It's Monthly DIY Challenge day! This month we were lucky enough to work with Leather Hide Store to create projects using a variety of their gorgeous leather hides. They have also been gracious enough to provide one of their leather upholstery hides to one lucky reader!
Ever since adding our mudroom I knew I would need to build a bench to fit in the nook by the door. DIY'ing a tufted leather bench seemed to be the perfect solution for this little space. Add in the custom hairpin legs my neighbor welded and I had the perfect mudroom addition.
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- 1/2 inch foam full/queen mattress pad (I used this one)
- Leather Hide (I used this one)
- 8 Half Ball Buttons
- Decorator's Needles
- Waxed Button Thread
- Staple Gun
- Elmer's Spray Adhesive
I started with a small piece of plywood that I picked up from Home Depot then cut down to size.
foam mattress pad from Walmart and cut it down to make 4 layers of foam. I used Spray adhesive to keep the layers together and in place.
I'm all about being honest and sharing my experiences, which sometimes means I have to share the bad with the good. I mistakenly stapled the leather around the entire bench and had a lot of trouble tufting the leather. You'll want to keep one long side free in order to pull the fabric and tuft the leather easily. I ended up having to remove the staples from one side of the bench before adding my buttons.
While my leather was still incorrectly stapled, I measured and drilled my holes for the buttons. You'll want to make sure you only drill through the wood. Avoid drilling too far and into the leather.ball cover buttons that I covered in complementing fabric.
decorator's needles and waxed button thread to install your buttons and do your tufting. This was my first time using waxed button thread and it was amazing and made pulling the string and getting the buttons tight so easy.
After I had the bench complete I helped (AKA held the torch for a picture) my neighbor with the hairpin legs. I pretty much just told him the size and design I wanted and watched as he worked his magic.
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I couldn't be more thrilled with how my tufted leather bench turned out! The custom hairpin legs are the perfect finishing touch and it's a great addition to our mudroom.