Cat Proof Chair Cover Up - Chair Repair With Vinegar Glue

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You know you can use vinegar for all kinds of house hold projects but did you know that you can also use it to make glue? I found the recipe on line when I used it to cover the first chair. This project is actually the second time that I have used the technique. I covered the first chair last June and it is holding up very well so it was time to finish the second chair. As you can see the cats had done quite a number on it.

The process may sound a little crazy but I decided to cover the chairs with twine because I wanted them to be durable and hold up to the cats clawing without snagging or ripping.

It is a simple process but does take some time. The short video below show one section of the chair being covered.

Once the chair is completely covered and dried it does require a lot of sanding.

I also added a coat of polycrylic to seal the project.

You can find more information on the process here.Here is a shot of the two completed chairs.

They seem to be cat approved :-)

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  • Rosemary Rosemary on Mar 27, 2017
    PLEASE--how do I keep the dog off the furniture? I have tried all of the OTC ideas to no avail...........................
  • M M on Mar 28, 2017
    is the pickle juice glue safe for pets to chew on if the get the ropes loose?
  • Ellie B Ellie B on Apr 05, 2017

    Why does it say pickle juice glue? I cannot see the recipe anywhere!!

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  • M M on May 16, 2017

    I'm hoping "Sheba" will refrain from my new leather, but will save this in case..Thanks Great job!

  • Teresa Martin Teresa Martin on Jun 04, 2017

    This does not work for my cat. She shredded the twine

    • Lfinch Lfinch on Mar 11, 2023

      I would think most cats would? It is made out of something they love to scratch?