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Interior Inspiration

A Washi Tape Chair Makeover (WHOA)

Interior Inspiration BY liz 02/12/2016

Man, do we love washi tape—it's the first thing we knew we had to sell in our paper shop—and one of the best things about the colorful sticky stuff is that is has about a bajillion different uses. The internet world of washi-tape DIYs is a deep, deep rabbithole, so instead we turned to Amy Anderson's book on the subject Washi Tape Crafts. She's got some real winners in there. First up: How to amp up a boring old chair. And more to come!




  • Chair with back spindles
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic paint, in white
  • Pencil
  • Three shades of washi tape
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Foam brush
  • Decoupage glue in medium


Note: Parts of the chair will still show through, so if you don't like the existing finish on your chair, you’ll need to sand it all over with a fine grit sandpaper to remove any existing paint, then prime it. Let the primer dry, and paint it a solid color, like white. 





  • Use the pencil to lightly sketch a rhombus shape (an off-kilter diamond) across the back spindles of the chair.

  • Select one color of washi tape and press a strip vertically along one of the spindles, extending from the top down to the first sketched line of the rhombus. Add 1 to 2 more strips, as needed, to completely wrap the top of the spindle. Repeat on the other spindles.

  • Select a second color and wrap it around the bottom portion of the spindles, extending from the bottom up to the sketched line.

  • Use the scissors or craft knife to cleanly cut the edges on the sketched diagonals.

  • Wrap the third washi color around the chair legs, starting from the bottom and extending up at varying intervals.Use the scissors or craft knife to cut the top edge of each of the taped sections on an angle.

  • Using a foam brush, coat the taped sections with decoupage medium to keep them from peeling. Let dry.




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