I bought this leather recliner off of Craigslist a few weeks ago just to show you all a new leather paint. Yep, that’s right. A leather PAINT. How many of you have leather furniture that looks just like this….. worn out in the butt area and faded where the sun hits it?? Notice also that the headrest area wasn’t faded…. just the rest of it. The chair was a mess.
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I literally ran a line of tape right down the middle of this bad boy just so you could see the difference of the side I “painted” vs the side I did not. I know. Spectacular, isn’t it? lol.
Here is alllllllllllllllllllllllll you need:
- A sanding block if your leather has “snags” on it. Just try to sand them off. Some will improve and some just are what they are.
- A chipbrush that’s disposable (cuz’ ain’t nobody got time for washing oil based products out of brushes) and this is oil based.
- a rag (or 20 depending on your mess level).
- and ReLuv…. the magical leather product. You can order it on my affiliate link HERE. It comes in Mahogany, Ebony and Chestnut. I used Chestnut on this recliner and Chestnut is definitely their most popular. You may want to pick up one of my favorite chalk-type paint brushes while you’re shopping!
I started on the back of the chair and would suggest you do the same. Rule of thumb on any new project like this….. ALWAYS START IN AN INCONSPICUOUS SPOT. You can see the one darker panel is the one I started on. I started by brushing the Reluv on and then trying to rag it off. In was ridiculously warm in Kansas City for March so I was working outside. I would not recommend you work in the direct sun like I did. The leather was “thirsty” in spots and since it was hot, I had to work quickly. Too quickly for my taste so….
I got smart and took the chair back into the garage and then started sponging it on. I loved how that worked. Here is a worn out shoulder spot and you can see how much better it looked after one coat of Reluv, but it still needed a little of the product ragged on right in the center to make it all more even.
And here is the biggest change…… the seat and the footrest!!!! So good.
The Reluv goes on super fast and dries well and it does NOT FEEL painted afterwards. It needs NO sealer (and all the angels in Heaven are singing over that) and I was lounging in the chair on purpose at the Home Show just to prove that no, it does NOT come off on your clothes. Lol.
If you feel like watching a video of how quick and easy it goes on, I have one below.
Just please pretend that I don’t have stain splattered on my face and pretend my hair and makeup are done, ok???
Check out the before/after again. Isn’t that cool????? See how now the entire side of the chair matches the headrest. And that’s how it looked years ago when it was new.
Now if you don’t have a recliner that is worn out, what about a bar stool in your house? An ottoman? A briefcase? A handbag? Shoes even? Yes, it will work on all of those leather items!
Again, the link to go buy Reluv is HERE.
Let me know if you try it. Send me a before/after picture and I’ll feature it on my Facebook page! And don’t forget you can pin these photos to save for later!
If you loved this simple update, check out my free video for 10 other ways you can update your home before dinner — many involving just a little paint!