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Caned Bed How-To

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2006


Caned furniture is often painted in geometric patterns. The holes lead the way, eliminating the need for ruler lines.


  1. Apply 2 coats of primer; let dry.

  2. Apply 2 coats of light-beige paint; let dry.

  3. Mark off grid with 1/2-inch painter's tape, following holes (we made a 45-degree line every 6th hole in 2 directions).

  4. Apply 2 coats of putty-colored paint; let dry.

  5. Remove tape. Using the light-beige paint and a 1/2-inch flat paintbrush, hand-paint lines around curved edges and touch up any putty-colored paint that seeped onto the grid lines.

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