I found this cabinet on Facebook Marketplace for $80. Sadly, I didn't remember to take a photo before I removed the doors, but you can see how dark it was. The perfect candidate for sanding down to bare wood!
I first removed the doors then
decided how much to cut out of the center where the caning was going.
I put the caning in a sink full of water
and weighted it down to soak for a few hours.
For this step I first drilled a starting point in the middle
of the door and then used a jigsaw to cut out the door center.
Look at this wood after LOTS of sanding! It's beautiful!
I'm not sure but i think its maple. So while the caning soaked
there was lots and lots (and lots) of sanding happening on the body
of the cabinet. Seeing that color show up was so exciting!
After sanding and then cleaning the credenza, this is the product I used to wax it. This finishing wax keeps that light raw wood look and doesn't darken the finish.
On the back of the doors i used my staple gun to attach the caning. As it dried overnight it
tightened up perfectly!
It's now my favorite piece in the Airbnb!
Who Am I?
I've tried it all...hair stylist/faux painter/stay at home mom/jewelry artist/late in life college student/retail shop owner/design consultant/home stager. Through it all my favorite things to do have been sharing DIY ideas, thrifting, and making something out of nothing.