Upcycled Chair with Faux Wicker Finish – Dogs vs Cats Episode 9

Before picture of damaged chair

Have you missed the zany tales of my family members with tails?

Rest assured they are still up to their merciless destruction. I write with complete confidence that they will not rest, but will continue to labor without pause or concern for themselves or my sanity, to find new and previously un-imagined avenues to wreck my home.  Their efforts keeping me ever inspired to find new and ridiculous ways to repair the carnage.

If you are new here let me bring you up to speed and make some introductions. A little over a year ago we invited four furry and sweet little creatures into our lives. Two of them got much bigger and and soon we found ourselves submerged in all the CRAZY that comes with puppies and kittens. They are cute and they are fun and they can cause a lot of wear and tear and straight up damage to just about anything.

Fortunately for me and them too, I like a challenge and I like to fix things. So began the series of posts titled Dogs vs Cats. The competition is fierce between the Cat Monsters and The Dogzillas. Anything is fair game and could be pegged as the next target. The Cat Monsters have cunning and stealth on their side while the Dogzillas have a distinct weight and size advantage. Fortunately for the humans all this destruction does tend to wear out the poor four legged fur balls and they do a fair amount of sleeping. In these quiet moments between assaults I ponder and experiment to see if I can fix the would be trash, usually with some other trash.

And now the introductions.

Dogzilla 1 – AKA Boom Boom Alpha Doom. She has a funny sideways gate when she runs making it appear that her back end is always trying to get in the front, an under-bite that makes her look like she is constantly frowning and the desire to always be the center of attention. (I am pretty sure she wanted to be an only child.)

Dogzilla - Boom Boom Alpha Doom

Cat Monster 1 – AKA Daredevil. Favorite activities include posing for photographs, causing the Dogzillas constant consternation by showing up in new and unexpected places that she must be chased out of and most of all antagonizing Boom Boom with the fact that she is not an only child.

Cat in faux wicker chair

Dogzilla 2 – AKA Miss Mad Dog Mayhem. This beauty school drop out had the perfect eyeliner applied to her pretty little face, but was a little too….lets say “touched” to complete the program. Everything is a game and nothing is to be taken seriously. Humans are not to be listened too. Cats are for chasing and her sister dog Boom Boom exists primarily to be sat upon, tackled, chewed and otherwise generally irritated.

Dozgilla Miss Mad Dog Mayhem

Cat Monster 2 – AKA Sabertooth but I am changing his alias to Blurry Face as he does not like to have his picture taken.  He is the recluse of the group and follows the strict protocol of the dog and cat hierarchy. He is the least likely to raise the ire of Boom Boom. I am how ever certain that most of the chair destruction was by his paws or should I say claws during middle of the night raids when the Dogzillas were tucked securely in their kennels.

Cat Monster Blurry Face

Please note that all names have been changed to protect the guilty.

If you have been following this blog for awhile you might think you are having deja vu as you have already seen this wacky chair.  But no, there has not been a ripple in the Matrix. There are actually two chairs. If you saw the first chair you may have already thought that I needed to have my head examined so the absurdity of a second chair might be more than you can take.  To make it a little more palatable for you I am calling this second chair a faux wicker chair because that sounds so much less absurd than a pickle juice chair. 

Newbies did I loose you again? It may be difficult for you to keep up at times as projects do sometimes feel like they are traveling down rabbit holes getting curiouser and curiouser but I assure you that even though things are not always as they seem, I do say what I mean and therefore you must accept that I did in fact cover my living room chairs in pickle juice to fix them.

It started with the ruined pleather chair(s) pictured above and the desire to recover them with something kitty claw proof. You can read more about the whole process in the first installment of Dogs vs Cats. I wrote this post and made the first chair back in June of last year. The first chair is holding up very well so it seemed to be time to attempt the second chair.

Here is a short video showing how one section was made using the “pickle juice glue”

The glue recipe can be found here. 

Here are the two finished chairs and if you look closely you may even see a couple of other Dogs vs Cats projects

Upcycled Chair Faux Wicker Finish

You can catch up on all the Dog vs Cat Monster Episodes below.

The Trouble With Cats and The Making Of A Pickle Juice Chair – Episode 1 Dogs vs Cats

The Trouble With Dogs and Another Pickle Juice Repair – Dogs vs Cats Episode 2

Episode 3 Dogs vs Cats – Easy Upcycled Door Latch

Upcycled Tin Can Lid Table Top Cover Up – Episode 4 of Dogs vs Cats

The Battle Over Bedding – Dogs vs Cats Episode 5

Cat Clawed Curtain Camo Repair – Dogs vs Cats Episode 6

Bed Sheets and Bath Towels Upcycled Christmas Stockings – Dogs vs Cats Episode 7

Innocent Purse Caught In The Crossfire – Episode 8 Dogs vs Cats

Happy Upcycling,


Upcycled Chairs with Faux Wicker Finish

3 Replies to “Upcycled Chair with Faux Wicker Finish – Dogs vs Cats Episode 9”

  1. Hey! They are you’re furry kids. So you do for them what you would do for your human kids. They destroy you fix. If you don’t want to fix you buy. lol

  2. I’am glad I found your blog I also have fur babies who love to demolish house. All were adopted for companionship and keep me sane. Never a dull moment with all of them. Always diy something they tried to destroy. I will try your method for my chairs and see how good it stays on. Thanks for posting a pet repair that just might work.

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