Leather Couch Makeover
Don't Throw Away Your Old Leather Couch
This DIY makeover will astound you.
UPDATE Dec. 12, 2015
One year later, my sofa is still looking like new. I didn't use any sealant, it hasn't rubbed off, and there hasn't been a downside. This really is the best $10 investment I have ever made!
And It's Easy!
It sounds to good to be true, but it really works.
Once you are finished it is as good as new.
The stain does not rub off at all!
I got a new couch for Christmas. My sectional had been a good piece of furniture but over the years it had been through the ringer and it was time for it to be retired. A couch can only take so much abuse. We picked up a new sofa and brought it home, thinking we would retire our sectional to the unfinished basement until we could find a place to throw it out. The only problem was, we couldn't fit it down the narrow stairs. Now we were left with a dilemma. We didn't have room for two sets of furniture on the main floor so the formal living room furniture had to me moved to the basement to make room for the worn out sectional until I could get it hauled away.
The next morning I was looking at the sectional and all the trouble it had.
The leather had been worn down so much it was white in places
When the pieces were not attached it really looked bad.
This part has a recliner, but even it was worn and shabby looking.
There were tears all over the place
This piece was really torn.
One day I decided to try something to make this sectional not look like such an eye sore until I could find a truck to haul it away.
I threw down some cardboard on the floor and got the can of stain I have been staining everything around my house. It was a Kona color which I love. I only had about a quarter of a can left, but I figured I might as well give it a try. If it didn't work it was leftover stain anyway so no loss.
I rubbed the stain on one section of the sofa.
My $8 can of stain had already done so much for me but why not see if I could stretch it a little bit more.
When I came back into the room a few hours later I realized I loved how it looked. I let it dry completely for 3 days then I tested it out. I sat on the couch with a white t-shirt on. Absolutely nothing rubbed off. Not even a little bit.
This is when I figured out I was on to something big!
Kona Rust-Oleum Wood Stain
I couldn't wait to finish up the entire sectional.
I stitched all the stuffing back into the arm and stained right over it.
I am amazed at how nice it looks.
I stained right over all the hardware and handles so everything matches
I even stained the metal brackets that hold the sectional together when it is in one piece. Now they don't even show up.
Once the leather dries if feels just like it did before.
I can see no downside to staining leather
I love the furniture now!