How to Paint Leather Furniture

How to Paint Leather Furniture

Who would have thought?!

Giving your leather chair or couch a makeover is entirely possible. You don’t have to replace the entire piece, you just have to find the right product. Leather paint!

Better known as Reluv Leather Renew.

How to paint leather furniture, dye leather, chair, couch

When I first told my husband I was painting the couch, he said that wasn’t possible. After I showed him the paint product I had in mind, he looked impressed and said, “I can’t keep up with your ideas.”

I took that as a compliment.

Now, in all honesty, I think this room could use a sectional.

We have a lot of kids coming and going from this house and movie watching is a little crowded. But, I am stickler for trying to coordinate with the era of the house and I don’t want to spend the money on a new couch right now, so this will have to do.

I bought this couch off Craigslist for $200! Sometimes, I look for years for the the perfect piece, but I found this couch within minutes of going online. The seller was about 15 minutes from my house and she said that she had posted the ad had only been live for 20 minutes and already the phone was ringing off the hook. First come, first serve, she said.

Game ON! We piled the kids in the truck and made a beeline for her house. And you know who got that couch!!

How to paint leather furniture, dye leather, chair, couch

Ok, my plan was to darken the couch up a bit. I wanted to give it a “worn saddle” look.

Like this.

How to paint leather furniture, dye leather, chair, couch

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Ok, let’s get to the tutorial . ..

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Takes 2 hours to paint an entire couch

How to paint leather furniture, dye leather, chair, couch

How to Paint Leather Furniture Tutorial

  • Wipe down all the leather with acetone on a rag to clean it
  • Wear gloves and work in sections applying the leather paint.
    • Apply a thin layer of the gel-like paint.
    • I only used half of my tiny can for the whole couch (!)
  • Go back and dap the wet paint with a wadded up cloth to give the look of texture.
    • If you are painting over hobnail, this is the time to wipe off the paint on them, as well.
  • Throw away gloves, chip brush and rags.
  • Let dry for 48 hours in a well ventilated room.

How to paint leather furniture, dye leather, chair, couch

How to paint leather furniture, dye leather, chair, couch

And the Before pic again. . .

How to paint leather furniture, dye leather, chair, couch

Here are some after pics, I like that the dog is on the couch to show the contrast.

How to paint leather furniture, dye leather, chair, couch

She used to be able to be completely camouflaged sleeping on the couch.

How to paint leather furniture, dye leather, chair, couch

It would have turned out closer to the inspiration picture if the original color was more tan/golden. But, I am loving the boost in patina on our leather couch.

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26 Comments

  1. January 25, 2017 / 7:39 PM

    Wow, I had no idea you could do that. I had to stop by and take a look. Looks great! just love your sweet dog too

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 26, 2017 / 3:58 PM

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Deb. It was definitely a product I will be using again. I am already eyeing other leather pieces to paint in my house. haha!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 26, 2017 / 3:59 PM

      Oh, I am so glad you are excited to try this! Thank you for the pin!

  2. Melinda
    January 26, 2017 / 1:03 PM

    wow,i would of never guessed you could do this……maybe there is a leather chair or couch in my future!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 26, 2017 / 4:00 PM

      Girl, it is a whole new world, isn’t it? I have already been looking over Craigslist with new eyes.

  3. pamela
    January 26, 2017 / 6:42 PM

    Have a sofa that has a faded spot. This looks wonderful, no need to get a new sofa you made my day

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 31, 2017 / 1:30 PM

      Oh, this makes me so happy!

  4. Tanya Hulbert
    January 26, 2017 / 8:52 PM

    I never knew this could be done! I’m impressed you had the guts to try it and the couch looks lovely! Nice work…once again!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 31, 2017 / 1:32 PM

      Haha, maybe I am a little crazy with my projects. But, if an idea flops I can always deter my readers,so that’s good.

  5. Lizianthus
    January 26, 2017 / 10:09 PM

    Your sofa looks great! I spray painted a leather stool (like a M.D.’s swivel stool) changing it from green to red using regular craft spray paint. The sales person said they didn’t know if it would crack or not. It has been 3 years of a lot of use and no cracking or peeling and still looks like new!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 31, 2017 / 1:32 PM

      Good news, I am so glad to hear it!

  6. January 27, 2017 / 4:49 AM

    Sarah that is one beautiful couch. You gave it a whole new life. I had no idea that they have paint for this sort of thing. You learn something new every day a!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 31, 2017 / 1:33 PM

      Mary, thank you so much, I think I may even do a second coat to darken it even more, we will see.

  7. January 27, 2017 / 6:03 AM

    This is so awesome. You scored a great sofa. Love the nailhead trim. We have a leather chair that is in horrible disrepair, but I just can’t bring myself to get rid of it. After a bit of repair, this could be a great way to liven it up. Pinning!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 31, 2017 / 1:34 PM

      OH, I hope you can save your chair! And, yes, I LOVE nailhead trim, too!

  8. January 27, 2017 / 5:02 PM

    This is great information. I have been wondering about this because I would love to paint my leather couch. Thanks so much, pinned.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 31, 2017 / 1:34 PM

      Thank you for pinning, I hope you can change your couch. Let me know how it goes!

  9. January 30, 2017 / 12:31 PM

    The finished product is lovely! And you’ve reinspired me to keep checking Craiglist for amazing finds (sometimes it can be a little discouraging!!).

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 31, 2017 / 1:35 PM

      Tell me about it, now if I see a couch with good lines but too light of a color I know it could still work for my purposes.

  10. February 5, 2017 / 7:21 AM

    This product looks interesting. I definitely want to look into. Thanks for sharing.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 6, 2017 / 9:22 AM

      Yes, it is one of those paints that make me look at Craigslist couches differently now.;)

  11. February 7, 2017 / 12:35 PM

    Hi, Sarah! Love, LOVE that sofa ~ actually, leather anything, so I’m excited to find this great project! That piece looks so refreshed, and the pillows are especially yummy/comfy! I’m like you ~ I think it could go even darker, but I love the worn texture of the patina you’ve achieved with the first coat. Btw, I like that teal paint on your walls … but I know you want to lighten! Following you to keep up with your great plans (& that sofa)! kj

    p.s. No surprise, the pup always has the best seat in the house!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 10, 2017 / 5:32 AM

      Oh, you are so sweet! I have been thinking about that second coat on the couch, I think I will try to get that done this weekend.

      I love the teal walls, too, I can see myself using that color somewhere else, but for now the room is so much brighter and cleaner feeling.

      That dog! She is more than spoiled!;)

  12. Janet
    May 22, 2017 / 9:40 AM

    Could this paint be used on a leather that is cracked but not torn? What results could be expected? I have a bone colored sofa with marks from my two cats so I would like to “fix” it.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 27, 2017 / 12:45 PM

      Janet, yes, go for it! That’s how my couch was. It will kind of heal the scratches and put a protective coating on the leather.

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