Home How To: Leather Strap Shelf

Hiya! I am changing things up this week on the blog, and sharing one of my many DIY projects. I am constantly changing my home, and we are still narrowing down our design “style” so to speak, so for me something that is DIY and doesn’t break the bank is key!

With that being said, I absolutely love this leather strap shelf I made for my entryway, and don’t plan on changing it out for a looooong time.

If you have been following along with my blog, you will know that we bought our home in January of 2016, so we have been here for a little over a year and have slowly been making improvements. I will link my last home update blog post here for anyone interested.

It’s just about time that I do another, since we have changed even more and I have narrowed down my “vision” for our home. I would describe my decor style as transitional bohemian minimalism – which I realize probably isn’t really it’s own style but rather a mix of 3, but hey, that’s just how I see my home. I’ll let you be the judge.

To begin, here is a little flashback to how our entryway was looking:

It’s not bad by any means, but as I’ve said I have been slowly fine-tuning my design style, and this just wasn’t me anymore. Also, don’t let the brightness of this picture fool you. By and large our narrow little entry is dark – it’s one of my least favorite areas in the house and something I have struggled to decorate for over a year. To me, an entry needs to be both inviting and functional. Well, I think I have now solved that problem.

For the tutorial you will need:

  • 1 2×4 – I had mine cut to 4 feet in length. *If you have a larger area for your shelf, feel free to use a 2×8 or whatever suits your needs; we just have a narrow hallway.
  • 1 can of Minwax Polyacrylic (not pictured) to give the wood a slight glossy effect and more of a finished look. **Based on preference/can be replaced with stain if desired
  • 1 leather strap cut in half. I found mine at Michael’s
  • Sandpaper, Tape Measure, Drill, Level and Screws

 

After applying 3 coats of Minwax and letting the wood dry for a solid 24 hours, it was good to go with just a light sanding.

Never underestimate a woman with a power tool 😉

My first step was to measure and mark on my wall where I wanted my shelf to sit. I used the tape measure to mark my spots with a Sharpie, then I drilled pilot holes into the wall.

You can see in the below photo where the bottom screw is placed. I simply held my leather strap up to the wall and drilled a hole straight through it and into my pilot hole. Then I used a Philips head screwdriver to attach it to the wall. With the remaining leather strap, I looped it up and drilled straight into the wall through both pieces of the leather to create a second pilot hole and again used a screwdriver to attach it to the wall. I repeated these same steps with the other leather strap, and then slipped the board through the straps to finish. So far I am loving the results.

The addition of this functional and space saving shelf has really opened up this hallway. I swapped out my old black ornate mirror for this modern frame less mirror from Target, added a simple family picture and a small bowl that is perfect for holding keys or loose change. 

My new Ikea plant in a beautiful woven basket adds some warmth and life to the entry, yet still ties in with the modern boho vibe of the rest of the space.  

I also recently shared on Instagram this DIY yarn wall hanging that was super simple and fun to make!

 

Overall, I think this project cost me around $13 which is just amazing to me for how good it looks in person! I hope the pictures do it justice! If anyone gives this simple DIY tutorial a try let me know how yours comes out. I would love to see pictures!

~Emily

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