DIY: Anthropologie Inspired Chair

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

While trolling Pinterest I came across this chair from Anthroplogie. I love me some chairs from Anthropologie but alas I live in South Africa, plus they’re on average like 2,000USD. You can’t exactly go buying one every week. This adorable little chair‘s  (it’s sold out now)  description said something like ‘New Orleans artist Kaki Foley painted the gold cross on it.’ Well, Kaki, I too can paint a gold cross. For this project you’ll need:

1 Chair, preferably upholstered with a light colored fabric. I used a piece of crap from Ikea. God bless Ikea.

Acrylic paint in metallic gold and/or metallic bronze. I mixed gold and bronze to get the color I wanted.

Acrylic Extender or Textile Medium, they work the same way by allowing you to paint on fabric without the paint getting crusty

1 Paint Brush

1 plastic palette to mix your paints

First mix together your paints to get the color you want, keeping track of how much you’re using. Mix in the acrylic extender or textile medium. The reason you were keeping track of how much paint you used when mixing is because the ratio is 1:1 for paint:extender, so you must pour in roughly the same amount of paint you used. Mix it together well with your paint brush. Paint away! I actually used first a layer of just the gold, then a layer of bronze + gold to make it more shiny and metallic-y. I also ended up painting two crosses since my chair is skinnier than the Anthro chair and it was looking like it belonged in a church. Let it dry according to the directions on the acrylic extender. Mine just calls for 24 hours of drying time. Some fabric mediums call for a hair dryer or a trip in the dryer. Voila you have an Anthro-inspired chair for next to nothing! I think I spent 200 rands on the supplies, which is not even 20 bucks. I may improve upon the chair and paint very faint turquoise or teal on the white parts in the future, we’ll see how gung-ho I’m feeling.

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

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