DIY Upcycled Cane Bench

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Black cane bench

The alternate title of this post could be, “How My FinishMax Pro Paint Sprayer Changed How I Paint.”  I’ve painted cane before–with a brush–and it’s no fun.  {These} pretty cane chairs are an example.  Stay tuned at the end of this post, since we’re giving away a FinishMax Pro to one lucky reader that will change the way you paint, too!

When I found this gorgeous settee at the thrift store, I knew that I did not want to tackle that cane back with a brush!  I also knew that I wanted to use a gloss paint, which I’ve never used in a sprayer before.  This was definitely going to be an experiment; fortunately I think it worked out perfectly.  Here’s the before:

Thrift store bench--before | 11 Magnolia Lane

Someone had done a very amateurish reupholstery job on the seat, and since I am an amateur, you know that when I say that, it was really bad {you can see my tutorial on reupholstering a loveseat here and here}. They decided to add an extra layer of padding to the seat cushion, which was completely and awkwardly visible through the light-colored fabric they used:

Black cane bench with dalmation print seat and gold nail head trim | 11 Magnolia Lane

I liked the fabric that I uncovered, but it was horribly stained.  I decided to leave it in place and simply cover it with new fabric.  The seat was fine without that extra layer of padding–no sags or dips, and it’s quite comfortable.

I used painter’s tape to protect the fabric from the overspray.  Even though I was going to cover it, I didn’t want it to be stiff or let patches of black show through the white background. I loosely draped a towel over the cushion, too, while I was spraying, but there was such minimal overspray that it wasn’t really a concern.


I use my HomeRight FinishMax Pro paint sprayer all. the. time. and for a wide variety of projects.  It sprays latex, oil (although I haven’t used enamel paint in a few years), stain, chalk paint, and all the different finishes.  I usually use flat or eggshell, but today I used gloss black paint because I wanted to give this girl a glamorous makeover.

Can you tell I’ve used this sprayer a lot?!


I used a gloss (latex) black paint and thinned it with water, just as I always do.  One coat gave me perfect coverage, but I gave it a second just to be sure.  The cleanup is a snap with the Pro, too.

I used a faux fur fabric (say that three times fast!) in a dalmation print.  I often can’t find exactly what I want locally, so I usually order my fabric from Online Fabric Store.  {This} is the link to the exact material that I used.  The fabric is very stretchy and soft, and inexpensive.  Can’t beat that!  I used my handheld staple gun to secure the fabric in place; this didn’t seem to be a big enough (or heavy-duty enough) job for my pneumatic staple gun.

Black cane bench with dalmation print seat and gold nail head trim | 11 Magnolia Lane

The finishing touch was to add brass nailhead trim.  I am a big fan of nailhead trim as “jewelry” for a reupholstery project, and this didn’t disappoint.  I used the same roll of trim that I used for my daughter’s loveseat redo.  If you can’t find it locally, here it is on Amazon.

Black cane bench with dalmation print seat and gold nail head trim | 11 Magnolia Lane

I really love how this project turned out.  We always need extra seating, and this will fit perfectly in our living room.

Black cane bench with dalmation print seat and gold nail head trim | 11 Magnolia Lane

I will confess that I tried it at the kitchen table, too, and it looked great there, but then I thought that maybe faux fur won’t be very easy to clean if the kids drop food on it. 🙂

Black cane bench with dalmation print seat and gold nail head trim | 11 Magnolia Lane

Not bad, for about $60 and a few hours’ worth of work!

Black cane bench with dalmation print seat and gold nail head trim | 11 Magnolia Lane

Now it’s your turn.  Enter to win your own HomeRight FinishMax Pro paint sprayer here:

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Cane bench–Salvation Army

White Dalmation Velboa Faux Fur Fabric–Online Fabric Store

Brass Nailhead trim–Amazon (see below)

HomeRight FinishMax Pro–Amazon (see below)

ScotchBlue ™  Painter’s Tape

Garden Stool–Michael’s (I painted it gold here)

Coral pillow–Stein-Mart (I added the gold monogram myself; we sell them in our Etsy shop)

DIY Gold Striped Vase–tutorial is here


Chinoiserie Plates–thrift store

Black and white fleur de lis cigar box–Marshall’s

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  1. Oh my gosh it turned out so beautiful!

  2. Love it, how fun. What a great makeover.

  3. Looks amazing! I would paint my daughter’s bedroom set.

  4. I would spray my kitchen chairs!!! They are metal with a lattice back on them and I’ve finished redoing the table with a gel stain I’m putting off doing the chairs because it’s going to be such a pain to paint!!!! Save me!!!!!!!
    BTW….i’m in love with that bench!!!

  5. I have two chairs and a kitchen table that need to be painted, and I am coveting this paint sprayer!

  6. I would tackle an old church bench that is begging for some love. Really like the black on the cane. Good job.

  7. I am in the process of making a bench out of an old headboard, so the Home Right Finish Max would be perfect.

  8. Currently working on a roadside-find…it’s an old wooden end table. I’d like to paint it glossy black and use it as an accessory at my daughter’s graduation party in June! Thanks!

  9. Beautiful bench. A sprayer would help me paint my little garden shed … much quicker than I could by hand! That’d be great.

  10. Crystal York says

    If I won this sprayer, I would paint the bathroom cabinets first, & then go crazy painting accessories around the house!

  11. ashley sparling says

    This is exactly why I need a sprayer!!
    We are redoing our entire house with some thrifty finds and this would help emmencly!
    Especially with redoing some old nursery furniture into some new revamped toddler furniture 🙂

  12. Michelle Quadros says

    I would love to try to paint furniture like that! I’ve been looking for a cheap desk to use as a craft area.

  13. I would paint a chair, and the back screened porch.

  14. I have bedroom furniture and cabinets that need lots of love and paint!

  15. Anything and Everything..Am always painting something and I have trouble with holding a brush or roller these day’s.

  16. I will be spraying an antique wicker rocker for a new granddaughter in a few months….would love to win!

  17. I’d start by using this for the painting the loft I’m planning for our sons room. It’d certainly make getting a nice finish on all those boards easier and faster.

  18. I have a Rocker/glider that bought when my daughter was born. She is now 12 yrs. and we are moving. She wants the glider/rocker so we are looking into up-cycling the chair for her room. The sprayer would be perfect for this project. I also have a an old dresser, two wing back chairs and 4 folding chairs I would love to repaint. Thank you for the chance to win!

  19. I would chalk paint our 20 yr old kitchen table and chairs! Now that my kids are not little anymore I need to upgrade the the very utilitarian set and make it easier on the eyes 🙂

  20. I have a bookcase that I have been dying to paint. Tired of all the wood in my front room time to update it!

    What a fun project and giveaway!

  21. I have a wicker bedroom set in need of a paint job…this would be perfect!

  22. Thank you for sharing this giveaway with us. Also, what a beautiful makeover that you did with that bench. Kudos Have a wonderful day.

  23. Sooo many it is hard to decide on a “first” project. I really want to refinish my grandmothers kitchen table and chairs that my son had at college…ugh. It really needs a face lift after college life!

  24. I really would like to complete more projects with the use of a sprayer but I don’t have one. I would love to have one and you could make my dream for finishing more projects come true. Thank you for reading my post.

  25. I have an entire dining set with 12 chairs that have needed painting for years!

  26. I am so intrigued by the idea of using
    A paint sprayer……a little intimidated,
    But would love to try it !

  27. My bedroom! And then every other room in my house! LOL

    BTW- Do you have a paint colors post? And also, do you have a tour of the room this bench is in? From these pictures, it looks similarly shaped to my great room, and I am having a tough time staging it. I’d love to see some inspiration pictures!

  28. My living room!!! It’s been needing paint for over a year, when we moved in!

  29. The first thing I’d paint if I won is a couple of chairs. Next thing is my coffee table! I’ve always wanted to try one of these!

  30. Hello, I would paint an old, straight from the 70’s dark stained pine dining table. I’ve been meaning to do it forever but not sure how, the more I read about the HomeRight FinishMax Pro I am convinced this is the tool I need for the job. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  31. Carolyn Evans says

    I think you’ve outdone yourself. 🙂

  32. we are getting ready to put our house on the market to move to another state- I would start with my kitchen and go room by room to make it look fresh! the bench looks great!

  33. Mary Catherine says

    If I won it, (gosh the excitement) I would paint my daughters bed… its brown and ugly and would dazzling in PINK or Navy 🙂

  34. I would paint a chair and table set for my front porch.

  35. A new desk for my office

  36. Kristin Bourgeois says

    This is gorgeous! I have a gorgeous dining table and four chairs I scored for free that I’m dying to redo. Would love the sprayer to do it with!

  37. I have a bookcase that is need of a facelift. I love how your bench turned that fabric is fun!

  38. I would like to paint my wooden fence!

  39. Great vision; beautiful result!

  40. Dotti Overstreet says

    The bench looks great. I have never used a sprayer, because I figured it would horrible to clean it. If I won, I would paint a bench much like yours. I am already on your email list too. Thanks, Dotti

  41. There are so many things around our house that I would love to try this sprayer on. First, our porch swing desparately needs some love, but then I would tackle some accessories around our house. After that, I would love to paint some furniture around our house.

  42. I would love to paint my son’s dresser! It’s looking pretty rough!

  43. I would paint a mirror in our bedroom!

  44. I would use it to paint this old wooden chairs we found at a local garage sale. This would help a lot.

  45. I would paint our old kitchen cabinets.

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