Rattan Furniture Comeback

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What are your thoughts on rattan furniture? Love it?  Hate it? Think it’s hip and trendy or old and tacky?

via House and Home

via House and Home

I’m still trying to decide my thoughts on rattan. It’s not my typical style, but I think in the right context it can work and really be quite stylish.

via Our Southern Home

via Our Southern Home

The dealer in me has noticed that vintage rattan furniture has been selling really well up at my mall lately, so when I spotted a rattan shelf for sale at a flea market a few weekends ago I decided to take a chance on it.

Well, since then more and more rattan just keeps finding me!  I bought two more pieces at a parking lot sale last weekend for pennies.  So the question now is what to do with this trio . . .


Some of it for sure I will paint, most likely going the spray paint route.  The rattan of the chair is in really good shape though, so I might leave it as is.

I think it all has some real potential though!  I’m excited to try something new and I think updating some of the pieces with paint will make them really attractive and interesting, like this cool headboard from House of Turquoise:

House of Turquoise

House of Turquoise

So is the verdict still out for you?  Are are you already on board with vintage rattan furniture making a comeback?

Check back next week to see how my finds turn out!



Monday 4th of May 2015

Yes, the furniture can make the room look stylish, just be creative in its application. There will be a use and appeal with any furniture so if it adds value cool, otherwise it is junk. In your case the rattan furniture makes a cool option for your home décor, nice.

chris aka monkey

Thursday 30th of April 2015

wow i am in style lol i have a chair that i have drugged all over, it is old and heavy and very well made, i covered the cushion with an old tropical dress, as that was were i was all those many years ago, the chair is still the original white but i have been thinking of painting it bright, if i ever get over this back surgery xx


Thursday 30th of April 2015

Coincidentally, I am working on a pair of rattan chairs myself at the moment! I actually started painting the first one with a brush and some Fusion, but threw in the towel and pulled out the spray paint. I love rattan painted in bright colors like your turquoise example. I debated painting my chairs hot pink, but in the end I stayed safe with creamy white. I say be more brave than I am and go with a fab color!


Wednesday 29th of April 2015

I guess I didn't know it was ever out and considered old and tacky. I consider it a classic that blends with a myriad of styles from English Import, Victorian, Hollywood glam to MCM. Timeless. Take a look at the Ficks Reed or LLoyd website and you'll agree. They have some wonderful finishes to copy. I like it painted and natural and the burnt bamboo.


Wednesday 29th of April 2015

The "burnt bamboo" sounds really interesting! Thanks for the two websites to look at also, I will check them out for inspiration :)

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