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can I, and do I want to, recolor leather furniture?

Posted by andreagb (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 23, 06 at 0:52

Just asking. I think I already know the answer. But I thought I'd check.

A friend is selling an old ('70s? early '80s?) Ethan Allen club chair. Some overly poofy pillow-type things on the back but those are easily replaced. What I'm worried about is the leather itself, which EA called "cordovan," but which I'd describe as a rusty orange. If the chair were khaki or espresso, we'd consider it. It's in good shape. But orange?

So am I kidding myself here in wondering whether I could do something to this myself? or would you advise either reupholstering it or not buying it?


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RE: can I, and do I want to, recolor leather furniture?

It's possible to dye leather, but it takes a pro.

Get a quote on it. EA had some really great quality leather!


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RE: can I, and do I want to, recolor leather furniture?

Try googling leather dye or leather colorant. There are DIY products out there that I've looked into for smaller items like handbags, and I've actually seen a set of green motorcycle leathers that the owner dyed black that looked great and you would have never guessed they were dyed. If you're brave and paitent I don't see why a chair wouldn't be doable.


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RE: can I, and do I want to, recolor leather furniture?

you can check this leather dye website, you might find there the information you were looking for...

Here is a link that might be useful: leather dye


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RE: can I, and do I want to, recolor leather furniture?

I have to wonder about any website that makes this statement to sell its wares: *grin*

"Leather is a fabric that can last for generations."

-Duane Collie


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RE: can I, and do I want to, recolor leather furniture?

It can be done. I know it can, because it's what I do for a living. It does take patience, and the right materials. There are DIY progams out there that work. It'll take some research, though, like any other DIY project.
BTW, leather is a "fabric" - no, "material" - yes, "that can last for generations." I've worked on 100 year-old leather, and that covers several generations. For what it's worth.


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