Leather Couch Makeover!

by Linda
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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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  • Tracy Tracy on Aug 26, 2022

    I have a leather sectional couch that needs to be repaired some of the leather at the top of the couch has peeled away what can I put there

  • Christy Snedeker Christy Snedeker on Sep 05, 2022

    What did it cost you for the whole restore?

  • Donna Donna on Nov 21, 2022

    I have a caramel colored leathered couch. Over the years parts of it has faded and no longer matches the sides and back. Does the Rub and Restore come in different colors?

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  • 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.

  • Jenthewren Jenthewren on Oct 27, 2023

    Thanks for sharing, I bought a leather corner sofa just over 12 month ago & keep wondering what I can do when the attached cushions begin to sag, its fine now but a few years down the line I'm expecting the cushions to look battered. It's good to know that I'll be able to repair this with the help of my husband.😀