Refresh An Old Cabinet With Paint And Rattan

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8 June 2022

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Update an old cabinet with on-trend rattan and a retro-cool mint and gold palette.

You will need:

An old bedside cabinet

Resene Strip-Off Paintbrushes

A paint scraper

Safety gloves, eye protection, dust mask

An electric sander or light sandpaper

A piece of rattan

Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer

Resene paint (we used Resene Kandinsky and Resene Tussock)

A staple gun


bedside table, resene paint, rattan and paint brushes


1. Disassemble the legs, door frame and handle of your cabinet and remove the pane from the door frame.

2. Strip the cabinet, including the legs, handle and door, of any existing paint or varnish, using Resene Strip-Off, a paintbrush and a paint scraper, following the instructions on the tin. Do this in a well-ventilated space, and use gloves and eye protection.

3. Lightly sand the cabinet smooth with an electric sander or by hand with sandpaper, using eye protection and a dust mask, and clean and dry it.

4. Measure the rattan to the door frame, slightly overlapping the void, and use a staple gun to fix it to the back of the frame.

Measuring rattan to the bedside table door

5. Trim any excess rattan and ensure the edges are left neat and tidy.

Trimming the rattan to fit the door

6. With a clean paintbrush, apply Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer to the cabinet, inside and out, including handle, legs and frame. Allow two hours to dry.

7. With a clean paintbrush, paint the cabinet, inside and out, and the door frame in Resene Kandinsky.

Painting the bedside cabinet

8. Paint the legs and handles and the exterior of the rattan in Resene Tussock. Once everything is dry, reassemble your cabinet, place in a restful spot and style to your taste.

Painting the rattan


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