You guys, we have a leather bench seat in our eat-in kitchen and it’s just amazing! I’ve been wanting to change our eat-in kitchen bench seat cover for a few months now. The upholstery on the DIY Built-in Bench has been dirty for quite some time and it was just time for a change.
I reached out to Leather Hide Store to see if they’d want to work with me on this project and they said yes. I knew I’d love having leather in the kitchen but I didn’t know I’d love it as much as I do!
I’ll stop yapping and show you! Come on in…
When we revealed the eat-in kitchen a few years back, we upholstered gray fabric to the bench itself. The built-in bench was a DIY and has served us great! But since we upholstered the fabric to the bench, that meant that we couldn’t flip the cushion when we had spills. This house HAS to be kid-friendly which means that I should have thought about upholstering fabric on a bench seat that gets used three times per day for meals as well as playing on. Having cushions made would have been much smarter from day one; but live and learn, right?!
Because we’ve used leather in our home before, we know that’s it a hard-working fabric. These cushions will get sat on, jumped on, rolled on, etc. And, actually, you can see from the pictures that they have had all those things done on them today.
I could have smoothed them out for you but let’s just appreciate the realness. =)
I knew I wanted to cut the cushion twice lengthwise so that I ended up with three evenly spaced leather cushions. I figured this would be the best option for spills and keeping the cushion looking the best. I decided to take the leather into a local shop in town to have them sew the cushions. I’ve worked with leather before (our modern seat cushions, leather plant bag, etc.) and knew I could do it but I wanted it done well.
To be quite honest, the experience with the store that I used was not a good one. Customer service was extremely poor and it ended up taking almost three weeks of hounding (past when I was set to pick up the cushions) to finally get them. So, I wish I could offer all you local peeps a recommendation for this type of thing, but I don’t have one for you. All in all the craftsmanship is great, which I’m thrilled about.
Luke and I trimmed out the bench seat with 1″ trim pieces. Why hadn’t we done this before? Who knows? But it looks so much more finished now. I still need to come back over the insert with a bit of paint (see the scuff marks?) but progress is progress!
Two months ago, I got the dining room table on an awesome sale. It weighs a freaking ton! Luke and I had the hardest time getting it up the stairs and actually put together. But, now that it’s put together… love it.
I recovered the seat cushions on the vintage chairs to give them more of a stream-lined look too. I was on the fence between the blue/gray herringbone (which is what I went for) and a cream/white linen blend. I really like the darker cushions right now but who knows what I’ll like in 6 months!
So, what do you think?
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love the leather- it looks perfect with the artwork!
Thanks Cassie! I’m so excited about the new look (and functionality!).
Jessica | house homemade
It looks so good! Love the warmth of the leather.
Thanks Jessica! I love it too!
I totally love the leather!! Having kids leather is always so much better!!
yay! Thanks Sheena! I’m excited to be less worried about dirty feet and spills for sure.
Stephanie @ Casa Watkins Living
Awesome!!! Love the leather bench!
Thanks Stephanie. I really love how it changed the space.
Love the custom cushions and the trim looks great. really finished the bench out.
I can’t believe we didn’t trim out the bench before this… it’s a major improvement.
Via B Design
The leather bench belongs in that space. Perfection!
yay! Glad you like it too!
Anne - Leather Hide Store
This turned out so wonderfully and we’re so glad we could help you find the right leather!
Thanks Anne! I really love how it turned out as well.
Hello! Love this room. I myself am hunting for a dining room table and love the one you have here. Can you tell me where you got it from or something similar?
HI Div, There’s a very similar table linked up on the bottom of the post! And, it’s on sale!
Hi, beautiful space! Have you have any issues with oil stains? I’m on the fence about leather in my kitchen nook and this is my main concern. Thanks in advance!
Hmmm, I haven’t had any issues with it at all. We had some spills on our other bench seat cover so I know it will happen but so far, so good.
hi! how much leather did you end up ordering to create the cushions?
It’s sold by the hide so I contacted them directly with my measurements for help. They have a sizing guide though that can help on their site if you want to check your measurements to see what might work well.
What color hide did you use?
I can’t remember but I just checked their website and it’s very close to either the Restoration Italia Golden Oak (RI#33) or the Restoration Distress Bourbon (RI#8).