My Houzz: Industrial Touches in a Texas Family Ranch (17 photos)

Justin and Julie Peeler both grew up on ranches in Texas. Once they married, they lived in traditional-style homes in older neighborhoods, but they wanted something different when it came to creating a home for their three children. The couple fell in love with their lot, then worked closely with architect…


DIY Leather Director’s Bench Building Plans

How to make a leather director's bench
Hi everyone, I’m Elisha from Pneumatic Addict and I’m back to share another set of building plans with you! 
I’ve always believed an entry way need a bench. Somewhere to sit and take your shoes off when you get home, or for guests to set their purses. I several weeks ago I built an Easy DIY Industrial Bench and proudly placed it in my entryway. It didn’t take long for my boys to discover the rolling casters and turn the bench into a battering ram. The industrial bench was quickly moved to my bedroom and I started working on a second idea. 
I fell in love with the Director’s Bench from CB2, but there was absolutely no way I wad going to pay $450 plus shipping for a piece of occasional furniture. I dug out some leftover maple from my Floating Console Table, and sketched up some plans. 
 How to make a leather director's bench
My boards were slightly thinner than typical 2 x 2’s, but you will get an almost identical look with off the shelf lumber. 

How to Build a Leather Director’s Bench

by Elisha from Pneumatic Addict  

Click Here to Get a Free Printable Version of This Building Plan

Materials List:

  • (4) 2 x 2 boards (hardwood or “select pine”)
  • (1) 54″ x 27″ – piece of leather or upholstery weight “faux leather”
  • (9) yards of 1-1/2″ wide – woven cotton webbing (found in the trim section of the fabric store)
  • (4) 3″ wood screws
  • (8) 2″ wood screws
  • wood glue
  • 1/2″ heavy duty staples
  • 3/32″ drill bit
  • 3/8″ forstner bit
  • 3/8″ flat top wood plugs
  • miter saw or circular saw
  • cordless drill
  • face clamps
  • heavy duty staple gun


Cut list:

  • (2) 2 x 2 @ 42″
  • (1) 2 x 2 @ 35-3/4″
  • (4) 2 x 2 cut at 45 degrees (parallel) on both ends @ 25-1/2″ (long end to long end)
  • (1) piece of leather or “faux leather” @ approx. 42″ x 26″
  • (12) pieces of woven cotton webbing @ approx. 26″


Step 1

The wood frame is very simple to build with the exception of one pair of half lap joints. Start by cutting four cross pieces at 25-1/2″ in length, square on both ends. Measure 12″ from each end, giving you a 1-1/2″ section in the middle. Measure half the depth of your board and mark the sides. You can remove the middle section a number of ways. I used a table saw, making several passes, but you could use a router or even a sharp chisel. 

Once the half lap notches are cut, miter the ends of the cross pieces parallel directions, like the diagram above. 

Step 2

Apply glue to all three sides of the notches, and join two end pieces together. Repeat with the remaining two cross pieces, creating two X’s. 


Clamp the boards tightly together and allow the glue to dry fully. 

Step 3

Once the end pieces are dry, you can connect them together with the 35-3/4″ long center rail. Pre-drill two 3/32″ holes through the center of each X, and into the end of the center rail. Use a 3/8″ forstner bit to counter-sink the holes 3/8″ deep. Apply glue to the joints and connect the end pieces to the center rail using 3″, #8 wood screws. 

Apply a small amount of glue in the screw holes and tap a wood plug in each hole. Once the glue is dry, use a flush cut hand saw to cut off any of the plug sticking up past the surface, or use an electric sander to smooth it down. 

Step 4

Center a 42″ top rail on each side of the frame, creating a 2″ overhang on each end. Pre-drill two holes through the rails and into each arm. Apply glue and secure with 2″ #8 wood screws. 

If you want to stain or paint the frame, you would do so at this point. 

Step 5

Once the glue is fully dry, the frame is complete and its time to wrap the seat. The leather itself isn’t strong enough to hold much weight. Creating a sub-layer of cotton webbing will give the seat support. Wrap a length of webbing around the frame and staple to inside face of one top rail. Flip the webbing around the opposite rail and pull tightly as possible (an extra pair of hands comes in really handy at this point) and secure to the inside face. Space each strip of webbing 2-3/16″ apart, across the length of the top rails. 

With the webbing in place, drape the leather over the top of the bench.
Pull it tightly around the top rails, and staple to the inside face. Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut notches in the leather around the legs. 
That’s it! Move the bench in place and you’re ready to sit. 

I love the look of the raw maple and the wood plugs.

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Free Set of 10 Hand Painted Watercolor Holiday Printables

Before I had kids, I always thought I would decorate for every holiday… then I had kids.

And real life REALLY happened.

Let’s be honest, in REAL life, I am lucky if I decorate for Christmas, and usually I only do that because of the blog… If I could get away with not doing anything, I would- I’d go to Hawaii and soak up the sun and come home when Christmas was over!!

So today’s FREE Canon sponsored printable just made me a better mother (at least nearer to the mother I thought I’d be before I had kids….)  And the good news is you can be that mother too!

Easy seasonal decorating, look no further! This set of free holiday printables has 10 beautiful hand-painted watercolor prints to help make seasonal decorating as easy as can be! Get the free printable set on

Basically it is a set of holiday printables that you keep in one frame and change out each month.  With the printable and a cute matching colored item, you have welcomed the next holiday in to your home, without making a mess that you have to deal with for 30 days and then clean up.

I printed mine on my Canon PIXMA iP8720, on the 19″ x 13″ Matte Photo paper which is Cardstock, I love the ability to print such large prints at home.  They have a really nice presence on the wall!

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Here is the easiest way to make this set work for you.  I bought a 19 x 13 frame on Amazon (affiliate link) this one to be exact!  I printed the full set of holiday printables, removed the glass from my frame, and stacked my 10 printables in holiday order.  

To make sure you couldn’t see the other printables, I added one blank 19 x 13 sheet of paper behind the holiday print that is currently showing.

Then just put the stack in the frame, followed by the back board, and you should be set.  

As each holiday winds up, all you have to do is switch the printable that is showing to the coming holiday.  Just keeping things real, when I did my photo shoot to show you how easy this can be, I literally found one matching item from around the house as decor for the tray in front of the printable and didn’t change anything else out!  Keep in mind, these things were literally things I just had around the house, so you don’t need to spend extra money on little dust collectors to sit next to it (unless you want to!!)

10 Free Watercolor Holiday Printables

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Is this not the easiest thing you’ve ever done for the holiday, well besides nothing at all- LOL!!  I love it!

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We are so happy to be working with Canon this year to bring you all some easy do at home printer projects to make your home beautiful or your life a little bit easier and happier.  Please help us share the word about these fabulous projects by sharing on Pinterest or Facebook!  And check out the Canon PIXMA MG7720, it is a beautiful and USEFUL addition to any office or craft room.

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25+ Spooktacular DIY Halloween Garlands

Halloween brings one of the most awesome parties of the entire year. But really….what’s a party without fabulous decorations? Especially a Halloween party? A Halloween garland brings that missing festive look even when you did little or nothing else to decorate. It’s a really quick way to make a room or a house scream party.

Get ready for Halloween with these 20 spooktacular DIY Halloween garlands. Which one is your favorite?

Get your Halloween decor ready with a new garland. There are so many great ones to choose from right here. 25 Spooktacular DIY Halloween Garlands Featured On 

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