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How to Make Over Your Dining Chairs with Washi Tape

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How to Make Over Your Dining Chairs with Washi Tape

Raise your hand if you still have a few lingering pieces of hand-me-down furniture hanging around from that first questionably-decorated college apartment. You know, the one where you thought Captain Morgan's bottles and colored string lights were the peak of chic? Before you kick those stragglers to the curb, take a look at this super-simple DIY upgrade. Those weird yellow-tone wood chairs that look like they belong in your mom's house circa 1990 are the perfect candidates for a washi tape-fueled makeover. Check out the steps below, from the new aptly titled new tome, Washi Tape Crafts


Chair, with back spindles
Acrylic paint, in white
Washi tape, in 3 complementary colors
Scissors or craft knife
Foam brush
Decoupage medium
Sandpaper (optional)
Primer (optional)


1. Paint the chair white, then let it dry. Note: If you’re refurbishing an existing chair, you’ll need to first sand the chair to remove any existing paint, then prime it.

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

3. 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.

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

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

6. 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.

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