Not THAT kind of leather, you kinky freaks (though let’s not rule it out…). No, no I’m into the wholesome kind of leather that you can wear or pretend not to wear (poor cows), and even home accessorize with. Since I don’t really feel comfortable wearing too much leather– I mean, leather shoes are still PC, right?– I decided to take an underused coat and turn it into something pretty for my house. I think you liberals call this upcycling.
I noticed some cute trays at West Elm that I thought would be great for throwing our keys into, along with other bits and bobs (i.e. puppy pooh bags). And for whatever godforsaken reason, I decided to make my own. I started by cutting into the coat to see what the backside of the light brown leather looked like, and well, it made me sad. It was this velvety purple color that not even Prince would wear:
But whatever, I carried on and cut out a Martha Stewart Living shaped slab from the great beast (I did indeed use a copy of Martha Stewart Living to make the shape, if you were wondering. Which you weren’t. Because you already knew that.):
Since I’m obviously not Liberace enough to pull it off, I chose to cover up the purple innards with some leftover temporary wallpaper from my buffet project. Look, I can trace:
The real fun started when I whipped out my fancy new rivet tool (from Michael’s, not Hobby Lobby. NEVER HOBBY LOBBY), and got busy stabbing. It was hard y’all, and I hurt my fingers, but it turned out pretty well. Here’s my first foray into safe-for-work leather play:
Here it is being useful– yeah, you hold them accessories real nice you musty skank.
Okay, kids, that’s all for this edition of Daddy’s into Leather Play, but Doesn’t Need a Safe Word!
Oh, and I’ve got lots of leather left– what should I do with it? No, I won’t make your leather cuffs, but maybe there are more catchalls (that’s what a small tray is called apparently) to be made.