To Paint or Not To Paint?

This mahogany chair was of interest to no one at a recent estate sale…except for me. I had been looking for another accent chair for my family room. I loved the dark wood. It was in great sturdy condition and the caning was new. However, it just didn’t look right to me – new caning with the old wood.

I struggled with the decision to paint this chair. I loved the dark wood. I really didn’t like the new caning. I thought about just painting the caning. Maybe aging it somehow.

In the end, I painted the entire chair. But I’m not sure if I made the right call this time.

Caned Chair1

Caned Chair 2

I painted the body of the chair in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Country Grey and the caning in ASCP Old White. I finished it with a little distressing and Annie Sloan Clear Wax.




I love the Country Grey and the Old White together. I like that the caning doesn’t stand out as a sore thumb anymore. And I always love distressing a piece down to the dark wood.

But I can honestly say I’m not sure I did the right thing this time. What is your opinion? Would you have kept it original? Or painted it?


As always … thanks to Kira of Abigail Thomas Photography for the after photos!

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