How to restore your leather couch (diy)
Hi there friends! This post share may or may not be something your are personally interested in, however, you may know someone that it can be.
Today I am sharing how to restore your leather couch (diy) in a jiffy. Well sort of a jiffy. You will see I ran out of the leather balm color and will have to resume my project next week.
Right now you are looking at Mr. Two tone couch HA! I was taking a big chance on this project. This couch here we have had for about five years. It was purchased from Restoration Hardware and better known to us, our forever couch. It had a big fat price tag on it and we certainly were making an investment. It is a super comfy couch and well made. With that said, leather is leather and over time it does show wear. The couch was starting to fade, get a bit dry and a little more weathered than we prefer.
A few months back my husband found a product that we tested on his black recliner. Our furniture takes a licking, between the dog, husband and two young men flopping around, it certainly has been broken in.
The recoloring balm worked so well on the black recliner, I suggested we try it on the couch. I knew full and well going into it, that it would have to be a complete makeover. There is no way the color would be a perfect match.
Fortivo leather and vinyl recoloring balm only comes in three color choices. Black, medium brown or dark brown. I went with the medium brown, that is more of a orangy sort of brown. The medium brown was a good choice for our home decor and style.
Or course I did a test spot on the bottom side of the couch to see how it would take. At first I thought it would be a perfect color match. Then as I was going along I realized not so much. The results however were incredible and I felt it no big deal just to wind up doing the entire couch. I had to order two more jars for the rest of the project, and will resume it next week.
It was as simple is as simple gets. The kit provides the gloves, and basic instructions. It dries quickly as well. I did two coats on the cushions. I can’t wait to finish it up next week and will show you the final results in full when I do. As you can tell, I am sort of in between decorating seasons.
I give this product a ten out of ten! I wish they had more colors to choose from though. With that said, most everyone either has a black, a medium brown or dark brown couch. Just prepare to do the entire couch or chair if using the browns. The black was a perfect match on the recliner, so just touching up was all that was needed.
Hope you found useful how to restore your leather couch (diy).
If you are into some home diy’s we have done quite a few here in our day. One of our most popular was our DIY bathroom counters using Giani HERE. I’ve also found a great solution to restoring hardwood floors HERE.
Clearly I am getting into Spring cleaning and sprucing mode. Next I will be working on the kitchen stove grates. It’s been a while since we have tackled that project. How to clean your stove grates HERE.
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So, does it restore the leather or just condition it? We have a dark brown leather couch – almost black in color. It’s fairly new and doesn’t need this right now but maybe in the future.
It is a dye, plus it conditions it.
Hi Debbie :), Our leather couch and chair with ottoman are over 20 years old!! Yikes…talk about in need of help. We’ve had cats come and go throughout the years and they all love to recline on the top of the couch. Yep, you got it, they stretch and their “little” claws have made marks. Do you think this product might do a decent job of reconditioning? The set was super expensivee all those years ago (I hate to think what it would cost today). Worth a shot?
Carol (aka Cookies Fantastique 🙂 )
Absolutely worth a shot. It does condition and work very well. Get ready for some elbow work. It’s a labor of love. I did it in sections. But it turned out beautiful.
you did a great job. your house is lovely and that fireplace!!! I’ve admired it over the years. don’t usually comment alot. but had to. keep up the good work.
Thank you Angela. Happy you visited and left me a nice comment.
So you just finished the sides and bottom , it’s still two toned.
I only did the cushions so far. I ran out of the dye cream. Ordered more to finish the entire couch. It’s going to be a job!
Hi I have an unrelated question. I, too have a brass fire extinguisher. May I ask how you mounted it on the wall? Thank you!
My husband used a heavy hook (One up to 200lbs)