Redo That Old Leather Couch

Chris Kugler
by Chris Kugler
5 Materials
8 Hours

We have a great comfortable sofa that will electrically recline. But the light color had worn off. Not really wanting to invest in a new one I researched how to dye it.

I cleaned it with soap and water then rubbed it all over with acetone. I began using a shoe and leather dye. You have to use small daubers because cloth just soaks the due up and doesn't really cover. The applicators come with the dye.

This is the first coat. It took much more product then I ordered 8 oz so I found a leather craft shop in town and purchased more.

Not sure how many coats it took. I just keep putting it on until the color was correct. It is thin like water.

Some places did not soak the dye so I re applied acetone and tried again. Finally or was the right color. Then I applied a leather finish treatment. The whole thing dried really quickly. It's not perfect but my husband came home and thought I'd purchased a new coach

And it doesn't come off on our clothes. I rubbed with a paper towel and no color came off.

Resources for this project:
Freibings leather dye
Freibings leather finish
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  • Dolores Dolores on Oct 30, 2018

    yes, but how doyou put support on one of the cushions? it seems lower than the rest and it is hard to get up.

  • Paege Paege on Oct 31, 2018

    Astonishing. Could I do White of some kind over Dark Brown?

  • Rab29004119 Rab29004119 on Nov 19, 2018

    Hi is there something else a person could use besides acetone? I may be wrong but I thought it was bad for you and even flammable.

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  • Corrie Corrie on Nov 28, 2018

    I have COPD andacetone does nit affect me. I

  • Shelley Shelley on Mar 11, 2019

    I would like to now how to repair leather pieces that are dime sized peeling off our leather cushions