Saturday, 25 February 2012

DIY Studded leather coffee table

Our canny little IKEA coffee table has been with us since we moved into our flat over 18 months ago {in fact it was the first piece of furniture we bought for our new home. It was highly necessary to replace 'the tea stool' - a literal stool upon which you would place a mug of tea - that my boyfriend considered to be appropriate furniture}. It has seen its fair share of dinners on the sofa, meals with friends and has held up well to the barrage of socialising that we inflict upon it. But things came to a head a little while ago when it started to look like this:

Yup. Embarrassing. Especially in extra large like that...It stayed that way for far longer than I'd care to admit {I was reluctant to buy a whole new table but wasn't quite sure how to fix this one, despite plenty of pinterest inspiration!}. My Mum recently took up and upholstery class though and the other week she sent me through a couple of metres of a good quality fake leather and some strips of studs. One episode of one born every minute, some quality time with my staple gun and a sore thumb later and it now looks like this:

I love it! I can't believe what a difference it has made and by taking the leather down the sides of the table top, it looks like it was meant to be this way all along. I'm amazed at how simple and easy a task it was. Now to build up to things like this chair, the latest addition to our flat courtesy of that very talented mother of mine! Please ignore the rubbishy iPhone photo...

Love Bx

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