part 2: leather strap shelves DIY
In my previous post seen here, you can see all the details on the decor in my new office space. This blog post is an attachment to provide an easy step-by-step on the shelving. I love the light and airy feel that is completed only with these shelves. I was going for something unique, but still simple with clean lines. I asked my brother in law who makes leather goods, to look into some colors for me. He went to a supplier in Texas on the hunt for a gorgeous light teal I was hoping for, but not knowing anything about leather, I wasn't sure they'd have it. Well you know the surprise already--they did!
I measured out two inch segments along the top width of the leather and marked with a pencil. Not having a big enough straight edge to do all in one take, I looked over and saw these long shelves that were perfect for the job, then I marked the length.
I am sure there is a very wonderful, easy way to cut leather, but with three little kids running around, I just grabbed the sharpest pair of scissors I could find and went to town. What I did find, was due to the thickness, angling the scissors almost to a 45 degree angle cut the best.
Insert my amazingly crafty husband who hung the shelves for me. I went with floating shelves from Ikea. I know there are some designs where you support the shelves with the leather strap itself, but remember the part where I said I have three small children? Yeah, so we anchor things extra around our house, you turn around for two seconds and someone could be climbing goodness knows what. These bad boys are anchored in our block wall, #momwin.
I was told the best way to smooth the edges and get the leather to mold better against shelves was to submerge them briefly in hot water. I did this for each strap just prior to attaching to the wall. I will note, I pre-measured and cut the length desired prior to wetting because I didn't want to wet the end to be glued soon preventing it from sticking.
The parameter of the whole piece of leather was irregular, so I squared off the edge prior to attaching to the wall. I used hefty gold tacks, but you could use gold nails or brads for furniture.
After pulling the strap in place all the way underneath to the wall, I used hot glue on the opposite end to stick to the underneath portion of the shelf closest to the wall.
I repeated the attachment steps for both straps on each shelf paying close attention to the distance the strap fell from the edge and the height it was attached so everything was even. With all the squared edges of the shelves and straps, it would have been very evident if the locations were off.
Well there you have it! A super easy, simple designed leather strap shelf. Not the hardest DIY craft I've ever done, but it certainly makes the shelf complete.
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