Vintage Fur

Here a little project I just finished, and thought it might be nice to share.  I've had this bench forever.  I never was completely sure what I wanted to do with it, so I just kept it simmering on the back burner.  And, there it stayed, til a couple of weeks ago, when I was driving to an estate sale, and saw a garage sale sign, so I thought, "ehhh, why not?"  

There I came across a antique (it was probably over 100 years old) torn beaver coat.  Yup, you read that right.  Beaver.  After some pause...and a perusal to see where the damage was, I decided it would be perfect to reupholster this bench with.  So, I bought it, for $10.  I mean for 10 bucks what did I have to lose?  Nada.   I got it home.  Butchered it (sorry, but it was already torn) and stapled it to the seat.  Done.  

Now I have a unique, and interesting piece of moveable furniture to use and enjoy.  For the record I do want to say, that new fur is not my thing.  Only faux and vintage/antique, as they are already dead, and do not fuel the fur industry.  There's plenty of good vintage furs finds out there if you look for them.  Another awesome use for vintage fur in the home would be making pillows.  

I went trolling on Etsy to see what I could find and came up with a couple great possibilities if you were feeling adventurous...

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So what do you think?  Are you digging it?  Or, am I off my vintage fur lined rocker?



Mary said...

Genius! I love your "new" bench.

I have always wanted to buy an old fur coat to make a bolster for the bed but I don't know how to sew with fur. Will it shed & screw up my machine? What type of needle would I use? Can an old Singer machine handle fur?
See...lots of concerns.

Anonymous said...

The cruelty and suffering animals go through so that someone can wear or sit on fur is horrendous. I'm disappointed, but to each his own, i guess.

Lorna from Atlanta said...

Love it ! Yes how do you sew it? Does it take a special needle?

Nichole Loiacono said...


I appreciate your concern, and agree the fur trade is awful. Which is why if you would have read on, I only condone the use of vintage and faux fur. Therefore, I am not perpetuating the fur fur trade, I am trying to give alternative options. So people don't go out and buy new fur, which does drive the fur trade today. If I am not mistaken, PETA is okay with vintage fur, because it doesn't support the killing of animals now. There are so many old fur coats and such floating around out there. It would be such a shame to waste them. Why not re-use them instead of buying "new." Please from now on, read the actual post before jumping to conclusions and writing a accusatory comment that is completely unfounded, and the opposite of what I was trying to convey.



Laura - Elsee Blog said...

I absolutely LOVE IT! You did a great job of upcylcling an unloved torn jacket!

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