Updated (Again) French Cane Bench With Nailhead Trim

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Vintage French cane bench used as dining banquette | 11 Magnolia Lane

If you saw the new rug and seat cushions in my dining room last week {here}, then you might have read that our family tends to fight over the cane backed dining chairs since they are way more comfortable than the ladder back chairs!

While I love the eclectic look of having mismatched chairs, I decided to improve everyone’s dining experience by bringing in a new/old piece of furniture: this vintage cane bench that I found in a thrift store in Savannah about five years ago. Here’s how it looked when I bought it for about $35:

Thrift store bench--before | 11 Magnolia Lane

The first time I gave it a new look, I spray painted the bench black using my FinishMax paint sprayer and then recovered the cushion with a black and white dalmatian spot fabric (see that post here).

As always when we share a HomeRight project, we’re hosting a giveaway at the end of this post, so don’t forget to scroll down to enter!

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

My taste has shifted to a more neutral palette since then, plus this poor little bench has been living in our detached garage for the past two years since we just haven’t had room for it. But when I gave the dining room a spring refresh, I decided to give the bench another makeover.

You can visit my most recent post on the HomeRight blog {here} for more DIY details, but when it came time to paint I reached for my HomeRight Super FinishMax and off the shelf white latex paint. Trust me when I tell you that you never want to paint cane using a brush–you will be there until the end of time!

Vintage French cane bench used as dining banquette | 11 Magnolia Lane

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When I spray paint I usually go into my side yard, and I almost always set up the HomeRight spray shelter; it protects my project from dust and falling pine cones and also protects my work space from overspray.

Vintage French cane bench used as dining banquette | 11 Magnolia Lane

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I left the dalmatian spot fabric on while I was painting and then removed it after. While most of the time you’ll be able to remove the cushion before spraying, this one would have been almost impossible to remove and replace.  {Side note: I’m by no means an expert on upholstery, but I do have a couple of tutorials here and here if you’d like to learn some of the basics.}

Vintage French cane bench used as dining banquette | 11 Magnolia Lane

My staple gun and I made quick work of recovering the cushion, and then I simply replaced the gold nailhead trim that was already on the bench.

Vintage French cane bench used as dining banquette | 11 Magnolia Lane

Nailhead trim is a beautiful finishing touch to any upholstery project; it’s like adding the jewelry to make an outfit perfect.

Vintage French cane bench used as dining banquette | 11 Magnolia Lane

I didn’t get rid of the ladder back chairs, but they’re in the basement until we know if we can use them in our next house.  And no, we don’t know where/if/when we’re moving, but I’ll let you know as soon as we hear something!

Vintage French cane bench used as dining banquette | 11 Magnolia Lane

While the cane bench and the cane chairs are both vintage and of similar styles, they weren’t purchased together. I think the paint and fabric make them look like they belong together, though.

Vintage French cane bench used as dining banquette | 11 Magnolia Lane

A couple people have asked about the rug; it’s a 6′ diameter and I’ll link all of my room sources below if you want to take a closer look. I really wanted a 7′ diameter but it wasn’t available in this style and the next size up (8′) would be way too big for this room. In my opinion, design “rules” take a back seat to buying what you love and will use, so I went ahead with the smaller size. I’m thrilled with the quality of this rug, especially given the price!

Vintage French cane bench used as dining banquette | 11 Magnolia Lane

I use this table as my “office” even though I have a perfectly good office upstairs. Most days will find me set up here with my laptop and I’ve already started using the bench instead of a chair–it’s so comfortable!

Vintage French cane bench used as dining banquette | 11 Magnolia Lane

You’ve already seen my new-to-me china if you follow us on Facebook. My friend, Danielle, found it at one of our favorite local antique stores. It’s a 56-piece set of Limoges and the monogram on it just happens to be my married monogram. Is that meant to be or what?

Vintage French cane bench used as dining banquette | 11 Magnolia Lane

I’m pretty sure I’ll be writing a post soon about that china…it’s so amazing. You can see one of the platters and the gravy boat on the top shelf of the china cabinet.

Vintage French cane bench used as dining banquette | 11 Magnolia Lane

This was a fast and inexpensive project, although if I had used a paint brush I’d probably still be at it!

Vintage French cane bench used as dining banquette | 11 Magnolia Lane

 

Sources

Wall paint color: Oatlands Subtle Taupe by Valspar |  Rug | Fabric |Gold nailhead trim | Similar table (mine is vintage) | Counter stools | Similar chairs | Chandelier | Velvet pillow  |  Mirror | Clock | “If You Feed Them” Sign |

 

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Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!

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Comments

  1. I would spray paint my new garage door!

  2. That bench is perfect, what a great idea to use it around the table. I need a paint sprayer for all my DIY projects, thanks for the chance.

  3. Stephanie says

    You make it look so easy. Love your updates.

  4. JILL NELSON says

    we close on our first house this Friday…there’s no end to what needs painted! My daughters bed frame will be first in line.

  5. Jennifer Warnke says

    I work in an industrial power plant. Few women and even less beauty.
    Your blog is the bright point of my work day!
    you inspire me to finally start the make-over of so much vintage furniture I have collected over the years!

    • Jennifer–
      That’s a lovely comment–thank you so much! I’m so glad we’ve inspired you; one project at a time and before long your home will be just the way you want it to be. And then you can enjoy the fun of changing it again!
      XO
      Christy

  6. Love the. Bench for a spring refresh! Love your style.

  7. Loved the bench before and love it after too!!! your room came together beautifully!!

  8. Aristea D. says

    I have a few pieces and i am just now getting into painting furniture and wood pieces. I have a cabinet in my laundry room I would love to start with. What kind of paint to you use? thank you.

    • I would try an interior latex (the sheen level is completely up to you although most cabinets are semi-gloss) or a chalk paint if you like that look. Good luck with your project!

  9. The bench is beautiful. You did an awesome job.

  10. I have so many projects that i could use that fabulous srayer on!
    your dinning room is very pretty,

  11. I love how your dining area turned out! The rug and bench are perfect.

  12. i have a few ideas that a paint sprayer may give me the confidence to tackle! Thanks for sharing your creativity and talents!

  13. Another great job! Love you style

  14. I have a few things to paint; that sprayer would be very helpful!

  15. I have two outdoor chairs that are desperately in need of a coat (or two) of paint… I would love to spray them, as it gives such a nice finish!!

  16. BeverlyOzburn says

    I like the new look for the bench!

  17. I love what you did with this! I’ve never tried a sprayer, but I’m really wanting to do some furniture, and it seems this would definitely be the way to go.

  18. Jen McLane says

    Your new chair looks great! Jen in ok

  19. Theresa J says

    Painting my kitchen

  20. jeremy mclaughlin says

    Would be great for my outdoor furniture.

  21. This is absolutely stunning! I am new to the refinishing industry and think a paint sprayer is definitely the next step to conquer! You make it looks so easy 🙂

  22. late in responding to this post, but catching up on some work at my desk today. . . Love the bench and got goose bumps when I read about your new-to-you china! That’s fate for sure!

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