How to age leather?

coco4444February 19, 2012

Recently puchased a matching ottoman for a pair of sofas originally bought ~5 years ago. Same leather, but not the same lot, and obviously not aged the same! So not a true match... anything suggestions of things I can do to adjust the color?

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Return it for an accent color instead. You'll never get it to match.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 2:21AM
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Circus Peanut

Get some cats. ;-)

Seriously, it's very hard to "age" leather after it's been installed on a piece without actually destroying the finish on it. If it were still an unfinished hide, you could beat it up a little more effectively. It also depends on how it was dyed - if the color doesn't go all the way through, all you'll manage is to make a bunch of white scratches on it.

If you're absolutely set on trying, and are not going to send them back no matter what: you could try extremely fine sandpaper (c. 400 grit) plus your own fingernails to rough it up a little, gently. But in terms of lightening the color I don't think you're going to have any luck. You could try setting them in the bright sunlight outside for a while?

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 11:11AM
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Thanks. I'm going to try the sunlight maybe when it's a bit warmer outside! It's not that bad, not really noticable in daylight, just incandescent light seems to bring out the difference. It's not an issue of wear, so I don't think beating it (!) will help. It's more a sheen/hue difference.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 3:06PM
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Is it lighter or darker? If it is darker you can't do much about it. If it is lighter you can use leather dye to darken it a little. Start testing the dye in an not so visible area. Maybe where it is wrapped underneath.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 3:58PM
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