There is a place in the market for high quality pieces of furniture and decor, but for trends that seem to come and go quicker than you can blink an eye, there are easy diys to create the same look for far less! I want to show you how to recreate different trends that even those with basic crafting skills can do on your own at home as well! The first project I want to show you is how to recreate a chair with the faux fur trend! I am in the middle of finishing the master bedroom and needed chairs for the corner. I’m trying to keep to a strict budget, so have been looking around my house for old pieces that I could use in that space. I found these two old chairs I purchased from the Raleigh flea market a few years ago with the intention to redo, but just never dove in to the big project because I couldn’t decide what color I wanted. Knowing me, I’d want them to be a different color a few years later and it’s just a lot of work to redo every few years so they just sat.
I wanted a quick way to redo the chairs for the space and luckily with faux fur, it is very forgiving as far as not being able to see seems because of the furry edges. This makes it very simple to do a no sew option, but first, I wanted to lighten up the wood. There are many different types of paints and ways to paint furniture. I will not go in to that tutorial here but I will tell you for this project I did not sand up the wood as I like the look as the paint rubs away in spots so I chose a basic acrylic cream paint and then a whiter color to dry brush over the top just to match the color of the fur fabric I chose. Here is a photo of the painted wood.
After waiting several hours for the paint to fully dry, it was time to add the faux fur! I purchased 2 yards from Hobby Lobby because originally I bought it for a different project, but it is a more expensive fabric so use your coupon or buy on sale and measure what you will need beforehand. This chair only took about 1 and a half yards. The next items you’ll need are scissors, a high temp hot glue gun and glue sticks! Yes! A hot glue gun! I told you this was easy!! A quick tip in cutting faux fur, don’t just cut straight down cutting the fur, slide the scissors to the base and cut the backing. That way you don’t have a funny cut edge and the fur will still fluff over the sides, this is what helps hide the seems to no one can see how it’s attached. Lay the whole piece of fabric over the chair, start at the front edge of the chair, lining the end of the fabric to the edge of the front of the chair and start gluing it in place. As you get to the arms you will just cut slits in from the side and it will slip in right around them. Also remember as you get to the back of the chair, use your fingers and tuck it in towards the back crease a little to keep the clean tight look. If you cut short on one edge, don’t worry, you can actually add a little patch and again, because of the fur it will not be noticeable, I promise!
As you make your way to the back, just keep pulling tight and gluing, the top part that is rounded, I cut a triangle shape out of the fur and used the seem that was already on the old fabric to line up the cuts with and used as a quide for the seem for the faux fur! When you’re all finished, post your photos with pride that you just accomplished your own diy chair!
If you have any questions about how to do your own, just comment below and I’ll gladly do my best to help!