Rattan is having a revival without a doubt. Not since the 1970’s have there been so many rattan products around. And not just for the garden I might add. Adding rattan products to our interior ramps up the texture in the room, which is always a good thing. And depending how it’s used, it can either add a relaxed bohemian feel to our living spaces, or an achingly cool mid-century vibe.
It’s also a very effective interior design trick to make our storage solutions stylish in their own right.
Disclaimer: This upcycle is not one I personally made earlier – although the talented BF has recently similarly upgraded an old sideboard for me at home with rattan inset panels in the doors. These photographs and instructions are courtesy of Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture and Choice.
What You Will Need
- A sideboard or cupboard that can be upcycled. Remove the doors, but keep the hinges and fixings to put them back later on.
- New sideboard door handles (optional).
- Metal ruler.
- Sharp scissors.
- Furniture paint.
- Staple gun, strong gaffer tape or strong furniture glue.
- Roll of cane webbing (make sure it’s wide enough).
Step by Step Instructions
- Carefully remove the inner sections of the sideboard doors. Wear eye protection and use a cutting board if necessary, or work outdoors.
- Paint the door frames and sideboard with furniture paint.
- Once the doors are dry, measure enough cane webbing to cover the missing inner section. Make sure it’s slightly larger than the opening so you can stick it down. For instance, we allowed a 1cm overrun on all sides. Cut out two pieces of cane webbing – one for each door.
- Use a staple gun to carefully attach the cane webbing on the inside of the doors. If you don’t have a staple gun, very strong tape or furniture glue should work.
- Reattach the doors onto the sideboard and add new door handles, if using any.
- I ordered our cane webbing from Technicolour Dazee on Etsy (affiliate link). They are based in Australia, and although I wasn’t altogether happy about the air miles, it was the best quality I could find and the package arrived very quickly.
- We didn’t do this but I have since read that you should soak the webbing for 40 minutes in hot water before stapling to the wood. This will ensure that it dries taut and not sag with temperature changes. As I said we didn’t do this and it has remained taut anyway.
- It’s not a bad idea to flatten the cane webbing overnight to prevent it from curling up when being attached.