I have had the good fortune of scoring a few cane pieces from op shops, so I thought I would share with you the process I took to redo a little side table.
Here's the before:
I gave it a good clean up, using a brush to get all the dust off and then gave it a good clean in with some sugar soap. Because the cane was lacquered and I had zero desire to sand it, I prepped with my old friend Zinsser. Apparently you can get Zinsser primer in a spray can, but I have yet to find it at the hardware store. I used a soft, round furniture painting brush to apply a light coat all over. Fiddly.
I purchased 3 cans of White Knight Quick Dry Satin Enamel in, well, White. I was a little worried because we know that there are whites and there are whites, you know. Happy to say this is a nice, fresh, soft white and the Satin was the perfect low sheen cover that I was looking for.
Spray painting is not the most efficient use of paint. I only just had enough. Make sure you are outside when spraying, this stuff stinks. There are many things in life I don't understand. The desire to sniff paint is one of them...
I grabbed a few big boxes from the pile at Bunnings and used this to surround the table and minimise painting my lawn. Contrary to poplular opinion, I do not paint EVERYTHING white.
Two coats, an hour apart and it was done. I left it for 24 hrs to fully harden before bringing it upstairs to find it a home/styling it/spill my coffee on it.
I have another table in the pipe line and am currently stalking a few on Ebay. Next project to tackle is a big old dark brown bookcase that I am sure really, really wants to be white too. For that one I am going to overcome my fear of power tools and use my dad's spray paint compressor thingy...yes, I know all the right words.