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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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Alexa Cohen says
i would use it on the house i am buying
Sheila @ BrainPowerBoy says
This is really neat. I love how economical the whole project was and also how awesome it turned out.
Aren’t easy and inexpensive projects the best?! Thanks for the comment love!
Robin @ Redo It Yourself Inspirations says
Oh my… what wouldn’t I use leather on! I’m a leather lover. Sofas, stools, bags, pillow covers, embedded in furniture, light fixtures, decor and clothing.
Kristin Goodson says
Love that you mentioned that the leather is soft and easy to work with! Would love to get some leather to work with as well.
Crossing my fingers you win, Kristin!
You did a great job! I need to get back into crafting & DIYing, I miss it. It looks very comfy! I’m stopping by from the blog hop. Happy Wednesday!
I have some large pieces of leather that came from my dads chair that fell apart. I’ve made a memory ornament with it for my mom and brother.
love the way the stool turned out!!!!!! Great job!!!
Love the stool – I would use it for a frame, to make it look more manly for my guys! 🙂
I love your leather footstool. I think I would also use it for a footstool, but I have been toying with the idea of making a leather journal cover.
A journal cover would be a great idea for the leftover leather I have!
Alyssa @ Piece of Home says
The stool turned out really cute! I would probably make a pillow or some kind of art for the living room!
Mmm. I should make a pillow with the leftover leather. Thanks for the inspiration!
Antionette Blake says
Now how cute is that – great DIY! #ThursdayFavoriteThings
Thanks so much!
Jann from Newton Custom Interiors says
Your stool turned out very cute!
This is such a great project! Your stool turned out amazing! Thanks for sharing your tutorial.
Thanks so much for visiting! So excited you like my leather stool!
Marti Tabora says
I having a new sofa delivered in a couple weeks and I would absolutely love to make some leather pillows for it. That’s exactly what it needs.
Amy M. C. says
My husband has just gotten into wood working. He’s made a bookcase and is currently making a desk for my son. This would be a fun gift for him. I could see him using it for a stool also. Thanks!
Angie Nelson says
I have an old footstool in my office that desperately needs recovered. Thanks for the great idea!
Crossing my fingers you win the leather giveaway!
Rhonda - Le Copywriter says
Oh, wow! I love what you’ve done. I haven’t seen this kind of stool in bare state yet but I’m looking for a solid mini bookcase that I can glue a cushion on for my son to sit on when reading.
Thanks so much, Rhonda! Good luck on your bookcase search!
Ha! Such a neat idea!
Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!
Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness says
Such a cute little footstool! Love the look of the different layers of colors on the legs, too! 🙂
Thanks so much, Amanda!
Our daughter has claimed it as her own and totes it around the house now!
Love leather we have all leather furniture b/c we have 3 kids. Its a must! Thanks for stopping by and linking up at the Home Matters LInky Party
Leather is awesome for our little messy people, isn’t it? Thanks so much for your fun party!
Crystal & Co. says
You make this look so easy!! The red peeking through the yellow is AWESOME!
Thanks so much, Crystal! Red is my favorite color so I had to sneak it in somehow!
We featured you’re awesome project at the Project Stash link party! Thanks for linking up last week and we’d love to have you join us again this week!
Wahoo! Thank you SO much for the feature!
Michelle from Weekend Craft says
Ashley this came out so great! Thanks so much for stopping by Creative Spark Link Party last week. Hope you stop by again today! http://bit.ly/17pM9dP
Thanks so much, Michelle. Our daughter, Tootsie, calls this her “fancy” stool!
Lindsay Eidahl says
Love this little project! You are a DIYer! Love projects like this!!! Great job!
You and I are kindred souls with our little DIY-selves!
This turned out great, Ashley! Love the distressed legs and hearing about the preschool drama 🙂
Preschool drama cracks me up! I get to hear all about it every day!
Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom says
Such a comfortable and stylish foot rest! I just love that photo of your daughter with her princess shoes!
Seriously. She has claimed it as her own! 😉
Teri@The Freshman Cook says
This is so cute, and so nice. I love how you made it and I love leather. It just goes with everything! I would love if you would share this at “Celebrate It!” blog party! It’s all about how we celebrate the everyday moments of life! I hope you will stop by!
This looks incredible! I love it. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for taking the time to party with us. We hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. It wouldn’t be a party without you! Lou Lou Girls
Yay for the social love! Thank you!
laurie murley says
I would love to make a leather large ottoman for my living room
Oh that would be such a cool project! Thanks so much for entering!
Corinna - For My Love Of says
Say what?! This is fabulous! And what a pretty leather!
I know! I love our little footstool.