Hi!! Happy Spring!!
Guess what?! I finally had a few days to dig into a project that has been lingering in the back of my psyche(and my garage) for the last 5 months.
Here is a photo of the ugly duckling.
I bought her for $50. She had nice lines, but was tired… Like, real tired! The cushions were beat, the fabric had cat scratches and stains. She was ready for a new look.
When I first saw her, I imagined her future to look something like this…
Although, the reality is that I live in a house with 3 sons and a bruiser of husband, so I knew that the couch needed to be a hair more padded. You know, square, hard corners are no good when they come in contact with heads, knees and other flailing body parts in the heat of a wrestle match. Also, I wanted to use a rustic, matte sheen leather that would wear like a good pair of work boots.
So, I headed over to the Leather Hide Store website to see what they had in stock. Their online store is great! Not only do they carry a fabulous assortment of upholstery grade leather, but they also provide samples for a nominal fee. After receiving a few samples, I decided to go with this fabulous supple Italian leather called Lodge. I bought 5 hides, but only needed 4 in the end. That means, one more hide for another project in my future! Yay!
Ok, so, the lowdown on cost… Financially, this project didn’t make a lot of sense. I could have bought a brand new similar style couch for not much more than I have into this baby. I replaced all the foam and reconfigured the cushions. Even though I already had the foam on hand, at one point in time I paid a pretty penny for it. Also, I bought 8″ walnut legs from tablelegs.com because they just seemed to go better with our decor. All that being said, I knew these facts before jumping in to the project and I hymned and hawed if I was just crazy enough to do this. But, lo and behold my crazy “maker” brain won over my logical brain sensibilities and I decided that I just wanted to go for it. I’d been itching to learn how to work with leather and this was the project that I was going to do it on… And, you know what? I’m glad that I did! Other than a few minor issues along the way, it turned out pretty good!
Here are a few more pics…
Well, that’s it folks! Thanks for stopping by! I’ve got a few more projects that I’m dreaming up right now… I have a feeling that Spring is going to help get me out of my creative slump!