Transform a basic thrifted chair into a stunning Anthropologie Inspired Chair on a budget with this super simple DIY Tutorial.
If you have been a long time reader you would know I love everything about Anthropologie Home Decor except the price. So I always end up recreating my knock off version like this one which was one-tenth of the price of the original.
My most popular Anthropologie Hack thus far has been where I transformed a Dollar Store Vase into a stunning Anthro Inspired Vase which you should definitely check out.
But other than a few of my other favorites have been my Anthropologie Inspired Bench and Gold Mirror. The complete collection of all my Anthropologie Inspired Makeovers I will link down below at the end of this post.
But today I decided to recreate a gorgeous Anthropologie floral pattern onto a thrifted plain chair.
Here is the original chair from the Anthropologie website. A super cute floral, colorful and vibrant chair.
I had a chair already which almost had the same structure as the original but it was just plain and basic without any life to it.
So it was time to repurpose the chair and give it a fresh new life.
Tutorial for DIY Anthropologie Inspired Painted Chair
STEP 1: Prep The Chair
So here is how my chair looked Before. It was a light brown color with silver legs. Everything about it had to be changed.
I first decided to give it a light coral paint color just like the original.
I used DecoArt’s Outdoor Living Paint as it has a really good durable finish. It needed two coats for full coverage.
This chair was part of a set of 4 chairs and you can see all of them in my Dining Room Final Reveal Post.
Let it dry and in the meantime, I spray painted the legs using metallic gold spray paint.
The legs of the chair also needed two coats of the Gold Spray Paint.
STEP 2: Painting the Anthropologie Floral Design
Okay to begin with the Anthropologie pattern first you need a lot of different paint colors. I decided to match my paint colors as close as possible to the original design but you could always swap out and use different shades.
Also, this project is pretty much a freehand painting and it doesn’t have to be perfect which makes the design all the more fun to paint.
I had the original chair image on my phone the whole time I was painting the design onto my chair so I would know where what design or pattern went.
I also recorded a full video of the entire process which you can find at the end of this post as well.
If you are scared of the painting you could also decoupage a cute floral print to mimic this design. In the past, I used a Floral Peel and Stick Wallpaper to Upcycle a dated bookshelf and it made such a difference.
I have also seen people using some Mod Podge and decoupaging floral napkins in a floral pattern which looks really beautiful as well.
I made a few edits of my own as I realized the original Anthropologie Chair had a bird design on it and I am in no means an artist who can draw animals or faces.
I pretty much dabble in abstract painting only so I omitted that part out which still in my opinion didn’t make that much of a difference in the final result.
When you first start laying down the foundation of the design it really makes you think that will it even turn out good but I know as I have been doing this for so long that before it gets good it gets worse.
And it’s always when you add the final touches, like the lines, dots, etc that things start taking shape.
But all in all, it took me about thirty minutes from start to finish.
Carve out a time when you want to relax and do something creative as it was so much fun to paint this Anthropologie Inspired Pattern onto the chair.
If you like updating chairs then do check out my super easy Wooden Chair Makeover using only Masking Tape.
Here is the final result.
Here is another painted chair I made but with a different abstract spin.