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How to Brighten Up a Cane Chair

Give a vintage chair a sunny makeover in just six easy steps.

By Suzonne Stirling

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Refurbished cane chair
Peter Ardito
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I've always liked the exotic quality of cane furniture, even though most of what I see in thrift shops seems fussy and old-fashioned. So when I spotted a sad-but-sophisticated cane-back dining chair for cheap, I pounced. Although it easily could have been perked up with sanding and a dark stain, I opted for a sunny paint job and bold floral-pattern fabric for the seat cushion. This makeover is doable in a weekend. Go to the next slide for step-by-step instructions.

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