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Turning the dog’s chew toy into a chair. A Mod Podge make-over.

This was my project for Round 2 of One Month To Win It’s craft competition. Now that the voting is over I can share it with you. The challenge was to do something that involved Mod Podge.

Mod Podge and I go way back, but we have a sort of volatile relationship. (There have been a couple of projects in our history that didn’t go well, and I think we each blamed the other for the failure.) However, for this challenge I thought we worked rather well together. (If anything, it was Paint and Camera who were uncooperative on this one.)
For this task, I Mod Podged an old wooden chair that had been in our backyard for years. If memory serves, the previous owners left it here.
This chair was a mess, but I’d been hanging onto it because it had nice lines. Our dog chewed on it. I asked her about it, but she just gave me a guilty smile and invoked her 5th Amendment right to not incriminate herself.

The chair was kind of rough and rickety (1) and while our dog had actually chewed a little bit all over the chair, she really took big chunks out of it on the front slat on the seat(2).

With a whole lot of spackle, I filled holes and basically created a whole new seat slat. The chair was sanded, primed, and the edges were sprayed with an apple green paint. (3) I then hand mixed acrylic paints to get the exact shade of green to match my fabric. The chair was painted with that.

I had been looking for scrapbook paper for this project, but this apple-sage green and cream geometric fabric practically jumped into my arms at JoAnn’s. Taking care to keep the pattern straight and lined up, I cut the fabric into strips and Mod Podged them to the seat slats (4) and the back slats (5). The fabric was definitely easier to work with than paper would have been. Also because it was thicker and had some texture, it better hid the spackled/repaired areas (which were not repaired perfectly.)

When the whole thing was dry I mixed a wash of Mod Podge and watered-down gold paint and went over the whole piece. (6)

It took several attempts to get the paint and the wash just right. After all that careful mixing and painting, I cannot get the camera and lighting right so that the color of the chair comes out in the photos.

This photographs like a beige-green-gray, but really it is a soft apple green. (Gee, I sure wish you could see it.)
I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. It is certainly better that it was as the dog’s chew toy!

For real Mod Podge tutorials from a genius, go and visit this lady….
Amy from Mod Podge Rocks knows this stuff backwards and forwards and you’ll be amazed by some of the things she has created.

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Renee said...

April 17, 2011 at 9:16 pm
Oh my gosh that turned out Fantastic...

Mimi said...

April 17, 2011 at 10:05 pm
That looks great! And I can just "visualize" the apple green colors - I know it is beautiful! I had to chuckle about the dog - I have one that will chew on anything. Glad to know sometimes you can repair their damage!
Thanks for sharing your post.

Landeelu said...

April 17, 2011 at 10:21 pm
Looks fab!! I'm so glad you and Mod Podge worked out some of your issues.

Chris said...

April 17, 2011 at 11:25 pm
SWEET! The chair turned out great. I understand the color and camera issues. Good luck this week!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

April 18, 2011 at 12:38 am
Wow I love Mod Podge but would not have thought to use it on a chair. Two questions: How much Mod Podge did it take and what happens if it gets wet? did you use an acrylic sealer or anything on it? Thanks for posting!

MiMi said...

April 18, 2011 at 12:47 am
In the collage you can really see the green and it looks really pretty! :)

Sandy Ang said...

April 18, 2011 at 1:01 am
Wow such a great makeover for your lawn chair !

Maddie Kertay- The Domestic Anarchist said...

April 18, 2011 at 1:40 am
Oh ModePoge.. such a fickle mistress she is... so glad you got it all right for such a wonderful project.


Carmella said...

April 18, 2011 at 3:18 am
I just bought my very first bottle of Mod Podge today...I can only hope my projects turn out as great as this one!! I love it!

NYCLQ said...

April 18, 2011 at 3:19 am
WOW!! That looks fantastic!! I have GOT TO try Modge Podge! Thanks for sharing your project. It really looks great!!!

:D Lynda

K A T said...

April 18, 2011 at 3:41 am
I am your newest follower and I just love the chair project with mod podge

I've used it to cover an old thrift store find desk with a world map (one of the old nat geo mag ones) it looks much more interesting now.

Kim said...

April 18, 2011 at 3:57 am
Nice Job girlie! I wish I could see the apple green too- it sounds so fresh and springey!!!


April 18, 2011 at 5:08 am
great make over i knew this one was you... i cant wait to see your next project

slommler said...

April 18, 2011 at 9:22 am
I love the chair! It turned out beautifully!! I have a chair that could use this kind of treatment!! Mod Podge huh? Well I will have to give it a try. Wonder how it will weather???
Thanks for the tips

Melissa said...

April 18, 2011 at 10:57 am
What a great idea! I wouldn't have thought to a) use modge podge with fabric (I've only used it with paper) and b) to modge podge a chair. This turned out lovely!

Visiting from craft-o-maniac.

Andrea said...

April 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm
This looks great! Definitely gave me inspiration for future projects!

Jen-CraftOManiac said...

April 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm
MOD PODGE IS THE BEST. love the chair re-fab. it looks amazing, way to go.

Connie said...

April 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm
I knew that was your project!!

BFF's we are!

April said...

April 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm
Wow! What a great makeover! I would love for you to come link up to my Sew Crafty Party !

Meg I am..... said...

April 18, 2011 at 10:03 pm
This looks great! I love the pattern placement!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your comments!

Liza Mae's ReCreations said...

April 18, 2011 at 10:42 pm
Luuuuv it! I have a chair that could use that makeover!

Kathryn Michelle Jenkins said...

April 19, 2011 at 12:56 am
beautiful! the pattern is great.


Linda@Coastal Charm said...

April 19, 2011 at 1:04 am
Looks outstanding!!! Thanks for sharing her makeover at my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS PARTY!!!


Brandi said...

April 19, 2011 at 1:05 am
Wow! What a beautiful transformation!

Becca said...

April 19, 2011 at 12:14 pm
AWESOME transformation !! I'm truly impressed (and hope that all animals stay away from it) !! *Becca*

Erin said...

April 19, 2011 at 12:45 pm
I am blown away by this chair, just so awesome!!

Kendra Hardesty said...

April 19, 2011 at 8:40 pm
Brilliant job on this. I found your link on At Home With K. Love it!

Pam @ Our Adventures in Home Improvement said...

April 19, 2011 at 11:46 pm
You did an amazing job on it! You are so creative!

Thanks for sharing.


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

April 20, 2011 at 12:04 am
that looks awesome, vivienne! what a great save!

Sue said...

April 20, 2011 at 12:25 am
Too sweet!! The fabric accents make that chair. So keep that darn dog away from it now, ok?

Buffie said...

April 20, 2011 at 12:33 am
As always... Love your stuff! It looks wonderful.

Love your blog.

Lotte Lu and Brother Too said...

April 20, 2011 at 1:19 am
I LOVE this! I totally voted for it! Thanks for the inspiration!

Kindra-At Home With K said...

April 20, 2011 at 1:58 am
Another wonderful creation! Who would of thought to do mod podge magic to a chair? You of course! Great job! Thanks so much for linking up to Terrific Under Ten today!

Tammy @ Type A said...

April 20, 2011 at 3:55 am
love love love it! this chairs is awesome. thanks for partying at Type A!

Ana said...

April 20, 2011 at 5:03 pm
Gotta love that Mod Podge! The chair turned out awesome! Love it! Oh, and I spy with my little eye...I have that same cute birdcage I see behind your chair :-P

Hugs and Kisses,

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

April 20, 2011 at 10:47 pm
This is lovely. Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas! Have a great day.

Jami said...

April 20, 2011 at 11:29 pm
Another AMAZING project!!! Is there anything you can't do?
Thanks for sharing your great chair at the Tuesday To Do Party!

Judy said...

April 21, 2011 at 1:42 am
That looks amazing. I love your are so funny. Thanks for sharing at my Swing into Spring party.

Lisa said...

April 21, 2011 at 12:28 pm
Very pretty! What a great makeover!

Julie said...

April 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm
I would love for you to come by and link up to Inspire Me Monday. It's up all week!

Sweet Peas and Bumblebees said...

April 21, 2011 at 9:36 pm
So Cute!!! I would love it if you would come and link this up at our What I Made Wednesday linky party!

Sweet Peas and Bumblebees

Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

April 22, 2011 at 1:05 am
That turned out great!! Is it waterproof?
Thanks so much for linking!

Yvonne@StyleBurb said...

April 22, 2011 at 2:40 am
Wow! Your chair looks amazing! In your picture the soft apple green paint and the fabric are such a good match that it looks like the chair has been perfectly stenciled. I hope you've had a chance to sit down and relax in it!

Piorra Maison said...

April 22, 2011 at 3:38 am
I love how you used the mod podge on this chair. your choice of material was with very good taste. I am your newest follower. hope you can stop on by
Au revoir

Screaming Sardine said...

April 22, 2011 at 3:40 am
This looks great. I never thought of mod podging a chair. What a great idea!

Tracy All Thumbs Crafts

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

April 22, 2011 at 5:21 am
Very pretty!! Love the detail you put into it. Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday!

Mary Ellen said...

April 22, 2011 at 9:28 am
What a pretty look for your chair! I just used some Mod Podge on a tea card and love the look!


April 22, 2011 at 12:04 pm
Visiting from Tickled Pink Party. That looks great! How did you seal it? Is it protected from the elements?

LOTCP said...

April 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm
Popped in from Tickled Pink- this is an awesome revamp!

Condo Blues said...

April 22, 2011 at 1:23 pm
Did you use regular Modge Podge or the outdoor 'Podge?

Katherines Corner said...

April 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm
Well done, I think I need to add modge podge to my list!Happy Friday,Happy Good Friday, Happy Earth Day, Happy Jelly Bean Day ( yes it's actually jelly bean day)Hugs from Katherine. P.S have you entered my giveaway?

The Gunny Sack said...

April 22, 2011 at 2:48 pm
Great idea! Do you know how well Mod Podge holds up in the outdoors? I have never tried it.

Ratty Hugs said...

April 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm
What a super reDo. I know Guilty Dog Smile & I hope after you finished the chair you got Happy Dog Smile. If not, I'll give you Happy Ratty Hugs instead. ~C8>

Holly said...

April 22, 2011 at 4:22 pm
That is a pretty awesome makeover! Love what Mod Podge can do!

Suzie said...

April 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm
How nice!

Megan @ Cut the Craft! said...

April 22, 2011 at 7:11 pm


Lolly Jane said...

April 23, 2011 at 7:46 am
love this chair! saw your cork project on the challenge too, how fun!

thanks for linkin up! xoxo

IMRIZ said...

April 23, 2011 at 11:48 am
the chair looks elegant:)

Katie @ OhhBaby said...

April 23, 2011 at 10:19 pm
i love that stuff. it works wonders! and your chair is too cute!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

April 24, 2011 at 2:27 am
Its fantastic Viv! I love how it came out~ thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating said...

April 25, 2011 at 4:59 am
This looks great! Oh, I love Mod Podge. I haven't been using it (at least not well) for very long now, but I'm definitely hooked on the stuff. I don't think I ever would have thought to Mod Podge this kid of chair, though. The results are pretty spectacular!

Felicia said...

April 25, 2011 at 12:44 pm
What a beautiful makeover!

Would love for you to share at Calling All Crafters, today!

Melanie @ Tip Toe Thirty said...

April 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm
Love it!

Not sure what kind of camera you use but take a few minutes to google "White Balance." It could be your new best friend when it comes to getting colors "just right."

♥ Miss Tea said...

April 25, 2011 at 4:09 pm
dont you just loveeeee Mod Podge!! love the chair and love your choice of the apple sage green and cream fabric!

Im blog hopping from homemakeronadime Creative Bloggers' and Hop!

Susan @

Cindy said...

April 25, 2011 at 5:42 pm
What a great idea...Love Mod Podge!!!

At The Picket Fence said...

April 25, 2011 at 9:50 pm
I love it! It looks so fantastic and I'm glad the 2 of you (you and miss Mod) didn't need to go into counseling or anything. LOL! Thanks so much for sharing this last weekend at Inspiration Friday!

Lindsey @ Inspiring Creations said...

April 25, 2011 at 10:24 pm
Love this! You did a wonderful job! Mod podge is seriously so great! :) Thanks for sharing!

Tiff @ Making The World Cuter said...

April 25, 2011 at 10:44 pm
LOVE! It turned out fantastic, I wish I could see the green better! :)
Thanks for linking up!

Jen said...

April 26, 2011 at 1:58 am
This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing it at Fantastic Friday!

Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating said...

April 26, 2011 at 4:38 am
Ok, I would never, ever have thought to modge podge fabric to a chair... it looks awesome.

I'm featuring you on my Flaunt it Friday features... thanks for linking up!! :)

Brooke @ Inside-Out Design said...

April 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm
Oh my goodness I love this so much! Awesome, awesome job!!!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

April 26, 2011 at 5:00 pm
love this! thanks for linking it up to our party.

Mary said...

April 26, 2011 at 8:28 pm
I have dining room chairs that one of my pets (a dog) from a while back (too long - 20 years) chewed on. Maybe I should think about doing something similar!

I know the fabric from JoAnne's that you used! It is one that I've had my eye on sincde I found it on an ETSY website for fabric. Good choice.

I might suggest you could also make a cushion to go with the chair out of the same fabric or perhaps a placemat or tablecloth if there would be a nearby table...

I'm a new follower.

Thanks for your blog.

Lori@KitchenFunk said...

April 26, 2011 at 9:41 pm
This chair is terrific!! Great tutorial, too. Can you come over and do mine??? :-) ~Lori

Maridith @ Strictly Homemade said...

April 28, 2011 at 1:03 am
Love this!! You have the amazing ability to make everything beautiful. Love it!!

Thanks so much for your support and posting about my linky party!!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

April 28, 2011 at 4:35 am
That chair is stylish and functional :) Really appreciate you sharing this great post with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

Andrea . Charcoal and crayons said...

April 28, 2011 at 5:45 am
Looks great! I have several chairs that have just barely survived our dog's chewing days. I'll have to Spackle them up... thanks for the inspiration.

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

April 29, 2011 at 5:05 am
Wow! What a fabulous idea! It looks so fabulous now! Thanks so much for linking up! I'll be featuring it.

Mandy Coffey said...

April 29, 2011 at 3:41 pm
This looks so awesome! Thanks for sharing this at the party! I'm going to feature it next week :)

katy said...

April 29, 2011 at 9:09 pm
Great job - that looks awesome!

Pam said...

April 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm
Gotta love that can do so many nice things with it. The chair looks great!

Amy Gilman and Emily Lee (Sisters of the Wild West) said...

May 1, 2011 at 2:02 am are EVERYWHERE!! dont know how you do it!! great project! thanks for linking up! we featured your chair this week!

Sachiko said...

May 2, 2011 at 3:43 am
Your chair turned out so beautifully! I love the color choice too.

Cherished Bliss said...

May 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm
Your chair was featured on Craft and Tell Tuesdays! Stop by and pick up your button : )

InMyOwnStyle said...

May 3, 2011 at 6:10 pm
Hi Viv-
I love what you did to the chair. You have a great eye you have added the decorative paper the way you did. This is on fabulous DIY.

My best-Diane

Mod Podge Amy said...

May 4, 2011 at 2:25 am
How did I miss this post?? It's awesome Viv! What a great job you did!! xo

whyducks said...

May 20, 2012 at 1:27 pm
Wow I love what you did to that chair!

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