Painted Leather DIY

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Hello team! Hope everyone is keeping warm and cozy through this winter and staying out of trouble! Trouble for me means hitting up all the New Year sales and buying all the furniture I want so desperately but know I shouldn’t.

In an attempt to distract myself I knew I needed to get my hands dirty with a little DIY up-cycle on something that I nearly loved but always knew just wasn’t quite right. I bought these chairs off of craigslist when we were still traveling in Japan and had yet to land back in California. I was so excited to start building up our new home that I jumped the gun on these gorgeous leather grey chairs.

Except they didn’t end up being grey. When they were delivered – they definitely were this hard to place shade of green.

I know its hard to believe – so here’s a picture for proof:

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Can you see what I’m saying? The leather is more of a frosty Lambs Ear plant than any sort of grey.

Lambs Ear Plant:

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Lambs Ear Chairs:

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As you can prob tell from the tone of this article, I was never really in love with the color but I lived with it. I lived with it for over a year and half and then I stumbled across this article from Apartment Therapy and all my wildest dreams actually seemed possible!

I jumped onto Amazon and immediately ordered Angelus Cognac Acrylic/leather Dye 1 Quart/ 944 Ml and Angelus Brand Acrylic Leather Paint Finisher No. 600 – 4oz and counted the minutes until the box hit my front door!

The instructions say to prep the leather (I used 100% acetone and a cotton ball) and then layer several light coats with a foam sponge making sure to wait several hours between each pass.

First layer:

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The coverage was pretty damn good considering the difference between the original and the rich cognac color I wanted to achieve. You could still see through to the base in certain areas and all of the piping was being more stubborn than the larger stretches of leather.

Second coat:

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The second coat was like 95% there – but again the piping trim and all the nooks and crannies were def going to require another layer.

Third coat:

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By the third coat I was more than happy with the finish. I used the Angelus Acrylic Finisher to seal it all off and at that point I probably could have put them back in the living room but I was slightly paranoid about anyone touching them quite yet.

So, I waited about 36 hours before taking them off the drop cloth and letting anyone even look at them. Absolutely 100% overkill but I just wanted to be certain that the husbands tendency to leave a trail of crumbs behind him and the pup’s tendency to sleep in this chair by the window for 18 hours out of the day.

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Meeka on painted chair

I know what your thinking – but whats it actually like? Is it all tacky and stiff? Absolutely not!! It doesn’t actually feel any different than the original green leather.

The only thing I could say is that its slightly “louder” than before. There is definitely more sound coming from the armchairs when someone sits down but I have a feeling that will fade over time. This also isn’t a deal breaker for me as these aren’t our main seats in the living room. Guests can make as much noise as they’d like! ha!

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I couldn’t be happier with the result & now we just wait to see if it all holds up! I’ll make sure to keep everyone updated but we are about a week in and it all looks good!

 

xxx,

Heather KW

 

ps. Putting this post together may have turned me onto a new color combinations … Cognac and Lambs Ear? Whatcha think?

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