Covering a Night Stand with Closed Weave Cane

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Forum topic by MoBirdman posted 10-14-2010 05:56 PM 1042 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2010 05:56 PM

I have 2 older night stands (30 yrs) that have a gloss finish on them. I would like to change the look and spare my pocketbook from having to replace them. I have been looking at closed weave cane products….the idea is to wrap the sides with the cane and “inset” the cane on the drawer fronts. By insetting, I mean adhereing the cane inside the area on the front of the drawers that is framed by faux bamboo trim. I plan of painting the areas that will not be covered in cane.

Anybody ever tried this? Does the gloss finish need to be roughed up or heavily sanded? Primer before before applying glue/cane? What type of glue? Stain the cane before or after applying?

Sorry for all the questions….I haven’t been able to find any info on my proposed project.

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#1 posted 10-20-2010 09:25 PM

I don’t have an answer, but do have a suggestion.

Buy a small sample of the cane material, and build a mock-up of a drawer front with some scrap. Then finish it as you had originally planned.

As for sanding, yes, I don’t trust glossy surfaces to hold adhesive well, and there might be irregularities which could “transmit” out to a new surface. I’d try using a 180 grit paper on a flat sanding block to prep the surface. If that’s not good enough, you can go to a coarser grade, but you won’t do any harm starting there.

I am a serious believer in samples, staging, mock-ups, prototypes and such – those efforts have saved me uncounted amounts of money, time, material, etc., not to mention reducing the risk of damaging something that already has value.

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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