Painting Leather Furniture

Give new life to an old chair by learning how to paint leather!

By: Jennifer Allwood from
Painting Leather Furniture
Painting Leather Furniture
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Leather furniture is great until it wears out and you have to buy a replacement, right? Wrong. You don't need to replace your worn leather furniture when you know how to paint leather properly! This simple DIY tutorial for Painting Leather Furniture will demonstrate how to revitalize your favorite leather couch or chair that is looking a bit ragged but still has good bones. Don't replace it when you can give it new life with a fresh coat of paint! When you learn how to paint leather, you will master a skill that will extend the life of your furniture for many years to come.

From the blogger: "I bought a leather recliner off of Craigslist a few weeks ago just to show you all a new leather paint. Yep, that’s right. A leather PAINT. How many of you have leather furniture that looks just like this... worn out in the butt area and faded where the sun hits it?"

Estimated Cost$21-$30

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueFurniture Projects


Materials List

  • Faded leather furniture
  • Sanding block (if your leather has “snags” in it)
  • Disposable chipbrush
  • Rags
  • ReLuv leather paint

DIY Project Instructions

  1. Wipe off dust or debris.

  2. Sand any snags in the leather.

  3. Start sponging in an inconspicuous spot.

  4. Sponge the product on the whole piece of furniture.

  5. Rag additional product onto spots that are more faded. 

  6. Allow product to dry completely.

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I would never in a million years have thought you could fix leather up like this....this is a game changer for me! My Mam has a leather couch that could do with this make over as she can't afford a brand new one if this works she really will be delighted with her life!!!


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