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Reupholstering a chair after pet damage

The Chair the Cat Hated

Misbehaving pets are a main motivator for homeowners’ redecorating, reupholstering or at least buying new couch cushions and pillows.  God bless the cats and dogs that get bored and destroy drapes and furniture because they keep me in business! 🙂

This chair was once a stately bedroom dressing chair and holds fond family memories for my client.  While in storage however, the cat claimed it and is responsible for the missing buttons, shredded fabric and clawed legs. On examination I see that the frame is very sturdy, woodwork is NOT deeply scarred and the springs are still attached but untied. Thank goodness there is no pet smell.

This chair is definitely worth fixing and with a little bit of  “ta-da” redesign its issues can be remediated without costing a fortune. I plan on painting the woodwork a “cappuccino” color, replacing and really beefing up the padding on the seat and back, adding buttons and double welting. I can picture a really gorgeous traditional fabric suitable for its clean simple lines.  Click on the RRS Feed button to  sign up for the “before and after” pictures  and “how-to’s” in a couple of days. I think you will be amazed and inspired to tackle your own chair project.

In the meantime my client is wondering how she can retrain the cat to stay off the chair! My client has asked…“Please, please leave your best suggestions” in the comments.

Here kitty, kitty…

Added 3 days later PS… Have finished the chair now… check out the after chair upholstery pictures

Small boudoir chair needing upholstery

The dog said.. "Don't look at me...the CAT did it"

Chair needing reupholstery after cat damage

16 comments… add one
  • Rebekah May 31, 2010, 7:25 pm

    When I’m not sewing, I’m working as a vet. This is what I tell my clients: cats have a great sense of smell and really dislike citrus. I’d try orange oil on the wood and even consider citrus oil on a paper towel placed in the chair. Also, place a scratching post covered in catnip somewhere the cat walks past every day (mine pass the post on the way to their food bowl). Refresh the catnip and orange oil weekly. Finally, clip those kitty nails once every 7-10 days. That’s my expert advice…hope it helps some!

  • Rebekah May 31, 2010, 12:25 pm

    When I’m not sewing, I’m working as a vet. This is what I tell my clients: cats have a great sense of smell and really dislike citrus. I’d try orange oil on the wood and even consider citrus oil on a paper towel placed in the chair. Also, place a scratching post covered in catnip somewhere the cat walks past every day (mine pass the post on the way to their food bowl). Refresh the catnip and orange oil weekly. Finally, clip those kitty nails once every 7-10 days. That’s my expert advice…hope it helps some!

  • PillowThrowDecor May 31, 2010, 9:08 pm

    Thank you so much Rebekah! I didn’t know cats dislike citrus smell. I love it so that might be a real bonus for my client. I know you do terrific embroidery work guess that is your stress relief for working with BAD KITTIES 🙂

    • Rebekah May 31, 2010, 9:12 pm

      LOL! Yeah, but REALLY bad ones are the ones that claw ME!

  • Christine May 31, 2010, 2:08 pm

    Thank you so much Rebekah! I didn’t know cats dislike citrus smell. I love it so that might be a real bonus for my client. I know you do terrific embroidery work guess that is your stress relief for working with BAD KITTIES 🙂

    • Rebekah May 31, 2010, 2:12 pm

      LOL! Yeah, but REALLY bad ones are the ones that claw ME!

  • Rebekah May 31, 2010, 9:09 pm

    Oh…forgot one more thing. If all else fails, get some of that flexible rubb vinyl carpet protector (here’s an example of what I mean http://tinyurl.com/29hsycj). Cut it to the size of the chair and then place it in the chair wrong side up. When the kitty jumps into the chair he’s in for a surprise! Usually, after a few weeks, you can remove the vinyl and the kitty will be broken of his chair fondness.

    Rebekah

  • Rebekah May 31, 2010, 2:09 pm

    Oh…forgot one more thing. If all else fails, get some of that flexible rubb vinyl carpet protector (here’s an example of what I mean http://tinyurl.com/29hsycj). Cut it to the size of the chair and then place it in the chair wrong side up. When the kitty jumps into the chair he’s in for a surprise! Usually, after a few weeks, you can remove the vinyl and the kitty will be broken of his chair fondness.

    Rebekah

  • PillowThrowDecor May 31, 2010, 9:25 pm

    I used to have a BAD “STEP-KITTIE” that was a wire chewer (only my wires) and a shoe puker (mine too). Cat spent a lot of time wearing duct tape, …. still no cure. Cat died of natural causes… honest! Oh yes did I mention the “footprints” he left in my convertible top?

  • Christine May 31, 2010, 2:25 pm

    I used to have a BAD “STEP-KITTIE” that was a wire chewer (only my wires) and a shoe puker (mine too). Cat spent a lot of time wearing duct tape, …. still no cure. Cat died of natural causes… honest! Oh yes did I mention the “footprints” he left in my convertible top?

  • The Redhead Riter June 1, 2010, 6:58 pm

    I would say that is a very, very bad kitty!

  • The Redhead Riter June 1, 2010, 11:58 am

    I would say that is a very, very bad kitty!

  • Pillowthrowdecor June 20, 2010, 3:50 pm

    LOL… Yes, very bad kitty. A real nightmare!!! 🙂

  • Victoria / Torie June 27, 2010, 3:10 pm

    Yes for sure this happed in my home! I have 3 kitty cats and one seems to like to scratch no matter what I try! I have a couch that needs help! I can identify +++ with this scenario!!!!

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