How to Paint a Leather Chair


If someone in your household refuses to part with an old and distressed (but incredibly comfortable) leather chair, tweak the chair so it more fluidly meshes with the decorating scheme. Painting leather is similar to painting walls. One of the benefits of painting leather is masking the flaws and wear and tear seen on a well-used piece of leather furniture. Bring tired leather to life with well-chosen paint.

Things You'll Need

  • Damp cloth
  • All-purpose detergent
  • Leather conditioner
  • Leather dye kit: dye, brush and finishing spray
  • Dampen a soft cloth and place a small dot of detergent on it. Rub the sides of the cloth together to best spread the detergent around. Run the cloth across the surface area of the chair. Allow the chair to air dry.

  • Place a quarter-sized amount of leather conditioner onto a rag. Rub the rag across the surface area of the chair, conditioning it. Allow the chair to air dry.

  • Rinse out the damp rag and wring it out repeatedly. Wipe it onto the first area of the chair you plant to paint with dye.

  • Brush several smooth strokes of dye onto the chair. Do not overlap strokes too much or oversaturate a particular area. Dampen the next area of the chair with the cloth and repeat with fresh strokes of dye.

  • Wipe off the excess dye with a cloth. Allow the dye to dry for a full 24 hours.

  • Spray the leather chair with finishing spray.

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