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Each time I look into our home office and see the two club chairs my brother was going to drop off at the thrift store I get a little smile on my face. The children and I have declared them as our reading spots but there was something missing to make them truly comfortable.
A DIY Leather Footstool was just what we needed to make our reading nook perfect.
Since everyone loves a good trash to treasure story I hunted through every thrift store in town for a footstool to makeover. After I few weeks, I gave up and headed to my favorite craft store to see what they had.
Jackpot! Right there on the shelf was exactly the footstool I pictured in my mind. The perfect size with great legs to paint and distress. After using my 40% coupon it only cost $10!
I have been dying to try my hand at distressing a painted piece to look worn. Thank goodness I’m a paint hoarder. The footstool legs got a coat of red, greyish blue, and yellow paint all from my stash.
Once the paint was dry I sanded random spots to reveal the layers of paint beneath. It was so. much. fun!
Another trip back to the craft store, another 40% off coupon and I got the 3″ upholstery foam for the top of the footstool. Simply flip the stool over and trace the top onto the foam.
Cutting the foam with an electric knife makes getting the correct size easy. Secure the foam to the wooden top with hot glue.
Next comes the star of the show: the fabulous leather!
Words cannot express how subtle and luxurious The Leather Hide Store leather feels. The name of the leather I used for the DIY Leather Footstool was Nevada. There are many varieties of leather for you to choose from on their website.
To cover the top of the footstool begin by centering the stool on the leather. Begin to wrap the leather around and staple into place using a staple gun. Attach one side then the other as you work your way around the top. Pull the leather taunt but not tight enough to smush the foam down. Trim the excess leather close to the staples to finish the footstool.
The Leather Hide Store leather was a dream to work with. I expected it to be thick and hard to manipulate but it was not. The leather was soft making it easy to staple and cut.
Oh how I love this little leather footstool. It is the perfect mixture of manly leather with curvy, colorful legs. This was an easy home decor project that adds function and personality to our home office.
If the children aren’t reading, they are hanging out in the office while I work. Today it is Tootsie’s turn to prop up her princess slippers on the soft leather and chat with me. I got to hear all about why so-and-so always wants to be the Mama at school and she always has to be the sister.
Preschool drama is real.
If you love this DIY home decor project then you must see the rest of the Home Office makeover! Here’s links to all the DIY home decor for our Southern Gentleman’s Home Office:
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