Paper Chair? Easy Upcycled Furniture Fix

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Our dogs are at it again and their latest victims are our living room chairs. So I decided to experiment and see if I could fix them and if you know me you know it can get a little crazy.

I had repaired theses chairs once before after the cats clawed through the original vinyl finish. My first fix lasted about 4 years but now it is time for a new idea.

It is a very simple process and only takes a few supplies.

Step 1 - Strip off old finish and clean up excess dust and glue. This step got me back to the original beat up vinyl finish.

Step 2 - Tear brown packing paper into small pieces and use Mod Podge to attach the paper to the chair.

Step 3 - Once Mod Podge is dry use a brown gel pen or permanent marker to re-draw the stitch lines.

Step 4 - This is where the magic happens well at least in my opinion. I used my fingers to apply a layer of shoe polish to the paper giving it a faux leather look.

Step 5 - Once the shoe polish has set for a bit, the last step is to seal it with another thin coat of mod podge. I let mine sit overnight.

You might be thinking. "What a stupid and non-durable way to refinish your chairs." You may be right, but as I said, I like to experiment, and I can only report that the finish didn't tear the first time the puppies jumped on it. And I am not worried because I have more packing paper anyway. :-)

You can find more details for this project in the attached video.

I also did a similar technique to cover up some ugly ceiling tiles if you would like more details on this project you can check them out here.

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  • Sandra Semkiw Sandra Semkiw on Jun 11, 2020

    How does the Mod Podge react to humidity? Does it get sticky?

    Great video.Thanks


  • SeGerman Voman SeGerman Voman on Jun 11, 2021

    that is truly WOW ! Amazing. And that stuff hold up???? Gotta try it ! Thanks for sharing

  • Johanne Palange Johanne Palange on Jun 12, 2021

    Puppies? If those 2 fur faces are puppies, I wonder how big they might get when they grow up! LOL. I love your project, I mean what have you got to lose? Otherwise, your chair would get tossed on the rubbish heap? It's so rewarding to experiment with techniques that cost next to nothing and end up with something unique. One thing though: I may have tried a final coat of something like Polycrylic, or a marine grade varnish for a tougher finish. But your project is great. I love it.


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  • Margaret Howard Margaret Howard on Jun 16, 2021

    Amazing idea! Would love to try it!

  • Lisa West Lisa West on Jun 16, 2021

    Ah put fur babies, be it cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, big cats for those house holds who foster or can afford one and all other animals raccoons pigs squirrels. No matter what we do we will always lose our furniture. Even a basic wood chair. All will get damaged. Blankets will help. Repurchase upcycle what ever we do it will be destroyed over time. Mix that with kids and stuff goes quicker. We won't deny our furnabies comfort nor ourselves. So its fun to do this. You did a great job. The chairs look really cool. I would use a poly on the chairs though. Not sure 3hat could be used. Lol concrete maybe. Just joking. I hope I made some furbaby parents giggle. I have 7 cats had a dog to with 3 kids and their friends. I feel your pain. Only one kid is home with the 5 cats. 2 kids moved animals passed on to their next adventure. My kid is more destructive then the cats. Thank God my fish don't use the furniture. Lol