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Leather is one of those mar­vel­lous ma­te­ri­als that can look in­cred­i­bly tar­nished, but with a bit of care and at­ten­tion will come up look­ing amaz­ing.

This makes leather an up­cy­clist’s best friend, and not only be­cause it means it gen­er­ally goes cheap.

For this week’s project I de­cided I wanted to turn this an­cient school bag into am­agazine rack. There are a few tricks when pick­ing a good piece of leather: make sure it has not dried out. The mo­ment leather starts crack­ing no amount of conditioner will re­pair it.

Most marks will come out with a bit of a pol­ish, but paint is on there for good, so try and pick some­thing ne­glected but not abused.

This bag was still as sturdy as old boots, and just a lit­tle TLC brought out the deep brown.

The process was pretty sim­ple. First I used a natural de­ter­gent to wash away the dust and grime for decades spent in an at­tic. Next, us­ing a leather conditioner, which you can buy from any shoe shop, I ap­plied a lib­eral amount to all leather ar­eas and then buffed it back off again. The gen­eral rule is the longer you are will­ing to spend buff­ing, the shinier the fin­ish.

I de­cided to line my new magazine rack with felt. A lot of peo­ple think this is a re­ally tricky process, but nowa­days you can buy cheap felt from most hobby stores, and then it is sim­ply a case of us­ing a strong PVA to stick it in place.

For the hinge of the back mea­sure an ad­di­tional inch of felt which will hang loose over the hinge when closed. This al­lows the bag to open prop­erly with­out stretch­ing the felt and will not be seen when the bag is closed.

Once the felt is glued in place it is just a case of giv­ing the buck­les a quick pol­ish and just like that you have a beau­ti­ful magazine rack.

To­tal cost: $15, and I saved a cow from be­com­ing am­agazine rack!

For more ideas visit stu­den­tup­cy­clist.word­

The school bag. Cost: $6

Magazine rack. Cost: $15

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