I was inspired a few years ago with a chair that I saw in a artsy shop made with leather belts and so I started my own belt collection.
Vintage leather belts are a dime a dozen at a lot of thrift stores. I pick them up when I see them. They don’t have to be in great condition and they don’t need to have buckles for these types of projects, you cut them off anyway.
This was my pile. I went through them and cut off the ends. I used fabric shears.
I picked this foot stool up from Goodwill for $2 and thought it would be the piece for this project. It was already painted this a avocado green with a distressed look to it. I did want to change it. It was perfect!
The only things I did to it was remove the seat, four screws and wash it up.
This is my absolute favorite tool. A Ryobi Airstrike. I don’t think I could have done this project without this. I’m a weakling lol. I used 1-1/4” staples. They went through the thick leather belts like butter!
I separated the short belts from the long belts and went to work. I stapled all the long belts on first, both ends.
Then I started weaving the short belts through the long belts. It was easy until I got to the end. It got pretty snug but I got it. The tooled leather belts are my favorite.
This is what the underneath looked like when it was finished. I put two staples in each belt.
Here it is…I’m not sure how much weight this will hold but it is so sturdy! I’m not sure we’re I’ll put it yet but I tucked it in this corner to get some pictures. I’m in love!