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Leather Couch Makeover!

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Update and makeover for leather couch!



I love love love this couch and it beautiful but sagging and scratched cushions where sat upon and kitties run across. Also, the connectors were broken between the two sections. Challenges were no zipped or removable cushions, worn faded leather with scratches, as well as sagging seat cushions.






This is half the section before I started and used Rub n Restore materials and instructions to the letter. I repaired any scratches, sanded to smoothness, cleaned all the leather as instructed, covered the wooden feet with painters tape, and purchased/installed new male and female adaptors between the 2 sections.
Final touch to prepare my couch was to restuff all the flattened cushions by removing the liner underneath and stuffing the cushions to desired comfort. Remember it will compress as you sit on the cushion, but don't worry it will seek it's level And may feel a little firm at first. I added 4 foam 12x12 pieces in each of the cushion areas.
Make sure you use drop cloths, I started without them thinking to save time and stopped to add them for easier clean up.






I was a little nervous about starting even after preparing the leather. Here is one coat of color using "Walnut" for my selected color. Rub n Restore mother/daughter team have been in business of restoring leather for many years. I watched their video and spoke to them about some of my challenges.
They sent me color swatches and even exchanged my first color choice of mahogany, which was a deeper version of my cranberry for a minimal cost. They will even customize your color to match or help you mix colors.







Tah-dah! This is after 2 coats of walnut color and a coat of the clear top glaze. I really love my finished project and my friends thought I had my couch professionally recovered.

I couldn't have done this project without the help of Rub n Restore. I did my homework and researched many options. They are a little hidden secret!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Rub n Restore Walnut Color and Clear Glaze, foam pieces from craft store, male/female connectors order online, super glue, 320 sand paper, painters tape, plastic drop cloths, sponges, gloves, staple gun and paint brush for hard to reach areas.   (Rub n Restore online, craft store, and Amazon)
  • Pillow and throw Home Goods

To see more: https://www.rubnrestore.com/

  • Charlee Hunter
    Charlee Hunter Troy, MI
    on Apr 3, 2017

    Wow! These look fantastic! I have a leather couch that needs this! Checking out the Rub n Restore! Thank you for the information!!

    • Linda
      Linda Fort Lauderdale, FL
      on Apr 3, 2017

      It was so easy. Just took more time to select a color. But you can always change it again if you want a new color. Even lighter.

  • Bonnie
    Bonnie Palmyra, PA
    on Apr 3, 2017

    That is an amazing restoration! Thank you for sharing. You did a fantastic job and it looks fabulous!

  • Linda
    Linda Fort Lauderdale, FL
    on Apr 3, 2017

    You are so welcome! I forgot to add it took me about 8 hours to prep and color. I am going to give it one more coat of color and blaze Just for a good coverage.

  • B. Enne
    B. Enne Canada
    on Apr 4, 2017

    WOW great job and share! I have been researching many products, and eyeing this one in particular for a while. I need to paint etc. first but will probably end up doing this as well. There tutorials are well done.

    • B. Enne
      B. Enne Canada
      on Apr 5, 2017

      I'm actually now looking at 2 that are available in Canada: Leather Touch Up Dye and Leatherique. They are water based as well. I really think that water-based is the way to go.

  • Heather is TooInspiredToSleep
    Heather is TooInspiredToSleep Paducah, KY
    on Apr 4, 2017

    I'm so imressed! Amazing job.

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