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!
Suggested materials:
  • 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
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  • May May on Sep 23, 2020

    What if it is peeling off

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 24, 2022

    Sticky backed Contact? or Vinyl /repair Kit.

  • Mac Mac on Apr 18, 2022

    How did you add the foam to the leather couch?


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  • Linda Linda on Apr 18, 2022

    I wish you gave details on filling attached unzippered seat cushions?

    • Linda Linda on Apr 27, 2022

      I did but i can Give you more detail. I flipped the couch backwards and removed the under lining. Since the cushions were not removable or Zippered i had to go underneath. Once i took off the bottom i could stuff it more or take out the old foam and replace It. I then used a ataple gun and reattached it again. If you call RubnRestore they will help you!

  • Barb Orthmann Barb Orthmann on Apr 19, 2022

    I highly recommend this product- I used it on a recliner and the difference was stunning. Your Sofa came out beautifully!

    • Linda Linda on Apr 27, 2022

      Thank you it is a great product. It can be sanded lightly and cleaned and Reapplied again.

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