Decorate a Door with Leather
Jun 7
Yes, leather. (It's not just for bikinis.) You can find great scraps of leather in remnant piles at the fabric store. Repurpose leather clothing found while thrifting. And, check this out: there are tiles made of leather. Did you know this? If so, have you contemplated using recycled leather tile around the house? It does not have to be a big project, dear reader. Here is a small summer project for you to consider and possibly attempt!

This is one of those projects that will allow you to spruce up something you may not ever even have noticed - a door in your house. Doors are functional, necessary, and often invisible. Function might be the largest part of a door's appeal. (Does it keep people/wild animals out?) God knows a door is no good if random people, like a family member, can just walk in and start bugging you any time of the day. Here's another function: does it keep sound out (or in)? My house was full of cheap hollow-core doors once upon a time, and they were basically crap for keeping sounds contained. Hated those damn doors. They were replaced.

But beyond the problem of function, why does anything in your house have to be purely useful? While can't even the most mundane objects - a door, a toothbrush - be attractive? For the toothbrush, try a bamboo model. They are awfully pretty in a soothing way. For the door, try some recycled leather tiles and cool nails. I recommend the recycled leather tile from EcoDomo (see floor and tile detail above). Buy enough to cover a door or create an artistic pattern on a door. Then find yourself some cool upholstery nails or tacks, or maybe vintage / salvaged nails. I have a friend with a bucket full of Victorian nails she found in the basement of her (Victorian) home. Check CraigsList and eBay. (I just checked out "vintage nails" on CraigsList (none in PDX) and then eBay and had to physically restrain myself from buying. Old metal can be so incredibly gorgeous. You are aware of my main vice.)

I recommend pulling the door off its hinges and laying it on a flat work surface. Make paper patterns the size of the tiles you have purchased and start arranging them. Keep standing the door up to view your handiwork until you have the paper pattern you like best. Make sure you like it. OK, now you know where the tiles will go, but what about the nail pattern? Your nail pattern might evolve, which could cause you to change the tile placement. Start making templates for the nail pattern as well. Visualize two sets of patterns - one for the tile placement, and one set with the final nail pattern measured out, with each nail head marked (if they are not evenly spaced, you might get really pissed at yourself as you watch yourself ruin a perfectly good leather tile). Once the tiles are in place, lay the nail pattern over them and use an awl to mark the nail placement (like you do with those fancy pumpkin carving kits).

Then start hammering. And send pics.


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