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Learn How to Restore Leather Furniture

May 25, 2016

Learn how to restore leather furniture in minutes with this quick and easy tutorial!

Restoring leather furniture

This post is sponsored by Mohawk.  All opinions are 100% my own based on my experience using these AMAZING products.

Leather furniture is so gorgeous, but it can be hard to keep it looking good when you have young kids and/or pets.  Cats and dogs can leave marks with their toenails and claws and kids can inadvertently scratch the surface with their toys.  But that doesn't mean you should avoid leather furniture!  Nope.  Learn how to restore leather furniture in a matter of minutes with the right products.  It's beyond easy.

We had been wanting an ottoman to use in our twin girls' playroom (which you can learn more about by clicking here) now that they are using their bean bag chairs less, but we didn't want to spend a bunch of money on one.  So, imagine my joy when Joe showed up one day and told me he had a surprise for me.  He walked me down to our garage and showed me this leather ottoman that he had trash picked off the side of the road.  That may sound awful to some of y'all, but I love trash picked furniture more than flowers :)  This post may contain some affiliate links.  Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

damaged leather ottoman

It was pretty beat up and was covered with scratches and these weird marks that I THINK were from paint.

damaged leather furniture

Pretty sad, huh?  But I was super excited about his free find because I was pretty confident I could get it looking good again (and I was right–I love it when that happens).  Read on to learn how I did it.

How to Restore Leather Furniture

Materials Needed:

It took me about 20 minutes to restore this ottoman including drying time.  Now take a look at the BEFORE and AFTER photos.

WOW! I had no idea how to restore leather furniture, but this makes it look so easy. I can't wait to try it on my couch! how-to-restore-leather-furniture-5
WOW! I had no idea how to restore leather furniture, but this makes it look so easy. I can't wait to try it on my couch! how-to-restore-leather-furniture-6

And here's a look at it in it's new home (in our twin girls' playroom).  It's perfect and cost us ALMOST nothing.  Love it when that happens.

restored leather ottoman in colorful

restored leather ottoman

restored leather ottoman

restored leather ottoman

Pretty amazing, huh?  If you love this post, be sure to pin it for later.

Now that your leather furniture is restored and beautiful again, doesn't it deserve to sit in room you really love? Before you head out and get started, be sure to check out my FREE design guides that will help you help you design spaces you absolutely love! Unlock my design vault and get access to all of them in one convenient digital library. Click here to subscribe




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  1. This is awesome, I inherited a “gently” used leather couch from my mom when she bought a new one and it needs some love and I’ve been searching for a way to make it look better! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Sarah says:

    Where can I find the products you used?

  3. Eva says:

    Oh my god! Your blog name ;)) its so cute and I am an designer trapped in an engineer’s body. Nice to meet you ;))

  4. Kathryn A. Agruso says:

    What a transformation!!! I love it and I love leather too. Garbage picking so funny. Paul and I have done it many times.

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