Outdoor Cane Furniture Paint Makeover

My outdoor cane furniture was in desperate need of a makeover, from the day I picked it up at a garage sale they looked unloved and dusty. The lot only cost me $70 with one chair needing minor work (that still hasn’t happened!), so with that in mind it was no big stretch to pay $35 to give them a fun new look.

Outdoor Cane Furniture Paint Makeover


  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Hose
  • Brush
  • Vacuum
  • Sponge
  • Drop Cloth
  • x2 Cans of Rust-Oleum Spray Paint in Gloss Marigold
  • x1 Can of Rust-Oleum Spray Paint in Gloss White

Project Time: The whole project took half a day including two trips to Bunnings!

Project Cost: $35

Prep Work: Vacuum the cane with a hand held vac, wash the lot with soapy water and let dry a few days before painting, this ensuring it is completely clean and dry.


If you have been following me on Instagram or Facebook, you would have seen that I started painting the side table a mint colour. It looked amazing… until I put it on the porch that is. The mint and the faded blue of the front balustrade clashed like crazy unfortunately. So I repainted over the table with white. I was using a brush and paint until a clever reader on FB made the obvious comment to spray paint them. So off to Bunnings next weekend I go and choose a colour that wouldn’t clash.

outoor mint

I went with the brand Rust-Oleum that has double the coverage and doesn’t need a primer, WIN! The colours I chose were Gloss Marigold and Gloss White. It was so easy to do and they only needed the one coat of paint. I went through all the paint so if you have a similar project in mind a chair will take about a can as you have to spray in all directions to get in all the weaves. Do buy more paint then you need, you can always get a full refund if the can is unopened and it saves you that extra trip down.

Outdoor Cane Furniture Paint Makeover2

Outdoor Cane Furniture Paint Makeover3

They look so cheerful! The colour certainly pops against the house which I wanted and it has brightened up the whole front porch. We are renting so there is not much I can do with those floors (yuk). I am currently keeping my eyes peeled for an outdoor rug.

I am pretty happy with this makeover and this space is certainly now one of my favourites. What do you think? Have you tackled a project like this? What was your experience? I would love to hear from you, don’t be shy!


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