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Guest Project:: $5 Leather Chair Transformation!

 Hello all of you Tatertots and Jello readers! 
I so excited to be guest posting today, I love Jen’s blog!
Let me introduce myself, I’m Kaysi from Keeping It Simple
Keeping It Simple
Like the name of my blog, I like all things simple! I’m a simple person and I wouldn’t want it any other way! I love to do all things crafty!
Today I wanted to show you how I turned this:

into this:
I got this chair at a garage sale for $5. It was super dirty, but the chair itself wasn’t in bad shape. The cushion was beyond repair though, I had to just reupholster it. I didn’t even know you could dye leather until I googled it and found out how. So now I’m going to show you how to dye leather!
What you will need:
-Leather Dye
-Spray bottle
-Cloths (or an old sock :D)
-Leather finisher
You can actually combine dyes if you need to. The brown that I got wasn’t dark enough, so I combined it with a black dye to get the dark brown.

1) First you will need to clean the leather with acetone and a cloth. Using a sock, I went all over the chair. (I did clean it with soap and water to get all the dust off)

This is how it looked after the acetone

Notice the different in color, it really cleans it!

Now it’s time to dye the leather!!
2) With water, I sprayed the chair to make it damp. Because I had such a big area, I would spray a little area at a time and then dye it and then spray another area.

3) Put the dye onto the cloth and wipe it all over the chair. (Wear gloves!! I made this mistake and was cleaning dye off my hands for a week). Dye the whole area trying to make it as even as possible

4) After each coat, take a dry cloth and rub off the excess dye

Do as many coats that you need. This is what mine looked like after 6 coats of dye. I let it dry about 1 1/2 hours between coats

Now you have to use a finisher to protect the leather and dye.

5) Using the spray bottle, I sprayed the finisher on the chair. Like the water, I did a little at a time.

6) Then with a damp cloth, I spread the finish evenly. I used long strokes to do this.

The finish leaves a nice gloss!

Because the cushion was ripped and not in good shape, I just put fabric over it. I used a thick ribbon for the edge in the front of the cushion. It looks so much better now though and I love just looking at it!!

I wanted to use a flowery fabric but my husband didn’t care for it, so I made a pillow to add a little girly touch :)

This is actually a really easy process! You can dye shoes, belts, purses and furniture!
Thanks Jen for having me on your blog today!!
You should stop by Keeping It Simple and see what else I have!
Thanks Kaysi!! What a great tutorial!
You guys should go over to her site —
Kaysi has all sorts of great ideas and projects all the time at Keeping It Simple! 
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Have a Wonderful Wednesday!!!
PS – TOMORROW is the Mother’s Day Extravaganza. Giveaways will start at 6 AM (MST)!!!


  1. How many of the 4 oz bottles did it take to dye the chair?

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  3. I'm totally speechless. How much dye did you use for the whole chair?

  4. Connie Weiss says:

    WOW! Amazing!

  5. Sandra says:

    I had no idea you could dye leather like that. I wonder if I can save my ottoman that has liquid stains on it from my little sweetheart spilling who knows what and it pooling in the tufts…might give it a try. TFS

  6. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    That doesn't even look like the same chair! I love it! We don't have anything leather, but I will be checking at all thrift shops now!

  7. Leslie says:

    That is AMAZING! Thanks for the tutorial. I love how the chair looks.
    Happy Thursday

  8. Oh my goodness that looks easy peasy! I never knew you could dye leather….

  9. I had no idea you could dye leather. Great job!

  10. Tamber says:

    Thanks for the info. I wonder if it works on Pleather?! I am going to have to try this great technique.

  11. jenheadjen says:

    This is awesome! We've been looking to get a sofa set, but everything in our price range looks like the first picture. Can you tell me, what did you pay for the dyes, etc.? Thanks for sharing!!!

  12. Sue (Someone's Mom) says:

    I didn't know that could be done! You did a nice job with it.

  13. Sarah @HarriganHowdy says:

    Wow!! What an awesome technique. I love how the refinish looks. Great job!


  14. Kelley says:

    I had no idea you could do that to leather…thank you for the heads up. I wont be so quick to pass leather by at garage sales.

  15. Catholic Chicks says:

    WOW!! That looks great!! Good job!

  16. Lindalou says:

    That is quite a transformation. Who knew?

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  19. michelle says:

    What a difference that makes! I'd be terrified to try it myself!

  20. Shayna @ Texas Monkey says:

    I just saw a post a few days ago about dying a leather chair and have been googling it and so glad you did a step by step with pics, thank you! Love the outcome.

  21. You did an awesome job. I'll never pass up an old leather chair again! Thanks for showing us how you did the transformation.

  22. AM from White House, Black Shutters says:

    Great project, I never would have guessed that you could dye leather!

    Thanks for sharing!

  23. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    What a neat project!! Love it. :)

  24. What an amazing change! Does anyone know if this would work on pleather too?

  25. Debbie says:

    Who would think? Love that chair, you did a fantastic job!


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    Guest Project:: $5 Leather Chair Transformation!