Trash to Treasure:  Leather Belt Table Top

Trash to Treasure: Leather Belt Table Top

 

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Maybe it was because it was date day.

Maybe it was because the yellow flowers are blooming all over the meadow on the side of the road before you cross the bridge.

Maybe it was because I was have the best hair day….ever…..in the history of ever.

Maybe it’s because….if you are watching Mad Men….the old Don Draper finally showed back up.

Whatever the reason.

Whatever the cause.

All the stars aligned and the angels sang the hallelujah chorus in perfect harmony when I entered the thrift store with extraordinarily high hopes…..

….and left with an entire bag of leather belts for $1.

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Yep.

I know.

I’m as amazed as you are.

Who knew there was a place left in the continental United States that sells an entire bag of leather belts for only $1.

That’s cheaper than a diet coke at McDonald’s or tickets to the movies or a seat on the train.

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And as the proud owner of a bag of one dollar leather belts….

…..I had to come up with a project.

Seriously.

Those belts couldn’t just sit in the bag after their brief moment of dazzling glory.

So here’s my entry into the if-I-were-a-leather-belt-what-would-I-want-to-become category…..

….a leather belt table top. 🙂

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How to Make a Leather Belt Table Top

Supplies:

leather belts

table

scissors

Elmer’s ProBond Advanced Glue

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Step 1:  Find some belts

Make sure the stars are aligned and you’re having a really amazing hair day.  Then cross your fingers and head for your local thrift store.

Here’s a few belts from my $1 bag.

I chose black….but you could also go with a tan leather as well.

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Step 2:  Cut belts to fit

I mixed up the patterns and textures in a row and decided which belts I wanted where.

Then I simply cut the belts with scissors.

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Step 3:  Glue in place

Glue the belt strips in place.

I used Elmer’s ProBond Advanced Glue.

Make sure you lay something heavy on top of the leather as it dries…..so it will dry completely flat.

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Here’s what the table top looks like after I finished.

And can you believe I made it for $1?

Shhhhh.

Let’s keep it between us.

We don’t want the price to sky-rocket…..

….because then we’ll all have to tighten our belts. 🙂

Disclosure:  I am a project coordinator for Elmer’s ProBond Advanced Glue.

However all opinions on glue and leather belts and table tops are 100% mine.  

Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

 

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Coffee Table Decorating Ideas:  Numbered Table Top

Coffee Table Decorating Ideas: Numbered Table Top

 

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I love living in the country.

Seriously.

There are acres and acres of rolling hills covered in lush green grass and white fences dotting the country side.  There are cows and sheep and horse barns and fresh eggs and hay bales and wide-open blue skies with fluffy white clouds…..

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Doing Absolutely Nothing….and Doing It Well

Doing Absolutely Nothing….and Doing It Well

 

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This weekend I sat on this couch under a fuzzy black and white blanket surrounded by down pillows and watched the temperature drop and listened to the snow predictions for Tuesday….

….and did absolutely nothing.

It was the best.

Well….okay…..maybe not exactly nothing.

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A Note of Thanks

A Note of Thanks

Dear March Madness Organization,

Can we talk?

Just for a moment.  It won’t take long, I promise.  I know you are busy and all, what with big game tonight.

See that television in the corner?

That’s where we have been watching the tournament for the last month.

On these couches.

In this living room.

And I just want to say thank you.

I couldn’t let the tournament come to a close without saying thank you for allowing McDonald’s to sponsor the March Madness Games.

And not just as a once-in-a-while sponsor,

with an occasional commercial, where you might only see it now and then.

No.

I wanted to say thank for allowing McDonald’s to sponsor every segment of every game on every channel each and every night.

And play that incredibly witty and overwhelmingly enticing Shamrock Shake commercial.

You know.

You know which commercial I’m talking about.

The commercial where the girl walks up and she stares at her boyfriend or husband or significant other.  And then she sniffs him and tells him that he smells like mint and then she tells him that she doesn’t like him and then he brings out a shake and she says she loves him.

Kind of like a mini-romantic comedy.

Brought to you by McDonald’s.

And that Shamrock Shake.

*sigh*

I might have seen the commercial a few times.

Right here on these couches.

Watching this television.

Staring at that coffee table and all of its freshy decorations.

Wondering how fast I could get to McDonald’s for a Shamrock Shake.

So March Madness folks.

I’m glad it’s April.

And McDonald’s has quit selling the Shamrock Shake.

And I have a treadmill.

However, I did see yesterday that they have a new Strawberry Shake coming out.

Really.

It never ends.

I truly hope they aren’t sponsoring the world series 🙂

P.S.  Go Wildcats!

P.P.S.  All pictures, freshy or otherwise were taken by RTM Connect.