Stained on Purpose, Staining Leather Furniture; Guest Feature

I saw this and had to share it, Lindsay of Lindsay and Andrew got this chair from the dump… I admit that makes me sorta jealous, and look how she revived it.  Here is what she said:

Perhaps you remember this little guy, who we snagged from a lady as she was about to unload him into the landfill.

Well he was in perfect condition (yes objects in my life have genders.) but was very sun faded. And next to our other couch which wasn’t sun faded, our yellow table, and our funky rug it was just a little too much color for me.

Well we bought leather dye a long time ago, I just never got around to it.

Well I was in the middle of scrubbing baseboards, and about to scratch my eyeballs out I hated it so bad. I decided, no time like the present to dye our chair. And because, like my sister says, I have the attention span of a Yorkie puppy, I couldn’t be bothered with trying to find gloves. Big mistake… More on that later. So I applied the dye in fast circular motions and BAM it’s like a new chair!

I love it… I’m just sitting here admiring it in our living room!! It was too easy! But with every project comes a battle scar.

Just hope I can find a way to get it off before Wednesday for Drew’s sister’s wedding. Yikes.

Maybe I’ll just tell people it’s frostbite. Look at Drew’s toes, sneaking into my pictures!
I am pleased to say that here hands recovered!  
And so did the chair, 
I think “he” will have a wonderful second life!
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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.

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  1. >Oh My Goodness! She doesn't like gloves either! 😀
    I had no idea you could do this…great post.

  2. >It looks fantastic! I need to do this with my couches and will remember to wear gloves :)! I could so see myself diving in and doing it without.

  3. >Thanks for the post! And all of the comments! Good news is the dye came off my hands layer by layer after only 4 days! Ha ha not to bad!

  4. >That's INCREDIBLE! He's so flippan handsome now! (yes, I use genders too a lot! Plus I totally anthropomorphasize my animals. Weird. I. Know.) Your hands gave me the biggest giggle! Glad they are clean now! My son was spray painting bird houses white so he went to school for 3 days looking like he had the worst case of dry skin EVER.

  5. >Great job on the chair. There's nothing more warm, inviting and beautiful than the look of old leather that looks new. By the way, there are paint gloves that will help your disease. If you're like me though, it's always better to put them on prior to painting. 🙂

  6. >luv,luv,luv this project. I too, probably would have jumped in there w/out gloves. I get so excited. Anyhoo, sorta hard to me to tell, SOOO, did you change chair color, or just refresh it.
    Either way, it is beautiful. I have green leather and would love to change color to tan/beige/light brown. Do ya know if that can be achieved? Did you purchase stain at lowes/homedepot type stores, or a paint store? thanks for a response. love your blog bigtime too.

  7. LOVE it! Have a beautiful leather sectional that has been stained written by our children and pets…. And husband ;). Had it cleaned but the man said I could only get the stains out by staining it a shade darker (of course after he charged me $250 to basically rub some cleaner and conditioner on the a soft rag only for the sofa to appear slightly shinier), and to do so I would have to send it somewhere and pay over $1000 to have them stain it for me. Wouldn’t have been surprised to learn he owned the company he gave me a card for.
    And don’t feel bad, my hand looks similar almost daily. Do a lot of wood work myself.

  8. I love the chair! I have two chairs and a couch that I need to stain. How much stain did you need for your chair?

  9. Did the dye come off on your clothes? I have a couch I want to do this too but am worried it may render it useless if it stains all of my clothes after I sit on it