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DIY Caning Furniture

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2011


And the easiest way to transfer the pattern to furniture, such as this dresser, is to use caning sheets as stencils.


  • Bureau Blue painters' tape

  • Sheet of caning, cut to fit the drawer front, 3/4-inch mesh, 18-inch width,

  • Spray adhesive

  • Enamel spray paint


  1. Remove drawers from bureau, and apply painters' tape to edges or any area you don't want painted. (If the drawers have pulls attached, unscrew them and set them aside.)

  2. Mist 1 side of the caning with spray adhesive, and stick it to a drawer front.

  3. Position the drawer so its front is completely flat and faces up. Holding spray-paint can about 1 foot above the drawer's surface, and moving steadily from side to side, coat the front. Let dry a few minutes, and remove caning.

  4. Adhere caning to the next drawer, and repeat step 3. You can use the same piece of caning 3 or 4 times. (You will not need to spray on additional adhesive.)

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