Painted Leather Ottoman

In the process of redecorating and changing to a lighter pallet I decided to change my brown leather ottoman to a white one. To do this I first washed the ottoman with a mild soap and water. Then I wiped it down with denatured alcohol to remove wax.I then I used a 50/50 wash of paint and water applied in several thin layers. I let each layer dry for about an hour between coats.The finish is soft and supple and it looks like white leather. I did this more than a year ago and it has worn well, no cracking or flaking of the paint and it is still soft and supple.
Close up of the leg and wood trim
After painting
Ottoman before

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2 questions
  • Cindra1005
    on Apr 18, 2016

    yes was it waxed and what type of wax? I just painted 2 microfiber microsuede (not sure of material) and I used straight acrylic on it, the outcome was fantastic but feel I need to wax to prevent any cracking.

    , before on left after 1 coat on right, 2 coats
  • Harriet Kimmeldorf Weiss
    on Apr 16, 2018

    I doing this and the newly painted leather is cracking and chipping off. Any suggestion? 6106596966

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  • Pattie
    on Apr 16, 2014

    thanks I was looking for this idea and you showed it could work

  • Maxine Sheehan
    on Dec 7, 2014

    What kind of paint did you use please? Looks wonderful.

    • Barb in Texas
      on Apr 25, 2015

      @Maxine Sheehan When you answer this, could you also say if you waxed it again or left it plain? It look really nice and I have something similar.

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