Upcycled Vintage Stools + Leather Giveaway!

Ahhhh… the smell of fresh leather in the morning! What could be better?? A few weeks ago, I opened the mail to find some pure leather goodness for my latest project. I have been waiting to redo these amazing vintage camping stools I found on Craigslist months ago. They were actually pretty cute even before I gave them a makeover with a gorgeous leather remnant from the LeatherHideStore.com. I’m kind of obsessed with how chic they look now:

upcycled vintage leather stools

craigslist camping stools_beforeHere’s what I started with. I scored these babies for $15 for 3 stools. A steal compared to what they go for in some online shops ($24 a piece!)
I wanted to keep the original wood color on the frame, but add a modern pop of color. I know a lot of people are over the color-dipped trend, but I don’t have anything like this in my home yet so I wanted to try it out!  I taped off  the bottom of the legs, about 4 inches up, and painted them with DecoArt chalk paint in my supply.

paint dipped legs

I finished them off with a light coat of wax and buffed it in for a smooth finish. After the paint and wax steps were complete, I removed the old green canvas seat from the frame of the stool. (I used needle-nose pliers to remove the staples.) I was finally ready for the beautiful leather!

leather remnant_leather hide store

The remnant piece I ordered from the Leather Hide Store was the Aged Copper Distress color…. isn’t it just yummy? My second favorite is the Lemon Meringue. Mmmmm. I kind of want them all!  When you are choosing your remnant piece, the sizes range from 12-30 square feet, so you can select what works best for your project. I laid out the old seat on top of my leather to measure how big I needed my new pieces to be. When I had it measured to the new size, I cut it out with my regular sewing scissors and it was just like butter!

leather seats_cutting out

Oh, and I had a little helper who really wanted to be part of the process!

I used a staple gun to attach each end of the leather seat to the underside of the wooden frame. Then I cut another small strip of leather to cover the staples. I used hot glue to attach the leather and tuck it under the frame. It worked great!

how to cover staples

That’s really all there is to it! A simple afternoon project, and now I have these beauties:

camping stools after

final vintage camping stools

final vintage camping stools

One more look at the before and after:

vintage camping stool_before and after


Now, do you want to WIN some gorgeous leather of your own??
Good, because we are giving away a $50 credit to the Leather Hide Store! Enter below:
(Open to U.S. and Canada residents, giveaway ends 8/20.)

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  1. Trinity says

    Another fantastic idea from the talented “suitcase sisters!” I just LOVE you girls and all your super crafty DIY projects,. Keep em coming! :-)

  2. Trinity says

    Quite honestly, if I were to win, I would probably hijack your idea and try to find some cheap chairs of my own. They’d be perfect for my little onesl


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