RV Dinette Suffers from Hoof and Cat Scratch Disease

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Darin gives the rails new upholstery. Some day we may have Darin upholster the cushions, but we just don’t know what that might do to him; so for now we will start small.

11-168x300There used to be a 4″ wide upholstered rail here, but the cat made quick work of it with her claws. We tried to protect them by providing a scratch pad for her, then by gluing a product called “Soft Paws” on her claws, and by placing tape over everything, but in the end her claws won the match.  The best way to protect your furniture and everything you love is don’t own a cat, the next best way is to have an out door cat, but if you have to choose between retaining a family member or throwing out the cat, you let the cat tear up some stuff, then convince them that it is really not all that bad to declaw the cat. Certainly better than turning it over to the inhumane society.In today’s post, we are going to show you how to repair the damage done by the cat, and the shoe of the cats owner, and how to declaw the cat. All this can be done from the comfort of your own home.


21-300x168Hard to see here, but this is one of the rails. This rail is the outer edge of the seat cushion of the dinette.  We are going to cover these rails in the cream colored micro fiber upholstery fabric we found at Joan’s Fabrics in Salem, Oregon.


41-300x168The round edge made me nervous as I was unsure how to stretch the fabric around the corner without the folds being visible on the side that showed into the room. What we are looking at here is the back side of the piece. I stapled the fabric along the bottom side of this piece with keeping it straight and tight. When I got to the corner, I did small distances pulling them around the corner and stapling each pull in place, surprisingly to me, my idea worked like a charm.

Now that we have made the bend simply fold the remaining fabric over the back, then tack it every few inches on the outer edge. What is not shown in this picture is the next step of folding the loose fabric over into a neat line and stapling with no space between the staples the entire length of the seem. Sorry about no photo, I keep forgetting to take the pictures, I get to goal oriented.


 8-300x168Now we fasten the new rail on by using an electric screwdriver, and wood screw and a snap.


63-300x168Athena and Sarah, are making the snap covers. They have to wrap the buttons in the cloth remaining from the construction of the rails. The can on the table is scotch guard, which is a fabric protector, but it is only good for stains, does nothing for hoof and cat scratch disease.


 71-300x168Little does Athena know, but I bought the wrong kind of snaps, she is working diligently to make these snaps for me, she even got a bigger hammer. She was never able to get these to work, so I have to go shopping again, and not get the ones for boat covers.


9-168x300Here is the new rail, done in a cream microfiber with grey snaps. Plan to make the cream ones later.


10-185x300Here is a completed booth, looks really nice, Athena does not like the cushion color, so I may be doing those some time in the future. Considering how the snaps went today, we have decided to leave the do it your self declawing the cat lesson to another day. PS:

Turns out, we need to buy the #30 Dura Snap Button With Stud kit. We can get these from https://www.rochfordsupply.com/product_listing.asp_Q_ProdID_E_3061_A_SubCatID_E_441_A_CatID_E_410. You get 144 of these for $14, plus about $14.00 for shipping. It is cheaper to buy a gross, than it is to buy 14 I actually need from a reseller. The best price we found so far is $14 per 12 pack. To get 14, I would need two packs. Hmm…. For now we will keep looking for these snap on buttons, I hate to buy 144, as I would feel obligated to go into the upholstery business