Last Tuesday we discussed my love for an industrial interior and leather home accessories! Nowadays it is so trendy, it comes with a bigger price tag than ever. ‘Marketing’ is what they call it… Even the DIY’s aren’t so cheap as it seemed to be in the past. But I’ve seen an opportunity… It won’t be a DIY but if you watch my steps closely you might figure out what I’ve done! I will convert a cheap wooden picture frame into a leather covered picture frame. That little extra touch of texture makes it special and a great addition to my new apartment.
What…? You’ve read it correctly: Upholstering a picture frame
In the inspirational post for the leather picture frame, I wondered how to cover the frame. Whether I should cover it fully or only the front, and what about the back of the frame? And what kind of method I should go for… Eventually, I thought about upholstering the frame. It might sound silly but eventually, this concept might work !!
Alright, what do I need to upholster a picture frame… well something to cover it with. That was easy, I choose a matt-ish black type of leather I also used for the DIY Chanel Inspired Quilted Clutch. It’s thin and therefore more elastic. I also needed something to fixate the leather with. Since I will add some tension to it I eventually choose a staple gun and last but not least my little friends… the Stanley knife and fabric scissors.
Cut, Tuck and Pull
The first step was to cut a piece of leather small enough not to waist too much but large enough to be able to pull it tightly.
The next step was to cut the inner piece out and make some slits towards the corners.
Tuck the leather around the frame and place the back of the frame in its place.
The following step was to staple the inner ‘flaps’ down.
The biggest concern with upholstery if whether you’ve put enough but not too much tension on the fabric. For me, it was just a feeling. Luckily leather doesn’t tear that easily.
Whenever I was satisfied with the inner edge I’ve trimmed the extra leather down…
How I continued with the outer side is something I still have to figure out… and eventually I might hide all staples with a pretty ribbon, I think… Although I’ve you have any ideas …. please sent me a message or leave a comment below! Love to hear what you think about a leather covered picture frame.