Jan 222014

We have had a glass topped rattan table in our kitchen for 20 years and the current chairs for 15 years.  Wow!  I didn’t realize it was that long! 

Because of the smallish size of our kitchen eating area and the amazing view out the window, we really like having a glass top table.  I purchased the rattan chairs back in the day from Pier One, again because of the slim lines and profile they work well in the space.  However, brownish rattan table base is quite dated and dull and the rattan on the chairs was getting very worn, chipped and faded.  About a year ago I thought about replacing them with something.   This however was after I had starting updating vintage furniture for others and buying old pieces and selling them.  So it was pretty hard to justify purchasing NEW. 

I thought about painting the chair rattan but nearly everyone told me I would regret it.  Finally, I came up with a plan and I am so happy with the outcome! 

Sadly, I don’t have the before pictures.

First I decided to paint the base of the table BLACK.  The colour is Behr’s “Black Suede” and I felt it adequately describes the look.  I choose black because the chair arms and legs are black. 

Sorry for the bad picture... I took it with my old phone.

Sorry for the bad picture… I took it with my old phone.

The finish almost looks like leather!

The finish almost looks like leather!


Since everyone told me to NOT paint the chairs I decided I would stain and varnish the chair rattan.  I sampled some stain I had on hand but it was too dark.  On my trip to Home Depot I spotted the Minwax Poly Shades display and BINGO!  I knew the solution: a stain and poly combo!

I have used this product before with success.  I selected Pecan and it was PERFECT!!


The chairs were very faded and the colour uneven from sitting by the sunny window and from wear.  What the PolyShades did was even out the colour and add a richness to the rattan as well as a nice satin gloss.

I could not have been happier! 
The change was subtle but so much nicer! 
Plus the Polyurathane should protect the rattan from further wear.

(Sorry no good before pics)

The PolyShades brightened the colour and evened out the colour differences caused by wear.

The PolyShades brightened the colour and evened out the colour differences caused by wear.


Where you see a darker brown now was previously nearly ivory.
The PolyShades really evened it out and of course sealed the rattan.

rattan chair 1

Front of the Chair


The chair backs which had very little wear look like new!


We face south and winter’s afternoon sun floods my kitchen!


Originally the table base was the colour of the chairs.
Black is such an improvement.


Today’s view is not exceptional.
It is beautiful when the snow clings to the trees.
Note the willow trees on the left: they are HUGE!
Also note the large fallen branch in the middle.
Damage from December’s ice storm.

I still think these pieces are great for this space and with these simple changes, I don’t think the set looks as tired and faded.

And of course they are

Nicer Than New !!
(and CHEAPER!)

Have you use painted or stained rattan? 
How did yours turn out? 

And have you ever tried these stain and varnish in one products? 
Were you happy with the outcome?

I’d love to here from you!



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  12 Responses to “Freshening Up Rattan with Paint and Stain”

  1. Hi Joan! Your set looks fresh and new. Love it! I also really like the bright light space it sets in. Looks so welcoming.

  2. Hi Joan! The set looks so fresh and new. Love it! I also love the space that it sets in – so light and bright – very welcoming.

    • Thanks Deb! I love that big window and in the winter, the light can be blinding if you are sitting at the table. Thanks for dropping by!

  3. Joan, what a great idea! I found your post through frommyfrontporchtoyours.com. I just painted the frame of my thrifted Ikea rattan chair, but didn’t think to poly the seat itself. I think it’ll be a great step up! Thanks for the tip!

  4. I think it looks wonderful! I’ve thought of getting a glass-top table, I think they make a room look larger. Take care – Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com
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    • Hi Dawn! Glass tables do make the room feel bigger. If we put a cloth on it, it feels much less open. I guess that’s why we never had a big urge to change it. Thanks for dropping by!

  5. The set just looks so much fresher now. Great job! Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Your table and chairs turned out great. I know rattan is hard to get to take color. Looks like you’ve breathed new live into your set!

    • I didn’t know that about rattan. Maybe it was the products I used. Both needed 2 coats. It was a remarkable update. Thanks for dropping by!

  7. Great redo, it looks new. Love the black base. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  8. […] I still had some of my favourite black paint, Behr’s Black Suede, left over from my rattan kitchen table,  the retro phone table , the chess table and the Pottery Barn style chair.  It is quite […]

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