My shagalicious headboard. Don't try this at home, kids!

February 11th, 2010 in member junk     
junkermidge junkermidge, member
4 users recommend

Using a simple hollow core door, I attached thousands of leather strips using a pneumatic stapler.  The strips were from leather coats I bought cheaply and would cut up in the car whenever my family was traveling.  Think Mom, what are you doing?  Youre so weird!
After people had seen this and I had shared how long it took to make, I heard a lot of You know you could buy rugs already like that to put on there, right?  Thanks.
I trimmed it out and stained it for a rustic look.  Its kingsized but designed so the legs would work with a queen also.
Using a simple hollow core door, I attached thousands of leather strips using a pneumatic stapler.  The strips were from leather coats I bought cheaply and would cut up in the car whenever my family was traveling.  Think Mom, what are you doing?  Youre so weird!

Using a simple hollow core door, I attached thousands of leather strips using a pneumatic stapler.  The strips were from leather coats I bought cheaply and would cut up in the car whenever my family was traveling.  Think "Mom, what are you doing?  You're so weird!"


That warning is not so much out of concern for your safety as it is concern for your SANITY.  This is a past project of mind that I never intended to share with you, but here goes.  

 So many of my projects are 1 time situations.  I'm in learning mode and want to try so many things at least once.  However the thing about learning mode is that you learn the negatives as well as the positives.  Well on this project, the positives were that it was different, pretty cool, and most of all contemporary styled (I was afraid I was heading towards a country rut -- not that there's anything wrong with that!). 

The main negative was that it was VERY time-consuming to make -- I mean it took FOREVER!  I had first seen something similar done on one of those decorating shows, the kind where the room is done in 24 hours or less.  HA!  This project took me countless hours and literally thousands of staples.  But once I'd started I was determined to see it through.  And of course, because it was going to be so cool, I had made it kingsize.  


posted in: member junk, furniture, whimsical, bedroom, black, brown, contemporary, mod, leather

Comments (12)

JunknStuff writes: One word...WOW-ZA! Posted: 11:07 am on September 1st
suewhitney writes: Wowsers...you are one committed junker. This is amazingly shagalicious!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 10:45 am on February 15th
TinTinJunkFan writes: This is an amazing project...how unique and creative recycling all those leather coats....my hand feels cramped just imagining cutting these all by hand...I would need electric scissors! Terrific job! Posted: 11:32 am on February 12th
ninnarae writes: Wow, what an amazing job you did on this...must have been very satisfying when you finished that last piece!! Posted: 11:50 pm on February 11th
JunkArchitect writes: You really stapled all that leather!! Junkermidge, I think you have two world records here. One for hand cutting all those pieces of leather and another for the number of staples in ONE door! Unbelievable project!

Jim Posted: 8:23 pm on February 11th
alicemom writes: OK Midge, Yiker doodles! How did your hands hold up? I really dislike when I get an idea that is "a weekend project" Ha!
Any who, Great job! I will tell the cows to watch out for the crazy lady with the glazed look in her eye.
Smiles, alice Posted: 6:45 pm on February 11th
Prior writes: Wow!!! oh, you are one stubborn lady aren't you! I love it, and agree with Rusty Diva, what a price something like that could bring in the right store! LOVE IT! Lezlee Posted: 6:41 pm on February 11th
RustyDiva writes: Oh my gosh do you know how much something like this would cost in one of those high end western stores??????? My living room is western decor and I LOVE this!! I can just imagine the smell of leather. I've seen the area rugs made with leather strips and they are WAY out of my price range...hmmmmm.....maybe I could make one and use an old rug I have as the base to attach to. Now how could I attach them? Sounds like stitching is the only way. Any ideas? Oh man, I'm about to wet my britches I'm so excited. Thank you thank you thank you ~ gotta go to the thrift store and look for old leather coats! Posted: 12:30 pm on February 11th
MakinItHappen writes: Ha, you are a hoot! Your post made me LOL. I'd bet it wasn't easy either, putting those strips on there in a way that hides all those staples. Great job! Posted: 12:05 pm on February 11th
chippingcharm writes: Noreen, congratualtions on your perseverence...looks like it paid off! I know what you mean about the "you're weird" looks. I get them all the time from my hubby, but I'm learning that those looks are usually a good thing in the end...it means I'm thinking out of the box. (And My kids are too little to remember me before I was "weird"...ha-ha) Laurel Posted: 8:14 am on February 11th
SnowmanHill writes: WOW, what a project. I agree, a teen would be lovin' this headboard, but it could be really cool in a western theme bedroom too. Good for you for finishing it, I can see how much time it took, don't know if I would have finished it.

dana
:-) Posted: 7:28 am on February 11th
junk_grandma writes: Love it! The headboard looks real "man-ly" and would look great in a teen's room. But who has that much time on their hands! Your ideas are great -- keep them coming. Posted: 7:13 am on February 11th
You must be logged in to post comments. Click here to login.