DIY Sunday Showcase Party {01-30-16}

Here we are, the last weekend of January.  I hope the first month of a fresh new year has been kind to you so far.  This week on Frugal Decor Tuesday I shared a 12-Slot Cubby Organizer Refresh For Valentine's Day.  On Thursday, I shared  How To Recycle A Headboard With An Embossed Leather Hide Seat and included a $50.00 Discount Coupon towards the winner's choice of upholstery hide. Enough about that, let's see what Party #4 of 2016 has in store for us this week.

Welcome to DIY Sunday Showcase Party! Bloggers this is a great link up to showcase your work because not only will it appear on this blog but on the blogs of our five co-hosts. That's six opportunities to have your work featured!

Join us and share your favorite DIY Projects, Crafts, or Recipes.

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The party goes Live every Saturday at 5:00 pm CST and runs until the following Wednesday.


Jennifer at Pink When
Erin at My Crafty Spot
Wendi at H20 Bungalow
Alli at An Alli Event
Marie (moi) at The Interior Frugalista

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If you are not one of the six featured here today you may have been featured at our DIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE TALENT BOARD on Pinterest so be sure to hop over there as well!

My Pick:

DIY WINE CORK HEART by My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia

Jen's Pick:

hot cocoa on a stick
HOT CHOCOLATE ON A STICK  by Simply Designing

Katie's Pick:

glow stick valentine for kids

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Wendi's Pick:

White And Gold Painted Terra Cotta Pots by Pastels & Macarons #diy #terracottapots #paintedterracottapots #diypaintedterracottapots #paintedpots #whiteandgold #whiteandgoldpaintedterracottapots

Alli's Pick:


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From Headboard to Bench With Embossed Leather Hide Seat

When the good folks at the Leather Hide Store contacted me about making something using one of their leather hides, the plan was to build a leather ottoman. When Mr. Frugalista (a.k.a. my furniture buyer) came home with a Vintage Art Deco Waterfall Twin Headboard and Footboard set that he purchased from a local collectibles dealer, I knew it would make a perfect Headboard Bench With Embossed Leather Hide Seat.

Headboard Bench with embossed leather seat

This is what the Vintage Waterfall headboard and footboard used to look like.  I just love the details on these pieces.

Twin Headboard and footboard before

Vintage Art Deco Waterfall Headboard Bench With Embossed Leather Hide Seat

Materials List

Twin Headboard and Footboard
2" x 3" lumber
3/4-inch plywood
3/4" x 4" MDF trim
2-inch high-density foam
Embossed upholstery leather hide
#18 Denim sewing needle
Quilters G├╝termann thread
Chalk paint in the color Arles
Clear and Dark wax
3-inch 2-inch wood screws
Countersink drill bit
1/8-inch drill bit
#8 Robertson Screw bit
1 1/4" brad nails

Power Tools

Table Saw
Miter Saw
Brad Nail Gun
Staple Gun
Sewing Machine

Part of this post was sponsored by the Leather Hide Store by providing the embossed upholstery leather hide for this project.  All opinions, project inspiration, and words are 100% that of my own.  I only share items that I think will bring value to my readers.  See my disclosure policy.

Step 1 - Slicing the foot board in half

The first order of business is to slice the footboard in half with a table saw. Except ours is in the shed and the path to the shed is knee deep in snow so we improvised by using a jigsaw. I marked the center with tape, which also helps the wood from chipping from the jigsaw blade. Can you tell by the grin on my face that I'm having fun?

Cutting a footboard in half for a headboard bench

Step 2 - Building the seat frame

Using 2" x 4" lumber, we built a frame for the seat. You can see the measurement of ours based on the twin headboard in the picture below.

Building a frame for the headboard bench seat

The height of the seat before adding the cushion is 16-inches so we drew a line across the headboard to mark where the frame will be attached, using a level to ensure the mark is straight and perfectly level.

Step 3 - Prepping the headboard to accommodate the footboard sides

In order for the footboard pieces to fit flush onto the headboard, we had to build up the bottom section of the frame with pieces of plywood. We also added 2" x 3" blocks of wood for added support where the sides would be attached (see picture below). To make these cuts we ended up dragging the table saw out of the shed after all.

Headboard frame built out to accommodate bench seat

Step 4 - Attaching the seat frame and footboard sides to the headboard

Using the 16-inch high line we drew onto the headboard from Step 2, we attached the seat frame onto headboard using 2-inch wood screws.

Next, we lined each footboard flush with the frame of the headboard and the sides of the seat frame and clamped them in place, checking to make sure it was level and square. Again using 2-inch wood screws the sides were attached from the inside of the seat frame (as pictured below).

Bench seat attached to the headboard frame

Step 5 - Filling the gaps

Wood filler to fill in gaps and screw holes on the Headboard Bench

We filled any gaps, screw holes, and scratches with wood filler.

Step 6 - Attaching trim to the front of the seat

To hide the 2" x 4" board on the front of the seat frame, MDF trim was attached using a brad nailer. I had a photo but accidentally deleted it but you can see it in the very first photo at the top of this post.

Step 7 - Painting the bench

Now my favorite part, adding the pretty. Like chairs, painting benches with a brush is a heck of a lot of work. To speed up the process I used my HomeRight Finish Max Pro paint sprayer and applied four thin coats of diluted chalk paint in the color Arles.

Headboard bench painted with chalk paint in the color Arles

I used 180-grit sandpaper to lightly distress the bench. To add depth to the color and inject some rustic charm, I waxed the bench with both clear and dark wax. Normally I would apply the clear wax first followed by the dark wax but instead, I blended the two waxes together on a paper plate using an Artist Pallet Knife. Working in sections, I applied the wax using a wax brush and wiped away the excess with a lint-free rag.

Headboard bench aged with clear and dark wax

I love how the dark wax rests in all the crevices and joints of the bench.

Headboard bench with dark wax inside the details

Step 8 - Upholstering the Seat With Embossed Leather Hide

We cut a piece of 3/4-inch plywood to fit the top of the seat frame. Using an old electric serrated knife we cut 2-inch high-density foam the same size as the plywood. The foam was attached to the plywood using spray adhesive.

Plywood and 2 inch foam used on the headboard bench seat

This is where that gorgeous piece of Embossed Leather Hide from the Leather Hide Store came in. Just love the Western Tool embossed pattern on the leather and the color of the hide.

Embossed Western Tool Upholstery Leather Hide on the headboard bench seat

We laid the seat onto the leather hide and cut it to size so it would wrap around the foam and onto the back of the wood. Using white chalk, I drew the four corners and cut a small dart where the two ends should meet when sewing the corners (see picture below).

Using a #18 Denim Needle and Quilters G├╝termann thread, I sewed each corner together and cut off the excess for a snug fit over the foam.

Corners on leather hide Headboard Bench Seat sewn together

The hide slipped over the foam like a glove. After pulling it taut, we stapled it to the back of the plywood.

The upholstered seat was attached to the bench from underneath with 3-inch wood screws.

Embossed leather hide upholstered seat on headboard bench

I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. I think the Arles paint color pairs well with the color of the hide.

Recycled Headboard Bench with embossed leather seat

Recycled Headboard with Embossed Leather Seat

I had some fun with some of the leftover pieces of leather hide making this banner.

Banner from leftover leather hide from headboard bench

I want to thank the good folks at the Leather Hide Store for supplying the beautiful Western Tool Embossed Leather Hide for this piece.

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How to recycle a twin headboard with a leather upholstered seat

How would you use a piece of upholstery leather hide?

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Vintage Cubby Cabinet Refreshed for Valentine's Day

I was thrilled when Mr. Frugalista came home with a vintage cubby cabinet that he found on Kijiji (Canadian buy & sell site) that was being sold by a junk dealer who was cleaning out a very old garage. The price was right if you dared dig through the piles on the soggy mud floor. Wood vintage cubbies are hard to come by, especially for dirt (sorry, couldn't resist the pun) cheap.

They make great organizers for a home office or craft room but they are especially fun to decorate for holidays and special occasions. The original plan for mine was to use it above a beverage station to hold a cream and sugar bowl, mini marshmellows, sprinkles, and the like. For a hot minute I thought about using it for a tea cup collection, until I went to the dollar store.

The shelves are filled with Valentine's stuff and the next thing you know, my shopping cart was overflowing with hearts. So now my Vintage Cubby Cabinet is decorated for Valentine's Day using dollar store finds and I heart how it looks.

Vintage Wooden Cubby Cabinet

Vintage Cubby Cabinet Refreshed For Valentine's Day

I was sure I took a before picture of it all dirty with the original wood finish but for the life of me, I can't find it. You can see the light wood color peeking through the areas that I distressed. All I did was give it a wash of white chalk paint and distressed it with 180-grit sandpaper.

Wooden Cubby Organizer After Makeover

Using wallpaper adhesive, I papered the plywood back with scrapbook paper. I may eventually add real barn wood.

Cubby Cabinet Barn wood papered back

I couldn't find metal label holders narrow enough to put under each cubby so I improvised. Using a plastic geometry template as a stencil and black chalkboard paint, I painted faux back plates. With a silver paint pen, I painted the numbers freehand (should have used a stencil to make them look more authentic - live and learn).

Cubby Cabinet Stenciled Faux Metal Tags

Cubby Cabinet with faux barn wood back

Cubby Organizer with faux painted metal tags

Then came the fun part, filling it with my dollar store Valentine's finds.

Cubby Organizer decorated for Valentine's Day

The garland I made with baker's twine that I had in my stash, some cute mini clothespins and pretty fabric hearts found in the craft aisle.

Cubby Organizer with fabric heart garland

The adorable 4-pack mini mason jars came with the gingham ribbon and I filled three of them with assorted heart candies, which of course were taunting and calling my name. I caved a few nights after taking these photos and went on a candy binge.

Cubby Organizer decorated with I Heart U Cookie Cutters

The cookie cutters were too cute and I simply hung a felt heart with baker's twine for a pop of red inside the heart shape cookie cutter.

Cubby Organizer with heart shaped cookie cutter

Cubby Organizer with letter U cookie cutter

The shot glasses I found in the back of my china cabinet and used them as mini vases for red roses.

Cubby Organizer with shot glass and fabric rose

Ya, they're fake.

Cubby Organizer with mini shot glass vase with red rose

I couldn't resist this adorable little bear holding a heart.

Cubby Organizer with mini Valentine's Bear

Or this Valentine's votive candleholder.

Cubby Organizer with glass heart votive candle

...and Valentine's Day wouldn't be complete without a BIG Kiss.

Cubby Organizer with a Big Kiss for Valentine's Day

12 Slot Wooden Cubby Organizer Makeover
So what would you use this Vintage Cubby for? 

When I did some research online I was shocked at how much these vintage cubbies sell for. Then I did the happy dance when I realized the sweet deal we got on ours.

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