. Anyone have any ideas?

  • lilysnana55 29 May, 2008

    YvonneHvr-in this case, she used the word "fodder" to suggest something to feed her imagination, spark other ideas from this one. Food for thought, even. I don't hear the expression used very often anymore.

  • lilysnana55 29 May, 2008

    YvonneHvr-in this case, she used the word "fodder" to suggest something to feed her imagination, spark other ideas from this one. Food for thought, even. I don't hear the expression used very often anymore.

  • Gramma57 29 May, 2008

    I think this is a great idea to refurbish slightly used tables that need some TLC. Can hardly wait to hit the garage sales and look for some. Thank you for this idea. Gramma57

  • YvonneHvr 29 May, 2008

    I most certainly do enjoy the crafts and the wonderful added possitive ideas and comments. I also have learned a few new vocabulary words (emdeekay use a word I have never heard before "fodder" so I looked it up and it means "food for cattle"- " to supply with fodder". I'm greatful for the new word but confused on the meaning of what they were trying to say. Oh well just thought if someone elsa was confused too this would help.Happy crafting and keep the good positive suggestions coming. :-)

  • blkbttrfly71 29 May, 2008

    Add silvered-copper-foil tape found in the stain glass section at your local crafts store.

  • eaduhon 29 May, 2008

    The place mat idea would be a great kids craft so that they can say they helped decorate the home, and it would be a great conversation piece for guests to see what YOUR child can do.

  • eaduhon 29 May, 2008

    This sounds like a great idea. I am moving to a new apartment this week, and have a very small porch, and want to be able to decorate it. I never thought of a flea market, and then decorating the item like this. Thanks for the tip!

  • mountainjoy 29 May, 2008

    To Anna Marie re: the cane sandwiched between two pieces of glass- you may want to seal around the edges with silicone - the type you use to repair small leaks on fish tanks- clear. That should take care of the problem. Try it and see!

  • Sunnytraveler 29 May, 2008

    You may substitute beautiful place-mats or material for the cane; also, you may get acrylic "glass" cut --- less dangerous than glass ; OR, cut plywood on the bottom and acrylic on top ,, since it will be covered with the cane or mats. I found one table with a tile tray (also home-made).

  • Anna_Marie 29 May, 2008

    I like this idea, also. I have a yard table that has a rubberized coating on it, so doesn't need the paint. My only concern is using two pieces of glass with the caning sandwiched in between. My deck is not covered, and the table gets rained on. Wouldn't the moisture "wick" between the two panes of glass and cause the caning to stay damp and mildew? Maybe there would be a way to seal the edges. My table doesn't have a "rim" to cover the edges.

  • emdeekay 29 May, 2008

    I think it's a great idea too, as is most everything here. Lots of fodder for other projects too.

  • nancyalameda 29 May, 2008

    mel...I think it's a great craft idea. are you always so negative?

  • flidhais 29 May, 2008

    I inherited a set of two chairs and a round glass top table made of iron. The table is fine but the chair seats and back inset parts are gone. There is no groove for caning but I will look into finding another way of using the caning idea. This would really make that set lovely if it works.

    Thanks for the url to the caning site. There really should be a list of suppliers with each craft. I haven't been able to locate that on this site.

  • terivanhecke 29 May, 2008


  • terivanhecke 29 May, 2008

    Pretty lace

  • sunshineandflowers 29 May, 2008

    most of these table tip up, is the glass held in place ? if so how

  • jnapier 29 May, 2008

    I have gotten caning from a website and have been impressed with all the different patterns available.

  • Lorzie 29 May, 2008

    I have seen caning in a leather shop. Also check with someone who does furniture repair.

  • Brooke2 29 May, 2008

    Where do we find the caning? I have not seen it in any of our stores...
    This sounds veryi nteresting and I would love to do a couple of outside tables~

  • Karen-Jo 29 May, 2008

    Where can you buy caning?

  • wduke2 29 May, 2008

    I have seen these tables at thrift shops and this is a clever and cute idea. I would use an outdoor paint to hold up to our weather.