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How to Use Cane to Turn an Old Shelf Into a Sweet Design Piece

DIY Cane shelf project in six steps

Cane is definitely one of our favourite materials lately and it’s having a major moment. We see it everywhere: planters, furniture, chairs, creating a fresh, modern look in any space. Today, we’ll show you how you can upgrade any shelf you have at home into a very stylish, Scandinavian piece. Here we go!


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DIY cane shelf materials

Materials Required: 

  • An old wooden shelf
  • 1 roll of cane webbing
  • Heavy duty staple gun
  • 1/4″ staples
  • Scissors
  • Safety glasses
  • Ruler
  • Measuring tape
  • White paint
  • Paint brush

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DIY cane shelf upgrade tutorial step one

Step One: Find an Old Shelf

Get a hold of an old shelf and get ready to transform it using a roll of cane webbing and paint. Start by removing the top of the shelf so you can staple the cane through it.

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DIY Cane shelf tutorial

Step Two: Measure Front of Shelf

Measure the front of your shelf where you’ll place the cane. We left an extra inch on each side to center our cane once it’s stapled in the shelf.

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DIY cane shelf upgrade

Step Three: Cut Your Cane

Grab a pencil and mark your cane webbing. Using scissors, cut it carefully so it’s the size of the front of your shelf.

Easy DIY Idea: Cane shelf upgrade


Step Four: Soak the Cane in Hot Water

Soak your cane webbing sheet in warm water for approximately 15 to 20 minutes before attaching it to the shelf and let it dry naturally. This process will allow the cane to become more flexible before installing it.

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DIY cane shelf project

Step Five: Paint Your Shelf

While the cane dries, grab your white paint and add a coat onto your shelf. Let it dry for about 30 to 40 minutes.

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Easy DIY project: Cane shelf upgrade

Step Six: Adding Your Cane

Grab your wood heavy-duty stapler and start attaching the cane piece to the bottom part of your shelf.  Make sure you use safety goggles before you start stapling. As soon as it is secure, staple the top part.

DIY Cane Shelf Project

And that’s it! Your brand new stylish cane shelf is ready to welcome all of your home treasures.

DIY Cane shelf project in six steps Cane Shelf Upgrade Using Cane

Images courtesy of Maca Atencio

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