Today, I’m sharing an easy DIY Cane Nightstand using a table from Target, spray paint, and caning! This is definitely a beginner-friendly DIY!
Taking on DIY projects can be intimidating … right?
Well, they don’t always have to be!
I participated in a spray paint challenge hosted by Rustoleum for a DIY/Home Decor Blogger’s conference called Haven! See, I decided I need to take this whole blog thing seriously and make it a business, not just a hobby I do when I feel like.
I’ve been loving the cane and rattan trends in the home decor / interior design community right now. Really, any natural material is in style!
I’ve seen a couple DIYs using cane that looked amazing and knew I had to try it.
Mandi from Vintage Revivals did these crazy cool DIY cane wall panels. I love DIYs like this that are completely original and turn out perfect.
Meg from Roost and Ramble used cane to makeover an IKEA Rast dresser.
Christine from Honey Built Home built an entire cane bed inspired by a CB2 bed. How gorgeous is this?!
I didn’t want to do a really big project with cane on my first try using it. I’m also not a furniture maker or master builder so I knew I needed to start small.
I found this end table from Target that was honestly pretty cute to begin with. But, it didn’t really go with the general vibe we had in Evie’s room and I thought it was the perfect table to try out some DIY caning!
Materials for DIY Cane Nightstand
- Target stool
- Sanding Block
- Rustoleum Spray Paint in Heirloom White (Satin finish)
- Cane Webbing Kit
- Hot Glue Gun or Gorilla Glue
Step 1: Spray Paint Nightstand
My biggest advice for spray painting is to do really, really light coats. If it takes you 3 coats, fine. Trying to do it all in one coat will lead to drips 100% of the time.
It took us 2 coats. I started and realized I’m awful at spray painting so had TJ finish it up.
Step 2: Sand Nightstand
You’ll want to sand any ridges or paint drops you have from the first round of spray painting.
If you’re some type of paint spray ninja and you got full coverage without any drips … can I hire you?! 😂
Step 3: Apply 2nd coat of Spray Paint
Depending on your spray painting abilities, you may need to sand and spray paint a third time. Two coats was perfect for us! We used just a little more than one can of spray paint.
Step 4: Cut Cane for Cane Nightstand
I used a 14″ gold ring to trace a circle on the cane. I used just a sharpie to trace the circle and cut it out with regular ol’ scissors.
The cane webbing can be pretty difficult to work with. It wants to roll back up. So, I would recommend getting it out a day or two in advance, laying it flat, and laying something heavy on top that will keep it flat.
Step 5: Adhere Cane to Nightstand
First, we tried using wallpaper adhesive. But, it wasn’t strong enough to hold the cane in place.
Next, we tried Gorilla Glue and that worked! I would carefully apply it along the cane. You don’t need to hit every single spot. I made sure to apply it around the perimeter the most and randomly throughout the rest of it.
Press into place and hold for a minute or so. We then put some wax paper on top, then a flattened cardboard box, then a 30lb weight to hold it all in place. I don’t know that this is necessary but we wanted to be sure it held.
Step 6: Apply the splining to the cane nightstand
This last part you probably need two people for.
Person one with hold the splining in place while person two will apply glue from the hot glue gun.
Start wherever, just pick a random spot. You want the splining to be just on the edge of the cane.
Apply about 2 inches of glue then press and hold the splining down.
Work slowly and make sure the splining is thoroughly adhered before adding more glue/splining.
Continue this the whole way around.
When you get to the beginning, I cut the end and finish wrapping it! You’ll have a little crease where the two ends meet. You honestly can’t really tell unless you’re looking for it.
I love how the nightstand turned out!
It’s the perfect addition to her room. I’d say she’s a big fan!
She wanted to pose for pictures in her swim cover up.
One of my favorite parts of the stool turned cane nightstand is the little bars between the legs. I love how they’re offset. Such a neat little quirk to the table!
That’s it for the DIY Cane Nightstand!
Check back soon. Hopefully we’ll be revealing her whole room 😉
- Cane Webbing Kit
- Target Stool
- Rustoleum Spray Paint in Heirloom White (Satin Finish)
- Sanding Block
- Hot Glue Gun
- Gorilla Glue
- Spray paint nightstand
- Lightly sand any bumps or drips
- Spray second coat (or more coats if needed, remember to sand in between coats)
- Cut cane
- Use gorilla glue to adhere cane to nighstand. Press and hold cane in place for several minutes.
- Apply splining to cane nighstand using hot glue gun.